This program is directed by Mary Stucky, a veteran journalist from the US who is also president of Round Earth Media, a US-based NGO actively engaged in reinventing journalism by pairing veteran journalists with aspiring reporters to bring stories from places traditional newsrooms seldom visit. Mary Stucky will work in close collaboration with journalists from Morocco, Round Earth Media, and Poynter Institute to facilitate students’ access to a wider scope of local and international veteran journalists. Instruction will be supplemented by a hand-picked team of scholars that will include university professors, researchers, NGO leaders, and subject-area experts from the community.
A founder of Round Earth Media, Mary Stucky is the company’s lead journalist and its president. She has broad media experience as a long-time contributor to public and commercial radio and television, notably, National Public Radio, Public Radio International and America Public Media (e.g., Marketplace, The World, All Things Considered), CBS Radio, FRONTLINE/World, NBC-TV and ABC-TV affiliates, Telemundo, and Univision. Stucky covers social and cultural issues, foreign affairs, public policy, the environment, and immigration, with a focus on underreported issues in neglected regions of the world.
Her reports on Chinese and Hmong immigrants were part of the documentary series “Crossing East,” which won a 2006 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor. Her reporting awards also include the New York Festival’s Gold World Medal. Prior to founding Round Earth Media, Stucky was a reporter/anchor for the NBC-TV affiliate in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Mary Stucky started the Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program in spring 2012.
Abdelhay Moudden, PhD, Senior Advisor
Dr. Abdelhay Moudden earned his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and has been a professor of political science and international relations at Mohamed V University in Rabat since 1978. He was been the academic director of the SIT Study Abroad Multiculturalism and Human Rights Morocco program from 1992 to 2013. In 1995, Dr. Moudden founded the Center for Cross Cultural Learning and since that time has served as the center’s academic director. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Advisor to SIT programs in Morocco. Dr. Moudden is a member of the Consultative Council on Human Rights and a former member of the Moroccan Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2005). He has published several articles on Moroccan politics and culture and two novels, the latest of which, The Farewell Sermon, won the Morocco book award for 2004.
Khadija Zizi, PhD, Academic Coordinator
Khadija Zizi is senior professor of English for journalistic purposes at the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication in Rabat, Morocco. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching career, in the US and in Morocco, spans over 25 years. Her research interests include gender, the media, linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and translation.
In 1991, Khadija Zizi was elected president of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. She is the founder of her school’s magazine, ISIClick, and is an associate editor of the fourth volume of Women Writing Africa (2009).
She enjoys travelling, writing poetry, and painting, and her artwork has been exhibited in national and international art shows.
Said Graiouid, PhD, Lecturer
Said Graiouid is SIT Study Abroad’s academic dean for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe and head of the Research Group of Migration and Culture at University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat. He has an MA (1989) in comparative literature and critical theory from University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco, and a PhD (2000) in communication and cultural studies from the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, UK. From 1992 to 1996, he had a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Since 1986, Dr. Graiouid has served as an assistant professor and then full professor of communication and cultural studies at University Mohammed V-Agdal, where he has designed, coordinated, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural studies, communication, migration, postcolonial theory, and media studies. He was also a founding faculty of the communication studies program at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, and the Institute for Language and Communication Studies in Rabat. Dr. Graiouid is the general editor of Langues et Littératures, University Mohammed V-Agdal's journal in the humanities and social sciences.
Dr. Graiouid's most recent publications are the book Communication and Everyday Performance: Public Space and the Public Sphere in Morocco (2011) and a co-edited book entitled International Education & Global Justice.