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Maria Luskay


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

  • @Pleasantville
    Choate House 221N
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Writer/Producer/Director with 20+ years of experience in Industrial and Documentary Film Production.

Director of MA in MCA

Organize and direct yearly Connections in Communications event and all on-line social media tools on Facebook for BA and MA, LinkedIn, YouTube and Tumblr for MCA Dyson.

Designed Pace Channel on YouTube, Google Video, and Vimeo to highlight all student work.


EdD, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1998
Higher Education

MS, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, 1990
Communication Arts

MBA Certificate, Long Island University, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1988
Business Administration

BA, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, 1985
Literature and Communications

Awards and Honors

August 2015 - • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, August 2015, Curaçao's Coral Challenge – Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea
July 2015 - • Best Shorts Competition, July 2015, , Curaçao's Coral Challenge – Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, Award of Merit, Documentary Short.
June 2015 - • Accolade Global Film Competition, June 2015, Curaçao's Coral Challenge – Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, Award of Merit, Documentary Short.
 Accolade Global Film Competition, September 2014, September 2014 - Award of Merit
Blue Ocean Film Festival, September 2014 - Honorable Mention
2013 - 2013 44th annual MCA-I Media Festival – Bronze Reel – “The Battle Behind the Bottle”, A film on the Cork Question
2013 - Douro Film Festival , Portugal, 9/14- 9/21 for The Battle Behind The Bottle – accepted into festival and shown
August 2013 -  Village of Brewster Fim Festival, August 2013. “Viva la Tortutga
 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, May 2013, “Viva la Tortuga”, May 2013 - Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
2012 - 2012 Silent River Film Festival, Irvine, CA – Official Selection 10/17- 10/20 – Directors of the Future Showcase for The Battle Behind the Bottle
2012 Best Shorts Competition, 2012 - Best Short Documentary Award of Merit
2010 Indie Short Film Competition, 2010 - Award for 'Documentary' category
2006 - Best Documentary Winner
NY Festivals, 2000 - Finalist
Worldfest Houston, 1996 - Silver Award
Telly Awards, 1993 - Bronze Telly Award


  • Pace University, March Teaching On-Line Certification Program
  • Avid, December Avid Certification
    Certification to teach Media Composer 101


Expert Witness - screenwriting, editing


International Association of Broadcasters

International Association of Business Communicators

Media Communications Association International

National Broadcasters Association

National Communications Association

Women in Communications


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Communication Arts and Journalism, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences[]
    Desc: • Researched and co-developed BA in Communication and Communication Arts and Journalism • Developed undergraduate curriculum • Researched local universities and colleges and surveyed communication experts for feedback and suggestions • Developed and administered student surveys • Provided market research plan and compiled application to NY State
  • Media and Communication Arts Department, Pace University[]
    Desc: • Designed and streamed promotional videos for website • Created YouTube Channel for MCA with link to homepage • Originated Vimeo Channel with link to homepage • Developed Department pages on Facebook and Tumblr for BA and MA • Assisted with technology development and expansion of Media Lab


  • Co-op/Career Services, Pace University
  • Cultural Diversity Committee [Committee Member]
  • Departmental TAPS [Committee Member]
  • Freshman Composition Committee[Committee Member]
  • Homecoming Committee [Committee Member]
  • Lit/Com Curriculum Committee[Committee Member]
  • Master of Arts in Media and Communication Arts, Pace University
    Desc: • Researched, compiled and developed MA program, presented to NY State and approved 5/09 • Created all courses and syllabi for both core and elective courses • Managed viral networking campaign to promote and advertise program • Recruited, interviewed and hired new adjunct faculty • Appointed Director of MA in MCA
  • Pace Accepted student days, Pace University
  • Pace University
    Desc: Chaperoned student trip to California to attend Media Conference
  • Pace University
    Desc: Departmental Student Advisor
  • President's University committee on International Global Centers, Pace University[Committee Member]
  • Search Committee for Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer[Committee Member]
  • Student Life Media Awareness Committee [Committee Member]
  • Technology Committee [Committee Member]
  • Via Pace
  • Writing Contest Committee[Committee Member]
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