Communication and Media Studies Department


From USM to The New York Times

A Discussion with Television Critic Neil Genzlinger ‘77

Burgess Showcases Her Research Project

Hannah Burgess at the annual UROP Student Research Poster Symposium
Professor David Pierson

CMS Professor Pierson Presents at "Gods and Heretics" Conference in Milwaukee

Professor Pierson presented recent research at the 2016 Film & History "Gods and Heretics" Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hannah Burgess

Hannah Burgess Discusses UROP Project

Hannah Burgess, major in Communication, kindly answered some questions for us recently regarding the UROP funded research she is doing with her professor, Maureen Ebben.
Maureen Ebben, PhD

Professor Ebben Addresses Microagressions at Chicago Conference

Associate Professor of Communication Maureen Ebben presented work entitled, “Addressing Microaggressions: Transgressing the Line between Professional and Social Activism” at the Organization for the Study of Language, Communication and Gender Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 14, 2016.
Dennis Gilbert

Dennis Gilbert Wins 2016 Donald Harward Faculty Award

Dennis Gilbert, Lecturer in Media Studies, has won the 2016 Donald Harward Faculty Award from the Maine Campus Compact. The Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence recognizes faculty who integrate community or public service into the curriculum and who work to institutionalize service-learning. Award recipients have shown clear evidence of reflection, community benefit, reciprocity with community partners, and a commitment to advocating for service-learning and/or community action on campus and beyond.

Meet Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winner Colin Mader

Colin Mader was selected as one of two Maine Association of Broadcasters Award recipients for the Spring 2016 semester. Concerning Mader, Professor of Media Studies David Pierson said, "I have no doubt that Colin will become a noteworthy filmmaker. Colin is serious, passionate, and very talented with a keen eye for visual storytelling. I'm looking forward to seeing his work in regional and national film festivals. "
Jonny Ouk

Meet Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winner Sokhean Ouk

The faculty teaching Media Studies courses had the honor of selecting two recipients for the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award this past fall. The Maine Association of Broadcasters provides funding for an outstanding Media Studies major interested in pursing work in the broadcasting field post-graduation. Sokhean “Jonny” Ouk was one of these esteemed recipients. He is pursuing a degree in Media Studies with minors in Communication Technology, and Audio and Video Production. His website can be found at
Brittany Pace in NYC

Email From a Media Studies Alumna

"I can't even express how impactful doing hands on internships are for a college student. I would never be living my dream if it wasn't for internships like No Umbrella Media, and of course the amazing production staff in the Media Studies department at USM that gave me the knowledge and strong resume I now have today."-Brittany Pace, Media Studies graduate.
Professor David Pierson

Dr. David Pierson Promoted to Professor

Dr. David Pierson, Associate Professor of Media Studies, has been approved for a promotion to full professor effective September 1, 2016. David's current research interests are the rhetorical, discursive, and aesthetic dimensions of broadcast and cable television programming. He is also interested in television's representation of history. Helping students to discover the complex connections between academic theory and practice is a primary goal of Pierson’s teaching.