English and Communication Department

Leah Stacy



    Stacy (middle) with student scholarship winners Olivia Hoover ‘16 (left), Hannah Eberle ‘18
    Stacy interviewing a chef for Boomtown Table
    Stacy guides students in strategic communications
    Stacy with women in media panel at Naz

    By Katelyn Lugo '16, '18G

    Love for media

    Leah Stacy's expertise is everything media. She's a full-time faculty member while also managing the online food magazine Boomtown Table, providing freelance social media work for various clients, writing theater reviews for CITY Newspaper, and directing theater productions for college students. "I never envisioned being a college professor at such a young age. The greatest satisfaction, for me, is being able to relate to my students and teach them viable life skills," says Stacy. When she joined Naz in January 2015, Stacy was the editor in chief of (585) magazine, a publication that focuses on everything Rochester. She has also worked for the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper and Syracuse Stage theater.

    Stacy has flexed her skills as an editor, journalist, playwright, and publicist over the years. Now, she says, "I love igniting interest in the fields of digital media, particularly storytelling. I don't think students know how valuable, and fulfilling, those skills are in the workplace."

    Why media

    During childhood, Stacy loved reading books and dreamt of being a novelist when she grew up. In high school, she began loving magazines, changing her career path from novelist to journalist. "Media is an amazing field," Stacy says, "because it changes every day and it's part of every other field. From publicity to news, everyone relies on media to relay information in an authoritative, intelligent way. I love the change, the challenge, and the adrenaline."

    Career prep

    "Nazareth, and our Communication and Media program, are small enough to create a nurturing learning community while also providing a great deal of opportunities for ambitious, talented students to lead and grow," says Stacy. "I'm all about in-class participation, portfolio-building projects, and off-site activities. Too many students spend the first few years at Nazareth strictly on campus when we have a wonderful city just 10 minutes away! My classes cover and attend events like the Rochester Fringe Festival and season announcements from local arts organizations."

    What to expect

    If you take one of Stacy's courses, she will have you create professional social media accounts, or update your current accounts, where you will create, share, and discuss academic and career-related content. One of your assignments will be live-tweeting events in the Rochester community, such as the annual season announcements of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Stacy also brings in guest speakers to provide students with an in-depth look into the current media work force.

    Even after courses, Stacy stays in touch. "I really want students to know that even after they graduate, I am still here as a resource and a sounding board. I spend a lot of time connecting my students to internships and job opportunities both during and after college."

    Courses I teach:

    • Digital Media
    • Editing for Publication
    • Feature Writing
    • Female Pioneers in Media
    • Oral Communication
    • Social Media
    • Public Relations Writing
    • Media Ethics and Law (starting in 2018)

    "One course I enjoy teaching immensely is Feature Writing. It's an intense course with weekly writing deadlines, and I base a lot of the examples and assignments on work I've personally done over the last decade."

    Leah Stacy

    Advice to students

    "Practice, practice, practice. You can't be prepared for a job in media and communications simply by acing a midterm or reading a textbook. Get an internship. Write every day. Use social media in a professional context. Experiment. Fail. Get back up and experiment again. Be vulnerable."

    Photo by Caitlin McGrath

    About that tattoo

    Stacy has a tattoo of a pineapple on her left arm that symbolizes hospitality. Her childhood home was the hub of many gatherings and parties with friends and family. When that home was sold, Stacy got the tattoo as a reminder to always show hospitality to others.

    Did you know?

    Stacy was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.

    student view

    “Leah Stacy goes above and beyond being a professor by being a mentor and friend outside of the classroom. Her broad network in communications expands over the entire United States with opportunities in many different fields. She has put together numerous panels of local professionals and has hosted individuals in her classroom to discuss the options for students after graduation. I have learned a great deal and have made an impressive network that has gotten me numerous internships and now a career.”

    — Devin MacHenry ‘17, who was hired full-time in the advertising field before he graduated

    Stacy online

    "Leah doesn't just teach; she engages, challenges and encourages. She helped me and so many of my classmates navigate our paths and find our niches. I still go back to her to celebrate victories and seek her guidance. I've joked for years about wanting to be Leah Stacy when I 'grow up.' Of course, I truly want to be my own person. But I hope that person is someone who gets to collaborate and create with Leah in the future."

    — Chase Ferren '16, who went on for a master's degree in arts journalism at Syracuse University.

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