Sherri currently serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication. She also serves as vice-chair for UNESCO's MIL Alliance (GAPMIL), international steering committee. Sherri’s teaching and consulting centers on the business of media, with a focus on children's media and media literacy. She has worked with Nickelodeon, Participant Media, YouTube Kids, PBS, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Kids Talk Media podcast
Media Inside Out television talk show
Children's Media Career Symposium
Philly Youth Media Collaborative
Philadelphia Inquirer consulting
NAMLE International research initiative
Sherri Hope Culver serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University, USA where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production in Klein College. She also serves as vice-chair for UNESCO's Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media & Information Literacy (GAPMIL) international steering committee. Sherri’s teaching and consulting centers on the business of media, with a focus on media literacy and children's media. Sherri collaborates internationally with researchers, educators, media companies, schools and nonprofit organizations on projects connected to children & media. She has worked with Nickelodeon, Participant Media, YouTube Kids, WGBH Children's, National Association for Media Literacy Education, Sprout (now Universal Kids), and PBS, among others. Across all her projects, Sherri seeks to help audiences better understand their world and the influence of media in that world, especially children.
Prior to her academic appointment, Sherri worked in the media industry for over twenty-five years as a producer and television executive producing over 600 hours of television programming. She has made numerous television appearances and has hosted literally hundreds of hours of television talk shows, including countless hours of live public television pledge drives!
The Center for Media and Information Literacy serves as a hub for research and projects encouraging critical thinking about the influence and creativity of media and media literacy. Currently, the CMIL is involved in a research initiative analyzing messages about media use reflected within popular children's television. The CMIL is recognized as a global chair of media and information literacy by the United Nations (UNESCO and the UNAOC) and is a member of UNESCO's MIL Alliance.
Sherri’s publications include a co-authored chapter in Media Literacy in a Disruptive Media Environment (2020) titled, “A Snapshot: the state of media literacy education in the US”; and a chapter in the latest edition of 20 Questions about Youth and the Media (2019) titled, “How are the needs of children considered in children’s media?”. She served as co-editor of the international yearbook on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue for several years. Sherri served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and as its president for three terms. She is a member of the Children’s Media Association and a founding member of the Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative.
Sherri writes regularly about issues facing children's media and media literacy and discusses these issues with guests on her television series, Media Inside Out. She is the creator and host of the podcast Kids Talk Media. Sherri has given talks and presentations on five continents and over 19 countries. She has moderated panels at major conferences, including the Children’s Global Media Summit, World Summit on Media for Children, UNESCO Media and Information Literacy conferences, International Media Literacy Research Symposium, National Association for Media Literacy Education and UK Children’s Media Conference. She has been interviewed by major news outlets, including Variety, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Radio Times (NPR), KQED Mindshift, and the Los Angeles Times and appeared in the documentary Trust Me.
Sherri holds a master’s degree in public culture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explored the impact of children’s television on the social development of girls and their ability to form diverse friendships.