Ad Hoc Faculty/Instructors

Gina Barton is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's law enforcement investigative reporter. In 2013, she won a George Polk award for her investigation into the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee police custody. Several of her other projects also have earned national awards, including a 2010 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and a 2009 IRE Award for breaking news investigations. Her narrative series "Fatal Identity" was followed by charges against a longtime murder suspect. Her book on the case was published in September 2008. In 2000, Barton spent five weeks reporting in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia as a Dart Center Ochberg Fellow. She has worked at the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and the Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch. Barton holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree from Indiana University-South Bend.

Stacy Blasiola is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Communication and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Electronic Security and Privacy. She is editorial assistant for Social Media and Society and editorial associate for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. She comes to UWM having just concluded a summer internship at the Microsoft Research Social Media Collective in Cambridge, MA. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, her research investigates the social impacts of algorithmic systems in social networking and search, as well as the privacy implications of personalization. Prior to her move to academia, she worked for as an Advertising Executive, and then for the Journal Broadcast Group's WTMJ-AM, WKTI-FM, WLWK-FM, and WTMJ-TV as the Director of Interactive Revenue Development.

Kevin Brandt With more than 25 years experience on both the client and agency sides of the advertising industry, Kevin brings a unique real world perspective to his teaching. Over the course of his career, Kevin has worked in brand planning, account service and creative roles. As an account planner and strategist, Kevin has helped build major national brands including Subway, Serta Mattresses and Jensen Audio. On the creative side, he has won many national and regional advertising awards for his work on St. Pauli Girl Beer, The Milwaukee Brewers, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, The Valley Hospital in Bergin County, New Jersey and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Currently, Kevin is VP – Creative Director for Black Canyon, a Phoenix based advertising agency specializing in brand strategy and campaign development. His "if it ain't broke, break it" approach has brought innovative solutions to help clients succeed in today's increasingly competitive marketplace.

Ed Brud has more than 30 years of reporting, editing and design experience. He is currently the news design coordinator for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in charge of design for the Sunday news sections. He teaches JAMS 231: Publication Design. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Tess Gallun is an award-winning documentary veteran who owns Root River Films, a production company that focuses on well-crafted, powerful stories about life. With over twenty years of long-form nonfiction experience, her professional credits include innovative community service and public awareness campaigns, documentaries for national PBS outlets, a thirteen part series for the Discovery Channel, and rich historical video projects for museums. The subjects she’s covered include war photography, community advocacy, wildlife conservation, gun violence, racism, LGBT homelessness and world religions. Tess has taught media ethics and journalism production classes at UW-Milwaukee since 2005. Her teaching successes include fostering relationships between students and the community, helping to raise support through social media assignments, and inspiring students to make a difference in the world. 

Erik Gunn teaches Feature and Magazine Writing at UWM. He is a Contributing Editor for Milwaukee Magazine, a Senior Contributor for Isthmus in Madison, Wis., and a full-time freelance writer and editor for general interest magazines, newspapers, and trade publications. His work includes long-form feature and investigative reporting as well as short-form commentary focusing on media. He has won numerous awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association and from the Milwaukee Press Club. A self-employed, independent journalist for 20 years, Gunn previously covered labor, management, and workplace issues for the Milwaukee Journal from 1986 until the Journal ceased publication in 1995; before that he was a general assignment and health and medicine reporter for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle in New York State. He started his journalism career at the Rockford Register Star in northern Illinois in 1978. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Composition from Beloit College and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Thomas Luljak is Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). His responsibilities include directing the university's media, integrated marketing and public relations initiatives;directing all government relations and neighborhood relations programs;and overseeing UWM's web and social media development. Luljak serves as the chief lobbyist for UWM, representing the university's interests in the state Capitol and in Washington, DC.

Under Luljak's direction, UWM launched several branding and marketing programs that have raised the university's visibility nationally. A multimedia student recruitment advertising program developed by Luljak has contributed to significant increases in UWM's enrollment. One of the most widely seen elements of the advertising program is the large UWM billboard at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Each year millions of baseball fans around the country see the UWM logo during telecasts of games at Miller Park.

In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism Advertising &Media Studies, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.

Luljak, who joined UWM in the Spring of 2000, earned his master's degree from UWM in mass communication. His bachelor's degree is from the departments of Radio/TV/Film and Speech Education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Prior to his work at UWM, Luljak served as director of corporate communications at Blue Cross &Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, where he also served as executive director of the company's foundation. Luljak began his career as a broadcast journalist, and served as news director for WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM. His numerous broadcast journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism.

He and wife, Wendy, have two grown children. Luljak enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events, and swimming.

Jessie (Garcia) Marble is an award-winning sports reporter for Milwaukee television station WTMJ-TV. She was the first female sports anchor in the state of Wisconsin, hosted "The Mike Holmgren Show" and "The Mike McCarthy Show" and was the sideline reporter for the Green Bay Packers. Garcia has written three books on sports history: "My Life with the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting," "No Stone Unturned: A Brother and Sister's Incredible Journey Through the Olympics and Cancer" and "Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians." Her work has also appeared on Milwaukee Public Radio and in numerous publications including Packer Plus. She produces videos and documentaries and co-wrote a special on Mary Tyler Moore for PBS. Garcia is a graduate of Boston University and teaches Specialized Reporting and Sports Reporting at UWM.

Malcolm McDowell Woods has nearly thirty years experience as an essayist, reporter, editor and designer. He currently serves as New Media Editor for Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, where he oversees a quarterly magazine, Graze, and directs the company’s web and social media strategies. Woods is on Twitter @malcolmmw. He has served in editorial and management positions at various publications, winning awards for page design and opinion writing. Woods has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from UW-Milwaukee.