Timothy Scepansky

Timothy Scepansky, EdD

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Communications
Media Expertise:
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Technology

Programs I Teach

Education

  • EdD, Higher Education Curriculum & Leadership (2017)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MEd, Higher Education (1999)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

I received my undergraduate degree from Villanova University and began my professional career at a large Philadelphia advertising agency. Working as a production manager, I managed the production of radio commercials, television commercials, and print collateral for client accounts. It was a fortuitous time, because it coincided with the dawn of desktop publishing and digital media production.

I became a student of the this new era through implementing the new technologies and training the creative staff. I began working in film production, producing two feature films, and consulting for companies and training their creative media departments in production and technical processes.

In 1996, I joined Widener, thinking it would be a transitional position in my career. Why have I stayed? I love teaching and producing media, and I have found the most rewarding part of my position, in addition to teaching the content of the production world, is helping guide the student to understand how they can secure the internship they want, get to graduate school, and/or enter into the professional career field of their choice.

The communication digital media production field is remarkable in many ways, most notably how ubiquitous digital media is used and integrated in every aspect of human communication and society.

Research Interests

My research areas of interest include service learning in the communication studies curriculum and digital media production with emphasis on aesthetic impact. Employing service learning pedagogy in the communication studies curriculum provides for unique opportunities for learning, becoming civically engaged, and opportunities for communication work product to impact and inform wider audiences.

I have studied, researched, and presented a paper on the impact of the Steadicam aesthetic in film storytelling and more recently have been researching and studying the use and impact of drone cinematography in television and film production.

Publications

  • Bonk, R.J., Simons, L.N., Scepansky, T.M., Blank, N.B., & Berman, E.B. (2009). A multidisciplinary assessment of chesteropoly as an academic-service experience. Journal of Experiential Education, 32(2), 155–177.
  • Scepansky, T.M. (Producer, Director, Co-writer). (2012). Living our civic mission (15-minute short film).
  • Scepansky, T.M. (2014). 13th annual cruise for the kids thank you. Children's Crisis Treatment Center video (Vimeo).

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Broadcast Education Association (BEA), University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

Awards

  • Faculty Fellow, Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar (2010)
  • Presenter, "Digital Cinema Tools for the Independent Film Maker," Media Film Festival (2011)
  • Winner Best Graphics, The Philadelphia 48 Hour Film Project (2008)