Staff | Center for Scholastic Journalism | Kent State University


Mark Goodman joined Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2008 as the first Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism. Before that he served over 22 years as executive director of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization that serves as a legal advocate and educator of student journalists. Goodman has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia and his law degree from Duke University. He has taught at a number of institutions including the Poynter Institute, the American University in Washington, D.C., Bowling Green State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Goodman has received over two dozen national awards for his work in support of student journalism including a First Amendment awards from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Society of Professional Journalists, the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Gerald M. Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as other awards from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and College Media Advisers. You may contact him at 330-672-6239 or


Candace Perkins Bowen


Candace Perkins Bowen, MJE, is an associate professor in Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of both the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Ohio Scholastic Media Association. After more than 20 years advising high school newspapers and yearbooks in Illinois and suburban Washington, D.C., Bowen came to the university in June 1995. Since then she has developed additional summer and weekend workshops and outreach to high school students and their teachers and has helped launch and now oversees the online master's degree for journalism educators. A former Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Teacher of the Year, she has served as the president of the Journalism Education Association, set up that organization's JEAHELP listserv with its more than 1,000 members and ran it for 13 years. She is part of the Student Press Law Center's Steering Committee for its Advisory Council and past head of the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC. You may contact her at 330-672-8297 or


John Bowen


John Bowen, MJE, is an adjunct professor in journalism sequence and assists in the development of online journalism educator master's program at Kent State and is chair of Journalism Education Association (JEA) Scholastic Press Rights Commission. Bowen has been a member of the SPLC Board of Directors and convener of the SPLC Advisory Council and a high school journalism teacher and adviser. Recognition includes Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year; National Scholastic Press Association's Pioneer Award; Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Key Award and CSPA's Charles R. O'Malley for Excellence in Teaching award. Bowen co-authors a law column in Dow Jones News Fund “Adviser Update”; co-authored the recently updated “Principal's Guide to Scholastic Journalism”; numerous magazine and journal articles and the workbook to go with Law of the Student Press. He has a bachelor's in education and a master's in journalism from Kent State University. You may contact him at 330-672-3666 or



Cindy Deng is a master’s student in the Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel program at Kent State, and serves as a JMC assistant for the Center for Scholastic Journalism and the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) State Convention. She graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations in 2014. Prior to returning to the university, she was an assistant account executive for a public relations agency in Cleveland, OH where she was responsible for project managing three major client accounts, executing a number of media relations efforts and supporting all other marketing initiatives. She previously held a similar role for an integrated marketing communications agency in Hudson, OH managing seven client accounts, both large and small, with various digital production and social media needs. Outside of JMC, Deng serves as a board member for the American-Advertising Federation’s Education Foundation and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America – Akron Area Chapter. She is also recipient of the 2014 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Gold Key Award, and has long been a part of the OSMA State Convention since she was a student editor for Streetsboro High School’s award-winning newspaper The Orbiter. You may contact her at

Julaine Clunis, MLIS, MS is a doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State. She received her Bachelor's degree in Information Science from Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica, in 2005, and then taught Information Technology at Victor Dixon High School from 2005 - 2007. She also taught English as a Second Language for the Ministry of Education in Japan for several years. She earned a Masters of Library and Information Science and a Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management with a concentration in Health Informatics from Kent State University in May 2015. She currently serves as a research assistant at the center for Scholastic Journalism. You may contact her at

Madeline Zupko is a freshman journalism student at Kent State with a minor in photojournalism. In high school, she was a member of the OSMA student board and represented the board as chairman in the 2015-16 academic year. In 2016, Zupko earned the OSMA Kent State scholarship and Ohio Journalist of the Year honorable mention. She is currently an OSMA student worker as well as a part-time graphic designer, part-time photographer and general assignment reporter for the Kent Stater. You may contact her at


Norma Young is the accountant for the Ohio Scholastic Media Association. Her duties include accounts payable and receivable. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2007. Norma has worked at Kent State for 15 years in various departments. She is the business manager of the Office of Student Media. You may contact her at


Wayne Dunn, CJE teaches the course Teaching Photography for the online master's program. He holds a master's degree from Xavier University. Retired from the high school classroom, he advised award-winning newspapers at both Lebanon (Ohio) and Lakota West. Wayne served as the president of the Journalism Association of Ohio Schools for several years before helping to form the Ohio Scholastic Media Association, the new statewide organization. He has been a mentor for JEA since the mentoring program's inception in 2007. Publications he advised won the Pacemaker and several Silver Crown awards from CSPA. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NSPA and the Gold Key from CSPA. He has been part of the instructional team for ASNE/Reynolds Institute at Kent State. He earned the CJE designation from JEA.

Ben Hollis is a senior instructional designer for the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. He has designed over 60 online courses and five online graduate programs. He has won national awards in design including Best of Festival for Faculty Interactive Multimedia (BEA – 2011) and Best of Web, 3rd Place (AEJMC – 2010). Ben is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology. He is conducting research in mind wandering in online learning. He instructs Teaching Photoshop and Teaching Dreamweaver in the online master's program. You may contact him at

Sarah Nichols, MJE, is the instructor for the course Advising Yearbook in the online master's program. With 15 years of advising experience, Nichols teaches publications, journalism, photojournalism, graphic communications and mass media at Whitney High School in Rocklin, Calif., where she advises award-winning student media. Nichols serves as vice president of the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and is past president of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California. She serves on the JEA Scholastic Press Rights Commission and Digital Media Committee. Nichols was named National Yearbook Adviser of the Year in 2011 and earned the Pioneer Award in 2008 from the National Scholastic Press Association. Co-author of "1-2-3 Yearbook Adviser's Companion" from Jostens Publishing, she also wrote the current edition of the NSPA Yearbook Guidebook. Nichols earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been certified as a Master Journalism Educator from JEA.

Susan Hathaway Tantillo, MJE, teaches Reporting for Mass Media in the online master's program. Susan has a bachelor's degree in English from Purdue University and a master's in journalism from Indiana University. She taught journalism and English and advised the student newspaper at Wheeling (Ill.) High School from 1971 until her retirement in 2001. Beginning in 1978 Susan was a board member of Journalism Education Association. She served JEA members in appointed and elected positions until 2009. In retirement from full-time teaching, she continues to present learning sessions for students and advisers at state and regional conferences, to judge state scholastic journalism competitions and to mentor advisers. She serves on the Illinois JEA board as treasurer. Susan is co-author of “Applying NCTE/IRA Standards in Classroom Journalism Projects” and “Introduction to Journalism,” a high school text. You can contact her at

Lori King is a photojournalist with the Toledo Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, and an adjunct photography instructor with Owens Community College. She began her journalism career in the U.S. Army at age 18. She served eight years active army, 10 years Army National Guard and her final three years in the Air National Guard, retiring in 2000 with 21 years of journalism, photojournalism and newspaper editor-in-chief experience. While in the service, King earned Print Journalist of the Year titles three times and Editor of the Year once. She earned her BS in photojournalism from Kent State in 1991, and in 2012 graduated from the Journalism Educator's program.