Communication and Media Studies Department


New Cinema Studies Minor

With its numerous film festivals, popular movie theaters and creative milieu, the greater Portland area already is known as a vibrant film community. The new Cinema Studies Minor starting this fall at the University of Southern Maine (USM) adds a significant component to the region’s reputation as a thriving and innovative film center.

The State of Discussion and Critical Thinking Presentation Available Online

Professor Leonard Shedletsky's presentation, The State of Discussion and Critical Thinking, is now available online. This discussion explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of classroom discussions.

Associate Professor Killmeier's Monster Publication

Communication and media studies Associate Professor Matthew Killmeier published his article, “More than Monsters: Dark Fantasy, the Mystery-Thriller and Horror’s Heterogeneous History” in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 165-180).

The State of Discussion and Critical Thinking with Leonard Shedletsky, PhD

Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of discussions and gain a keener ability to think about your own discussions. All are invited to attend this important presentation and discussion. Wed, 06/26/2013, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Abromson Center, Portland campus, USM.

Advanced Production Student Showcase

The screening of original films from the Advanced Production course will take place on Thursday, May 9th at 7:15 pm in the Talbot Auditorium, USM Portland campus.

2013 Audio Production II Student Projects Available Online

Jessica Lockhart's Audio Production II students' work is now available on the website. Visit the producer's showcase archives for April 23rd at

Identity, Belief and Rhetoric in the National Gun Debate with Emily Shaw

"Identity, Belief and Rhetoric in the National Gun Debate: What's Changed Since the Passage of the Brady Bill" a talk with Emily Shaw Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM, in Wishcamper 133 on the Portland Campus. Free and open to the public!

Spring 2013 CMS 315 Broadcast Newswriting Students visit WSCH Channel 6

CMS 315 Broadcast Newswriting students recently toured the WSCH Channel 6 newsroom in Portland. Lee Nelson (pictured second row, far right) has been morning anchor at WSCH NEWS CENTER since 1990 and teaching newswriting for communication and media studies students since spring 2011.

Communication Senior Jessica Hallett to Present at DePauw's Annual Honors Conference in April

Graduating communication major Jessica Hallett is presenting her paper "Seeking Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate Seminar: Is the Motivation to Think Deeply and Willingness to Communicate Associated with Critical Thinking?" at DePauw University’s 39th Annual Honors Conference in Indiana this April.

Undergraduates Mentoring Older Adults: Breaking Stereotypes by Leonard Shedletsky, PhD Published

The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Volume 10, Issue 4, 2012 features Undergraduates Mentoring Older Adults: Breaking Stereotypes by Lenny Shedletsky, Professor of Communication. This practice-based article explores the perceptions undergraduates develop about older adults after mentoring them.