Featured Faculty: Dr. Dana Rosengard
Professor Dana Rosengard is a full time assistant professor at Suffolk University who teaches Broadcast Journalism. His classes include the Suffolk U News course, a live-to-tape newscast that goes on BNN (Boston Neighborhood Network) several times during the week, and the Seminar for Freshmen course called “The Role of Competitive Beauty in a Modern Society” in which students learn about Pageantry and the power of women in the society.
Dr. Rosengard is considered to be a great source for Broadcast Journalism students due to his extensive experience in this field. He says, “I was a television news reporting, anchor, and producer at stations in Mississippi, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (WCVB-TV/channel 5/Boston) before I began teaching full-time at Lyndon State college in 1994.” Dr. Rosengard attended University of New Hampshire for his B.A. in communication, Northwestern University for his M.S. in journalism, Johnson State College in Vermont for his M.A. in education, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Ph.D in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dr. Rosengard stands out from other faculty members not only because of the diversity he brings to Suffolk University in terms of his professional experiences, but because he teaches one of the more unique courses offered by Suffolk. “The Role of Competitive Beauty in a Modern Society course is a fun way to introduce our freshmen to the concept of being a ‘scholar.’ Pageantry is also a fun way to help young women see how their place in society has changed over time,” explains Dr. Rosengard.
By being both a coach and judge at many pageant competitions, Dr. Rosengard has a different point view when it comes to women. “Pageantry may affect how I see women as it affords me association with very driven young women who have goals and drive and determination. Many provide me with a ‘faith-in-humanity’ feeling as they do so many wonderful things and are generally far more altruistic than the average citizen.” He brings uniqueness to class by addressing his knowledge and recanting the experiences gained throughout his life.
Taking a course with Dr. Rosengard could benefit a student in many different ways, and not only because of his intelligence. With his outgoing personality and method of teaching, he strives to make class an enthusiastic and fun place to learn. Also, he shares his life stories with the students which gives his lectures a clear and palpable perspective. It is also possible to say that Dr. Rosengard is extremely proud of his students, past and present, here at Suffolk, “As I teach in a pre-professional program, it’s very rewarding to see so many students get their first job and move on to begin a career. I ask my students in the beginning of their studies if they are willing to move anywhere to get that elusive first job. They of course all say yes but not all of them follow through,” he added. “Right now I have young SU alumni working in TV newsrooms in Kansas, South Dakota, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maine. They’re ALL over!”