Communication and Media Studies Department


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. "
Jonny Ouk

Meet Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winner Sokhean Ouk

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

Email From a Media Studies Alumna

"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.
Professor David Pierson

Dr. David Pierson Promoted to Professor

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.

Professor Pierson and the Smithsonian

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.

Professor Shedletsky at Pace University in NYC

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 Wins 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.

Students Receive UROP Funding

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.