Posts in category Graduate News

In Brief: April 2014


Congratulations to all of our graduating Communication Studies students! READ MORE »

Career Center Liaison: Amy Homkes-Hayes

AmyHomkesHayesAmy is a Coordinator at the Career Center and a Liaison to the Communication Studies Department. Her day to day work consists of advising students from undergraduate to the PhD level and facilitating Career Center programs and workshops. She also oversees the Public Service Intern Program (PSIP) and co-manages the Emerging Wolverines program.

Q: What are the basic Career Center resources available to students?

A: We offer students one-on-one appointments with Career Center faculty and Peer Advisors where they can receive help with crafting resumes/cover letters, interview preparation and internship/job searching, just to name a few. Other than career-related resources, we also offer students opportunities relating to community networking, relationship building, career decision-making and self-exploration.  READ MORE »

In Brief: March 2014

We are proud to announce the recent successful dissertation defenses of Seung Mo Jang, Soo Young Bae, and Yioryos Nardis.

Dr. Jang has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina, Columbia that will begin in the fall.

Dr. Bae will be leaving us in the fall to accept a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Huffington Post published an article featuring the work of Assistant Professor Sol Hart last week.

Continuum: Journal of Media Cultural Studies published an article by Communication Studies doctoral student, Monique Bourdage. The article draws on research she conducted in her first year project.

In Brief

Michael Traugott conducts internal review of Gallup’s election polling methods. Read more at New York Times, Huffpost, UM News Service

Amanda Lotz talks to the New York Times on the return of Arrested Development

Ph.D. student Chris Cascio serves as lead author on chapter in Social Neuroscience and Public Health.  This groundbreaking book is the first to bring together these two related, but previously distinct fields of inquiry.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply for the Social Media Strategist Position

The Department of Communication Studies is looking for a Social Media Strategist for the 2012-2013 academic term and is hoping someone will be able to start late August or early September. This person will be responsible for creating, updating, and managing social media content across the Department’s accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and the Department’s blog, along with new initiatives that the Department is looking into. READ MORE »

Students Blog About Their “Things” of Interest – or Sexual Content in the Media – in Summer Course

During the Summer half-term, Ph.D. candidate Julia Lippman taught a course titled The Media as Sexual Socializer. Students enrolled in Lippman’s class had the opportunity to develop their analytical skills by contributing to a class blog that addressed concepts of sex, gender, and sexuality as portrayed in the media.  Student posts included “Tosh.No,” “She Kissed a Girl, but Did She Really Like it?”, “Women Superheroes Will Forever Ride Shotgun,” and “P&G…No Love for the Dads?

One of the primary goals of the course was to encourage students to engage critically with the sexual content in the media instead of being passive consumers.  READ MORE »

The Rise of Issue Specialists

Communication Studies doctoral candidate Seung Mo Jang was published in First Monday’s May issue with “The Internet, selective learning, and the rise of issue specialists.” Mo coauthored the piece with alum Dr. Yonjin Park, who earned his PhD degree from our department back in 2009.

The study examines how the changing media environment may facilitate the growth of issue specialists in our society and, therefore, widens the knowledge gap between the different subsets of the population (e.g. the educated and uneducated, news junkies and entertainment fans, the “haves” and “have-nots”). READ MORE »

Graduate Student William Youmans Published in New Book

Communication Studies graduate student William Youmans was recently published in a new collection on Al Jazeera English. As Youmans explained via email, “Edited by Phil Seib, professor at USC, ‘Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World,’ brings together some of the top scholars looking at the global news outlet… and me.” READ MORE »

Graduate Student William Youmans Published in the Journal of Communication

Graduate student William Youmans was recently published in the Journal of Communication. His co-authored piece, titled “Social Media and the Activist Toolkit: User Agreements, Corporate Interests, and the Information Infrastructure of Modern Social Movements,” was completed with the Department of Communications Fund for Academic Excellence. READ MORE »

Ph.D. Students Receive ICA Top Student Paper Award

Communication Studies Ph.D. students Seung Mo Jang and Hoon Lee received the International Communication Association Top Student Paper Award for their paper,”A Song That Matters: How “Born This Way” Primes Genetic Attributions of Homosexuality in Forming Gay Attitudes.” They will recieve the award, which comes from the Mass Communication Division of the ICA, an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication, at the Mass Communication Division Business meeting in Phoenix.