Cassidy Kotyla and Andrea Peicott
Feb 13, 2017

When juniors Cassidy Kotyla ’18, a double major in Communication and Journalism, and Andrea Peicott ’18, a Communication major, began their final project with Professor Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., they had no idea that they were creating something much bigger. For the end-of-the-year assignment, Kotyla and Peicott created a short video titled “You Are Beautiful: A Social Experiment.”

The video is aimed at exploring people’s understanding of inner beauty, and, more specifically, is a response to the narrow conceptions of beauty that are shaped by media and advertising.

Feb 7, 2017

Erica Scharrer, Ph.D., professor and previous chair of the Comm Department, will work on community and translation of research for wide public audiences, as a 2017 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow. Scharrer's research interests include: the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence. This spring, she is teaching Media Violence.

Feb 3, 2017

The Department of Communication has announced a week-long summer program for high school students interested in honing their media literacy and production skills. Media Maker Academy will be taught by Professor Allison Butler, Ph.D. and will take full advantage of the department's state-of-the-art production facilities in the Integrative Learning Center.

Feb 3, 2017

The Communication Department reaffirms its commitment to diversity. In an updated statement, the department condemns racism, hate and xenophobia, while committing to understanding and confronting all forms of oppression both at UMass and globally.

(February, 2017)

Professor Lisa Henderson, Ph.D.
Jan 18, 2017

Lisa Henderson, Ph.D., professor and past Chair of the Department of Communication, is a Spring 2017 Visiting Scholar with the Scholars Program for Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. Henderson studies cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media, class discourse, and ethnographic method. In 2011, Henderson received the Roy F.

Kyung-Wha Kang ’81 MA, ’84 PhD
Jan 10, 2017

Comm alumna Kyung-wha Kang, ’81 MA, ’84 PhD, is a South Korean diplomat, serving as special advisor on policy to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took office Jan. 1. Kang headed Guterres’ transition team since his election in October. She previously served as assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs since 2013 and was deputy high commissioner for human rights from 2007 to 2013. 

The Walking Dead
Dec 15, 2016

Comm Associate Professor Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, Ph.D., relates fascism to the television show, The Walking Dead. Gencarella was interviewed for an essay by Sean T.

Dec 1, 2016

Comm Associate Professor Briankle Chang, Ph.D., has received the award for the Edited Book of the Year for his bookPhilosophy of Communication. The award was presented at the National Communication Association's (NCA) annual convention in Philadelphia in November.