Faculty Bios: Full Time Faculty (Old Westbury)

Full-Time Faculty

Donald Fizzinoglia


Old Westbury

Founder and Curator of NYIT’s “Free Flicks” weekly classic film series since 2005.

An independent video and filmmaker since 1978, Don continues to pursue his stated goal of balancing "teacher, artist, and professional." He possesses a unique blend of student-focused educational mentoring, with high-caliber professional television and film production experience.

A Yale University graduate, Don has written, produced, directed and edited a wide variety of productions including film and television drama, documentaries, talk shows, music videos, commercial, promotional and educational programs. He has worked with Hollywood elite including Lauren Bacall, Oliver Stone, Carrie Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Kirsten Dunst, Liza Minelli, Shirley MacLaine and Rita Moreno.

His early highlights include: Risk, an AIDS awareness film targeting teenagers; LIRR: A Reflection, about the railroad’s 150-year history; All About Telstar, an independent film set in Texas on the eve of JFK's assassination, and "Turn It Around", a film-to-tape drug prevention music video featuring Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

In the early 90s, Don wrote, produced and directed award-winning programs for the American Movie Classics Network. These include: Orphan Films, supporting the preservation of motion pictures; and The Shots Seen 'Round the World, a documentary series about famous movie scenes; as well as special commentary segments.

In 1997, Don joined Emmy-winning producer Lewis Bogach to form Surreal Life Productions, producing numerous shows such as the making of Robert Duvall’s The Apostle, and Songs in Shadow: The Making of Carly Simon / Film Noir. In 1998, Surreal Life produced an acclaimed one-hour documentary, The Sun, The Moon and The Stars, which aired on AMC.

In 1999, Surreal Life premiered CENSORED, a documentary about film censorship in America from 1896 to 1922 and in 2000 produced another primetime documentary, BLOCKED: The Novelist's Experience in Hollywood. In 2002 AMC aired Surreal Life’s two-hour special entitled Reel Radicals: The 60's Revolution in Film.

In a departure from cinema history documentaries, Don produced, directed and wrote CMT’s Most Shocking: College Sports Headlines, a one-hour documentary examining the issues facing college sports, for Viacom’s MTV-CMT network, premiering nationally in 2005.

Don also produced an independent feature documentary film, Free Spirits (2006), about the Brotherhood of the Spirit, the largest “hippie” commune in the country, which existed from 1968-1988. This film was released theatrically and screened at numerous international film festivals including the Rome Int’l Film Festival, the Ojai Film Festival 2006, Oxford International Film Festival, the Cinema City International Film Festival in L.A., the San Francisco Documentary Festival, and others.

TV critic Tom Shales, Washington Post review about The Sun, "Bogach and Fizzinoglia really know their stuff...It stirs the emotions and provokes the mind using the techniques of filmmaking.... Unforgettable...a heavenly hour."

Newsday critic Neil Holston, about Reel Radicals, called it "A fascinating documentary… impressive…. Not since critic Richard Schickel's 1973 PBS series about influential film artists of Hollywood's Golden Age, has TV offered a more thoughtful and entertaining exploration of the director's art."

Don is a member of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the University Film and Video Association.

James Fauvell

Associate Professor

Old Westbury

James Fauvell has been teaching at NYIT for more than 20 years and was the chairperson of the Communication Arts Department for 15 years. Fauvell serves on the Academic Senate at NYIT and is currently President of the AAUP at NYIT Old Westbury/Central Islip chapter.

Fauvell has taught on both NYIT New York campuses as well as in Korea and Taiwan. He has also guest lectured in China and France. Fauvell developed a joint degree program with French school L'Ecole Française des attachés de Presse et des Professionnels de la Communication (EFAP). The EFAP program allows French students studying communications to study at NYIT-Manhattan for a semester or a year. He also chaired a joint degree program in Seoul, Korea and Taipei, Taiwan. He leads many committees at NYIT, and has directed and produced many plays,comedies, musicals, documentaries, and dramatic and children’s productions.

Prior to his career at NYIT, Fauvell was the president, director, and co-founder of Park West 58 Theatrical Production, Inc, in New York City. He received his master’s degree in communication arts at NYIT.

An independent video and filmmaker, Fauvell started his career in New York theater as an actor in 1976. He has worked with such people as John Travolta, Pat Carroll, Raul Julia, Anne Miller, Ben Stiller, Sid Caesar, James Coco and many others.

He has a featured role in the newly released film The Woodhaven Pause and directed the Folio award winning Smart Growth: Long Islands Future, for PBS Channel 21. He is now focusing on college theatre and the video blogging world.

He is a member of the American Film Institute, the New York Chapter of National Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as an advisor to Women in Communication. He is currently on the board of Directors of CADET and the Stuttering Resource Foundation. Jim is also a member of Actors Equity.

John Hanc

Associate Professor

Old Westbury

John Hanc is an associate professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, where he teaches classes in writing, journalism and communication. An award- winning feature writer and author specializing in fitness, active sports and local history, he is a long-time contributing writer to the Long Island, N.Y.-based daily newspaper Newsday and a contributing editor to Runner’s World magazine.

His work also appears in AARP Bulletin, Family Circle, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Yoga Journal, and many other national web-based and print publications.

Hanc’s ninth book, Not Dead Yet, the memoir of bike racer Phil Southerland, a Type 1 diabetic, was published by St. Martin’s Press in May, 2011. His previous book, The Coolest Race on Earth, based on his experiences running the Antarctica Marathon, was published by Chicago Review Press in January, 2009. The book won Honorable Mention in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors awards.

Other books include Jones Beach: An Illustrated History (Globe Pequot Press, 2007; paperback edition, March, 2010), Running for Dummies (co-authored with the late Florence Griffith Joyner, IDG Books, 1999) and The Essential Runner, (Lyons & Burford, 1994).

Some of Hanc’s articles have earned distinctions, as well: A 2010 story he wrote for Smithsonian magazine’s website, “The Curious London Legacy of Benedict Arnold,” was named as one of the top 10 stories of the year by the magazine. A 2009 story he wrote for the Fitness section of the New York Times, “Exercises for the Time- Crunched,” was included in the anthology, The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything, published by St. Martin’s Press. He was also part of a Runner’s World editorial team whose 2008 web/print package—“The Half Marathon Challenge”—was a finalist in the 2009 American Society of Magazine Editor’s National Magazine Awards.

As a promotion and public relations copywriter in the 1980s and 1990s, Hanc worked for Time Inc’s People and Entertainment Weekly magazines, as well as many other clients. Hanc, a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, is also an active member of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS). He has moderated and served on numerous panels on writing for these organizations’ annual conventions.

At NYIT, Hanc teaches classes in journalism and writing, and is faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Campus Slate and the Carleton Group, NYIT’s award-winning student run advertising and p.r. agency. Hanc was named to both the 2007 and 2005 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, In 2006, he was awarded both the “Mentor of the Year” award by the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island and a Golden Apple award for teaching excellence from the Long Island chapter of the March of Dimes. In 2008, for his work as a “practice what you preach” educator, he was named the first winner of the Scholarship of Application prize offered by the Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism.

Hanc is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and received his master’s degree at the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Anthony Piazza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Old Westbury

Dr. Anthony Piazza is an associate professor at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, where he teaches classes in broadcast history and television production. Former vice president of the Emmy Award winning news program, LI News Tonight, Anthony has been teaching at NYIT for nearly 40 years.

He was the director of educational television for WLIW, Channel 21, PBS and served as producer/director for Telecare, NY. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York Chapter, serving on Blue Ribbon panels determining awards. Additionally, he is a member of the Radio and Television News Director Association and the Broadcast Educators Association.

Anthony received his Masters of Science in Speech and Theater/Television Production from Brooklyn College in 1971 and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership for Higher Education in 2008 along with further degrees in English and Business Administration. He was also a captain in the United States Air Force serving in Vietnam.

Robert Sherwin

Associate Professor

Old Westbury

Having started his career as an urban landscape photographer, Robert Sherwin’s color photography is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.

Sherwin began to explore film as a graduate student at NYU. His first film won the highly coveted national FOCUS award in competition with over 600 films. “For Immediate Release” received national press coverage in USA Today, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to a cash award sponsored by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin’ Productions. “Jitters”, his second film, having initially screened at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles, was distributed internationally by Tapestry Productions. It received a national network premiere on PBS and The Learning Channel, hosted by Buck Henry. “Dirty Laundry”, Sherwin’s first feature, starred AcademyAward–nominated Tess Harper and Emmy Award-winner Jay Thomas. It premiered at the London Film Festival and went on to theatrical runs in New York, Los Angeles and other cities around the world. Soon thereafter he directed “Burglars,” an independent television pilot, starring Scott Valentine of TV’s “Family Ties.”

In 2002, Sherwin turned to digital filmmaking when he wrote, produced, directed and edited “SoundProof.” This quirky drama won awards at several festivals including Savannah, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, USA, Great Lakes, Long Island and Birmingham. In 2006 he finished “I Killed Talk Radio”, another short digital project.

Rob received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program in 1992. He has also directed commercials and corporate films for Group W Broadcasting, Radio Mercury Awards, Exxon and The Theater Guild, featuring Reba McEntire, Loretta Swit and James Franciosa.

After over a decade of teaching film production and scriptwriting at New York Institute of Technology, Rob was Communication Arts department chairman for nearly 4 years on the Old Westbury campus. The department has over 800 students on 3 campuses (including Nanjing, China) and offers 3 degree programs including a BFA in Communication Arts, BS in Advertising and an MA in Communication Arts. Sherwin has recently returned to strictly teaching on the Old Westbury campus.

Jueman (Mandy) Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Old Westbury

Jueman (Mandy) Zhang joined the NYIT faculty in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Old Westbury campus. Zhang teaches courses in digital imaging, multiplatform journalism, and media research.

Zhang’s areas of expertise include uses and effects of electronic media, health communication, media processes and effects, and persuasion. In 2010 and 2011, Zhang received Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) grants from NYIT to fund both her HIV/AIDS study and health literacy project. She has presented papers on new media and health communication at the annual conferences of the International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Zhang earned a B.A. degree in English from Shanghai International> Studies University, a M.A. degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, a M.S. degree in applied statistics and a Ph.D. degree in mass communications from Syracuse University. Prior to NYIT, Zhang worked as a reporter at Shanghai Daily.

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