UMass Communication Department

UMass Communication Department We pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels.

Communication is a fundamental social and cultural process, one that’s essential to human interaction and learning. The UMass Amherst Department of Communication emphasizes theories of communication and critical thinking. As a Communication major, you’ll develop analytical abilities that help you understand how communication works, whether in an argument between friends, a political speech, communication through social media or the web, cross-cultural interactions, or a film or television program.

Mission: Our mission in Communication is to pursue research, teaching and outreach rooted in an understanding of communication as the primary process through which persons, societies, and cultures are formed and change. While many study communication as phenomena in the world, our department takes communication as not only data, but as its primary theoretical concern. Our scholarly mission is to undertake research in communication processes at global, national, institutional, group, and interpersonal levels; to promote a consciously critical disposition in communication research, where familiar questions are expanded and recast, sometimes combining research methods and strategies that elsewhere would be considered unusual bedfellows (e.g. rhetoric and performance, content analysis and textual criticism; criticism and survey research); and to address matters of pressing social and cultural concern through the lens of communication as a process essential to our survival as a species and a polity, e.g. cultural, social and economic participation, citizen engagement and information access, environmental and cultural sustainability, and media influence.

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Chair and Prof Erica Scharrer, is quoted in an article that provides tips for parents to understand the psychological ef...
02/01/2021
Understanding the Psychological Effects of Graphic Violence & Violent Media on Kids: 8 Tips for Parents | Parenting | 30Seconds Mom

Chair and Prof Erica Scharrer, is quoted in an article that provides tips for parents to understand the psychological effects graphic violence and violent media has on kids. https://bit.ly/2MgvZ1j

Violence in movies, television and video games has long been a concern for parents, but this year’s events at the nation’s Capitol, the responses to the Black Lives Matter protests and exhibitions of police brutality have served as a visceral reminder that children are frequently exposed to viol...

01/27/2021
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Curious about what asymptomatic testing will look like at the Public Health Promotion Center this semester? Here's what to expect.

More info: https://bit.ly/3gVmmPo

One week from today! Join a diverse group of researchers for a Media and Politics Roundtable.Scheduled for a day after J...
01/14/2021

One week from today! Join a diverse group of researchers for a Media and Politics Roundtable.

Scheduled for a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the discussion will feature engaged researchers in political communication, journalism studies, and disinformation studies, to discuss the problem of political polarization and how their different sub-fields resolve tensions between healing and assigning accountability.

Speakers:
Seth Goldman, associate professor of Communication at UMass Amherst, Jacquelyn Mason, senior investigative researcher at First Draft, and Anthony Nadler, associate professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College.

Moderator:
Jonathan Corpus Ong, associate professor of Global Digital Media at UMass Amherst

#media #politics #MediaAndPolitics #postbiden
https://bit.ly/3if03ps

Prof. Devon Greyson on Newspoint360. Greyson shares information on vaccine communication strategies. In the video  Greys...
01/13/2021
Dr. Devon Greyson on Public Trust and the Rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Prof. Devon Greyson on Newspoint360. Greyson shares information on vaccine communication strategies. In the video Greyson speaks about vaccine hesitancy, how healthcare professionals and community leaders working together can lead to increased vaccination rates, and what we can learn now for potential pandemics to come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxZ_sbfOgok&feature=youtu.be

When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world and disrupted our lives, a potential vaccine was the light at the end of the tunnel. But now that there ar...

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01/12/2021
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

Facebook has temporarily banned President Donald Trump from using their platforms. Wayne Xu, assistant professor of communication, said while it’s easy to take down one account, it’s hard to change the perspective of an entire online community.

“As users migrate to these fringe platforms and fringe platforms don’t adopt any content moderation and Facebook and Twitter do adopt content moderation, it’s just going to push more users to those non-mainstream platforms,” Xu said.
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#Facebook #DonaldTrump #SocialMedia #SocialScienceMatters

"I feel like in some ways this is the next logical step in the platforms starting to take increasing responsibility for ...
01/09/2021
'Trump Appears To Have Gone Full QAnon,' UMass Internet Scholar Says

"I feel like in some ways this is the next logical step in the platforms starting to take increasing responsibility for speech that they know is incendiary and they know is going to end up being dangerous."
Prof. Ethan Zuckerman, from an interview with WGBH.

UMass Amherst professor Ethan Zuckerman discusses how the Trumpian internet is processing the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Tune in right now to hear Assistant Professor Devon Greyson in a webinar hosted by Public Health Institute of Western Ma...
12/18/2020
COVID-19 Data & Communications, featuring State Epidemiologist & UMass Health Communications Expert

Tune in right now to hear Assistant Professor Devon Greyson in a webinar hosted by Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, featuring experts sharing regional COVID-19 data and effective health communication for prevention. The webinar is being livestreamed by Focus Springfield Community Television on YouTube Live at focusspringfield.com/covidtownhall. For more information visit tinyurl.com/phiwmwebinar

Join us for a discussion with experts from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on COVID-19 data and effective health communication for prevention.

Friends, please join the #communication department in raising funds for scholarships and vulnerable students during #SBS...
12/09/2020

Friends, please join the #communication department in raising funds for scholarships and vulnerable students during #SBSTogether. Share this post or if you can, make a contribution. Every dollar counts! bit.ly/comm-together

It hasn’t been easy to do research, attend class, or pursue professional development opportunities this semester for stu...
12/04/2020

It hasn’t been easy to do research, attend class, or pursue professional development opportunities this semester for students all over the nation. Join us in raising funds for College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst students so that they have the same opportunities we did! #SBSTogether. Give here: bit.ly/comm-together

Please join us in raising funds for scholarships and vulnerable students in College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMas...
12/02/2020
#SBSTogether Campaign 2020 | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Please join us in raising funds for scholarships and vulnerable students in College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst during #SBSTogether through Dec 11. Share this post or if you can, make a contribution. Every dollar counts! Donate at http://bit.ly/comm-together

SBS Together 2020 is a two-week online giving campaign to help students affected by the global pandemic. With the sudden pivot to remote learning, some SBS s...

The Communication Department is raising money during this year’s #SBSTogether campaign which runs through December 11, 2...
11/30/2020

The Communication Department is raising money during this year’s #SBSTogether campaign which runs through December 11, 2020. These funds will help SBS students access remote learning, participate in life-changing experiences (e.g., internships), and participate in important networking activities to help them succeed in a difficult job market. We'd really appreciate it if you could make a gift today by going to www.umass.edu/sbstogether. Thank you in advance!

Now that the fall semester has ended, make the most of your winter break by registering for one of these courses!COMM 11...
11/23/2020

Now that the fall semester has ended, make the most of your winter break by registering for one of these courses!

COMM 118 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication and Culture
COMM 288 - Gender, Sex, and Representation
COMM 394EI - Performance and Politics of Race

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11/11/2020

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On Veterans Day, and every day, we honor those who have served and sacrificed. From all of us at UMass Amherst: thank you.

TODAY from 4-6pm! If you are interested in grad school, this will be an opportunity to learn from those who have complet...
11/09/2020

TODAY from 4-6pm! If you are interested in grad school, this will be an opportunity to learn from those who have completed, or are completing, advanced degrees in a variety of fields. Join via Zoom: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/94214223844

UMass Amherst Alumni Association virtually joined Communication students and faculty for the annual Alumni Career Event....
11/09/2020

UMass Amherst Alumni Association virtually joined Communication students and faculty for the annual Alumni Career Event. Attendees had the opportunity to listen and talk to alums from different career stages and industries about their experiences while at UMass and to hear about their lives after graduation. Read more here! https://bit.ly/2UgbAcJ

Media & Communications Career Expo THIS WEDNESDAY, 11/4!
11/02/2020

Media & Communications Career Expo THIS WEDNESDAY, 11/4!

If you haven't already, follow us on Twitter for more information and news from the Communication Department!
10/28/2020
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If you haven't already, follow us on Twitter for more information and news from the Communication Department!

The latest Tweets from UMassCommunication (@UMassCommDept). Official Twitter account for the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst #UMassCommunicators. Amherst, MA

“Indigenous groups … will usually be better at reaching members of their communities in culturally acceptable and truste...
10/28/2020
Alberta First Nation uses puppets to promote coronavirus safety messages

“Indigenous groups … will usually be better at reaching members of their communities in culturally acceptable and trusted ways, which is something that mainstream medicine and public health have historically struggled with,” -Assistant Professor, Devon Greyson. Read more here: https://tgam.ca/3muBF3Z

DerRic Starlight’s Nuppets – native puppets – are starring in the Blood Tribe’s coronavirus outreach campaign for kids, online and on local TV stations

Come chat and network with communication alumni in the fields of marketing, TV production, recruiting, and more on Octob...
10/19/2020

Come chat and network with communication alumni in the fields of marketing, TV production, recruiting, and more on October 27th from 5:30-7:30pm. Scan the QR code to RSVP!

SAVE THE DATE! Our Alumni Career Night will be October 27th from 5:30-7:30pm. See the attached flyer for registration in...
10/13/2020

SAVE THE DATE! Our Alumni Career Night will be October 27th from 5:30-7:30pm. See the attached flyer for registration information and click the link bellow to RSVP.

https://bit.ly/33UVOdi

General SBS Internship Scholarship Funding: Funded by multiple donors, this award supports SBS students who will complet...
10/12/2020
Scholarships & Awards for SBS Students | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

General SBS Internship Scholarship Funding: Funded by multiple donors, this award supports SBS students who will complete internships during the winter break, spring break, or the spring '21 semester. Candidates must be in good academic standing with at least 45 credits. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Award amounts range from $200-$6,000 and the deadline to apply is Sunday, November 1st.
Click the link below for more information on this great opportunity!

We offer a variety of scholarships to support you and help you reach your academic and professional goals. If you are pursuing internships, studying abroad, or working on research projects, we encourage you to apply. SBS also provides financial support for outstanding academic achievements, need-bas...

Department of Comm has a wide array of online courses that you can enroll for winter 2021! Explore or learn more about t...
10/08/2020

Department of Comm has a wide array of online courses that you can enroll for winter 2021! Explore or learn more about these courses using the link below.

bit.ly/3lokZKY

Assistant Professor Burcu Baykurt has written a piece about the movement toward smart cities, and what is needed to ensu...
10/07/2020
Can Smart Cities Be Equitable Cities?

Assistant Professor Burcu Baykurt has written a piece about the movement toward smart cities, and what is needed to ensure the institution of smart technologies and policies promotes equity. Take a look!

Tech does not arrive in a city to save it. Instead, tech’s financial success depends on dismissing and exploiting existing disparities.

Join the Legal Studies Department and the Women of Color Leadership Network TODAY at noon via Zoom for the Voter Educati...
10/05/2020

Join the Legal Studies Department and the Women of Color Leadership Network TODAY at noon via Zoom for the Voter Education Event! RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3izqF2O

Research from 2016 by Kavita Ilona Nayar, a doctoral student in communication whose research focuses on digital cultures...
09/30/2020
The New Unsexy Sexy Marketplace

Research from 2016 by Kavita Ilona Nayar, a doctoral student in communication whose research focuses on digital cultures of sexual commerce, is cited in an article about people earning money online by selling intimate objects that aren’t obviously sexual.

These days, there’s no limit — or reason — to the intimate objects sold online.

09/23/2020

Join us tonight from 7-8:15 p.m as writer and scholar, Mike Alvarez, reads from his forthcoming memoir, The Color of Dusk. Currently Postdoctoral Scholar of Communication at the University of New Hampshire, Mike earned his PhD in Communication and a Graduate Film Certificate from UMass. This fall will see publication of Mike’s first book, The Paradox of Suicide and Creativity: Authentications of Human Existence. If you're interested in attending, please email Prof. Ciecko at [email protected] for the Zoom link. Hope to see you there!

Scan the QR code below to submit your photo to be corrected or photoshopped for a professional LinkedIn profile photo!
09/22/2020

Scan the QR code below to submit your photo to be corrected or photoshopped for a professional LinkedIn profile photo!

09/16/2020

Please join us tonight at 7 PM EST for a New Asia Cinema Zoomcast with Gerald Sim, associate professor in the School of Multimedia and Communication Studies, Florida Atlantic University! This week, Gerald Sim discusses his brand new book, Postcolonial Hangups in Southeast Asian Cinema: Poetics of Space, Sound, and Stability (Amsterdam UP), and more. If you'd like to attend contact [email protected].umass.edu for the Zoom link.

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650 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA
01003

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(413) 545-1311

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Shame on the Communications Department for sponsoring an anti-Israel hatefest. You have disgraced every UMass alum by welcoming bigots to the Fine Arts Center. You have devalued the degrees of UMass graduates. The Communications Department has shown its moral bankruptcy by empowering Hamas terrorists who are rocketing Israel this weekend.
Public lecture in the department this week!