Mel Muchnik, PhD, FVI
Dr. Muchnik was appointed as Communications Officer to the VOSH/International Board in 2012 and elected as a Director on the Board in 2016. He has produced and organized V/I videos now in broad distribution. Dr. Muchnik chairs the Communications/Public Relations Committee, has served as a member of the VOSH Corps Committee and provides key media support for the V/I Annual meeting. He has been on eleven VOSH missions (Bolivia four times, Cameroon, Grenada, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, San Juan and New Orleans).
Dr. Muchnik was appointed Chair Emeritus in 2015 and continues as current member of the National University Technology Network Advisory Board (NUTN) where he more recently coordinated NUTN’s Global Awards program. He is Professor Emeritus and a founding faculty member and administrator at Governors State University in the Chicago area, serving the first three Presidents, later chairing the Division of Communications while teaching courses in media and new technologies. Professor Muchnik has been a speaker on distance and blended learning in higher education at a number of conferences in Europe, Asia and Australia including keynote addresses at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow and the International Conference on New Educational Environments at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. In 2003, he was awarded a Fulbright grant as a Senior Specialist and spent the fall of 2003 at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.
Mel’s voice has been heard at numerous running events including as the lead finish line announcer at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the world marathon majors. He is also the voice of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra where he served as President of the Board and was appointed Life Director in 2016. He also has been heard previously as a journalist on National Public Radio and the Voice of America.
Dr. Muchnik received his B.S. in psychology and M.A. in Radio and Television at the University of Maryland. He served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy on board destroyers in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Red Sea. He then joined the faculty of the University of Denver where he later received his Ph.D. in Communications and Media.