Communication and Media Studies Department


Dr. Leonard Shedletsky.
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.
Matthew Killmeier with Salmon
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).
Professor Lenny Shedletsky
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.
Students look at camera
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.
Jessica Lockhart's Audio Production II students' work is now available on the website. Visit the producer's showcase archives for April 23rd at
Photo of Emily Shaw, Ph.D.
"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!
Lee Nelson with Broadcast Newswriting students.
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
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.
Journal Photo
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.
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IGI Global has published an interview with Professor of Education Jeffrey Beaudry discussing the recent International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Portland. Communication Professor Lenny Shedletsky presented his work on mind mapping at the conference in October.


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