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Dr. Vanessa Elaine Greenwood is a full professor in the School of Communication and Media and the founder of the COMM+MEDIA Research Collaboratory (http://www.cmrcollaboratory.org). From 2014-2016 she served as chairperson of the Department of Secondary and Special Education in the College of Education at Montclair State University.

Dr. Greenwood earned her BA and MA in Communication Studies from the California State University system and her PhD in Media Ecology from New York University. She worked as a media educator and technology consultant in the New York City Schools, which served as the basis of her first book, "Rethinking Technology in Schools" (Peter Lang, 2009). Her early research and scholarship focused on the uses of technology to renew schooling and promote democratic practices particularly through media literacy education and teacher preparation. In 2013 the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) honored her with the Meritorious Service award from for her service as their Vice President of the Board of Directors, co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and two-time conference program chair. Dr. Greenwood currently serves on numerous editorial boards for education, media, technology, and health media-related academic journals.

In 2016, Dr. Greenwood joined the faculty in the School of Communication and Media in the College of the Arts teaching courses that include Communication Research Methods, Media Criticism, Television and Culture, Children's Television, Doing Media Literacy through Disney, and Food Media Literacy.

Research interests

Dr. Greenwood's research intersects the fields of communication, education and technology with a particular emphasis on media literacy education. Dr. Greenwood's early research and scholarship focused on the uses of technology to renew schooling and promote democratic practices particularly through media literacy education and teacher preparation. 

Scholarly Interests

Interested in how media technologies can support communicative and communal experiences among all learners (but especially adolescent learners). Dr. Greenwood also studies the growing need for health media literacy among all age groups.

Teaching

Communication Research Methods, Media Criticism, Television and Culture, Children's Television, Doing Media Literacy through Disney, and Food Media Literacy.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on media literacy education, health media literacy, and communication and technology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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