Help Ensure That Dr. Marsha Della Giustina is Treated Respectfully by Emerson College

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Jason Clough
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Dr. Marsha Della Giustina was removed from her position as Emerson College’s RTDNA-WEBN advisor at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester. According to an article in the college newspaper, “Chair of the Journalism Department, Janet Kolodzy, said this decision follows a survey that students participating in each of the journalism co-curriculars filled out last school year.” The article also states that Kolodzy “…declined to say specifically why she removed Della-Giustina.” 

As students, alumnae, friends and colleagues, we are deeply troubled that a woman of Dr. Della Giustina’s stature should be removed, with so much ambiguity and disrespect, from a position she successfully helmed for many years.

Under Dr. Della Giustina’s leadership, WEBN has won 6 Associated Press College news station of the year awards, multiple National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Emmys, and scores of Associated Press regional awards for Oscar, Emmy and Spring Training coverage, as well as newscasts.

In her position as a faculty member, Dr. Della Giustina has had the support of a graduate assistant for many years. We are also dismayed that this position has now been stripped away from her.

In addition to a stellar career teaching high standards of broadcast journalism to thousands of students, Dr. Della Giustina is widely respected and admired by professionals in the broadcast journalism community nationwide. She holds a near 100% rate for graduating student job placements. She also continues to network for meaningful student internships. Through Dr. Della Giustina’s successful arrangements, many of these lead to employment after graduation.

Ask her former students about her and they’ll tell you her professional standards are rigorous but fair. Dr. Della Giustina has touched the lives of thousands of people in her role as a broadcast professional and Emerson College faculty member. There is an immense and profound loyalty towards her amongst many students, alumnae and communications professionals. These relationships are based on mutual respect and admiration.

To attribute one small student survey as the reasoning behind Dr. Della Giustina’s removal is disrespectful to her commitment to her students and the College. Her many, significant past and present ongoing contributions cannot be erased, nor will they be forgotten.

It is deeply important to us that an apology be made to Dr. Della Giustina for the disrespect that she has been treated with, that she will be treated with the respect she deserves going forward, and that the graduate assistant position be reinstated immediately.

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