Communication and Media Studies Department


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.

Read about the International Visual Literacy Conference on IGI Global Website

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.

Professor Lenny Shedletsky At International Visual LIteracy Conference

Professor of Communication Lenny Shedletsky presented his research article, Getting from Discussion to Writing-with Maps, on October 11, 2012 at the 44th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Portland, Maine. Professor Shedletsky also served on a panel at the IVLA conference with Professor of Education Jeff Beaudry discussing their forthcoming book, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies.

Dr. David Pierson Presents Research in Geneva

Dr. David Pierson, associate professor of media studies and chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, presented a research paper titled, "AMC's Mad Men and the Politics of Nostalgia" at the Flashbacks 2012: Nostalgia and Mediated Forms of Nostalgia International Conference at the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland on September 14th, 2012.

Media Studies Professor Dr. David Pierson Appears on Good Day Maine

Dr. David Pierson discusses his newest book, "The Fugitive", on Good Day Maine. Good Day Maine is a Fox 23 production.