Journalism & Creative Media Faculty & Staff
Dr. Lee Farquhar is an associate professor of Journalism and Sports Media. In total, he has been teaching multimedia storytelling and sports media courses for over 10 years. His professional experience is primarily in radio and television broadcasting. He has also worked as a freelance videographer, shooting video for Kansas State University and MTV. His research combines social media and social psychological theories. He current research focuses on social media use and the impact on how users view themselves and others.
Gary Edgerton is professor of Creative Media and Entertainment in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media, College of Communication at Butler University. He has published twelve books and more than eighty-five essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias. In addition, Dr. Edgerton is the Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television. He was previously eminent scholar, professor, and chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University.
Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh is the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Communication and served as the Interim Dean from April 2021 to December 2022. Before her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh served as Director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media for five years. She joined Butler University in 2005 and has taught classes in news writing, gender and news, and global media. Dr. Geertsema-Sligh holds a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North-West University in South Africa. She is a past chair of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a past co-chair of the Gender and Communication section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Her research has been published in several leading academic journals. See www.margarethageertsemasligh.com for more information.
Mark Harris has been a staff member at Butler University for over 29 years. During that span, he has served as the Music Director for WAJC-FM, Operations Director for WTBU and most recently as the Technical Services Coordinator for the College of Communication, overseeing studios and facilities, camera checkout and major projects for the college and Fairbanks Center.
A Butler alum, Mark has a wide array of expertise ranging from radio and television broadcasting, audio production, video production, editing, audio mixing, studio and remote recording, and systems and studio design. Mark has a Masters of Science in Music Technology from IUPUI in Indianapolis and is an adjunct instructor in the Music Industry Studies program of the Department of Entertainment Media and Journalism. Mark has taught MI 109 Survey of the Music Industry, MI 201 Audio Production and MI 353 Audio for Video in addition to supervising audio lab experiences in remote recording for SJCM.
I graduated from Butler with a BA in Radio/Television in 1993. Over the next 25 years, I was a freelance videographer/field producer for a variety of networks – ESPN, ABC, FOX Sports, NFL Network, B1G, and others. I have covered over 400 major auto races, 3 Super Bowls, 2 NCAA Men’s Final Fours, and dozens of Pacers and Colts games. In 2017, I joined Columbus East High School as a Career and Technical Education instructor, teaching Radio and Television. Television is my passion and I’m excited to share that with Butler students!
Professor Taylor teaches at Butler University in the Department of Entertainment Media and Journalism. As a professional, she worked behind-the- scenes in network control rooms and at the local level as a freelance editor. Her national media experience, from 1983-1989, was at Cable News Network in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she was chosen to work on National Party Nominating Conventions in 1988 as well as serving in support production positions during several of the 1988 Presidential Debates. Professor Taylor left CNN in 1989 after competing a Master of Communication. She has been a member of Butler’s faculty for 27 years. Her area of specialization is Digital Media Production.
Nick White is a Lecturer, Professional of Practice in Sports Media and Journalism for the College of Communication. His courses both past and present include:
SPM 101 – Introduction to Sports Media | SPM 120 – Intro to Sports Production | SPM 130 – Sports Production Lab | SPM 220 – Sports Shooting and Editing | SPM 320 – Live Sports Production | SPM 390 – Special Topics: Name, Image and Likeness for College Athletes | JR 112 – Intro to Multimedia Journalism | JR 411 – Multimedia Newsroom
Outside of the classroom, Nick is the General Manager of BULTER+ Media. This production group services home broadcasts for Football, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Women’s Lacrosse for the Big East Digital Network and Flo Sports. Nick is in charge of managing broadcasts, hiring crew and talent and overseeing productions. He hires both freelance broadcast professionals and current Butler students to the broadcast team.
Nick moved into education in 2017 after nearly a decade in sports and news broadcasting. Fittingly, his television broadcasting career started in Hinkle Fieldhouse with WISH-TV broadcasts of Butler Basketball games. He produced news in Austin, Texas with KXAN (NBC) where he won two TX AP Broadcasting Awards. He then worked in Chicago, Illinois with NBC 5 and won an Emmy Award with CBS 2 in 2014. He moved back to Indianapolis as Executive Producer for CBS 4 and relaunched the station as the CBS affiliate.
Nick holds a M.A. in Applied Communication and a B.S. in Sports Communication – Broadcast from Indiana University. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America – East and regularly serves as an Emmy Awards Judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.