Be a DelVal Storyteller: Katie Carnevale Shares Her Story
Growing up, I was obsessed with sports. I covered the walls of my room with posters of athletes, I would only wear jerseys, and I spent all of my free time following the NBA and MLB. I would go on to combine this love for sports with my love for writing as a reporter and sports editor of my college newspaper at Sacred Heart University, and eventually as a reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times.
I dreamed of a career in sports broadcasting, but fate would end up leading me to teaching. After receiving my masters from Syracuse University, I decided to apply for an adjunct position at a local community college. Never in a million years did I picture myself having a career in teaching, but I walked out of my first class knowing it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I continued to work full-time in various roles in communications, but also sought out as many teaching opportunities as I could, teaching at 10 different colleges over the next 13 years.
After 15 years in the communications industry as a reporter, editor, marketing coordinator, social media manager, and communications director, I was happy to find a home as a full-time Media and Communication instructor at Delaware Valley University in 2019. I love the media industry because it is exciting, challenging, dynamic and I enjoy seeing my students discover their talents and interests. I love DelVal because of its small class sizes, eager students, and opportunities for collaboration throughout the institution. My advice to media and communication majors is to try everything, build an expansive skill set, and specialize in an area that you can use to market yourself.
Scholarly Interests and Courses Taught:
Carnevale is in the Higher Education Ed.D. program at Immaculata University. Her research interests center around Generation Z college students and engagement in higher education.
She presented at the virtual 2020 Faculty of the Future Conference at Bucks County Community College. The title of the presentation was “Engaging Generation Z Students in the College Classroom,” and it can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQzyZ6MFrG8&t=6s
Carnevale teaches many courses in the media and communication major including Intro to Communication, Writing for Public Relations and Advertising, and News Reporting and Writing. She has been instrumental in updating and developing new courses including Social Media Content, Sports Media, and Digital Media and Podcasting. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the Full360 blog and Alpha Zeta Mu, DelVal’s chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society.
- Ed.D. (In Progress), Immaculata University
- M.A., Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University
- B.A., Media Studies, Sacred Heart University
- Katie Carnevale