Stephen C. Stifano

Education

Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2011

About

Steve Stifano is an Assistant Professor in-Residence at the University of Connecticut. He is an academic with a quantitative research background who also works as a designer, event producer, and independent filmmaker. His research considers the role of emotion in the creation and consumption of narrative media. Recently, he has been examining how emotional education can be used to improve the narratives of texting-and-driving and safer sex public service announcements. In addition, Dr. Stifano provides training for the department’s teaching assistants, lectures for and coordinates the introductory communication course, and has led the effort to revive digital media production courses in the department. For more information, see http://stephenstifano.com/.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 1000: The Process of Communication
  • COMM 2100: Professional Communication
  • COMM 3000Q: Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 2940: Fundamentals of Digital Production
  • COMM 4940: Digital Video Production

Research Interests

  • The influence of emotion in narrative media
  • Emotional education in health PSAs
  • Social media and mobile communication as tools for enhancing higher-education learning
  • Quantifiable measures of mediated communication between filmmakers and audiences
  • Visualization, Presentation, and Representation of quantitative data for diverse audiences
  • New media technologies and their effects on social interaction and relationship formation

Select Presentations

Stifano, S.C. (2014). Watching Audiences Chart the Drama: A Segmentation Approach to Film Communication.  Presentation at the 100th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. November 20-23, 2014.

Stifano, S.C. (2014). Something for Everyone:  The role of high-speed presentations in connecting diverse educational audiences. Presentation at the 100th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. November 20-23, 2014.

Stifano, S.C. (2013). From Viral Video to Social Movement:  Real-life Media Education in Students’ “Make It Pink!” Campaign. Presentation at the Northeast Media Literacy Conference.  April 19, 2013.

Stifano, S.C. (2013). Make Belief: Examining Rational and Affective Dimensions of Communication Among Creators of Narrative Film Media.  Presentation at the 99th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. November 21-24, 2013.

Stifano, S.C. (2013). Measuring Sender-Receiver Film Communication Across Variable Movie Scenes: Implications for Evaluations and Character Identification.  Presentation at the 99th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. November 21-24, 2013.

Forbus, R. G., Snyder, J.L., & Stifano, S.C. (2013). Foreign Accents in U.S. Television Advertising: Challenging Traditional Thoughts on Accents’ Impact.  Presentation at the 2013 American Marketing Association Winter Marketing Educator’s Conference, Las Vegas, NV. February 15-17, 2013.

Stifano, S.C. (2012). Rational and Emotional Communication between Directors and Audiences in a Narrative Feature Film: A Developmental-Interactionist Theory of Film Communication.  Presentation at the 98th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL. November 17, 2012.