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Associate Professor Jonathan Ong
Sep 11, 2017

Jonathan Corpus Ong joins the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst as Associate Professor of Global Digital Media. Trained in ethnographic methods, his approach to the study of communication is through long-term immersion and inquiry into how media matter in the everyday lives of ordinary people–particularly from communities we know little about.

Aug 29, 2017

Mike Alvarez, a Comm Ph.D. candidate and recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, served as visiting scholar at the fall 2017 residency of Goddard Graduate Institute at Goddard College.

Allison Butler, Ph.D.
Aug 29, 2017

Comm Lecturer Allison Butler, Ph.D. has a new role added to her list of responsibilities this semester. Butler is the new Chief Undergraduate Adviser (CUA) for the Department of Communication. Butler will work as part of the team of advisors who include Aaron Hoholik and Saulo DePaulo, and alongside their 2017-2018 team of student peer advisors.

Aug 23, 2017

Mike F. Alvarez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication, wrote a column about how the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” about the suicide of a young girl, may be uncomfortable to watch but it also deals directly with some of the complicated reasons people kill themselves. Alvarez says forbidding teenagers from watching the show is not the right way to handle the question of understanding and preventing suicide.

TIDE working session with Prof. Leda Cooks
Aug 10, 2017

Comm Professor Leda Cooks has been selected as one of 12 TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Ambassadors of the 2017-18 cohort for the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD).

Jul 10, 2017

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a Health Communication scholar whose research and teaching focus on cultures, discourses, and practices of health with a preferred focus on race, equity, and inclusion. We seek a colleague whose work complements and extends the traditions in the department, which include critical cultural studies; language & social interaction; media, technology, & policy; and rhetoric and performance.

Lindsay Luv '03
Jul 6, 2017

Lindsay Luv, a 2003 alum of the Communication Department, shares some details about what led her to where she is now, in a UMass alumni profile video series. She says she combined a little bit of everything she learned at the UMass Amherst to build a successful career as a DJ, lifestyle liaison, and designer.

The video series gives a firsthand account of how UMass has been a transformative force in the lives of those who study, do research, and teach. Watcher her video online.

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Ph.D.
May 5, 2017

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Ph.D., associate professor, in the Amsterdam School of Communication at the University of Amsterdam, visited the Communication Department to talk about her research on children and media. Piotrowski, who is co-author of Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth, gave the lecture in the Comm Hub the day before her book was released.

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