Amy R. Franzini, PhD
- Associate Professor
- Communications & Marketing
Programs I Teach
- PhD, Mass Media & Communication (2003)
Temple University (PA)
I have been a member of the Widener faculty since 2001. I teach a wide variety of courses in COMS, from COMS Freshman Seminar to Senior Capstone, with many fun and interesting courses in between, such as Film Analysis and Interpersonal Communication. As a service-learning fellow, I am a strong supporter of Widener's mission. I strive to have my students connect what they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives—past, present, and future.
I strongly believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor, and I'm consistently learning from my students. I have a passion for communications and teaching, and more than anything I want to help my students to find their own personal passions.
I research the intersections between children, parents, and the media. This research varies from studying children's television content to helping parents use media as teachable moments with their children.
- Franzini, A.R. (2012). Children and media in parenting. In V.B. Cvetkovic & D.C. Olson (Eds.), Portrayals of children in popular culture: Fleeting images (15–26). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Franzini, A.R. (2008). Is school cool? Academics and intelligence on teen television. In L. Holderman (Ed.), Common sense: Intelligence as presented on popular television. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Franzini, A.R. (2007). The world of teenage television: A longitudinal content analysis of prime-time programming most popular among adolescents. The National Social Science Journal, 27(2).
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
National Communication Association (NCA), Popular Culture/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)