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Chair's Corner

Spring 2018

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 a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and you are receiving this newsletter because you are a part of this community. Our department is dedicated to serving the public good through the scholarly investigation, critical practice, and creative exploration of media, culture, and public communication in a diverse and global society.

We were honored to be recognized at this spring's University Pioneer Awards as the Community Engaged Department of the Year "for developing a concentration of faculty members who engage in high quality community-based partnerships; carry out rigorous public good scholarship; and/or teach innovative service learning courses that improve students' academic knowledge," according to the university's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Through our commitment to community partnerships, we are already taking a leading role in the implementation of new experiential educational initiatives that benefit our students through hands-on, team-based, and problem-solving learning that brings theory into practice. In order to take crucial next steps and ensure that our program retains the highest standards in education, we are now engaged in an exciting process of reviewing and revising our curricula across all of our undergraduate programs.

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor Taylor Nygaard, who taught many of our Introduction to Film Criticism courses and several innovative courses in gender and media representation over the past few years, played a key role in working on this curriculum revision. We are thankful for her many contributions and wish her well in her next endeavors. Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor Rachael Liberman also played an important role in these revisions, and will be joining the faculty as a permanent Teaching Assistant Professor this fall. We also want to express thanks to Associate Professor Renee Botta, who is not only taking the lead in curricular revisions, but also served as interim Chair of the department this winter while I was away on medical leave. Professor Botta is the featured faculty person of this newsletter, but her contributions go well beyond what can be recognized here.

As the academic year comes to a close, we want to thank our many students, faculty colleagues, alumni, and friends in the community for making this past year so rewarding. Thank you for your dedication to excellence in your endeavors. And graduating students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels: keep in touch!