Daniela Cunico Dal Pra

Languages and Culture Studies

Teaching Professor

Daniela Cunico Dal Pra, PhD, received her M.A. from the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy. Ms. Cunico Dal Pra teaches many different courses including Italian and Latin languages and literatures, History of Beauty through Western Art History, Global...

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William S. Davis

Interdisciplinary Studies / Languages and Culture Studies

Director of the Film Studies Program

William S. Davis is the Director of the Film Studies Program at UNC Charlotte and Founder + CEO of Small Creatures, film production company and arts accelerator + advocacy group based in Charlotte, NC. He is a lifelong North Carolinian who grew up in the Appalachian foothills and resides with his wife, daughter and son in South Charlotte.

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Justin Evans

Justin Evans

Film Studies

Part Time Adjunct

Justin Evans is a poet and electrician and a few other adjacent things. He's served as co-editor of Vanilla Sex Magazine and poetry editor of QU. His poetry has appeared in Gutslut Press, Blood Orange Review, Defunct magazine, and elsewhere. His writing credits for the stage include A Tonguey Kiss for Samuel Davidson, Satan v. Laundry, and Ubu Roi: a reading with rage games and weepery. He holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

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Jason Giersch

Political Science

Associate Professor
Fretwell 450C

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Tony Jackson

Department of English


Dr. Tony Jackson is a professor in the English department. He earned his B.A. from University of South Carolina, his M.A. from University of Oregon and his Ph.D. from UCLA. He teaches many different courses including British Literature, Narrative Theory...

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Philip Kaffen

Philip Kaffen

Languages and Culture Studies

Assistant Professor
COED 455

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Jay Morong


Senior Lecturer
Robinson Hall 383

Jay Morong is an educator, film programmer, director, actor and theatrical video designer. His theatrical video design work includes: Hamlet, The Purple Flower, The Colored Museum, The Winter's Tale, Nocturne and [sic] all at UNC Charlotte; Tales of the Lost Formicans at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Requiem For New Orleans, Simple Thoughts and In The Master's House There Are Many Mansions at the New York International Fringe Festival. He has directed several productions at UNC-Charlotte including, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Mauritius, The Aliens and It’s A Bird, It’s...

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Mark Pizzato



Dr. Mark Pizzato (Professor of Theatre) teaches screenwriting and various topics courses in film at UNC Charlotte, along with theatre history, drama, and performance theory. He holds a Ph.D. in English from UW-Milwaukee, an MFA in dramatic writing from...

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Robert C. Reimer

Department of Languages and Culture Studies

Professor of German

Dr. Robert Reimer is Professor of German in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. He received his Ph.D. in German Language and Literature from the University of Kansas 1971 and has taught at UNC Charlotte since 1971. Dr. Reimer teaches courses...

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Sam Shapiro

Film Studies & American Studies


Sam Shapiro has taught courses in Film Studies and American Studies at UNC-Charlotte for 25 years. He specializes in a variety of subjects, including “Alfred Hitchcock”, “Stanley Kubrick”, “American Cinema of the 1970s”, “History of Silent Cinema” and “Crime in American Film & Literature”. Sam recently retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, where he programmed and hosted a long-running, popular film series.

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April Simmons

April Simmons

Film Studies

Adjunct Lecturer

April Simmons received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997.  She has taught film production, history, and theory for over 15 years. Her films have screened at The Ann Arbor Film Festival, The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Film Anthology Archives in New York, Black Maria Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sidewalk Moving Pictures, Athens International Film Festival, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) in Chicago, San Francisco Cinematheque, Chicago Underground Film Festival,...

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Debra C. Smith

Department of Africana Studies

Associate Professor

Debra C. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. She teaches courses in film, culture and history. She teaches Black Images in the Media, a course that examines the stereotypical images of blacks in film and television...

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Rodney Stringfellow

Film Studies

Adjunct Lecturer in Film Studies
COED 420

Rodney Stringfellow is an Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010 to present). He also teaches a screenwriting course at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography & Film. Previously, Rodney was...

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Kai Werbeck

Kai Werbeck

Languages and Culture Studies

Associate Professor
COED 452

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