Professor and Interim Dean, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College
2022 Speaker

Ithaca, New York

Jack Powers has 20+ years of college teaching experience and is the Interim Dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. In that capacity, he oversees a school of 1500+ undergraduate students across 10 media programs. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Media Arts, Sciences in The Park School. The department includes all of the television, film, and photography programs and collectively has more than 1,000 majors.

He is first and foremost a teacher and that is what drove him to the field of higher education. Primarily teaching students about the business of the entertainment media industry, he adopts a “learning is doing” pedagogical philosophy. In terms of scholarship, he is interested in media & behavior and ways to improve teaching about entertainment media and has presented at national academic conferences consistently over the past 20 years, most regularly at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual conference.

Jack has been able to keep a foot in the industry with regular visits to Los Angeles to be on set on shows such as Modern Family, The Odd Couple, and various network television pilots.