Joe Slowensky oversees large-scale projects that will improve Chapman’s institutional effectiveness. He is currently leading the Chapman Diversity Project, a campus-wide, long-term, culture-changing initiative designed to enhance the culture for diversity and inclusion. He is also responsible for measuring and reporting the quality of Chapman's academic programs through the processes of assessment and program review as the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. Additionally, Slowensky supervises the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA), Chapman’s Institutional Research Office (CIRO), and the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IETL).
Before joining the Provost’s Office, Slowensky served as Dodge College’s Chair of the Film Division and participated in the design of the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures. Slowensky received his MFA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and a BS in Radio-TV-Film Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. He has written movies of the week for ABC, the Disney Channel, and CBS. Slowensky began his career working in development of movies and miniseries at CBS. His first produced feature, the CBS Sunday Night Movie, Miracle in the Woods, was seen in more than 14.5 million homes and received the highest ratings of the week (except for the World Series). His second CBS film, Three Secrets, also won the ratings battle during the highly competitive May sweeps period. Slowensky is an emeritus member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and the exclusive Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Writers Peer Group, where he’s a voting juror for the prime time Emmy Awards.
As a Professor of Film and Media Arts, Slowensky also teaches courses in screenwriting and film production. Slowensky enjoys working with students, in part, because “they’re where the trends are starting. It’s fun to help them shape their fresh, unbridled ideas into something they might be able to sell.” He’s always ready to listen to students because helping them develop a good story is where it all starts—for students and pros alike.