Karen Isaacs, M.A.

Practitioner in Residence
Communication Film & Media Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

MA, Fairfield University, Graduate School of Communications

BA, George Washington University, Columbia College of Arts & Sciences - major Political Science, 12 credits Economics


Sacred Heart University -- Education

University of Bridgeport -- Political Science

Southern Connecticut State University -- Secondary Education


ABC – Accredited Business Communicator, International Association of Business Communication

APR – Accredited Public Relations, Public Relations Society of America

About Karen

My career has combined professional experience in writing, journalism, public relations and marketing with a deep love for teaching. I was lucky enough to be able to combine these interests here at the University of New Haven, where I have taught full-time since 2005. My work with students has allowed me to continue to explore my interests and help young people gain the practical knowledge combined with the theoretical to succeed in these fields. I have also been able to continue my journalistic writing, as a theater critic and theater journalist. In my career I have had many highlights but certainly one was assisting the White House in coordinating state and regional media during a visit by President Clinton to Connecticut.


Professionally I have wide ranging interests. First is theater criticism/journalism, but I have been interested in exploring media images of women, how differences in male/female communication impact the corporate world, and the role media plays in setting the political and public agenda.

My personal writing reflects these issues. I am currently working on a book that connects theater songs with personal memories.

Academic Positions

University of New Haven (1990-96, 2003 to present)-- Media Writing, Reporting, Copy Editing, Human Communication, Fundamentals of Mass Communication, Social Impact and the Media, Business & Professional Communication, Public Relations, Public Relations Writing.

Southern Connecticut State University (1982-87) -- Basics of Journalism, Public Relations, Community Public Relations

Housatonic Community College: Business Communications, Publications Workshop, Introduction to Mass Media, Basic Journalism, Effective Speaking, the Honors Seminar (interdisciplinary), Introduction to Composition & Literature, English Composition, Creative Writing,. Developed and taught hybrid courses (half on campus, half on line) using WebCT Vista (now Blackboard).

Gateway Community College -- English Composition, Developmental English

Naugatuck Valley Community College (Full-time) (1999-2001) : Developmental Writing, English Composition, and Introduction to Literature

Norwalk Community College (1998-1999): Basics of Journalism and Feature Writing.

University of Bridgeport (1984-89) – speech, interpersonal communication.

Professional Positions

Principal, Image Prose , a public relations and marketing consultant firm. 2001-2003.

Director of Public Information & Marketing, Housatonic Community-Technical College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT. 1982-1999.

Responsible for development and implementation of total marketing, advertising, public relations, media relations and fund-raising programs. Responsible for writing and editing all publications and other materials. Prepare annual budget, monitor effectiveness, hire and supervise staff.

Also worked as director marketing, director of public relations and editor for a variety of banks, agencies and weekly newspapers.


Founding Member, Connecticut Critics Circle

Member, Outer Critics Circle

Served as regional director and member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Business Communicators, president of Connecticut Chapter of IABC, member of its International Accreditation Committee. Served as an evaluator/grader of accreditation exams for IABC.


University of New Haven Merit Award -- 2008-09.

Publications and Presentations

2003-present Write theater reviews and theater news column for Shore Publications, a chain of 13 weekly papers.

Theater reviews and articles posted on Connecticut Critics Circle website, www.ctcritics.org

1994 Co-authored, Writing: A Guide to Essay Writing.

1991 Wrote paper on using Speech course to enlarge students' cultural literacy and improve research skills for the Barnes Institute, Connecticut Community Colleges program.

1989-1993 Wrote feature articles and reviews on Connecticut professional theater for Waterbury Republican-American

Poetry published in BeanFeast, Housatonic literary magazine and in Laurels, Milford Arts Council.

Presenter at regional conferences of National Council for Marketing and Public Relations and International Association of Business Communicators. Topics include Writing, Strategic Planning and Marketing Planning.

Presented writing and speech workshops for a variety of audiences including law enforcement officials and members of communications professional associations.

Community Service

1992-present WNHU -- University of New Haven Radio Station – write, produce and on-air performer for "Two on the Aisle" program of theater reviews. Serve as DJ for “Memory Lane” program.

Served as President from 1994-1997 of Career Resources, a non-profit organization that prepares AFDC recipients for employment, operates other job training programs, and also works with teenage offenders.

Served on board of directors of Career Resources and a member/chair of the marketing committee through 2007.

Director, Women’s Leadership Council of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, 1998.

President (1987-89) of Long Wharf Guild (volunteer organization) and as ex-officio member of Long Wharf Theater Board of Directors

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