Faculty Bios: Full Time Faculty (Manhattan)

Full-Time Faculty

Dena Winokur, Ph.D.



Prior to joining NYIT, held executive level positions in public relations, advertising  and marketing communications at AT&T, Burson-Marsteller (one of the world’s largest public relations agencies), Downey, Weeks and Toomey (a company specializing in non-profit and educational marketing communications), and the Metropolitan Washington Regional Medical Program. She has served as a consultant to AT&T Universal Credit Card Services, AT&T Communications Research, Advertising and Corporate Underwriting, PSE & G, World Trade Institute, Health Point Products, Third Avenue Productions and Trimark Publications.

In the corporate world, she developed strategies and established precedent setting programs for clients such as Digital Equipment Corp, FEDEX, Amoco, CBS, Telemundo, U.S. Army, and BellSouth. She has brought that same creative touch to NYIT where she established and supervised a student staffed Production House and Agency Workshop.  Clients serviced by these groups included:  Foreign Press Association, Eurocircle, Lexington School for the Deaf, Martha Graham Dance Company, United Nations, Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Double Dutch League, Volunteer Referral Center, Amnesty International, Vital Theater Company, and many foreign consulates.

She is very active in professional, political and community organizations. In 2005, Dr. Winokur was the President of the Public Relations Society of America (NY chapter).  She was the first female full-time academician to head up the 700 public relations professionals in the NY Chapter, one of the association’s largest. For her many years of service to PRSA, she received a Presidential citation for “distinguished service and outstanding performance in important leadership positions.”  She is an executive producer of off-Broadway plays, has served as an advisor to the Advertising Club of NY, served on Advisory Boards for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Correction, and the NYC Department of Sanitation and ran for NY State Assembly in 2010.  She is the recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators Award of Merit and the International Television Association Award of Merit.

Dr. Winokur has published extensively in periodicals as diverse as Cell Biology International, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Public Relations Journal, Transworld Research Journal, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Futures, International Journal of Benchmarking  for Quality Management and Technology, Total Quality Management Journal and is frequently quoted in academic and professional publications.  She has made numerous presentations to professional groups and appeared on radio and television.

She worked with the Gallup organization on a joint project with NYIT that resulted in the establishment of a Young Adult Research Center.  The Center’s first study of pharmaceutical advertising and its impact on young adults resulted in national media coverage. Students are involved in all aspects of the Center and assist in conducting research on a range of issues measuring the attitudes, perceptions and behavior of young adults.

Michael Banks, Ph.D.



Michael Banks was appointed a full-time member of the NYIT faculty in 1982. He served for many years as an Associate Professor, with tenure, and was later elevated to the rank of Full Professor. For all these years he has proudly called Manhattan his home campus.  Before working at NYIT, Dr. Banks was an Assistant Professor in the State University of New York system for three years, after five years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also taught summer school at Northwestern University, where he earned both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in 1968 and 1975, respectively.

A life-long professional university educator, Dr. Banks has also held administrative positions. Most recently he served as Chairman and Graduate Director of Communication Arts-Manhattan at NYIT, where he initiated the successful Media Management Masters degree specialization he had first proposed twenty years earlier. He has served on the Faculty Senates, for multiple terms, at each of the universities which employed him. He served his union, AAUP-NYIT-Manhattan as an officer for one term. He has the unique distinction among NYIT Communication Arts faculty of having served as either Advisor or Principle Reader on seven Doctoral Committees (University of Missouri). He was a Reader for all Masters Theses produced at CA-Manhattan for 25 years.

Felisa Kaplan, Ph.D.



Felisa Kaplan specializes in Communications Research, International Media Law and the systematic development of instructional programs. As consultant in the development of online programs and international education, she has worked with universities in the U.S., France, Korea, Cuba and other Latin American countries, establishing international programs and serving as institutional evaluator in university accreditation commissions.  Previously, Dr. Kaplan served as Dean of the Manhattan Campus of the New York Institute of Technology.  During her tenure at NYIT, Dr. Kaplan also held the positions of Dean of Continuing (Extended) Education and chair of the departments of Communications Arts and Instructional Technology.

Before joining NYIT, Dr. Kaplan was Assistant Professor at Syracuse University. At SU she also earned a PhD in Educational Technology and a Master’s degree in Television and Radio. She holds undergraduate degrees in Education, Music, and Journalism.

In her role of President of the Chilean Cultural Foundation in New York, she has promoted Chilean culture in partnership with organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, where she coordinated a major exhibit on Easter Island. As a developer of training programs, she won recognition from the United States and Canadian governments for her development of systematic training programs for paraprofessionals in child abuse prevention.

Dr. Kaplan has conducted research and written articles for numerous magazines and newspapers about academic administration, online and international education in the US and abroad.

Youjeong Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Youjeong Kim has worked as a television producer for the Korea Broadcasting System (one of three major broadcasting systems in Korea) for two years. She directed and produced several TV documentaries and received the “The Best Program of This Month” award in 2002.

Dr. Kim has been actively involved in academia.  At Penn State University, she has organized coordinating weekly meeting of lab group (SLG) and the annual graduate research colloquium of student presentations of papers accepted at the International Communication Association at Penn state University. Also, she served as the chair of a referred paper session entitled “Youth in Virtual Worlds” at the annual conference of the Advertising and Consumer Psychology Association and served as a book chapter reviewer for that conference. Dr. Kim currently serves as a paper reviewer for CHI (ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) for the field of human-computer interaction and will serve as a moderator of two sessions at the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression at NYIT.

Dr. Kim’s research focuses on psychology of new media technology, avatar, virtual environment, and health communication. She has published an article in Business Research Yearbook and a book chapter. Also, she has served as the first author in a number of research studies about new media and presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including ICA, NCA, and AEJMC, all of which are intended for publication. She is currently involved in several collaborative research projects with Sungkyunkwan University in Korea and another dealing with the promotion of real-time behavioral change through mindful virtual engagement in virtual reality, collaborating with professors at Harvard and Penn State. Last year, Dr. Kim was awarded an NYIT Institutional Research Grant for 2011 ($5, 930.41).

At NYIT, she is teaching ADVG 101 (Intro to Advertising), PREL 610 (Advertising Principles and Practices), and TEVE 101 (Intro to TV Production) courses and serves as a co-advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America Student Chapter.

Jody Saslow

Associate Professor


Jody Saslow graduated from Union College and received his MFA from New York University’s Graduate School of Motion Pictures and Television. He has worked as a cinematographer, film editor, and sound recorder on documentary, industrial, and commercial films for clients including Levi Strauss, the City of New York, the U.S. Postal Service, the Long Island Rail Road, the David M. Winfield Foundation, American Movie classics, and independent filmmakers.

Films directed by Professor Saslow have been screened at the Manheim and Melbourne International Film Festivals, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Polish Television Network, the Vienna Filmhaus, and Showtime Entertainment, and have received awards at the U.S. Industrial Film Festival, the American Film Festival, the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, the Long Island Film & Video Festival, and the CINE Eagle Competition. His film Crosby Street is in the permanent collection of the Donnell Media Center, where it has been restored with a recent film preservation grant.

Professor Saslow’s experience in the film and television industry includes seven years as the film editor for the Candid Camera television series and specials for CBS and HBO, staff cinematographer and film editor with the ARD West German Television New York Bureau, and assistant film editor for the Universal Pictures-Zanuck/Brown feature The Island. Professor Saslow’s stock cinematography is represented by Third Millennium Films in New York City.

His still photography has been exhibited at the Schenectady Museum of Art, The New Rochelle Public Library, and the New York Institute of Technology Midge Karr Fine Arts Center. He has served on festival juries for the Association of Visual Communicators Cindy Awards, The International Film and Television Festival, and the Long Island Media Arts Show.

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