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Dennis Stephen Woytek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Journalism & Multimedia Arts

537 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.4173


Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University, 2009
M.S., Multimedia Technology, Duquesne University, 1997
B.A., Communication, Duquesne University, 1995

Digital Imaging
Newsroom Operations
3-D Modeling and design
3-D Animation
Character Animation
Introduction to Multimedia
Graphic Design for Multimedia
Multimedia Production
Cross Platform Authoring
Digital Videography
Principles of Audio & Video
Writing for Multimedia
Documentary Filmmaking


Traveled to Poland with a Holocaust survivor and produced several lesson modules for the Classrooms Without Borders organization (Telly Award Winner).
2 weeks in Israel exploring the land, the people and the cultures of Israel for a documentary.
Traveled to Rome and Israel documenting the Pilgrimage of Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno. Produced a hour DVD for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Jewish Foundation (Telly Award Winner).
Completed documentary on Immigration in the United States "We Are All Immigrants" (Telly Award Winner). Produced a recruitment DVD for St. Joseph High School
Teach a free summer class in photography and video for St. Josephs High School, Natrona Hgts.
Traveled to Chimbote Peru and produced for the Pittsburgh Diocese a documentary on the mission in Chimbote shown at the Chimbote mission dinner.

Professional Affiliations

Member of NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
Member NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)
Member NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals)
Member AEJMC

"Good Morning Vietnam: Censorship at American Forces Vietnam Network," Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA October 2002.
"The Communication Ethics and Technology Course: Radical Reflection for a New Generation," National Communication Association, Atlanta, GA. November 2001
"Teaching Communication Ethics and Technology:The Learning Experience," Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania, Seven Springs, PA. October 2001
"Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Distance Learning Classroom," National Communication Association, Seattle, WA. November 2000
"Teaching in the Virtual Classroom," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Anaheim, CA. August 1996

Papers Published:
" Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Classroom," Journal of Mediated Communication, Vol. 11, No. 2, p. 46-57

Earned 90 educational credits attending a study seminar at the Moffat Institute in Tel Aviv. Certificate awarded by the Ministry of Education for the State of Israel.

I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1949. I lived most of my childhood on the beaches of Presque Isle and 'spinning the hits' at radio stations including the one I built in my basement. The broadcast range was only a few blocks but I kept the neighbors entertained. I had my first paying radio job at WJET.

In 1967 I joined the Navy to be a photographer in 1967 only to find myself as a Seabee going to Vietnam. After serving in Quang Tri and Dong Ha with CBMU 301 and building an Armed Forces Radio station in Quang Tri, I was transferred to Alaska. I spent three years in the frozen tundra of Adak Island at AFRTS as a disc jockey, program director, TV newscaster and movie host.

After discharge from the Navy I returned to Erie to work on radio, helped build WJET TV and WQLN radio and TV and attended Mercyhurst College. I left college to take a full-time position at a 5,000-watt radio station as the wild-and-wacky morning announcer. Maried Fran Portka who I met at Mercyhurst and then spent three years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan near Mackinac Island. Moved back to Pennsylvania and spent 13 years as a morning man in Franklin, PA .That is where my children were born. Jonathan, Sarah and Marissa.

We moved to Pittsburgh in 1989 and I was a freelance Videographer, TV producer for a program I created, 'Pennsylvania Adventures,' and also directed many sports events for Sports Channel America and KBL Sport Network.

I returned to finish my Bachelors degree in Communications at Duquesne in 1995. While attending classes I also worked for WDUQ as a part-time host for jazz, the Tribune-review and was responsible for creating the on-line edition of the newspaper along with other websites including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Brewing Company. In 1997 I completed my MS in Multimedia Technology at Duquesne. In February 2009 I completed my Ph.D. in Rhetoric with a dissertation on how Vietnam veterans are using technology to take private memory and make it public.

I was appointed Assistant Professor for the Multimedia Technology Department (now Journalism and Media Arts) and now teach courses including Introduction to Multimedia Technology, Cross-Platform Authoring, Digital Imaging, Multimedia Production, Digital Videography, Visual Communications, Digital Cinematography, Photojournalism, 3-D Modeling and Animation and Computer Graphic Design, Newsroom Operations.

I have won seven Telly Awards, one for a program called "Pennsylvania Adventures" , "A Journey of Faith" a documentary on the town and people of Medjugorje, for a 30 minute news special on Seven Springs and one for a documentary on the visit of the Pope to the United States. Another for "Memory, A Holocaust Survivors Story" and for "Pilgrimage of Faith." I also have been awarded several MPIX gold awards for documentaries.