Journalism Chair Outlines Goals for the Year

22 09 2014

This is part two of a two-part set of posts from the new chair of the Department of Journalism. The first offers insight on his personal side. The second presents department goals and activities for the upcoming year.

By Tim Gleason


Our department welcomes students back for another year of collaborative learning in classrooms and internships. As the new chair, I’m working with faculty toward important goals to advance our department. The big items on our to-do list for the upcoming year include:

Welcome for students

The department welcomes back students with an informative meeting about our program, Pizza with Professors, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sage Hall 3408. Faculty and leaders of journalism clubs will lead the discussion, with an opportunity for students to ask questions. And, free pizza will be served. Throughout the year, the department will share updates on activities and events via our blog, Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will connect with us.

Accreditation review

Our department will be spending considerable time in 2014-2015 preparing a report for accreditation review. We are proud to be an accredited program through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Faculty search

An important effort underway is a tenure-track advertising faculty search to replace Dr. Jin Kyun Lee, who resigned in January to return to his native South Korea. We hope to have campus interviews in November, so students can interact with candidates and be a part of the process.

Interactive Web Management (IWM) major

Journalism continues to participate in the IWM major as a collaborative partner with the College of Business and Computer Science Department. Journalism offers three required classes in this degree, which offers an easy pathway toward a journalism minor. Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen is now the journalism representative since I moved to the chair position.

Public relations major

Dr. Julie Henderson is leading the charge to elevate the public relations emphasis into its own major. The curriculum will remain the same for our program, which received the Certification in Education for Public Relations in 2011.

It definitely feels like fall on campus, which helps us get set for an exciting year. See you around!


How to Prepare for Spring Advising and Registration

16 09 2014

by Nicole Kiefert

Spring 2015 advising and registration is coming up soon. It’s time to start getting prepared for your meeting with your advisers. Students can start signing up for advising appointments beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Here is a quick checklist of things to do before meeting with your journalism adviser:

  • Be prepared for your meeting.
    • You only have 15 minutes with your adviser and you don’t want to spend that time looking over class lists and scrambling for a STAR report.
  • Watch for e-mails from Cindy Schultz.
    • In her e-mail, she will explain how to find out who your adviser is. Make sure you know how many credits you have earned, as that will tell you the dates you’re allowed to sign up for. Also, look at your GPA to know whether you need to meet with a journalism faculty adviser or Crystal Marschall, UARC adviser.
  • Sign up for a meeting with your adviser.
    • Beginning Monday, Sept. 22, there will be multiple-colored sheets with open times for advising sessions posted near journalism adviser offices. According to the number of credits earned, find a time that fits in your schedule and write your name down to claim your spot. You cannot just show up to meet with an adviser. You need to sign up for an appointment.
  • Look over the class options.
    • Lists will be posted on bulletin boards throughout the hallways in the journalism area and in the journalism labs. Look at those to see what classes you need or what interests you.
  • Make a list of classes you’d like to take.
    • Those classes you were just scanning in the hallways and labs? Write down what you’d like to take. Classes fill up fast based on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t want to be banking on taking a class that fills up on day one and then you’re stressfully looking at the rest of your options and what will fit into your schedule. Know what you want ahead of time and have a plan B.
  • Bring an updated STAR.
    • Make sure you bring an UPDATED STAR report with you. Update it the day before or the day of your meeting and make sure you bring it in. Without your STAR, your meeting is useless. Faculty advisers WILL NOT print a STAR for you. You may be asked to sign up for a different appointment by not being prepared and not having your STAR available.
  • Be on time.
    • As was stated earlier, you only have 15 minutes. If you walk in 10 minutes late, your adviser can tell you to come back later.

Don’t forget, Pizza with Professors is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Room (Sage 3408). This is a great time to ask questions about advising. Many professors and faculty advisers will be there. There will be time for Q&A and time to socialize during the event.