Wilkes University

Group Leaders - London

Group Leaders 

Dr. Mark Stine  |  Associate Professor & Chair  |  Communication Studies


Dr. Mark Stine
Chair, Communication Studies Department
Capin Hall Room 200
Phone: (570)408-4169

Dr. John Hepp
Department of History
Capin Hall Room 303
Phone: (570)408-4225

In addition to chairing the Communication Studies Department for the past seven years, Dr. Mark Stine teaches in the Broadcast Media track of the program. Enter the Shelburne Television Studio at any given time and you will find Dr. Stine teaching students how to operate a TV camera and video switcher, as well as focusing on the art of television production.

The Wilkes television station, Service Electric Cable Channel 97, is broadcast to more than 30,000 local homes and has a variety of current Wilkes productions. “Our television studio has only scratched the surface,” said Dr. Stine. “Currently we have a number of student produced shows, including Wilkes World, our weekly magazine-style program.

Communications as a whole has had an increase in the breath of intern opportunities from MTV and CNN, to WNEW radio in New York City, to local NBC and CBS affiliates,” said Dr. Stine. “Wilkes students have the opportunity to use equipment that is being used in the radio and television industry. Once students graduate from Wilkes and get a job they will be familiar with the process and the equipment in their field. If our program keeps drawing good students we can continue to grow. We offer a very hands-on program.”

Dr. Stine’s background includes working professionally in the broadcasting industry for nearly seven years, and he brings that experience to bear in the classroom. Dr. Stine holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University in Philadelphia.

In Dr. Stine's words…

“The most exciting part about teaching at Wilkes is interacting with the students. I love the hands-on courses, video and audio production, it’s really a team affair.”

“As a group they are bright, hardworking students. They have great personalities and they are really fun to work with.”

 Dr. John Hepp |  Associate Professor  |  History


Dr. Heppteaches courses on U.S. and world history that examine the period 1850 to the present. His research interests center on the effects of technological and economic change on everyday urban life from about 1800 to the present.  In 2003, he received the Carpenter Award for Outstanding Teaching and he was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award of Merit in 2001, 2002, and 2004. In addition, he also received, along with Dr. Mark Stine, Wilkes University’s first Interdisciplinary Teaching Award in 2005.

Dr. Hepp makes regular presentations on a variety of topics at conferences in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.  Most recently, he presented "Museums as venues for teaching the history of technology to undergraduates" in York, England, and "The Victorian industrial metropolis in comparative perspective: Philadelphia and Glasgow as 'Workshops of the World,'" in Calgary, Canada.

His first book, The Middle-Class City: Transforming Space and Time in Philadelphia, 1876-1926 was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2003 He co-edited with Leonard Schlup Selections from the Papers and Speeches of Warren G. Harding 1918-1923: The Twenty-Ninth President of the United States of America published by The Edwin Mellen Press in 2008 He is currently finishing a book on the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and just beginning a research project comparing the economic cultures of Glasgow and Philadelphia between about 1800 and the present.  He is also the author of a number of articles and his most recent, “James Brown Scott and the Rise of Public International Law,” in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era was nominated for the Charles DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History.

Dr. Hepp is a member of the Council of the Pennsylvania Historical Association and the editor of the PHA's History Studies Series http://www.pa-history.org/pastudyseries.htm. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.

In Dr. Hepp's words...

“I enjoy exploring different issues in history with my students. Every class is different because each group of students asks different questions and pushes me to think about the past in different ways.”

“ I'd characterize my students as hard working and curious. In fact, I see my job in the classroom as facilitating each student's individual jourmey into the past by allowing him or her to find something interesting in the time period the class is studying.”