Tammy Rosso | Webster University

Tammy Rosso

Tammy Rosso


Department head; faculty


Media Communications

Home Campus

Geneva, Switzerland 


MA, University of Pittsburgh; BA, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting
JOUR 3130 Feature Writing
JOUR 4380 Magazine Journalism
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
MEDC 1630 Media Literacy
MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
GNST 1200 Freshman Seminar
MEDC 3850 Television: A Critical Study
MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
WRIT 1010 Composition
WRIT 2000 Advanced Composition

Academic Experience

Tammy Rosso studied at the University of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania (USA). In 1990, she received her Bachelor's degrees in Rhetoric and Communication and Political Science, graduating summa cum laude.

In 1989, as an undergraduate, Rosso was awarded a Chancellor's Teaching Fellowship for which she co-taught a course in Television and Society. In 1991, Tammy became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society in recognition of her high attainment in liberal scholarship. In 1992 she received her Master's degree in Rhetoric and Communication with a specialization in mass media and postmodernism. As a graduate student Tammy was awarded teaching fellowships from 1990 to 1992.

Teaching Philosophy

I am a passionate, energetic and creative media academic. I run the Geneva Webster's Media Department aiming to get the best out of our students. I set the bar high and then do everything in my power to help students succeed. I feel that challenging students to do their best, to go above and beyond their comfort zones, is one of the most effective ways to motivate and instill confidence in our students.

My academic objectives are tied to the use of media as a means of improving society. Media ethics and social responsibility are my primary research/interest areas. Media analysis both engages and educates me. I love doing it and always learn from the process.

My goals are related to enabling students to critically examine media content in order to analyze the potential harmful and beneficial effects. These reflections should then lead students to better their ability to communicate positive mediated messages.

Professional Experience

Rosso has been teaching at Webster since 1999. Her areas of specialization include Media Literacy, Television and Society and Media Ethics. She was the initiator of the campus newspaper and magazine and continues to work regularly with these publications.

In addition to teaching, Rosso became Testing Administrator in 2002 and Deputy Department Head of Media Communications in 2007. In 2010 Tammy became Head of Media Communications.

Tammy has organized and successfully delivered three International Media conferences. Annual "Media Trends" conferences explore the ways in which media impact societal issues, aiming to develop ways in which media literacy and ethical communication could be improved as a means to more socially responsible media content.

In 2010 Tammy began a Learning Community program for her freshmen media students. The program provides additional academic, as well as, social support to new students in order to ease their integration into university studies and social life.

Upon her arrival in Europe Tammy taught English as a Second Language from 1993 to 1998.

Program Philosophy

Media students studying at the Geneva campus have ample opportunities to be heard, seen and read in the real world. Student work in the areas of photography, videography, journalism, public relations, advertising and audio recording are being published, exhibited and produced in the local community.

From scriptwriting and pitch proposal to filming and editing, students are in control of the production. The need to meet client expectations in a timely fashion provides a real life experience. Knowing that the final production will be seen in the real world and having to compete with other students motivates students to do their best work.

Working on real client-based projects enables students to gain confidence in themselves and their work; improve their communication skills; understand and deal with the economic, political and cultural contexts that influence media careers; and have a try at real life employment in a context that frees them from the potential negative consequences if they were to fail.

Providing these opportunities in a relatively controlled context enables students to test their creativity and their communication skills in varied media fields prior to entering the job market. 

This is beneficial as many students lack confidence in their work, defined career plans, and presentation skills - all of which are necessary qualities for successful employment.

Contact Information

4122 959 8033
E-mail or rosso@webster.ch

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