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Professor Howard Gold, Professor of Professional Communications

Professor Howard Gold

Professor of Professional Communication
Professional Communications
 Knapp Hall 20
 Mon 9:30am - 10:50am, Wed 9:30am-10:50am, Fri 11:00am-as:00pm by appointment


2008 - M.S.  Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology
                SUNY Albany, NY

1978 - B.S.  English
                  SUNY Oneonta, NY


Areas of Research and Teaching Expertise:
Howard Gold started here in 2005 as an Adjunct Professor in the Professional Communications Major (PCM), becoming a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2014. He won the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching (2014) and the Farmingdale Foundation Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching (2008).

Seventy of Howard’s students published papers from his classes in non-academic media, from local press to The New York Times, from online news to commercial digital presentations. He received two Students First grants, developed two new courses, migrated two traditional courses into online or hybrid offerings, and was twice a featured speaker for faculty mentoring.

 Before joining academia, Howard spent over 20 years as a professional technical and corporate writer for healthcare related organizations including GHI, Sandata, Henry Schein, and Forest Laboratories. The scholarly journal Teaching Shakespeare published his paper, “Henry Goes to High School” (Spring 2016).  The New York Times published his 9/11 five-year retrospective (Sept 2006).

His commitment to student service extends beyond advisement to founding and advising Lambda Pi Eta, the PCM Honor Society. Howard is passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to, and expanding, a thriving Professional Communications program and community for our students by innovating in the classroom and online.  


  • “Henry Goes to High School,” Teaching Shakespeare, British Shakespeare Association (York, UK), pp. 13 – 15. Apr. 2016. Web.
  • “The Flight Not Taken,” The Sunday New York Times, Long Island Section. 11 Sep. 2006. Print.
  • “Quest for the Perfect Quotation,” Beginnings Magazine. Apr. 2004. Print.
  • “TLA Madness,” Ohio Valley Computing. Cleveland. May 1995. Print.
  • “Laptops: Avoiding Roadkill,” Ohio Valley Computing. Cleveland. Feb. 1995. Print.


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2014
  • Farmingdale Foundation Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, 2008 Grants
  • SUNY Title III Students First Grant to fund the first Communications Honors Program for FSC (Lambda Pi Eta) under the auspices of the National Communication Association, 2016.
  • SUNY Title III Students First Grant to fund the Communications Speaker Series, 2013-2014.


PCM 305 Media in Communications
PCM 311 Introduction to Writing Electronic Media
PCM 315 Research Techniques
PCM 320 Communication in Business I
PCM 325 Report & Technical Writing
PCM 425 Documentation Procedures
PCM 426 Culture and Communication