The entire Journalism Department will gather to kick off the 2015-2016 academic year, with faculty sharing upcoming events and opportunties. Students will meet fellow majors and get to know instructors, and attendance is required by all journalism majors regardless of class year. We also encourage any students interested in majoring in journalism to attend. This is a great time for students to get to know our program and the many ways to get involved with campus media.
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and Director of the Temple Infant and Child Laboratory
Professor Gerald Friedman (economics) will speak about his recent research in a talk titled "Why the Economists Have Been Wrong About Health Policy, and What Can Be Done."
Friedman studies economic and labor history; political economy; and the economics of health care.
The CPPA Faculty Colloquium Series consists of informal talks, often about works-in-progress, with presenters providing a significant amount of time for audience discussion and feedback.
The State of Resistance Studies - The Field and its Challenges (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Stellan Vinthagen is an internationally renown Swedish peace activist and educator in conflict transformation and civil disobedience. He is the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance at the UMass, Amherst as well as the editor of the Journal of Resistance Studies.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College will host the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, titled "Voices of Change: Storywork in Activism, Education and Public Service." This conference will be held Sept. 25-27 with events taking place on both campuses. In addition, pre-conference satellite events will be held on each of the Five College campuses. Learn more about the conference.
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, the journalism department will dedicate the "Hub" space in the ILC as the Howard M. Ziff Gallery.
Professor Ziff founded the UMass Journalism Department in 1971. “Justifiably a legend,” UMass journalism professor Ralph Whitehead said of Ziff, who hired Whitehead in 1973, two years after Ziff created the journalism program. “He was a street-wise intellectual. He had a very deep knowledge of the way things work in the real world. Howard was a charismatic figure."
Lecturer Obed Pasha (public policy) will speak about his recent research in a talk titled "Does CompStat Help Reduce Crime? Evidence from U.S. Cities."
Pasha's research interests include public and nonprofit management, and performance management and evaluation. In addition to studying performance evaluation systems in U.S. police forces, he has published research exploring the effect that performance management systems have on public transit systems.
Cole Lecture on Contemporary Issues: The Role of Journalism in the Enduring Struggle for Racial Justice
The past two years remind us that the centuries-old struggle for racial justice in the United States is far from over. Founded on contradictory and irreconcilable principles, our country enshrined the ideals of freedom and equality in its political charter, while forging an economic and social order dependent on slavery. From the colonial era to the present, racial caste has endured as a singularly destructive force in our national life, excluding many people of color from the full benefits of citizenship while systematically delimiting their social and economic opportunities.
In order to support the development and growth of the diverse and excellent faculty research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Dean’s Research Council offers two categories of grants to support research each year. SBS has a strong commitment to a range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research.
1. Tenure line faculty at all ranks
2. Self-nominations welcome as well as nominations from faculty peers, Departmental Personnel Committees and Chairs
3. Recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research. The types of achievement envisioned include:
- the winning of a prestigious prize
- receipt of distinguished awards from one's peers
- receipt of a major grant
- noteworthy publications in the field