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Middlebury College (current)

Middlebury, Vermont

Yunnan, China

Monterey, California


Core Faulty

School of the Environment

An intensive, interdisciplinary summer institute


Courses:  Video Production; Environmental Analysis

Old Dominion University

Norfolk Virginia

Communication & Theatre Arts — Cinema program

Assistant Professor

ODU Global (distance learning)

Course designer in Cinema and Media Studies

2021-2022 Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award for Cinema/TV Program

Courses: Film Appreciation; Screenwriting 1; Screenwriting 2

Virginia Tech (2012-14)

Blacksburg, Virginia


Resident Media Artist

Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT)

A research institutute for transdisciplinary work across art, science, engineering and design.


Commissioned artist: This edge I have to jump (2013), 4-screen video installation for the grand oening of the university's new $100 million Moss Arts Center;


Visiting Faculty in Cinema Production

School of Performing Arts|Music|Theatre|Cinema


Courses: Writing & Ditecting; Digital Cinema Production 1&2; Ways of Seeing; Creative Process & Collaboration; 4-Screen Digital Cinema (with School of Visual Arts).


Projections Designer: Theatre play, Woyzeck (2012), directed by Bob McGrath.


Video consultant/mentor: "Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society" (2012).

Exhibition in the Cube at Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center, featuring student work from Joan Grossman's multi-screen video class, co-taught with Carol Burch Brown.

4-Screen student showcase, Virginia Tech, Spring 2014

University of Missouri-Kansas City (2009-11)

Kansas City, Missouri


Visiting Faculty in Film & Media Arts

Department of Communication Studies


Courses: Intermediate & Advanced Video Production; Critical Studies: Mass Media, Culture and Society (with Women's and Gender Studies); Documentary Production; Documentary History & Theory; Producing & Distribution.


Special Projects

Memory of the Future (2011), a video/music collaboration with electroacoustic composer, David D. McIntire, performed with live percussionists. Commissioned for ArtSounds, a project of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Performed at the Kansas City Art Institute, April 12, 2011.


They Came to Fight: African Americans in WWI (2010) faculty-guided class project. Educational outreach documentary  on African-American soldiers in WWI, in conjunction with Depts. of History and American Studies, National WWI Museum, and Kansas City Public Schools.

They Came to Fight (2010), a class documentary project at the University of Missouri - Kansas City

New Jersey City University (2007-08)

Jersey City, New Jersey

Visiting Faculty in Film Studies

Department of Media Arts


Courses: Development of Film I & 2– history and theory of early film to the present; Seminar in Italian Film; American Independent Film; The 80s & 90s: International Perspectives.

Emerson College (2003-04)

Boston, Massachusets


Visiting Artist and Professor of Film

Department of Visual & Media Arts

Courses:  Film 1 & 2 – 16mm film production; History & Theory of Documentary graduate seminar.

Scholarly & Creative Research

  • Media and philosophy

  • Exile and borderlands

  • Spaces of memory

  • Archive fever

  • Utopianism

  • Media & democracy

  • Environment, Climate, Migration, Geo-Politics

Teaching  film, video, production, critical theory, cultural histories, immersive technologies, environmental storytelling.

PhD, Media and Philosophy, Magna cum Laude, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


MA, Media Studies, New School for Social Research, New York.


BSJ, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Artist Residencies

The Linden Centre, Yunnan, China. Xizhou International Film Workshop & Festival.


Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Visiting Filmmaker (20170; Visual Thinking Workshop & Screening (2018); Visiting Filmmaker in Directing and Producing (2020-21)

University of Frankfurt, Germany

Dissidents on Stage - featured filmmaker in a screening and symposium series exploring international dissent (2017)

Virginia Tech, School. of Architecture + Design; School of Visual Arts (2015)


University of California, Davis, Dept. of Theatre and Dance (2015)


Macalester College, Dept. of Media and Cultural Studiess (2015)

An exceptional piece of media philosophy that engages key debates about collective memory, war and mass communication.


Screening the Past

Atropos Press (2009)

Think Media Series  (New York/Dresden)

"Utopias of Oblivion: Pixilated Memory in Digital Space" in the book, Erasure: The Spectre of Culture Memory.  John Conomos & Brad Buckley, editors, Libri Publishing, UK. (2015)

Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory, featuring the chapter, "Utopias of Oblivion: Pixilated Memory in Digital Space, by Joan Gossman.
Blackout: On Memory and Catastrophe, written by Joan Grossman and published by Atropos Press.

Conferences & Events

Sisterliness (2018) Conference at New York University. Closing presentation on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in film and photography.


Featured guest, Drop City, experiments in housing, and the question of dissidence (2017), Naxos Cinema, Frankfurt.


School of Architecture + Design, Virgina Tech (2015) "Cinema Space" lecture.

Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technoogy (2013) Featured speaker, "This edge I have to jump" and transdisciplinary collaboration.


Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (2011) Lecture: "Crowd-sourcing, Social Media, and Independent Film: Building Networks for Creative Projects."


Fordham University (2008), Guest lecture, “The Question of the Public,” Media Studies graduate seminar on public broadcasting.


EFA Gallery, New York (2006), “Meditations on Amnesia” lecture/performance with original video projection on filmic representations of war examining the compulsion to war and its virtualization.


New York University, Institute for Research on Trauma & Violence (2006). “Trauma and Film” presentation on the nature of violence and violation in filmmaking, and the notion of “traumaturgical” representation, with excerpts from original work.


New York University (2005), Guest Lecturer in Avital Ronell’s seminar on haunted spaces in literature and philosophy. Presentation of “Accidents of Memory,” original video on sites of historical trauma in Eastern Poland.


University of Cambridge, UK (2005). “Delusion, Dementia & Atrocity: Accidents of Memory” video presentation at “Cinema, War, and the Society of Spectacle” conf. at the Center for Research on Art, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Paper requested for book.


European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland (2004). Keynote speaker for Claude Lanzmann’s Honorary Doctorate.


Invited speaker: Walker Art Center, 92nd Street Y (New York), Austrian Embassy, Washington, DC; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC; Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York; Berlin Film Festival, Forum for New Cinema; Viennale Film Festival, featured panelist, Metrokino, Vienna; Hong Kong Intl Film Festival; Film Festivals in San Francisco, Washington, Miami, San Diego; Cinema Arts Center, Huntington, NY; Vancouver Film School; University screenings & discussions.


Curatorial Board (2010-11), Urban Culture Project, Charlotte St. Foundation, Kansas City.

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