University of Massachusetts Amherst


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About Us






Department Chair

Thomas Leatherman email:
Office: 212 Machmer, 413/545-5939

Jacqueline Urla
Office: 208 Machmer, 413/545-2869

Office Manager

Lisa Wegiel email:
Office: 213 Machmer, 413/545-0028
Oversees the operation of the Main Office; Human Resources, faculty, TA appointments; departmental budget; assists with grant budgeting

Academic Assistant

Shelley Silva email:
Office: 215 Machmer, 413/545-4101
Maintains grad and undergrad files and records; assists students; assists the Grad and Undergrad Program Directors; and maintains all Departmental listservs, maintains the Departmental website and calendar. Scheduling Rep, Honors Rep, DCPE rep.


Grace Rock email:
Office: 215A Machmer, 413/545-0933
Bookkeeping; supply ordering; and processing travel.

Department Assistant
Debbie Averill email:
Office: 217 Machmer, 413/577-0780
Film orders; key requests; duplication of course materials; and maintains the supplies and equipment in Room 201. Graduate Admissions Assistant.

Work Study Student

Carrie Radigan
Shannon Kim

Mega Memo Editor

Shelley Silva


Jen Sandler, Gordon Hall, 413/545-0696


Alice Nash (History) , Thompson Hall #4, 413/577-1607

East Wing Coordinator

Mary Larkum

West Wing Coordinator

Jamie Fisher

To request department information email

Journalism Program, 108 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 phone: 413.545.1376 fax: 413.545.3349 email: