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TANYA D.

ZUK
tzuk1@gsu.edu | www.tanyazuk.com

SUMMARY
Experienced instructor in media studies, communications, and marketing; with a well developed learner-
centric and hands-on approach to education. Well versed in pedagogical strategy for online and traditional
classroom settings; with a blend of traditional and adult learners; with both major and non-major
backgrounds. Teaching experience in media aesthetics, literacy, analysis, film and television history, and new
media research.
EDUCATION
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA
Ph. D. Candidate, Moving Image Studies
Emphasis on: new media, LGBTQ+ studies, audience reception
Dissertation: “Queering Capitalism: Collaborative Structures of Feeling & Shared Authorial Agency in Queer
Intertextual Commodities”

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ
Master of Arts, Media Arts (May 2011)
Emphasis on: fandom studies, television, and web series
Master’s Report: “I See Leaves, Flowers, Maybe Even a Whole Forest: Queer Representation,
Identification and Fan Participation in Grey’s Anatomy”

SIMMONS COLLEGE, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Communications: Integrated Media, magna cum laude (May 2005)
Photography Minor
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA August 2015 – Present
Instructor of Record: History of Motion Pictures, Television Analysis,
Fans & Transformative Works, Film Theory & Criticism
Teach general education and major specific courses in the Film and Media program, creating course materials,
lectures, and assessments, with class sizes ranging from 12 to 120 students.

• Student focused course design highlighting social learning.
• Design includes scaffolding for long-term multimedia research project.
• Create hybrid production and theoretical assignments through reflection.

BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, Bridgewater, MA January 2012 – May 2015
Visiting Lecturer: Foundations of Media, Media Literacy, Multimedia Production
Taught foundational and upper-level courses in the Communications department, created course materials,
lectures, and real-world assignments.

• Designed face-to-face and online versions of Media Literacy.
• Student focused course design highlighting media literacy skills.
• Design includes scaffolding for long-term written assignment.
• Students explore transformative media with creative production.

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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY, Manchester, NH June 2014 – August 2015
Online Instructor, Introduction to Mass Communication
Primary duties were to engage students via the class discussion; evaluate student submissions and provide
detailed written and verbal feedback. Provided weekly personalized introductions to course materials. SNHU
requires faculty to be present in their online classroom 5/7 days a week.

SIMMONS COLLEGE, Boston, MA December 2011 – May 2014
Instructional Technologist & Application Support Specialist
Supported and maintained Moodle, Simmons’ LMS and provided support for faculty and students using
educational technologies in learning environments. Worked with vendors to provide solutions to pedagogical
needs on campus.

• Developed over a dozen instructional online and face-to-face workshops.
• Produced 330+ image based guides on a variety of technologies.
• Technology Achievement Award, January 2013.
• Representative to the Academic Technology Committee, 2012-2014.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ September 2009 – May 2011
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Taught two break-out sections each semester including TV & U.S. Culture, Discovering Media, Film History II,
and Media Aesthetics. Responsible for all discussion group sessions, graded assessments for my sections, and
presented screening introductions throughout the semester for lecture class.

• Assisted with developing a new course: TV & U.S. Culture.
• Provided supplementary screenings for foreign language students.

PUBLICATIONS
Upcoming Publications:
• Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher, anthology co-edited with Linda Mizejewski, under
contract at Wayne State University Press.
o Contributed chapter “Carrie Fisher Sent Me: Gendered Political Protest, Star Wars and the
Women’s March.”
Peer Reviewed Articles:
• “Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industrial Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Storyline, and Fan Action.”
Transformative Works and Cultures 24. June 2017.
• “ ‘Proud Mormon Polygamist:’ Assimilation, Popular Memory, and the Mormon Churches in Big Love,”
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 26.1 (2014): 93-106. Print.
Book Chapters:
• “Where Are the Web Shows?” It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture
Phenomenon. Eds. Ben Bowling and Matthew J. Smith., Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland
Publishing, 2014. 128-139. Print.
• “Maus” and “Art Spiegelman,” Icons of the American Comic Book: from Captain America to Wonder
Woman. Eds. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. Denver, Colorado: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013. 472-478;
698-707. Print.
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Other Academic Publications:
• “Production as Feminist Activism: #TimesUp and Women Lead Production in Hollywood.” In Media
Res. (22 March 2018). Web.
• “Hybrid Merchandising as Fan Financing.” In Media Res. (18 January 2018). Web.
• “A New Kind of FIGs.” In Media Res. (15 January 2018). Web.
• “Sound Mapping Imaginary Worlds.” In Media Res. (5 October 2017). Web.
• “Transformational Exchange of Cultural Values through Cooperative Play in Never Alone.” In Media
Res. (11 April 2017). Web.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
• "Queering the Unseen Character: Cecil as Multiform Character in Welcome to Night Vale," Fan Studies
Network North America Conference, Chicago, IL, Oct 25-27, 2018. Accepted.
• “Join the Resistance: Gendered Political Protest, Star Wars and the Women’s March,” SCMS Annual
Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2018. Submitted.
• “Nostalgia and Feminist Fan Reparation in Stranger Things,” Console-ing Passions Conference,
Greenville, NC, July 2017. Submitted.
• “Digitizing Indigenous Storytelling in Never Alone: Games, Ritual, and Understanding,” Meaningful Play
Conference, Lansing, MI, October 2016. Submitted.
• Respondent for Podcasts and Convergent Digital Media, part 2 (audiences/fans), FLOW Conference,
Austin, TX, September 2016. Submitted.
• “Proud Mormon Polygamist: Assimilation, Popular Memory, and the Mormon Churches in Big Love,”
PCA/ACA National Conference, Boston, MA. April 2012. Submitted.
• “Leaves, Flowers, Maybe a Whole Forest: Queer Representation, Identification and Fan Participation in
Grey’s Anatomy,” PCA/ACA National Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 2011. Submitted.
• “Scott Pilgrim vs. Kick-Ass: Failure of a Niche Blockbuster,” Comic Arts Conference, San Francisco, CA,
April 2011. Submitted.
• “The Culture of Popular Things,” Comic Arts Conference, San Diego, CA, July 25, 2010, Invited.
• “From Black Femme Fatale to Last Redeeming Woman,” 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Regional Meeting,
Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010, Submitted.
• “The Real U: The Scooby Gang as the Urban Tribe of Sunnydale and Beyond,” Slayage Conference on
the Whedonverse 3, Arkadelphia, AR, June 2008. Submitted.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
• Coordinator for In Media Res
o Cosplay, Crossplay & Genderswap Cosplay, September 10-14, 2018
o Gaylaxicon: LGBTQ Geek Fan Conventions, May 7-11, 2018
o #TimesUp & #MeToo, March 19-23, 2018
o Fan Financing, January 15-19, 2018
o Fantasy Cartography, December 18-22, 2017
o The Legacy of Carrie Fisher, September 18-22, 2017
o Transformative Games, April 17-21, 2017
o Fan Tourism, March 13-17, 2017
o Collective Storytelling, November 7-11, 2016.
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• Reviewee for The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 2013-2015.
• Programming Curator, Virtual Lesbian Looks (web series programming) for Lesbian Looks Film & Video
Series, University of Arizona (2010-present)

AWARDS
• Top Paper Award, Meaningful Play Conference, October 2016, for “Digitizing Indigenous Storytelling in
Never Alone: Games, Ritual, and Understanding.”
• Technology Achievement Award, Simmons College, January 2013, for learning management system (LMS)
transition project
• College of Fine Arts Small Grants, University of Arizona, March 2011, to attend Comic Arts Conference
• Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant, University of Arizona, February 2011, to attend
PCA/ACA National Conference
• Medici Scholarship, University of Arizona, May 2010, to attend Comic-Con Ethnographic Study conducted
by Wittenberg University
• Hanson Film Institute Travel Grant, University of Arizona, February 2010, to attend the SW/TX PCA/ACA
Conference

SERVICE & OUTREACH
• Graduate Student Representative for the School of Film, Media & Theater to the College of the Arts
Academic Affairs Committee (2018-present)
• Founding member and Clerk for the Moving Image Studies Graduate Student Association (2018-present)
• Served as Panel Chair at the 2018 SCMS Annual Conference in Toronto (March 17, 2018)
• Completed Green Zone Training Certificate, November 2017.
• Graduate Group Leader, Associate Provost for Graduate Programs Mentorship Program (Fall 2017)
• Communications Graduate Student Alliance Mentor, Georgia State University (2016-2018)
• Representative to the Academic Technology Committee, Simmons College (2012-2014)
• Graduate Representative for Film & Television, College of Fine Arts Student Advisory Committee,
University of Arizona (2010-2011)
• Initiated “Virtual Lesbian Looks,” a new online event, screening lesbian-centric web series (2010)
• Served as Panel Chair at the 2010 SW/TX PCA/ACA Regional Meeting (February 10-13, 2010)

ACADEMIC INTERESTS
• Minority representation, identification and participation in new media texts, particularly Queer minorities
in web series, podcasts, and video games.
• Examining new media and minority representation through a cultural studies approach. Focusing on the
ways in which creatives and audiences interact through collaborative storytelling.

COMPUTER SKILLS
Adobe Acrobat, Audacity, Blackboard Vista, Captivate, Desire2Learn, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Google Apps
for Education, HTML, Illustrator, InDesign, Jing, Macromedia Flash, Microsoft Office, Moodle, Photoshop CS,
Quark, Tegrity, TurningPoint, Turnitin