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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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
UMassCommunication (@UMassCommDept) | Twitter

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] for the Zoom link.

We’re always so impressed with how amazing our UMass Communication alumni are! Check out the Peer Advisor's blog about r...
09/16/2020
Faculty & Student Spotlights | Department of Communication Undergraduate Advising

We’re always so impressed with how amazing our UMass Communication alumni are! Check out the Peer Advisor's blog about recent Umass Amherst graduate, Ciara Lockwood.

https://bit.ly/3ktByox

Faculty & Student Spotlights What’s life like for a recent grad?  By Gabriella Grondalski and Grace Keller Ciara Lockwood recently graduated from UMass Amherst this past May with a dual degree in Sport Management and Communication. During her time at UMass, she was very active on campus and held ...

09/09/2020

Congratulations to Weiai (Wayne) Xu and Martha Fuentes-Bautista on the $2,500 grant from Open Education Initiative (OEI) to collaborate on converting COMM 122 to make it an open educational course! The instructors will use much of the award money to digitize content and materials for class.

Happy Labor Day! Today's the last day for add/drop! Plus, see what else is new in this week's Comm Connection! https://t...
09/07/2020
Comm Connection - Sep 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day! Today's the last day for add/drop! Plus, see what else is new in this week's Comm Connection! https://t.e2ma.net/webview/147dob/66fa9c7242441dc70cb419cae87383ac

Last day to add/drop a course! COMM NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES Department of Communication N323 Integrative Learning Center University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 413-545-1311 (tel:(413)%20545-1311) [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) umass.edu/communication Department Highlights...

Assistant Professor, Devon Greyson, is one of the 39 faculty selected for 2020-21 ADVANCE faculty fellowship. Eight SBS ...
09/03/2020
Eight SBS Faculty Named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Professor, Devon Greyson, is one of the 39 faculty selected for 2020-21 ADVANCE faculty fellowship. Eight SBS faculty have been named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows by UMass ADVANCE. They are part of the cohort of 39 selected faculty, each representing different departments; the faculty members will be partnering with the UMass ADVANCE leadership team to promote gender equity for faculty at UMass. Through a combination of research, programming, and interventions UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand and address systemic and intersectional inequalities to lay the groundwork for a fairer, more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus. UMass ADVANCE’s theme for the upcoming program year is “Inclusion and Equity Amid COVID-19.”

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Engaging 300 students in an introduction to media theory class is a difficult task — especially when students are taking...
09/02/2020

Engaging 300 students in an introduction to media theory class is a difficult task — especially when students are taking the class across multiple time zones. Associate Professor Jonathan Corpus Ong decided to experiment with COMM 121 this semester with a private Instagram page to supplement his recorded video lectures, Moodle discussion board, and Zoom check-ins.

“I polled the students prior to the semester and many of them expressed interest in participating in an Instagram page—and it was clear they preferred this over a Facebook group! While this is not the main platform for lecture content and discussion, it’s an alternative space to condense one key topic of the week into an Instagram carousel-lecture. It’s also evident that students are seeking spaces for everyday socialities and convivialities. So I’ll see how it goes and post the occasional Story and IG Live and see whether they’re keen to talk about theories and concepts in more casual settings,” said Corpus Ong.

The journal “Television & New Media,” housed within the department of communication, and co-edited by Prof. Jonathan Cor...
08/31/2020

The journal “Television & New Media,” housed within the department of communication, and co-edited by Prof. Jonathan Corpus Ong, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special issue looking ahead at the issues facing the field. Link: bit.ly/3bkjvxG

In an article discussing the urgency for coronavirus vaccine advocacy to begin, Assistant Professor Devon Greyson is quo...
08/26/2020
Coronavirus Vaccine Advocacy Needs to Start Now

In an article discussing the urgency for coronavirus vaccine advocacy to begin, Assistant Professor Devon Greyson is quoted saying, “Some anti-vaccine thought leaders are highly skilled at using misleading video content to convince people to doubt vaccines, public health has rarely been competitive in the video media landscape.”

Experts should take note of the successes of childhood vaccination advocates

Comm/English double major & Comm Peer Advisor! Way to go, Aaliyah! Thanks for the good advice.
08/21/2020
Student perspective: How to start looking for colleges? | Undergraduate Admissions | UMass Amherst

Comm/English double major & Comm Peer Advisor! Way to go, Aaliyah! Thanks for the good advice.

When I was applying to colleges, I remember spending the summer going into my senior year of high school working on my college applications. I already had my SAT scores (this was before UMass went test optional), my personal statement written (thanks to my wonderful AP Literature teacher), and a lis...

Assistant Professor Devon Greyson is quoted in an article about the hurdles facing officials in the state of Maine when ...
08/17/2020
Maine faces numerous hurdles in coming race to vaccinate for COVID-19

Assistant Professor Devon Greyson is quoted in an article about the hurdles facing officials in the state of Maine when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. “There are going to be some challenging decisions that we would rather not get politicized around distributing the vaccine,” Greyson says. “I anticipate there will be a lot of press coverage and more demand (than supply).” https://bit.ly/2Y6RUe0

Success in a mass-inoculation effort to achieve herd immunity depends on communicating its efficacy and overcoming 'vaccine hesitancy.'

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08/12/2020
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

Ethan Zuckerman, public policy, communication and CICS, has written a column in The Atlantic exploring how the focus of the news media has been centered on Donald Trump and #COVID19, to the exclusion of other critical domestic and international stories in the run-up to this fall’s election.

Zuckerman puts the coverage of Trump in context, writing “When Barack Obama was president, his name appeared in roughly one in 10 news stories published by major U.S. news sources. During his first term, Trump has appeared in roughly one in four stories.”
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08/12/2020

Congrats to Assistant Professor Wayne Weiai Xu who has been selected as a Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. The CESL Faculty Fellows program is designed to help faculty members implement a high impact, engaged pedagogy that involves students in community-based learning, linked to their course goals, as an integral part of the faculty learning experience.

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08/07/2020
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UMass Amherst

We know this is a difficult and stressful time, and you may have many questions regarding how this change to fall 2020 will affect you.

We've put together a comprehensive set of new FAQs that may help.

Still have questions? Email [email protected]. Thank you.

07/22/2020

Congrats to Sarah Cho, for successfully completing her doctoral dissertation "Negotiating Identities in a Korean American-Owned Beauty Supply Store." In her research, Sarah used Ethnography and Discourse Analysis to study the interactions between Asian-American store-keepers and their Black customers. In the dissertation, she describes and investigates the racial structure in these interactions and some elements that may soothe it at the interpersonal level.

Committee members included Professor Benjamin Bailey, Professor Moon-Kie Jung UMass Amherst Sociology, and Associate Professor Gonen Dori-Hacohen.

Sarah Cho starts her tenure track assistant professor position at University of Texas, Permian Basin, next month. Well done!

Ifat Gazia, doctoral student in communication and film, has written a piece about the deadly confluence of a military lo...
07/21/2020
In Kashmir, military lockdown and pandemic combined are one giant deadly threat

Ifat Gazia, doctoral student in communication and film, has written a piece about the deadly confluence of a military lockdown and the COVID pandemic in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which covers an area along the borders of India, Pakistan and China. Gazia grew up in the Kashmir valley, and studies how militarization impacts the social, political and cultural fabric of human life. https://bit.ly/3jjYjLE

People in the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir had already been living under a 24-hour curfew for eight months when the coronavirus hit, bringing new depths of fear and confinement.

Comm Professor Mari Castañeda is stepping into her new role as Dean of UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. We wis...
07/20/2020

Comm Professor Mari Castañeda is stepping into her new role as Dean of UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. We wish her well!

Incoming Commonwealth Honors Dean Mari Castañeda issued a message regarding the fall 2020 semester, in which she assured students that the Honors College will do everything in its power to provide a fully immersed experience inside and outside the classroom, including increased support for Honors theses projects and enriched virtual programming.

She also announced that this year’s Honors College induction ceremony will be held virtually in August.

Read her full message here: http://ow.ly/Flor50AvquF‬

Congrats to Burcu Baykurt who will join Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as faculty ass...
07/16/2020
Berkman Klein Center Announces 2020-2021 Community

Congrats to Burcu Baykurt who will join Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as faculty associate. This year’s cohort of researchers will work to address issues at the intersection of technology and society, with a commitment to the public interest.

Announcing our new class of fellows and community members for 2020-2021

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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!