Dennis W. Mazzocco
Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film
Dempster Hall 322B
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Degrees: PHD, 1996, Univ Calif San Diego; MA, 1991, Calif St Univ Fresno; BA, 1976, Seton Hall Univ
Professor Dennis W. Mazzocco (Ph.D. University of California San Diego) is an Emmy Award winning director, associate director, producer, and writer (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TNT, ESPN, Bravo). His artistic contributions range from news (Nightline, Good Morning America, World News) to sports (Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series) to entertainment (Oscars, Dancing with Stars, One Life to Live). Dr. Mazzocco is the recipient of nine Emmy Awards (among 19 career nominations), and three Cine Gold Awards that come from credits on 12 Olympic broadcasts and the six-part, network documentary series, ABC Notebook. He also shares a team Peabody Award and a Directors Guild Nomination for ABC 2000, the unprecedented 23-hour ABC News documentary that was watched by an estimated 175 million viewers. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, a top honor from the Directors Guild of America.
In 2009, Dr. Mazzocco was elected to the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Board of Directors that governs the 14,000+ member union with operating assets of $180 million and pension assets of $2.2 billion; he thus becomes only one of three tenured professors to serve on the Board in the DGA's 75-year history (the other two are from UCLA and USC). He is very active on key national DGA committees: 75th Anniversary, Website Advisory Special Projects/Visual History, Residency, and Reality Programs, as well as on the DGA Leadership Council. Dr. Mazzocco was elected as a regional Council member for five consecutive terms, elected Council Chair six times, and appointed two times as Network Proposals Chair and Negotiating Committee member. He also chaired the Disciplinary and Waiver Committees for six years. For nine years, he served as a Blue Ribbon judge for the national sports Emmy Awards.
In the classroom, Dr. Mazzocco's innovative teaching encourages students to widen their creative vision and expand their imaginative power. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in producing, directing, writing, genres, documentary studies, and media aesthetics. Blending theory and practice to encourage artistic expression, he has worked with students (and alumni) at the Olympics, the Academy Awards, ABC News, and DGA in New York. In 2006, he was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year by graduating students from the Hofstra School of Communication.
Dr. Mazzocco is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Networks of Power: Corporate TV's Threat to Democracy (South End Press). His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the labor struggles to organize U.S. radio technicians during the New Deal, and earned the Edwin Emery Award for exceptional historical research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His writings have also appeared in scholarly publications such as Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Radio, and Critical Sociology. In 2009, Dr. Mazzocco was elected president of the Hofstra-AAUP Chapter, the faculty union representing more than 500 full-time and adjunct professors.