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Randy Hillebrand, Program Director

Photographer: Jonathan Heisler, Hofstra University Photographer

Training Coordinator, Adjunct Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film

Degrees: MBA, 1995, Hofstra Univ; BS, 1989, Hofstra University


Randal Hillebrand wears a number of hats within the RTVF Department. As an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Facilities Training, “Randy” teaches courses in TV production and helps students master the sophisticated media production facilities of Dempster Hall; as the TV Area Coordinator, he oversees the activities of a six full-time faculty and just as many adjuncts, not to mention our 200+ wonderful TV students; and as the RTVF Department Grant Coordinator he helps the faculty work with outstanding students who serve as technical assistants in the classroom. Randy has extensive professional experience as a producer, director, and editor and works hard to push his students to be ready for the careers and jobs to which they aspire.

Oh, and he also loves all things Italian, hence why he created SCO in Rome! in 2012 and tries so hard to introduce his students to the amazing joys Italy has offered for the last 2000+ years! He is proud to have traveled with his own three daughters to Italy multiple times, including their having participated in the SCO in Rome! program along with the Hofstra Romans.

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Jamie Cohen


Assistant Professor

Degrees: MA, BA, Hofstra University


James Cohen is an adjunct professor in both the RTVF and JRNL Departments of the Hofstra Herbert School of Communication. He is also the program director of the New Media Program at Molloy College and a current cultural studies PhD student at Stony Brook University studying media archaeology and digital materiality. His work focuses on media literacy and critical approaches to digital media.

He recently co-authored a guidebook titled Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web for Focal Press (2015). Jamie is currently co-establishing a New Media Academy with the Baldwin School District to ensure young students learn with new methods of pedagogy, professional training, and critical thinking for a changing world. Jamie was formerly the Director of Web and Digital Media at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and a former television producer.