Research Interests

The School of Continuing Studies’ deans and leading faculty have expertise in a wide range of fields and areas. Faculty research interests and areas of expertise include: communication, public relations, social media and cause engagement; higher education management, administration and program development; humanities, social sciences and film studies; human resources, organizational development and diversity and inclusion; IT, technology management, cloud computing and online education; real estate, urban planning and development and redevelopment; and sports management and sports marketing. If you are a member of the media and would like to conduct an interview with one of our faculty experts, please contact Maggie Moore at (202) 687-4328.

Deans and Leading Faculty Researchers and Scholars Include:

Director, Doctor of Liberal Studies Program; and Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Expertise: hermeneutics, deconstruction, Plato, existentialism, Dante, Christian philosophy
Bio: In 1981, Frank Ambrosio, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy of Georgetown University. He is Co-Director, with Dr. Edward Maloney of CNDLS, of the Georgetown "MyDante" Project, a web-based platform for readers of Dante's Divine Comedy. Ambrosio has produced a series of 36 lectures entitled "Philosophy, Religion and the Meaning of Life" which is available as one of the "Great Courses" series produced by the Teaching Company. From 1987 until 2007, he regularly conducted study programs for Georgetown at Villa Le Balze, the university's campus in Fiesole, Italy, focusing on the development of the Florentine Renaissance. Currently, he leads study tours for the Georgetown Liberal Studies Program to Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche.
Associate Dean, Summer School and Special Programs
Expertise: political science areas including campaigns, polling, voting behavior and the politics of education reform; additional areas of expertise and published work include education policy, curriculum issues at the undergraduate level and higher education management and administration
Bio: Veronica Donahue, Ph.D., is currently an Elections and Polling Analyst with the FOX News Channel in NYC and a member of FOX's Decision Desk Team for their "You Decide" election night coverage. Donahue joined the FOX team in 2002. Prior to FOX, Donahue worked with Voter News Service, a New York City-based national news gathering agency owned and operated by ABC, AP, CBS, CNN, NBC and FOX News, from 1988-1996. While a consultant, Donahue earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University.   She also earned an M.A. from the New School in Media Studies while working at NBC News in New York in their Election and Polling Division.  Donahue has significant teaching experience in the fields of American politics, public opinion and the media and has taught at Georgetown University, American University and the Johns Hopkins University. Her published interests focus on the politics of education reform as well as curriculum issues at the undergraduate level. A graduate of Syracuse University, she is presently the Associate Dean for the Summer School and Special programs at Georgetown University. As an academic partner she is an experienced senior leadership team member responsible for the strategic growth of summer programs for the university that reflects the university's educational mission at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Donahue, a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, recently addressed the North American Association of  Summer Sessions annual conference on issues in developing curriculum-based service learning opportunities for undergraduate students. Her most recent publication, co-authored with Caitlin Huntley of Georgetown, is "Summer Service Learning," which is forthcoming in Summer Academe. 
Executive Director, Real Estate Program
Expertise: urban revitalization, urban development and redevelopment, real estate, urban planning, public policy, local and regional government, leadership and governance, economic development, sustainability
Bio: The Hon. William H. Hudnut III has served as a former Mayor of Indianapolis, member of Congress, clergyman, author, public speaker, TV commentator and think tank fellow. Hudnut has taught and lectured at a variety of institutions of higher learning and has received 13 honorary degrees. He sponsored seventeen bills that became public law as a Congressman. Hudnut is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Washington-based Police Foundation and the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Through his writings and the programs he has organized, his work at ULI concentrated on promoting responsible leadership in the use of land and in building vital, sustainable metropolitan areas. Under his leadership, public sector membership in ULI doubled from approximately 2,400 to 4,700 members. He is the author of five books and many articles.
Senior Associate Dean, Division of Professional Communication, and Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program
Expertise: public relations, corporate communication, nonprofit, fundraising, social impact, social marketing campaigns, branding, cause marketing
Bio: Denise Keyes founded the university’s graduate program in Public Relations and Corporate Communications in 2007, and has been responsible for its tremendous growth and continuing recognition within the industry. During her tenure at Georgetown she also founded and serves as executive director of the Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), the nation’s only academic initiative of its kind, educating and inspiring communications professionals who lead the way in creating positive social impact through their work. She is a frequent speaker at global conferences on CSR, branding and cause marketing, and continues to serve as a consultant and trusted advisor for foundations and nonprofits looking to build innovative fundraising strategies and strengthen their communications with stakeholders.
Associate Dean, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Expertise: science and medical journalism, communication, mass media
Bio: Vincent Kiernan, Ph.D., worked for more than 20 years in journalism before coming to Georgetown University to serve as an associate dean in the School of Continuing Studies. His research centers on science and medical journalism, and more particularly on relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment. His 2006 book, Embargoed Science, critically examines news coverage of the latest research published in scientific journals. Previously, he worked for nine years as a senior editor and senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly trade newspaper and daily website in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Dean, Journalism Program
Expertise: journalism, digital media, editing, social media, journalism ethics
Bio: Amy Kovac-Ashley is the assistant dean of Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies Program in Journalism, where she focuses on curriculum and faculty development, industry connections and careers. She is also the adviser to the Georgetown student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a member of the D.C. pro chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. Previously, she was a regional editor for Patch.com, where she helped launch the D.C./Baltimore region of sites, led the editorial Recruitment and Training Committee and created and team-taught a Capstone course at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism that focused on hyperlocal and niche journalism.
Before that, she worked at The Washington Post, where she was the social media editor, the local community editor of LoudounExtra.com and a senior producer for local news and interactivity. At the Post, she also helped lead and plan a multimedia workshop for high school students. She has also worked at The Roanoke Times, where she was part of the team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007; the Herald News in Northern New Jersey; Foreign Policy magazine, where she was part of the team that won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2003, the first time FP won this award; and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Kovac-Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Special Advisor, Sports Industry Management Program
Expertise: sports marketing, sports media, global strategic advisory, philanthropy
Bio: Jimmy Lynn is visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management program. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (undergraduate and MBA programs). Lynn is the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related digital and social media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses. He is also the co-founder and managing partner of Human Equity, a digital media solutions firm focused on Sports and Entertainment. Prior to founding JLynn Associates in 2009, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was also instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.

Lynn also served as a Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships for AOL's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he managed AOL's employee affinity networks and partnerships with community service organizations. Previously, Lynn was the Advertising Manager for Home Team Sports, the CBS-owned regional sports network serving the Mid-Atlantic Region (TV partner of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and the Promotion Manager for WLTT-FM, the CBS-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C. Lynn currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Asian-American LEAD, DC United’s non-profit arm - United for DC, Super Leaders and the Giving Back Fund. He was a charter board member of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and the Fantasy Sports Association and a past board member of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation. He is on the Advisory Council of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and the Capitol Movement Project. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of San Diego State University’s Sports MBA Program and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Lynn was one of the 2006 recipients of Time Warner’s most prestigious public-service prize, the “Andrew Heiskell Community Service” award. This award is given to employees who exhibit outstanding leadership and accomplishment in voluntary public service, human rights and/or equal opportunity efforts. Lynn also was recognized in 2008 by Greater DC Cares as one of Washington DC's top 10 rising leaders in philanthropy; as one of City Year's "Idealists of the Year"; and by Year Up as an "Urban Empowerment" award winner. In 2010, he received an award from Washington, DC Mayor Fenty for outstanding community service. He also received the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies’ “Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010. In 2012, Lynn co-produced a documentary film, “The Good Son,” a boxing movie about former champion, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. The movie will be distributed domestically and internationally in 2013. Lynn has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University. 

Associate Dean, Technology Management Program
Expertise: technology change management, healthcare IT, IT and telecommunications strategic planning and design, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, information security and PCI compliance, enterprise-wide software and hardware implementations
Bio: Prior to moving into academia full time, Beverly Magda, Ph.D., spent nearly 20 years leading technology innovations with more than half the time in education and non-profit organizations. She also was an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Business and Hood College in the Computer Science department. Having lead many technology initiatives in her career, she has seen firsthand the effects of such types of change on individuals within organizations. This led to her doctoral research of determining methods for mitigating the effects of technology transformations in emergency departments when electronic health records were being implemented. Magda spent years researching change management techniques and their application to determine the best way to mitigate the effects of technology change on individuals in organizations. Her continued research leads her to presentations worldwide and consultations at organizations undergoing technological and organizational change. Magda serves on the Board of Advisers for CiviliNation, is a member of EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee for Teaching and Learning and Georgetown University's Initiative on Technology Enhanced Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, an M.S. in Telecommunications Management and a B.S. in Computer & Information Science.
Deputy Dean and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Accredidation, School of Continuing Studies
Expertise: higher education management, including administration, accreditation and assessment, folklore, film studies, literature, German studies, language acquisition.
Bio: Walter Rankin, Ph.D., is deputy dean of Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, previously serving as interim dean for the School. As interim dean he oversaw the School’s management and administration, accreditation and assessment, enrollments, student and faculty affairs and graduation certification. He earned his Ph.D. in German literature at Georgetown University in 1998 and served as the deputy associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University for ten years before returning to Georgetown in 2008. He served two years as the president of the National Association for Academic Affairs Administrators, and has presented a variety of academic affairs topics for the American College Personnel Association and National Academic Advising Association. He has taught culture, language and literature courses at Georgetown, George Washington, Hampton, and George Mason Universities, and he has published articles and book chapters on literary and pedagogical topics. He is the author of Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films (2007, McFarland Publishers) and is currently working on his second book that looks at images of Nazis in both American and German propaganda films from WWII to modern-day references in popular culture.
Chief Strategy & Communications Officer and Senior Associate Dean
Expertise: higher education administration and management, marketing and communications in higher education, educational program development, strategic planning, market research
Bio: Roseanna Stanton, Ph.D., is the chief strategy and communications officer, and senior associate dean of Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. With more than 12 years of marketing, communications, program development and strategic planning experience, she oversees strategy, marketing, admissions and lifecycle management of the schools degree programs, non-degree certificate programs and summer program for high school students. Stanton earned her Ph.D. from New York University. Her dissertation, entitled State High School Graduation Requirements and Access to Postsecondary Education, is a quantitative study of the impact of state mathematics requirements on postsecondary entry rates using a national longitudinal database. She also holds an M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology and a B.S. in Education and a Diploma of Teaching. Stanton has been bringing leading business and marketing strategies to the world of higher education since 2003, when she left the advertising agency world at New York’s Media Farm to join New York University. She joined Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies in 2010. She is a frequent presenter at education and marketing conferences throughout the United States, including presentations at Hobsons University, the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). She was recently honored as a 2012 Top Marketer by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMADC) for her innovations in marketing and admissions.

Faculty Research Interests and Areas of Expertise Include:

audience segmentation, branding, business continuity planning, campaigns, cause marketing, Christian ethics, Christian philosophy, communication, consulting, corporate communication, corporate social responsibility, curriculum development, Dante, deconstruction, digital media, diversity and inclusion, editing, educational program development, existentialism, German studies, global strategic advisory, health communication, healthcare IT, hermeneutics, higher education accreditation and assessment, higher education management and administration, higher education marketing and communications, journalism, enterprise-wide software and hardware implementations, ethics and the Bible, ethics in journalism, film studies, folklore, human resources, human rights law, information security and PCI compliance, IT disaster recovery, IT management, IT strategic planning and design, language acquisition, leadership and governance, liberation theology, literature, Marian theology, market research, mass media, new media, New Testament, nonprofits, online engagement, organizational development, philanthropy, Plato, political science, politics of education reform, polling, public relations, public relations pedagogy, race studies, real estate, religious studies, science and medical journalism, sports management, sports marketing, sports media, social impact, social justice, social marketing campaigns, social media, strategic planning, sustainability, technology change management, theology, urban planning, voting behavior.

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