Professor Nortz has been an instructor in the Department of Mass Communication at Winthrop for the past seven years. He received his associate's degree in radio and television broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College and his B.S. in communications from Fredonia State, both located in New York State. Nortz worked 13 years in television broadcasting for a CBS affiliate in Watertown, N.Y. While at WWNY TV 7, he held the position of chief photographer, news photographer, video tape editor, reporter, tape editor, and segment producer for "7 News This Morning." His last three years at Channel 7 were spent on the management team as the assignment editor for the station’s news shows. During his time at Channel 7, Nortz was recognized for his work by the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association, and the Syracuse Press Club. While serving as assignment editor for WWNY TV 7; he began working on his M.Ed. at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
While in the midst of his graduate studies Nortz accepted a position with the Jefferson Technical Center in Watertown as an instructor for a new program called New Visions. The program was designed for high school seniors looking to pursue a career in the field of mass communications. Because this was a new program, Nortz had to build it from the ground up. It required a curriculum that encompassed all areas of mass media while at the same time fulfilling the New York State requirements for English 12, government, and economics. It was during his time at the Jefferson Technical Center that he completed his M.Ed. degree. Also during this time he served on and chaired the Public Relations Committee that oversaw and produced a 20-minute recruiting video, a printed view book and brochure, and launched the "180 Degree" campaign that encouraged students to turn their lives around 180 degrees by enrolling at the Jefferson Technical Center.
Nortz also served as lead advisor and team leader for the student organization "Skills USA." After seven years at the Jefferson Technical Center, the time was right to look for new challenges. A job posting on the Winthrop website led him to apply for a vacant faculty position in the Department of Mass Communication.
At Winthrop, Nortz teaches courses in broadcast and video production. His Advanced Television Production class is responsible for 11 half-hour weekly news shows each semester. "Winthrop Close Up" is a student produced video news magazine that focuses on news in and around the Winthrop community. The show is available to the local community every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the local cable station. It also can be seen on campus Monday through Sunday on Winthrop’s campus movie channel. The show has received numerous awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas over the past seven years.
In addition to the lab classes, he also teaches a survey class that introduces students to mass media, a broadcast writing class, and the freshman human experience class. In addition to his teaching duties, he served on the committee that researched and developed Winthrop’s new Digital Information Design major. He also serves on the Electronic Media Board and is the advisor to the Video Production Club; an organization that he founded, and serves as executive producer for the clubs show "WU Tube." Outside of the classroom, Nortz, along with a colleague, produced a video documentary highlighting the condition of local radio. "Losing Their Voices: A look at Local Radio" aired on ETV as part of its "Southern Lens" independent film producers' series as well as on numerous PBS stations across the country. Nortz served as video photographer and editor for the half-hour documentary. Since arriving at Winthrop, he also has produced marketing/promotional videos for the Office of the President, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, and University Relations.
In addition to the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, Nortz also belongs to the South Carolina Broadcasters Association and the Broadcasters in Education Association. Nortz is a member of the Industry Professionals Board for the video production classes at Fort Mill High School, is the public address announcer for the boys Fort Mill Lacrosse team, and has worked with the York County Cultural and Heritage Museum on their "Keeper of the Culture" project.
Mark’s wife Laurie '09 also works at Winthrop as senior philanthropic advisor of planned giving. They have two children.