John Mooney, Executive Director
Dr. John Mooney serves as an associate professor of information systems and technology management at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management as well as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research. Dr. Mooney's expertise is in digital innovation and business analytics. He holds a PhD in Information Systems and Business Strategy from UC Irvine, and a Master of Management Science with a BS in Computer Science both from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Craig Detweiler, Creative Director
Dr. Craig Detweiler is an award-winning author and film producer. His latest book is iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. Dr. Detweiler also edited the first book on theology and video games, Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Game with God. Dr. Detweiler's cultural commentary has been featured on ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Joi Carr, Academic Director for Film Studies, Seaver College Humanities and Teacher Education Division
Dr. Joi Carr is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies and the Director of the Film Studies Program at Pepperdine University, Seaver College. As Creative/Program Director of the Multicultural Theatre Project (MTP), Dr. Carr frames literary and historical as a theatrical experience that provides a creative space where students explore the multidimensionality of diversity: intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Encountering Texts: The Multicultural Theatre Project and "Minority" Literature (Carr 2015) explores her trans-disciplinary, arts-based, critical pedagogy, and is central aspect of her research and teaching. Joi is a singer-songwriter, actress, and playwright actively engaged with SAG-AFTRA as a National Convention Delegate, an Alternate of the SAG-AFTRA National and Los Angeles Boards, and as a member of the National and Local EEOC and Women's Committees. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and explore faith and the arts, black masculinity, women and film, and women and vocation, primarily in literature and cinema arts with African American Studies as the locus. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Theresa de los Santos, Academic Director for Journalism, Seaver College Communication Division
Dr. Theresa de los Santos is an Assistant Professor of Communication in the Communication Division at Pepperdine. She obtained a B.A. in broadcast journalism and M.A. in media communication from Pepperdine. She earned her Ph.D. in media communication at U.C. Santa Barbara. She is an Emmy award-winning television news producer, formerly working at FOX 6 in San Diego and on the FOX 11 Morning News and Good Day L.A. at KTTV in Los Angeles. As a news producer, she covered Hurricane Katrina, the Malibu wildfires, and the immigrations protests of 2006, which made her step back and question the impact of the language used in news messages on audiences. As a result, her research focuses on the effect of discrete emotions, like anger and hope, in news coverage on attitude, opinion, and behavior change. She is published in the Handbook of Media Effects and Psychology. At Pepperdine, she teaches in the areas of journalism, media, and research methods and leads the broadcast co-curricular program.
Nelson Granados, Academic Director for Graziadio School of Business and Management
Dr. Nelson Granados is the Julian Virtue Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. He actively combines academia with practice, as a member of the Board of Advisors for technology start-ups. His broad research interests are related to the strategic and economic consequences of digital innovation, and his current focus is on the impact of digital technologies on the travel, media, and entertainment industries. His research has been published in top journals like Management Science and Information Systems Research, and has won numerous academic awards (finalist 2012-2014 best paper in Management Science, best conference paper, and best IS paper of the year). He is a frequent contributor to the Media & Entertainment section of Forbes, and he teaches a graduate courses on Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation, and Digital Media and Entertainment.
Michael Smith, Academic Co-Director (Seaver College Communication Division - Media Production)
Dr. Michael Smith is Associate Professor of Media Production, and Director of the MFA in Cinematic Media Production. As a filmmaker, Smith has worked around the world in documentary and narrative productions, including lensing documentary episodes for ESPN, producing a documentary in Scotland, and producing the award-winning film, Ship in a Bottle.
As an educator, Dr. Smith teaches courses in cinematic media production with a special emphasis in cinematic design. He is a former Fulbright Scholar at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan and a former Faculty Fellow at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He designed the BFA in Cinematic Arts Production at Azusa Pacific University and curricula at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where he served as assistant director. Smith has written several successful grant proposals, including funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has conducted research and evaluative procedures to inform and improve practice in the realms of student recruitment, retention, curriculum, diversity, and graduation rates and has published articles on various issues in cinematic education. He is a member of the Television Academy, the Broadcast Education Association, and the University Film and Video Association. Dr. Smith earned a BA in English from Wheaton College (IL), an MFA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from UCLA.
Maureen Weston, Academic Director for School of Law
Maureen Weston is Professor of Law and Director of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Dispute Resolution Project at Pepperdine University School of Law. Her area of expertise is in sports law, arbitration and dispute resolution. She is actively involved in working with students interested in sports and entertainment law and in promoting student engagement in experiential learning opportunities through national and international sports dispute resolution competitions. A frequent speaker at conferences, Weston is co-author of casebooks on sports law and arbitration and has written numerous articles in the area of sports law, arbitration, disability law, and dispute resolution. Weston received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, and B.A. at the University of Denver.
Kathryn Linehan, Assistant Director
Kathryn Linehan is a catalyst for creativity and social entrepreneurship with expertise in strategic relations. In her role with Pepperdine, she helps build awareness of projects and initiatives within the entertainment community. As a filmmaker, she produces and contributes to documentaries for the global good. As a health and fitness innovator, Kathryn teaches FORM, a class she created to bring forth whole body health through movement meditation. Kathryn's business training was with Mellon Bank in Wealth Management and Wells Fargo's Commercial Bank, where she earned their highest ranking for cross-selling throughout the nation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Production from Pepperdine ('14) and a Communication Studies degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Past Leadership Team Member
Leslie Kreiner Wilson, Former Academic Co-Director (Seaver College Humanities and Teacher Education Division - Writing for Screen and Television)
Dr. Leslie Kreiner Wilson teaches screenwriting and film studies at Pepperdine's Seaver College where she also directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television. Published in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, the Journal of Screenwriting, and the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, her research examines the life and work of early Hollywood women screenwriters, including Frances Marion and Anita Loos. A produced screenwriter herself, she co-founded AMI Films, a producer of many award-winning media projects. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Studies from Claremont Graduate University.