Communications Faculty and Staff


Associate Professor
Brian Cogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Cogan teaches a variety of courses including History of Media and Understanding Television and Media in the 21st Century. He is a past President and Wilson Scholar of the New York State Communication Association. Dr. Cogan is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on topics ranging from politics, popular culture and music. 

Associate Professor & Communications Department Chairperson
Janice Kelly, Ed.D.

Dr. Janice Kelly earned her doctorate degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in Communication and Education. Her research specialty is corporate communication, gender studies and relational/interpersonal communication. Her research, "A Comparison of Prime-Time Situation Comedy Fathers and Real Fathers on Involvement, Communication and Affection," has appeared in USA Today, Big Apple Parenting Magazine and other publications as well as family-oriented conferences and journals. She serves as a consultant to both state and local family agencies and grassroots fatherhood initiative projects. Dr. Kelly serves as a guest editor for the journal Fathering: Theory, Research, and Practice about men as fathers. She also produced a documentary on "Perceptions of Fathers in the Media: In search of the Ideal Father."

Communications Instructor & Director of Media Facilities 
Thomas Kenny, M.A.

Tom Kenny teaches courses in the media and professional concentrations for the Communications Department including TV Studio Production, Editing and Post Production and Online Branding. Along with New Media Faculty member, Jamie Cohen, Tom is the author of the book Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web published through Focal Press. Since 2008, Tom has held the position of Director of Media Facilities and is involved in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the television studio/media lab. Tom also produces content for the Communication Department's website and social media pages. He is currently studying at Long Island University working on his Ph.D. in Information studies.

E. Deidre Pribram, Ph.D.
Dr. Deidre Pribram teaches several communication courses such as Film Art and Foundations of Media Theory. She is an expert in film and television studies, having published extensively in those areas. Her work also focuses on gender and cultural emotion studies. Dr. Pribram's most recent books are:  Emotions, Genre, Justice in Film and Television: Detecting Feeling (Routledge 2011) and A Cultural Approach to Emotional Disorders: Psychological and Aesthetic Interpretations (Routlege, 2015).


Adjunct Instructors

Karen Beck, M.A.
Karen has a vast experience working in the television industry as Director of Programming for Fox Television Stations. As the Director of Programming, Karen had been invovled in acquiring television series such as "The Wendy Williams Show," "Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," and "TMZ." Currently, she is the Director of Distribution and Affiliate Relations for In Depth with Graham Bensinger. Armed with her expertise in coordinating with television stations and their budget, Karen teaches Media Management at Molloy College.


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jean Devlin, Ph.D.

Jean Devlin received her Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in Children's Literature, from Southern Illinois University, where she was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship. As the Director of Student Special Services at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, she taught English and history and ran Project Interact, a division of Rotary International. At Molloy, Dr. Devlin teaches Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature, Creative Drama and Group Discussion. Her awards include Educator of Excellence, New York State English Council; Educator of Excellence, Long Island Language Arts Council; Excellence in Teaching at Molloy College and citations in several Who's Who publications.


Jacqueline Hansen, M.S.
Jacqueline is an Adjunct Professor in the Communications Department at Molloy College, teaching Public Relations and Advertising. She is also the head of corporate communications for Swiss International Air Lines in their Public Relations Department. Jacqueline received her Master of Science degree from Northwestern University, specializing in Journalism. Throughout her career, Jacqueline has worked for many professional companies representing top brands including Tiffany, Gillette Company, Johnson and Johnson and Waldorf Astoria.

Lynn Kennedy, M.A.
Once a competitive public speaker and debater, Lynn Kennedy went on to teach Shakespeare, literature, public speaking, acting and composition in the Port Washington Public School system for 38 years, before retiring from public education. Lynn has had the pleasure of working with culturally and academically diverse students throughout her career and has found this to be true: "The deepest desire of every student is to like the world on an honest basis through knowing it" (Eli Siegel). Lynn teaches Public Speaking for the Communicaitons Department.


Joanne Marlin, M.A.
Joanne Marlin is an experienced instructor and communications professional with knowledge in healthcare, technology and consumer product industries. She has extensive experience in writing and editing, team leadership, relationship cultivation, training, advocacy relations, traditional and social media relations. She teaches Public Speaking and Public Relations at Molloy.

Janet Douglas-Pryce, M.A.
Janet Pryce teaches courses in the professional communications concentration, particularly corporate communications. Janet earned her Master of Arts degree from New York University in speech and interpersonal communications. Janet's background not only includes several years in higher education, but she also has experience teaching in an elementary school environment, previously instructing sixth-grade students.

Communications Lab Instructor
Nicole Stevens, M.A./M.S.
As the Communications Lab Instructor, Nicole works with students on their film and television productions. She has taught a variety of courses including Scriptwriting for Media, Online Journalism and Sports Communication. Nicole has worked as a production assistant at My Damn Channel LIVE, YouTube's first live comedy show on the internet. She has also worked at VH1 series, Behind the Music, and was a reporter for LI News Tonight. Working in radio since 2007, Nicole has excessive training in the field of audio. Additionally, Nicole worked with voiceover talent to record and edit highlights for the National Hockey League (NHL). 


Beryl Williams, M.P.A.
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Beryl Williams is president of a consultant firm, Bee Communications, in which she offers assistance to non profit organizations with their public relations campaigns, marketing, and fundraising events. Beryl has a vast amount of experience in the Professional Communicaitons field as part of the community affairs team at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
Beryl began her career as a broadcast journalist  hosting the show, Health Matters. Beryl teaches Experience in Communications in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Jenna Weis
Administrative Assistant
Jenna received her Associates degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College and her Bachelor's degree in Art history and Criticism from Stony Brook University. During and after her college career Jenna worked as a freelance writer covering exhibits and profiles of local Long Island artists for SPARKBOOM, a young artists initiative through the Huntington Arts Council, and for Hamptons Art Hub, a publication based out of Sag Harbor. Jenna's goal in her role at Molloy College is to help aid to a positive and seamless experience for both the students and faculty members of the Communications department. 


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