Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctorate of Education, 2018, Educational Leadership, Lamar University
  • Master of Arts, 2003, Communication, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science, 1991, Political Science, Temple University

Academic Positions

Associate Professor of Clinical Communication, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, 2019-present

Assistant Professor (Clinical), School of Communication, The Ohio State University, 2012-2019

Director, Sports & Society Initiative, College of Arts & Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2017-present

Global One Health Initiative Professor, University of Gondar, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 2015-2018

Journalism Lecturer, School of Communication, The Ohio State University, 2010-2012

Adjunct Professor (magazine writing), School of Communication, Ohio State University, September 2004-2010

Adjunct Professor (news writing), Capital University, Department of English Department, 2004

Guest Lecturer (journalism), Pacific Union College, 2004-2005


Courses Taught

  • Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities (in multimedia platforms)
  • Lantern Independent Study
  • Lantern Practicum
  • Magazine Writing
  • Media Law & Ethics
  • News Design
  • Sports Media
  • Writing & Editing for Media
  • Writing for Strategic Communication
  • Always Get the Name of the Dog (media interviewing-iTunes U)
  • Creating Campus News (iTunes U)
  • Distance and Online Education (short course)
  • Health Communication (short course)
  • Immersion Reporting with Multimedia (iTunes U)
  • Magazine Writing (iTunes U)
  • Media Law & Ethics ( iTunes U)
  • Team iPad (iTunes U/Ohio State athletics)
  • Writing and Editing for News (on iTunes U)


Technical Teaching Skills

  • News and feature writing
  • Editing
  • Social media
  • Video recording/editing
  • Audio recording/editing
  • Final Cut
  • WordPress and blogging
  • InDesign
  • PhotoShop
  • iPads in Education
  • iTunes U
  • Flipped classroom
  • Digital narrative
  • Active learning
  • Project-based learning

Academic Organization Service and Committees:

  • Media Ethics Professional Freedom & Responsibility Chair, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Teaching Standards Chair, Scholastic Journalism Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
  • Journalism Educators of America
  • Reviewer, Communication Teacher
  • Judge, Ohio Newspaper Association Hooper Awards

Selected School, College And University Service And Committees

  • Advisor, Society of Professional Journalism Ohio State Chapter, 2017-present
  • Advisor: American Women in Sports Media Ohio State student chapter, 2016-present
  • Advisor: Scarlet & Grey Radio, 2017-present
  • Lead instructor, Ohio State Athletics Summer Bridge/Team iPad short course, 2016-present
  • Global One Health Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee, 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, Council On Distance Education, Libraries, And Information Technology, Ohio State University Faculty Senate, 2016-present
  • School of Communication Undergraduate Journalism Committee, 2015-present
  • Advisor, Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honorary (2014-present)
  • One Health Task Force (Ethiopian Partnership), 2013-present
  • Board of Directors, Society for Professional Journalists (Central Ohio chapter), 2012-present
  • Advisory Board: Camp Kesem Ohio State 2011-present

 Academic Awards and honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, AEJMC Media Ethics Division, 2018
  • Professor of the Year, Tech Advocate, 2017
  • David J. Adams Educator of the Year, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2016
  • Great Idea for Teaching, AEJCM, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2016
  • Top Paper, Mobile Me & You Conference, University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2015
  • Great Idea for Teaching, AEJCM, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2015
  • Apple Distinguished Editor, Apple, Inc., Class of 2015
  • iTunes U Best of 2014: Writing and Editing for News, Apple
  • 2014 Scholastic Journalism Division Innovation in Teaching Award, Scholastic Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • 2014 winner, Teaching News Terrifically, AEJMC Newspaper and Online News Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • 2014 Steal My Idea winner, Innovate technology Conference
  • Outstanding Commitment to Student Education, Panhellenic Association of Ohio State (2012)
  • Outstanding faculty or staff member, The Residence on 10th, 2013

 Grants and Awards

  • 2017 U.S. State Department Ethiopia Partnership Award, primary investigator, $15,000
  • 2017 Academic Programs Section’s Innovation in Teaching Award, co-investigator, $3,000
  • 2016 One Health CDC Capacity Building, Co-Investigator, $5 million
  • 2015, “Office of Distance Education and eLearning’s Affordable Learning Exploration Grant” Office of Distance Education and eLearning. $7,500. Principal Investigator.
  • 2015, “Sports and Society Initiative Research Grant” Arts & Sciences Sports and Society Initiative, $10,100. Principal Investigator.
  • 2015, “Educating Patients on Managing Pet Ownership Risk in Immunocompromised States” Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science, $9,996, Consultant.
  • 2014 “USG Sustainability Grant” Ohio State Student Government
  • 2013 Digital First iPad Course Enhancement Grant



  • “Ten Tech Tools in 10 Minutes,” AEJMC, Washington, D.C., 2018
  • “Tools for Teaching Media Ethics,” AEJMC, Washington, D.C., 2018
  • Keynote, Apple World-Wide Sales Conference, Cupertino, California, 2018
  • “Navigating with students of the Digital Flagship University,’ Ohio State First Year Conference, 2018
  • Apple Higher Education Keynote Speech, Redwood City, California, 2018
  • “Social Media in Agricultural Education,” University of Kentucky, 2017
  • “10 Tech Tools in 10 Minutes”, AEJMC panel, Chicago, Illinois, 2017
  • “Self-Censorship and the Student Press”, AEJMC panel, Chicago, Illinois, 2017
  • “Using Tech in Global One Health,” International Conference of Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface, Doha, Qatar, 2017
  • Distance Education Learning Short Course, One Health Summer Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2017
  • Lead instructor, Team iPad: Texas Tech Summer Technology Short Course, 2017
  • “Using Tech in Global One Health,” Innovate, Ohio State University, 2017
  • “Student Athletes and Mobile Technology,” Apple Athletic Academic Conference, Cupertino, California, 2017
  • “Careers in Sports Media,” Ohio State LifeSports Careers Forum, 2017
  • Distance Education Learning Short Course, One Health Summer Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2016
  • “The Myth of the Digital Native,” Innovate, Ohio State University, 2016
  • “The Myth of the Digital Native,” Apple Distinguished Educator 2016 Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • “10 Tech Tools in 10 Minutes”, AEJMC panel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016
  • “Social Media in the Classroom,” AEJMC panel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016
  • Summer Institute Faculty, One Health Institute, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2015
  • “Making Mojos,” Mobile Me & You, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2015
  • “Teaching with Technology: A journalism approach,” Journalism Forum: Oklahoma University, 2015
  • “Tweet or Don’t Teach,” AEJMC panel, San Francisco, California, 2015
  • “Second Year iPad Evolution,” Innovate 2015, Columbus, Ohio, 2015
  • “Plunging the Perils and Pearls of a Social Classroom,” SXSWedu, Austin, Texas, 2015
  • “iJournalism: Using iTunes U and iPads to revolutionize education,” Ohio State Psychology Department Organizational Meeting (2014)
  • “How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Flipped Class,” Campus Tech Fall Forum (2014), Chicago, Ill.
  • “iJournalism: Using iTunes U and iPads to revolutionize journalism education.” AEJMC (2014) Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • “What does Twitter have to do with learning?” Capital University Technology Forum, Columbus, Ohio (2014)
  • Keynote Speaker. “In Tune with iTunesU.” University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana (2014)
  • “Digital Education: Being Smart Isn’t Enough.” SXSWedu, Austin, Texas (2014)
  • “Tuning in and Teaching with Tablets: How iTunes U and iPads have revolutionized education:.” Ohio Education in Technology Conference, Columbus, Ohio (2014)
  • Keynote Speaker. “iPads in the Classroom.” Ohio State Vet Med Seminar, Columbus, Ohio

 Research Areas

  • Student-athletes and academic mobile technology
  • Academic use of mobile device
  • iPads in Education
  • Digital and e-learning teaching techniques
  • Podcasting in education
  • Digital native myth

 Academic Publishing

Papers:         Kraft, N, Seely, N. “Making Mojos: How iPads are enhancing Mobile Journalism Education.” JMC Educator. September 2015

Book chapters:

Beers, M. and Kraft, N. (2018). “Integrating Academic Skills and Digital Literacy”. The use of Technology in Teaching and Learning, In R. J. Harnish, K. R. Bridges, D. N. Sattler, M. L. Signorella, & M. Munson (Eds.). The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: 

Publications and Media

  • Associated Press: Coverage of Columbus Blue Jackets for national distribution
  • Columbus Dispatch: Coverage of horse racing
  • Columbus CEO, 2016 HR Excellence Awards
  • Remix: 10 Great Apps for Journalism, MediaShift, Sept. 21, 2016
  • Q&A with Bob Kendrick: Sexy News Anchor, Columbus Monthly, January 2015,
  • The Art of Healing, Ohio State Alumni Magazine, July/August 2015
  • Columbus CEO, 2015 HR Excellence Awards
  • Hannah Powell’s New Approach to Education, Capital Style, September 2015
  • Caught Stealing: Plagiarism Alive and Well in Journalism Education, EdShift, July 13, 2015
  • How to Connect Students to the Real World Through Twitter, EdShift, December 14, 2015,
  • One World, Healthy, Ohio State Alumni Magazine, 2014
  • Contributor:   
      • Journalist’s Toolbox,
      • New-Media Educators Daily,
      • PBS MediaShift,


Career Experience

Sports Writer
Associated Press, Columbus, Ohio

Director of Communications
United States Trotting Association, Columbus Ohio

Executive Editor, Hoof Beats Magazine                                                                 United States Trotting Association,
Columbus, Ohio 2004-2010


Associate Editor, Hoof Beats Magazine
United States Trotting Association,
Columbus, Ohio 1995-2004

Design Editor/Special Projects Reporter

Napa Valley Register,
Napa, California

Public Relations Specialist
Domain Chandon Winery,
St. Helena, Calif.

Press Secretary
Congressman Jon D. Fox (R, PA-13)                                                                             1992-1994

Investigative/Political Reporter
Montgomery Newspapers

Career Publishing

Books:          “100 Years in Harness,” United States Trotting Association, 2008

“Always Get the Name of the Dog,” iTunes, 2013

“Writing Like Rabbits,” iTunes, 2014


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  • AAA Home & Away
  • Australian Racing Times
  • Camden (N.J.) Courier-Post
  • Canadian Sportsman
  • Columbus CEO
  • Columbus (OH) Dispatch
  • Columbus Monthly
  • Dog &Kennel
  • Equus Magazine
  • The Harness Edge
  • Harness Horse Magazine
  • Hemisphere’s Magazine
  • Hoop Magazine
  • Inside Napa Valley
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Natural Living Today
  • Ohio State Alumni Association
  • Oncolink
  • Pet Life
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Washington Post

Activities & Membership

    • President, Bishop Watterson High School Hockey Board
    • Vice President-Communications, Columbus Ice Hockey Club
    • Founding Member, Columbus City Innovative Schools Task Force
    • Communications Consultant, Rep. John Patrick Carney, (Ohio)
    • Communications Consultant, Stephanie Groce, Columbus City School Board race, (Ohio)
    • Founder, Cody’s Club Foundation for Canine Cancer
    • Founder, Elizabeth Blackwell Center Service Board
    • Member, Society of Professional Women
    • Member, Kappa Tau Alpha


Journalism Awards

  • General Excellence, American Horse Publications (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • First Place, American Horse Publications (2005, 2006)
  • First Place, World Trotting Council International Media Award (2003)
  • First Place, California Newspaper Publishers Association (1995)
  • Second Place, American Horse Publications (1996, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Second Place, Hervey Awards-magazine writing (2001, 2009)
  • Third Place, American Horse Publications (2008, 2010)
  • Honorable Mention, American Horse Publications (1998, 1999, 2001, 2008)

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