Gabriel Shapiro, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Journalism and English
Director of Journalism Program
Student Newspaper Advisor
Office: Carnegie Hall 104
Phone: (618) 537-6946
M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri (1985)
B.A., English Literature & Rhetoric, State University of New York at Binghamton (1983)
Overall, I focus on helping my students move to the next highest level in their writing. I also want them to understand that they are communicating with actual people, not just fulfilling classroom requirements.
Most of my writing, journalistic and otherwise, addresses societal problems. Of late, I am particularly interested in writing about what happens when people spend much of their time immersed in virtual or mass–media environments.
Published article on bedroom communities in Encyclo-pedia of Community, vol. 1. (Sage Press, June 2003). The encyclopedia won a Library Journal Best Reference of the Year award.
Published editorial on police actions associated with the World Agricultural Forum (Independent Media Center, June 25, 2003)
Novel Empty City (August 2002) is available nationwide.
Other Writings Completing a book of short stories; completed a four-act play (2004); writing a feature story.
Chautauqua Presenter Invited by the head of the Missouri Library Association to be the initial reader/presenter for the yearlong 2006 Missouri Chautauqua program (part of the national program).
In April 2006, I presented past and current writings at the Kirkwood Public Library. The library ordered 30 copies of my last novel, Empty City, to distribute during the event.
Reading Organizer - Helped organize an all-day reading, the 12th Annual Celebration of the Book, at the St. Louis Public Library on Nov. 19, 2005. I introduced Richard Newman, a poet who is editor of River Styx literary magazine, and helped corral the other writers for the program, including Eric Brende and Mary Jo Bang. I was one of the main organizers of the annual celebration in 2004, during which I introduced children’s author Constance Levy, and helped develop the program, which included the writers Ridley Pearson and Washington University’s Qiu Xiaolong.
Invited Author - On May 7, 2005, I appeared, along with other authors, in the Great Hall of the St. Louis Public Library to speak with readers participating in Pageturners, the library’s system-wide adult reading program.
Film Work - Helped create a 2006 movie with Dan Bowers, an award-winning, St. Louis-based documentarian. Did limited work (2002, 2003) on two of Bowers’ other films. I play a major character in “A.”, which has appeared in film festivals in four countries.
I believe that students do best when they discover a significant personal link to whatever is being taught. The teacher can facilitate this by helping the students explore what parts of their lives and personalities most closely connect with the material.
Service to McKendree
Adviser to the McKendree Review My participation ranges from assisting staffers with journalistic questions to handling practical issues.
Committee Work - From the time of my employ in August 2002 through the present semester, I have served on the following committees:
· Faculty Development Committee
· Assessment Committee
· Brown Bag Committee
· Student Publications Board
· Library Committee
· General Education Committee
· Various other committees
· First-Year Experience Group Leader
· Summer Reading Group Leader
· Journalism Internship Supervisor
· Director, Journalism Minor