Communication and Media Studies Department


Image of USM alumna and filmmaker Vickie Morgan

USM alumna searching for common ground in gun control discussion with documentary

USM alumna and filmmaker Vickie Morgan hopes to find new insight in the gun control debate by getting people to talk. Morgan plans to direct an as-yet-untitled documentary in which a group of people from both sides of the divisive issue will talk about their differences with each other and Maine psychologist Dr. Kevin Polk.
from the student film "History Lesson"

USM presents 2017 Academic Film Showcase on May 10

A collection of dramatic short films created by student filmmakers at the University of Southern Maine will be presented on May 10 at the 2017 Academic Film Showcase. The free public event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Talbot Lecture Hall, located in Luther Bonney Hall on USM's Portland Campus.
Photo of guests on set on the May episode of The USM Update.

Replay: 'The USM Update' 5/1/2017

On the season finale of "The USM Update," learn why "Thinking Matters" at USM, hear about journalism across the generations with alumnus Neil Genzlinger '77 of "The New York Times" and Krysteana Scribner, editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press, and get an update on the master plan process for all three campuses.

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. "