Communication and Media Studies Department


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.
Colin Mader, Maine Association of Broadcasters Award 2016. Photo by 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. "
Sokhean J Ouk by Kristen Kopper
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
"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.
David Pierson, PhD
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.
Hazmat suits and Breaking Bad
David Pierson, Associate Professor of Media Studies, was recently invited to weigh in on the cultural significance of the Emmy-award-winning television series Breaking Bad for the Smithsonian. Artifacts from the series are now a part of the National Museum of American History’s entertainment collection. According to Pierson, the pork pie hat and Tyvek hazmat suit are indeed worthy artifacts to sit in proximity of the likes of Archie Bunker’s chair.
Shedletsky at Pace University
Lenny Shedletsky, Professor of Communication, recently presented research and led a discussion at Pace University in New York City. The talk was titled, Improving Critical Thinking In Discussion And Essay Writing In Blackboard Courses: Mapping And Student-Led Discussion, and took place on June 10, 2015.
Dennis Gilbert receives the Faculty Award for Community Engagement
Dennis Gilbert, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, was awarded the Faculty Award for Community Engagement at the first ever President's Metropolitan University Leadership Awards ceremony.
Two Communication and Media Studies students have applied and received funding for their research with faculty under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Media Studies junior Colin Cundy will work with Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matthew Killmeier. Timothy Sprague, senior in Communication, will work with Professor of Communication Leonard Shedletsky. “Research has always been an intense interest of mine; having the opportunity to work with a consummate professional in Dr. Shedletsky, and in addition to be awarded UROP funding, is an honor to say the least,” said Timothy Sprague, recipient and senior in Communication.
The hands-on service learning capstone projects provide students the opportunity to practice their skills in the field, working closely with the organizations’ staff on all levels of research, planning, and execution of documentary film production.


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Communication and Media Studies Production Tour

Take a video tour of some of the production courses offered by Media Studies professors and instructors in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at USM. Thank you to Sokhean Jonny Ouk for producing this video.

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