MRT Faculty & Staff

John Little

Associate Professor & Department Chair
jlittle@mwcc.mass.edu

Degrees Held

  • AS in Public Communications (Mount Wachusett Community College)
  • BS in Communications/Media – Television Production Concentration (Fitchburg State University)
  • MS in Applied Communications (Fitchburg State University)

Teaches the following courses

  • Introduction to Audio Production
  • Fundamentals of Audio Post Production
  • Advanced Audio Production
  • Critical Listening for Audio Engineers
  • Music Recording and Mixing Techniques

John Little heads the Audio Engineering Curriculum at Mount Wachusett Community College and is Chair of the Media Arts & Technology Department.  He posted a 4.0 GPA in a Master of Science degree in Applied Communication from Fitchburg State University, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Media with a specialty in Television Production from Fitchburg State University, and holds an Associate of Science degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, in Public Communications.

Mr. Little has worked as a staff and freelance sound engineer in corporate video and for network level television and radio.  His broadcast credits include; Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Disney Channel, The Discovery Channel, Extra, Inside Edition, Paramount Pictures, and National Public Radio.  He has worked with various celebrities such as: Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael J. Fox, Stephen King, Joan Rivers, Mickey Rooney, the cast of Cheers, President George H. W. Bush, President Clinton, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Daryl Hall, John Oats, and professional athletes.

The proprietor of Up-Side-Sound Recording Studio in Ashburnham, MA since 1989, he has helped his clients earn awards including the New Hampshire Film Festival’s 2002 Best Documentary and the Rhode Island Country Horizons 2007 Best Traditional Country CD.

His former teaching experience includes 20 years as a High School Drum Line instructor, and 15 years as a PSIA level 2 certified ski instructor.


Claudia Plasse

Adjunct Professor
cplasse1@mwcc.mass.edu

Degrees Held

  • MA in Political Science; Television, Film, and Theater Studies; Spanish and Latin American History (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Ph.D. (UMass Amherst – in progress)

Teaches the following courses

  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Script Writing

Ed Stapel

Adjunct Professor
estapel@mwcc.mass.edu

Degrees Held

  • BA in English (University of South Carolina)
  • MFA in Photography (Savannah College of Art and Design)

Teaches the following courses

  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Commercial Photography

Edward Stapel is an adjunct professor of photography at Mount Wachusett Community College.  He holds an MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design as well as a BA in English from the University of South Carolina.  He has over a dozen years of experience teaching photography, art, and media studies courses.  He teaches courses in traditional, digital, and historical photographic processes, from introductory to advanced levels.  Edward is also interested in the fluidity of photographic information afforded by digital, mobile, and social media platforms, and the impact that these new forms of photographic communication have on the medium.  In addition to teaching, Edward has worked as a freelance photographer and a photojournalist.  He has exhibited his photographs in numerous solo and group exhibitions.


Norm Eggert

Adjunct Professor
neggert@mwcc.mass.edu

Degree Held

  • BA in Political Science (UMass Amherst)

Teaches the following courses

  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Advanced Digital Photography

Norm Eggert, owner of Norm Eggert Photography, has operated this Massachusetts based company for over 30 years. Norm Eggert Photography specializes in editorial photography of the New England region – photographs of the New England landscape, cities and towns, and her inhabitants – as well as, photographing events, weddings and individual and group portraits. Norm and his wife Cheryl live on a farm in northern Worcester County, where they raise merino sheep.  Norm has taught photography for over 30 years at various places but for the last 12 years, he has taught at Mount Wachusett Community College and The Worcester Art Museum. And he has taught small group workshops at various places. Norm is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and in the past has taken photography classes and workshops at Harvard, and the Worcester Center for Crafts, and studied with Ron Rosenstock.


Robert Mayer

Adjunct Professor
r_mayer@mwcc.mass.edu
Degree Held

  • BS in Business Management (Daniel Webster College)

Teaches the following course:

  • Introduction to Digital Photography

Ben Mertzic

Adjunct Professor & Instructional Media Specialist
b_mertzic@mwcc.mass.edu

Degrees Held

  • AA in Liberal Arts (Mount Wachusett Community College)
  • BA in Global Communication (UMass Amherst)

Teaches the following courses

  • Fundamentals of Video Production
  • Editing Digital Video

Stephanie Marchetti

Adjunct Professor & Academic Advisor
smarchetti@mwcc.mass.edu

Degrees Held

  • BS in Communications/Media with dual concentration in Film and Video Production and a minor in Professional Writing (Fitchburg State University)
  • MS in Applied Communications (Fitchburg State University)

Teaches the following course

  • Introduction to Mass Media

Stephanie Marchetti teaches courses in Film Appreciation and Mass Media.  She is an adjunct professor for the Liberal Arts and Science Division at Mount Wachusett Community College, and serves full time as an Academic Advisor, specializing in Financial Literacy and Student Success. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Communication from Fitchburg State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree also from FSU, in Communications/Media, with a dual concentration in Film and Video Production, and a minor in Professional Writing.

After an internship with Maura Tighe Casting in Boston (now Christine Wyse Casting), Stephanie turned to a professional career in higher education.  She is a freelance writer for HGTV.com, and has contributed to features in This Old House magazine, DIY Lifestyle magazine, The Huffington Post, She Knows, and BobVila.com. Stephanie is savvy in website maintenance, public relations, media kit creation, and self-promotion.