Colorado State University and the JMC department are dedicated to supporting graduate students. Department faculty, partnerships with other academic units, and university and department facilities help equip students for success both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Nationally-Recognized Faculty
Established in 1968, the Department of Journalism and Media Communication is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching and research. The department’s regular faculty members are joined by several affiliate faculty members and working professionals with special faculty appointments as instructors. Tenure-track and tenured faculty have professional communication/journalism experience and hold degrees from some of the major universities recognized for excellence in communication research, including Annenberg-Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Syracuse, and Wisconsin-Madison.
Faculty members have held offices in and are active members of numerous academic and professional organizations including the following:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
- Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
- Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
- Colorado Press Association (CPA)
- Institute for Public Relations
- International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
- International Communication Association (ICA)
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
- Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
- Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
The Colorado School of Public Health
The department participates in the Colorado School of Public Health, a partnership between Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Colorado Denver Health Medical Center. Departmental faculty members are involved in the health communication concentration within the Master of Public Health degree at CSU. CSU’s participation in the CSPH has expanded the number of courses offered in health-related fields at CSU, which is particularly helpful to JMC graduate students interested in health communication. For more information on health-related courses offered at CSU, visit the MPH program at CSU.
The Top-Notch Facilities
Graduate students receive office space and have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories that provide a wide range of capabilities, including access to the campus network and internet, statistical analysis programs, and online library databases. Other laboratories are devoted to writing, desktop publishing, multimedia production, and video editing. The department’s facilities are located in the Clark Building, across from the William E. Morgan Library and close to the Lory Student Center. Please visit Campus Maps for more information on our location.
Graduate students also have access to the newly-remodeled Campus Recreation Center and Morgan Library. The Campus Recreation Center remodel was completed in 2011 and boasts a state-of-the-art aquatics area, complete with a climbing wall, lap lanes, hot tub, and sauna, along with indoor racquetball courts, a climbing area, four basketball courts, and a myriad of fitness classes and activities. The Morgan Library remodel was completed in 2012. Graduate students can now grab a cup of coffee from Morgan’s Grind, study in The Cube–a 4,500+ square foot glass-enclosed space open 24 hours a day–and meet with study group members in The Collaboratory. A major renovation of the Lory Student Center was completed in 2014; this facility houses the bookstore, a theater, a bus transit hub, numerous student organizations, and a food court.
The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) and the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program
Programs and resources at Colorado State University’s Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) are available to help graduate students improve their teaching expertise. Annually, TILT offers an orientation for graduate teaching assistants that outlines expectations and provides strategies for teaching, assessment, and academic integrity issues. All incoming JMC graduate students have the opportunity to attend this orientation.
Graduate teaching assistants can also earn a Graduate Teaching Certificate through TILT. This flexible certificate program enables students to formalize their training by completing an internship and a series of workshops on teaching and classroom management issues.