Sherri Hope Culver
Director and Associate Professor
Department of Media Studies and Production

Sherri serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University where she is associate professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. Sherri’s teaching focuses on the business of media, media literacy, and media for children. Recent consulting clients include Google, Facebook, Public Journalism Club of Armenia, Maryland Public Television, Digital Communications Network, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

Sherri was recently recognized with a Fulbright Global Scholar award (2022). She will be collaborating with scholars and media industry leaders in Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom to research best practice in developing inspiring media content for children.

Sherri serves as vice chair of the Media and Information Literacy Alliance, a UNESCO-initiated alliance of over 700 organizations from 130 countries. She talks with kids about the influence of media in their lives on her podcast Kids Talk Media.

Recent publications include a co-authored chapter in Media Literacy in a Disruptive Media Environment (2020) titled, “A Snapshot: the state of media literacy education in the US”; and a chapter in the latest edition of 20 Questions about Youth and the Media (2019) titled, “How are the needs of children considered in children’s media?”.

Sherri holds a master’s degree in public culture from the University of Pennsylvania.  She began her career as a television producer holding various production and management positions over 25 years in the media industry.

Vivian Allegretti
Student Worker

Vivian is the student worker for the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University. In this role, she helps run the office and is the associate producer for the TUTV show, Media Inside Out. Vivian is a senior Media Studies and Production student with an interest in all forms of children’s media and media literacy.

CMIL Alumni

Emily Bailin

During her time with the CMIL Emily was a doctoral student at Teachers College at Columbia University studying in the Ed.D. program for Education and Communication. She holds a masters in Education, Culture & Society at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, which she received in 2010. Her research interests and professional experiences reside mainly in the field of media literacy education.

Sojin An

Sojin An is a  Producer and Director of Dramas, Documentaries and educational programs at EBS (Korean Educational Broadcasting System). Sojin has been working in the Children’s Media Industry for 18 years and has made numerous shows for children. Sojin An was born in Seoul, Korea and is now a Fellowship Student at Temple University. Sojin An is nominated for an International Emmy Award in the Kids TV Movie/ Mini-series category. Sojin An was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Media and Information Literacy from January through December 2013 doing research on children’s media in the US.

David Cooper Moore

David Cooper Moore currently leads a series university-school partnerships between Temple University and K-12 schools and programs in Philadelphia to bring media and information literacy enrichment program to students in in-school and after-school contexts. He has led and participated in in-school mentoring, teacher education, curriculum development and media and technology integration. Moore has also developed media literacy projects and productions with PBSTeachers, the Center for Social Media, Drug Free PA, and the Girl Scouts of America in topics including digital citizenship and civic responsibility,public health, and fair use in K-12 education. He currently media production and media and information literacy to a variety of age groups including K-12 and undergraduate students.

Moore also blogs on education, media and technology issues at

Hugh Kesson

Hugh Kesson is currently coordinating work between CMIL and the New Media and TechnologyCharter School in northeast Philadelphia. Hugh has been a high school teacher, college professor, media educator and documentary film maker. He has worked in the US, UK andAustralia, and has managed to add to his collection of higher education qualifications on all three continents. His work and research is broadly concerned with issues of equality in media and education, and is specifically focused on the development of digital literacies.

Former Visiting Fellows:

Tomas Duran – visiting fellow, Autonomous University Barcelona (2015)
Soijin An – visiting fellow, Korean Broadcasting Service (2013)

Student workers:

Chris Cook (work study, Fall 2023)

Kayla Paul-Koch (work study, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023)

Danny Kilderry (work study, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

Baker McNamara (work study Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021)

Andrew Shaqfeh (work study Fall 2019- Spring 2020)

Abigail Turrisi (work study, Fall 2018)

Andrea Miller (work study, Spring 2017)

Joselyn Castro (work study, Spring 2016)

Cara Glatfelter (work study, Fall 2015 – 2016)

Cari Dienstman (work study, Spring 2015)

Melissa Lam Ly (work study, Fall 2014)

Klein College of Media and Communication

Temple University
Annenberg Hall, 1A
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-3255

Sherri Hope Culver – Director

Watch our Show

Media Inside Out is a television talk show exploring media literacy topics airing every Wednesday at 12:30 and 8:30PM on Temple University TV (TUTV).