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Chair's Corner

Fall 2017

By Lynn Schofield Clark, Chair of the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Lynn Schofield Clark

The Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies is happy to welcome many new students as well as several new faculty members to our department this fall. Over the course of the past five years, the number of our majors and minors has grown by more than 200%! Whenever I tell our graduates this, they inevitably ask: are you still in the same building? The answer is yes, but we now also teach courses across campus in order to accommodate cross-major student interests in critical studies of the media, and we are continuously looking for ways to partner with colleagues in the natural and social sciences, humanities, arts, business, education, and engineering worlds.

This issue features three of our newest faculty members, including David Coppini, Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication; Carlos Jimenez, Assistant Professor in Film Studies and Production; and Jeremy Dehn, Visiting Assistant Professor in Film Production. Each brings an impressive array of professional and scholarly experiences and a deep commitment to providing exceptional learning opportunities for our students. We're excited to have them join us. We're also glad to welcome returning faculty members into the leadership of our graduate programs. Associate Professors Nadia Kaneva and Erika Polson lead the graduate degrees in Media and Public Communication and in International and Intercultural Communication, respectively. They're also featured in this issue, and their stories highlight the centrality of advanced learning and its role in the forward-thinking research that plays a key role in the lives of our faculty and graduate students.

Experiential and project-based learning continues to be an important part of our work and is also a topic featured in the articles that follow. You'll find stories about summer learning that occurred in professional realms and in communities both local and halfway across the world. We also include a story about a team-developed student film recognized in a fall film festival, and a story on an alumna who is putting her interdisciplinary education to work as an innovator in a unique space: raising bugs for human consumption.

Through project-based learning and critical reflection, our students continue to grapple with challenges facing the media industries, particularly those at the intersection of new media and society such as how to address problems of fake news, how to create and share films that speak to issues and that are expressive of felt experiences, and how to work with various media platforms that cross borders, languages, and cultures in a global context.

Please let us know what you're up to so that we can share your news with others associated with the department and university. We are always glad to welcome our alumni, current students, area professionals, parents, friends and others into a conversation about how our department can meet needs and shape exciting future directions for our students, our society, and our collective media landscape. We welcome your feedback – and your visits!