Assistant Professor, Department of English/Journalism Program

The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

609-771-2285 (office)


  1. Academic and Professional Employment

The College of New Jersey (2009 to present) faculty member in the English Department. I have taught a variety of journalism courses, including Magazine Writing and Writing for Interactive Multimedia, and Advanced Magazine Writing. I will teach Press History in the Spring 2014 semester.

Philadelphia Style magazine (Fall 2011-2015) Freelance feature writer covering fashion design, retail, architecture, interior design, and real estate. Write one story per issue.

Women’s Wear Daily (1999-present) Contribute feature stories about retail news, exhibits, and sustainability trends.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (1999-2012) Regular contributor to fashion pages as well as Home Design and Real Estate sections. Served as interim fashion editor from 1999-2000 writing feature articles for the publication. I profiled designers who visited Philadelphia (Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson, Steven Slowik for Bill Blass), new designer launches in the city (Lilly Pulitzer, Anthropologie), and chronicled the dressing of “Sixth Sense” director M. Night Shyamalan for the Golden Globes. Was asked to write Home Design stories after that time period, writing about trends in home design, and projects in the area and added Real Estate writing in 2009, becoming a regular writer for the Haven column in the Sunday real estate section.

Various national and regional publications (May 1998-present)

Write freelance lifestyle articles for publications such as W and WWD, Women’s Health, Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, I Magazine, New Jersey Life, InStyle, MSN/AOL, Our House, ClassesUSA. Where publications. Wrote everything from home and design pieces to fashion articles as well as celebrity profiles (Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Ripa, Zach Braff, Elizabeth Shue, Christine Ebersole, Andre Leon Talley).

 New Jersey Life (January 2006-June 2007) Deputy editor overseeing the production of seven issues a year. Manage small staff and freelance writers, managed publication’s budget, generated ideas for issues, wrote and top edited all submissions, produced photo shoots.

Spectacular Homes of Greater Philadelphia, Panache Publishers (2006) Author of 200-page coffee table book featuring the work of 50 interior designers and architects in the Philadelphia region.

Philadelphia Style magazine (November 1998-November 1999) Editor-in-Chief. Worked with publisher and art director on original concept of the magazine aimed at a younger, city-dwelling audience. Hired freelance staff, came up with story ideas, edited and wrote stories, helped with visual look of publication.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Home and Garden (2004-2005) Launched monthly Sunday home and garden magazine published by Hollister Publications. Hired freelance staff, came up with story ideas, edited and wrote stories about home design and garden.

W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily (1992-1998) Staff fashion editor contributing to a monthly consumer publication and a daily trade newspaper. Covered news and trends in the fashion design, retail, textile and beauty industries. Produced weekly photo shoots and wrote special issues for newspaper.

SELF magazine (1991-1992) Copywriter working on special advertising sections for monthly Conde Nast publication, wrote publisher’s letter and sales support materials.

Other teaching experience: Temple University, adjunct professor, Fall 2004 through   May 2008. Designed and implemented a curriculum for Magazine Writing and Lifestyle   Writing to juniors and seniors.

The College of New Jersey, adjunct professor, January 2009 through Spring 2012.            Taught magazine writing and Writing for Interactive Multimedia

Educational Background

New York University, New York, NY, M.A. Journalism, May 1994

Concentration: Magazines

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, B.B. A. Business Administration, May1985.

Columbia University, New York, NY Continuing Education Courses, 2012-13

III. Academic or Professional Honors, Prizes, Awards and Presentations (Does Not Apply)

 Teaching Record

Courses taught:

JPW 370-02 Multimedia Storytelling- Spring 2015, 16 students; Fall 15, 11 students;

  • JPW 310 Press History- Spring 2014, 22 students.
  • JPW 370Advanced Magazine Writing, Fall 2013, 16 students.
  • JPW-250/IMM 140 – Writing for Interactive Multimedia, Fall 2012, 25 students in two sections; Spring 2013, 40 students in 2 sections; Fall 2013, 44 students in 2 sections; Spring 2014, 44 students in 2 sections; Fall 2014, 44 students in 2 sections; Spring 2015, 44 students in two sections; Fall 2015, XXXX
  • JPW 350 – Magazine Writing, Fall 2012, 23 students; Spring 2013, 22 students; Fall 2014, 22 students;
  • 7 JPW internships, 3 independent studies, 2 Practicums
  1. Academic Advising and Student Mentoring Record

 I formally advise 26 students and informally advise and mentor many others. I have written many letters of recommendation for students who were applying for Fulbright scholarships, New York Women in Communication scholarships, merit scholarships, study abroad internship programs, graduate school admission and publishing internships. One student of mine is attending a graduate communications program at The University Maryland. Internships for my advisees include: BBC News, Time Out New York, HGTV magazine, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Women’s Health, Nutrisystem, and Alice and Olivia.


Scholarship Published in Newspapers (August 2012 to present):

 The Ethical Fashion Initiative: Simone Cipriani pairs designers with artisans to produce ethically made accessories, 800 words, Women’s Wear Daily, to be published in an April or May 2015 issue.

Webber, K. & Pearson, K. (2015, May 1). Community engaged learning in journalism and multimedia courses. Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication: A Journal Published by the Small Programs Interest Group, 6228 words, Vol. Issue, Pages.

“A Bucks County Farmhouse Showcases Rustic Designs, 720 words, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Late Fall issue,

Carried Away: A Suburban Carriage Home’s Design Pedigree comes alive thanks to one Interior Designers playful side, 761 words, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Fall 2014 issue,

“There’s Something About Mary: The woman behind Nicole Miller’s success”, Fall 2014 issue, 920 words, Philadelphia Style Magazine,

“Force of Nature: As Dan and Sarah Keating embark on their next chapter in life, the couple reflects on their rustic Main Line dream home”, Late Summer issue, 896 words, Philadelphia Style magazine,

Second Time Around: A suburban couple’s beachside home reflects their new, laid back lifestyle at the Jersey shore”, Spring 2014, 740 words, Philadelphia Style Magazine,

“Patrick Kelly’s career feted in Exhibition”, 860 words, Women’s Wear Daily, April 25, 2014;

“Bathing Beauties: Headlines by Porcelanosa’s Elegant Designs, Philadelphia’s Luxury Baths are Defined by Exotic Materials and Custom Fixtures”, Philadelphia Style Magazine, March 2014 issue, 446 words.

“Retail Royalty: As King of Prussia Mall Celebrates its 50th anniversary, General Manager Robert Hall Talks about the Luxury Retail Complex’s Ever Expanding Impact”, Philadelphia Style magazine, March 2014 issue, 1208 words.

“Interior Department: Barbara Eberlein has designed Rooms for Some of Philadelphia’s most sumptuous homes, but one recent client was perhaps her most demanding: Herself.” Philadelphia Style magazine, March 2014 issue, 898 words.

“Chase and Jen Utley’s 3-story Penthouse Hits the Market,” Philadelphia Style magazine, December/January issue 2013/14 words, 1025 words.

“Branching out; A Conshohocken home Embraces Its Tree-Filled Surroundings with Fluid Spaces and Expansive views,” Philadelphia Style magazine, Fall 2013 issue 875 words, (p 135-136)

“Ministry of the Interior: A trio of Philadelphia tastemakers offers a rare glimpse into their luxurious residences to share their flair for all that is sophisticated and exquisite,” Philadelphia Style magazine; Fall 2013 issue; 1250 words.

“Pride of Place: A suburban home’s unique architectural details recall the historic grandeur of life on the Main Line,” Philadelphia Style magazine; Fall 2013 issue; 660 words;

“The Joi of Success: Fashion doyenne Joi Denenberg’s latest project with Macy’s channels icon Marilyn Monroe,” Philadelphia Style magazine; Fall 2013 Issue; 775 words.

“The Barns Collection: A 19th century barn on the brink of demolition is now the bucolic backyard centerpiece of one Bucks County Home,” Philadelphia Style magazine; Summer 21013 issue; 699 words.

“A place in the Sun: The Jersey Shore welcomes and Entertainment Complex and a Boutique Hotel just in time for Summer;” Philadelphia Style magazine; Summer 2013 issue; 600 words.

“Sights to Sea: an Avalon home’s oceanfront views are the focus of its functional design;” Philadelphia Style magazine; April/May 2013 issue; 774 words.

“Antiques Roadshow: Gay culture may be obsessed with youth, but when it comes to decorating, a touch of the old can be just the thing. Here, three great locales perfect for a treasure hunting day trip;” G Philadelphia (a Philadelphia magazine publication); Spring 2013 issue; 1108 words;

“The Future is Now: A Society Hill townhouse designed by I.M. is on the Cutting Edge once again thanks for a 21st Century update;” Philadelphia Style magazine; March/April 2013 issue; 593 words.

“A new multimillion dollar entertainment complex and luxury apartment building s on track to transform Philadelphia’s Fishtown;” Philadelphia Style magazine; Winter 2013 issue; 590 words

“Opposites Attract: A Main Line couple’s Dream Home is a Fine Contrast of contemporary accents and European Drama;” Philadelphia Style magazine; December/January 2013 issue; 790 words.

“The Finished Touch: Karen Giberson if the non-profit Accessories Council Aims to Keep Costume Jewelry USA Made;” Philadelphia Style magazine; December/January issue; 689 words.

“History in the Making: Famous Philadelphia landmarks find a second life as modern mixed-use properties;” Philadelphia Style magazine; December/January issue; 788 words.

“The Gift of Art: A couple Starts a New chapter High Above the Square and Surrounded by Their Treasured Art Collection;” Philadelphia Style magazine; December/January issue 2012/13; 706 words.

“Rustic Revival: A Local Interior Designer’s Strong Sense of Style Refreshes a New Hope Barn;” Philadelphia Style magazine; October/November 2012 issue; 687 words.

“A League Of Its Own: 1706 Rittenhouse Has garnered International Acclaim for its Unparalleled Amenities, but to Residents like Dan Neduscin, this Tony Address is Simply Home;” Philadelphia Style magazine; Fall issue 2012; 810 words.

“Strathmere Fun House: A Fashion retailer and a Hip Designer Create a colorful retreat in 60s Surfer Style;” Philadelphia Style magazine; Summer 2012 issue; 768 words.

“Social Promotion:” The Philadelphia Inquirer; August 24, 2012; 1084 words;



Scholarship published in Books:

 Where publications Guestbook- Spring Edition; “All Sewn Up: The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designs the next generation of the city’s style industry;” Where publications hardcover book; Spring edition; 1170 words.


VIII. Creative Record (Does Not Apply)


  1. Professional Activity Record

            Spring 2015: Mort Winston Justice Seminar participant.

  1. Professional, Intellectual, Creative Development

Panel member for AEJMC (America Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication) national conference in San Francisco in August 2015. “More Than a Good Story – Methods for Teaching Digital Storytelling”

  1. Administration or Coordination Activities (Does Not Apply)


XII. Record of Service to the College Community

  • Fall 2015 HSS Curriculum Committee
  • Fall 2015 English Colloquia Committee
  • Spring 2015 Instructional Technology Workshop presenter
  • Fall 2014 Instructional Technology Lunch and Learn
  • Fall 2013 Brower Student Center Documentary film series talk. Presented and led discussion of the documentary film, “The September Issue” to students in the journalism program.
  • Member of the English Department’s Outreach Committee
  • Adviser to, online magazine, Adviser to Ed2010 magazine organization and She’s The First student organization. Assisted in fundraising activities for STF.
  • Created TCNJ Journal WordPress to house selected articles from Magazine Writing and to serve as an outreach resource for students interested in working in the magazine industry.
  • Host Resume and Cover Letter workshops for Ed2010.
  • Host online writing workshops for new writers.
  • Research and proposal of funding for a need-based scholarship for unpaid interns’ commutation fees to major metropolitan areas. Working with development and dean to see plan through from research to implementation.

XII. Record of Service to the Profession (Does Not Apply)

XIV. Record of Service to the Surrounding Community

  • Work with TCCA Trenton (Civic Associations) on developing web content for 14 civic associations. Worked with 44 students on creating pages and maps that are useful, user-friendly and consistent for Trenton residents who want to get more involved in their communities.
  • Created a voter website for the Trenton Mayoral election for May 2014 election.
  • Work with students and community members on creating engaging content for website celebrating creators and businesses in Trenton.