Welcome to the Department of Communication and Journalism

The Department’s primary educational mission is to offer challenging liberal arts degree programs that include the personal and professional practices and the social contexts of communication, mass communication, and journalism. Through the study of human communication we seek to understand and to improve the human condition. The Department fulfills this liberal arts mission through its undergraduate programs in Communication, Mass Communication, and Journalism, and through its graduate programs in Communication and Mass Communication.

Department News (Summer-Fall, 2016)

The Department of Communication and Journalism is currently conducting a search for an Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism with a focus on Mass Communication.  More information can be found here.

Dr. Laura Rickard has been named a Cooperating Faculty Member with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.

Professor Paul Grosswiler was awarded the Christine L. Nystrom Award for Career Achievement in Service to the Field of Media Ecology by the Media Ecology Association at the 2016 Annual Convention.

Associate Professor Michael Socolow was awarded American Journalism‘s Best Article Award for “‘A Nation-Wide Chain Within 60 Days’: Radio Network Failure in Early American Broadcasting” by the American Journalism Historians Association.

Assistant Professor Bridie McGreavy was awarded the Article of the Year award for “Resilience as Discourse,” by the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Doctoral Student Bryan Picciotto received the 2016 Linda Elson Scholar Award for Top Student Paper at the Media Ecology Association’s 2016 Annual Convention.  His paper was titled, “From the Ground to the Clouds: Minimalist and Maximalist Footwear in the Sport of Running.”

Rest In Peace: Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, 1944-2016

The Department is saddened to note the passing of Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen on August 11, 2016 Dr. VanRheenen taught at the University of Maine from 1970 to 1985.  During his tenure in Orono, Dr. VanRheenen served as Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Speech Communication, which he also Chaired.  While in Maine, Dr. VanRheenen taught at the Bangor Theological Seminary as well.

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