Communication and Media Studies Department

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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.

USM Media Studies Seniors Produce Documentary Films for Local Nonprofits

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.

Advanced Production Students Host Actor Auditions

Students of the CMS 440/441 Advanced Field Video Production Spring 2015 course hosted actor auditions to cast roles for their short dramatic scenes. The finished films will be screened at the 2015 Academic Film Showcase on May 6th in Talbot Auditorium on the Portland campus.

Media Studies Students Represented in Juried Exhibition

The short documentary, A National Heritage-Schoodic Peninsula, by Alyssa Thomson, Anthony Dighello, Derek Goodrich, and Ryan Weed has been accepted into the USM Juried Student Exhibition.

Brittany Pace to Intern at Jacob's Pillow

Brittany Pace, senior in media studies and theatre, will be interning for the Summer 2015 semester at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the longest running international dance festival in the United States. Brittany, along with one other intern, will be filming all aspects of this prestigious international festival. She will also be involved with theatrical processes of many performances at the festival.

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