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.

Matt Reynolds '05
Jun 7, 2017

A new face will lead the UMass baseball program. But he won't be an unfamiliar one. Matt Reynolds, a 2005 graduate of the Communication program, has been selected as the new head baseball coach.

Reynolds replaces Mike Stone, who retired after 30 years managing the team. Reynolds also played and worked for Stone at UMass before, having spent two seasons playing at the school in 2003 and 2004, before serving as a graduate assistant under Stone for three seasons.

Reynolds comes to UMass after spending three years as head coach at Washington College in Maryland.

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.

Molly Trowbridge
Apr 24, 2017
Sophomore Molly Trowbridge has been awarded the Kathryn F. Furcolo Award for Outstanding Intern. During the fall 2016 semester, Molly interned with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren after seeing the opportunity listed in an email from Career Services.

Since 1965, the Furcolo Award has recognized selected students who complete an outstanding internship in either public service or government. Award winners receive a monetary award.

Previously, Molly had interned with State Senator James Timilty, an experience she says helped her get the internship with Warren.

Apr 14, 2017

In April, the Comm department honored the winners of this year’s Comm Student Showcase and Awards in the ILC Hub. Students were encouraged to submit their work across the categories of writing, civic engagement/community-based work, audio-visual, research, and rhetoric, speech, and performance. Panels of peers, professors, and alumni chose a handful of works out of the many submissions to be awarded.

Mar 31, 2017

Associate Professor Karma Chávez visited UMass to give her talk titled “Sanctuary and Undocumented Students: Articulating a Role for Public Universities,” in the Integrative Learning Center's Communication Hub.

Chávez is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas Austin. She focuses much of her work on questions of migration, coalition, and movement building. She describes her scholarship as one that is informed by queer of color theory and women of color feminism.

Mar 29, 2017

We congratulate Associate Professor Emily West, Ph.D. on receiving the SBS Outstanding Teaching Award. Prof. West, whose research interests include promotional culture, media, cultural studies of health, gender and performance, said she's very honored to be recognized. She credits her fellow faculty and students for making it possible. "This department has so many talented teachers, and takes excellence in pedagogy very seriously, making this award all the more meaningful," said West.