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Dennis W. Mazzocco

Professor of Radio, Television, Film


Degrees

PHD, 1996, Univ Calif San Diego; MA, 1991, California State Univ Fresno; BA, 1976, Seton Hall Univ


Bio

Professor Dennis W. Mazzocco, PhD, is an Emmy Award winning director, producer, associate director, and stage manager. He is the recipient of eleven Emmy Awards and the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Dr. Mazzocco shares a team George Foster Peabody Award and a DGA Awards nomination for ABC 2000—the 23-hour ABC News documentary with one of the largest TV audiences of all time. His television career spans nearly four decades working on leading U.S. network productions: Good Morning America, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, 12 Olympics, the NFL, Super Bowl, NHL, Major League Baseball, World Series, six Academy Awards, Dancing with Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Dr. Mazzocco is a member of the DGA's national board of directors, and proudly serves the 17,000+ member guild that represents directors and their creative teams in film, television and new media. He enjoys the distinction of being the only tenured university professor ever elected to the DGA board with an earned doctorate. He served as a regional council chair six times, and was invited five times by three DGA Presidents to serve on the network negotiations committee with ABC, CBS, and NBC. For nine years, he served as a blue ribbon judge for the national sports Emmy Awards.

In the classroom, Dr. Mazzocco is a Distinguished Teacher of the Year in the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication (LHSC) where he teaches courses in producing, directing, writing, genres, documentary studies, and industry practice. He encourages student creative development with strong theory and practice, and his former students have garnered national recognition with a National Student Emmy Award. Several worked with him as professional colleagues later at the Olympics, the Academy Awards, ABC News and the DGA. In 2018, Dr. Mazzocco agreed to serve as the Dean's Advisor for Special Programs to expand LHSC's connections to the wider world of media.

Dr. Mazzocco is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Networks of Power: Corporate TV's Threat to Democracy. His scholarly research focused on the labor challenge to organize U.S. network radio technicians during the New Deal, and his PhD dissertation received the distinguished Edwin Emery Award for exceptional historical research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His writings have appeared in scholarly publications such as Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Radio, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Critical Sociology. He has appeared at numerous academic conferences on media analysis/history at Harvard, the University of California, San Diego, in Seoul, South Korea, and other venues. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Reuters, The Christian Science Monitor, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, DGA Monthly, Des Moines Register, Pacifica, Newsday, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, NBC News, Pacifica Broadcasting, and the Australian Radio Network, and was invited to speak before labor groups such as the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET).

Dr. Mazzocco is currently an elected officer with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and its AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress (CBC) in Washington, D.C. He is currently the CBC secretary which provides leadership in AAUP collective bargaining for 75 university chapters with over 30,000 faculty members. Formerly, he served different terms as the CBC treasurer and an at-large member of the CBC Executive Committee. Dr. Mazzocco is currently the immediate past president of the Hofstra-AAUP Chapter, the faculty union at Hofstra University. He served as chapter president for nine years.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
RTVF 024 TV PROD: MULTI-CAMERA STUDIO Undergraduate
RTVF 064 TV PRODUCTION: NON-FICTION Undergraduate
RTVF 170 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Undergraduate
RTVF 180I THE SPORTS DOCUMENTARY Undergraduate
RTVF 234 MEDIA IN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMNT Graduate
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