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New SCOM Director

Picture of Eric FifeAfter five years as director of the School of Communication Studies, Dr. Sharon Mazzarella is leaving the position to focus more on teaching and research. Dr. Eric Fife takes over the directorship of SCOM on July 1, 2014.

In an interview with Karen Kim, Fife explained that he wants to "serve the school as best  as I possibly can. To do that, I will make sure the school’s commitment to General Education remains strong. I also will help the school grow with its new graduate program  established recently. Lastly, I will make sure that our undergraduate program remains strong."

Fife has been a professor in the School of Communication Studies since Fall 2001.  He is a JMU alumnus, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English in 1990.  He received his master’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1992 and his doctorate  from Purdue University in 1999 (both in interpersonal communication).  His dissertation was a study of competition in friendships. 

Fife received tenure in Fall 2007 and more recently received the JMU Communication Studies Distinguished Alumni Award in Spring 2010; he holds both as memorable moments in his career.  In April 2012, Dr. Fife was awarded the Madison Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Arts and Letters at JMU.

Fife has been published in various scholarly journals, including the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal and Mountain Rise Online Journal.  In 2008, The Journal of 1st Year Experience published his collaborative research with a student on alcohol and loneliness in college students.  His favorite ongoing research area involves the use of Facebook and the Expectancy Violation Theory. 

"I look forward to encouraging discussion among faculty about the future of the department," Fife stated. "I want to take time to really get used to the new position and understand the new roles and responsibilities that come along with it."

 

Announcements

 “The School of Communication Studies will take over administration of the interdisciplinary Sport Communication minor in Fall 2014.  For more information on how to apply to the minor, click here.”

Review of applications for our MA program in Communication and Advocacy will begin February 15. For more information on the application process or to apply now, go to: http://macommstudiesjmu.com/apply/
I want to serve the school as best in a leadership role as I possibly can. To do that, I will make sure the school’s commitment to General Education remains strong. I also will help the school grow with its new graduate program that has been established recently. Lastly, I will make sure that our undergraduate program remains strong as well. I want to see our students be satisfied with their decision to commit to this school. - See more at: http://sites.jmu.edu/harrisonconnect/2014/05/12/the-changing-of-the-guard-part-ii/#more-969
I want to serve the school as best in a leadership role as I possibly can. To do that, I will make sure the school’s commitment to General Education remains strong. I also will help the school grow with its new graduate program that has been established recently. Lastly, I will make sure that our undergraduate program remains strong as well. I want to see our students be satisfied with their decision to commit to this school. - See more at: http://sites.jmu.edu/harrisonconnect/2014/05/12/the-changing-of-the-guard-part-ii/#more-969
I want to serve the school as best in a leadership role as I possibly can. To do that, I will make sure the school’s commitment to General Education remains strong. I also will help the school grow with its new graduate program that has been established recently. Lastly, I will make sure that our undergraduate program remains strong as well. I want to see our students be satisfied with their decision to commit to this school. - See more at: http://sites.jmu.edu/harrisonconnect/2014/05/12/the-changing-of-the-guard-part-ii/#more-969

Message from Our Director

Click on this link to access Dr. Eric Fife's personal message to the SCOM Community. 

A picture of Sharon Mazzarella, Academic Unit Head of Communication Studies

Dr. Eric Fife

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Former SCOM Alumn Steve James Lauded for Movie Life Itself

SCOM alumn Steve James

Steven James
(photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

By Sarah Teach, special contributor

Chicago-based documentarian Steve James, director of Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) selection Life Itself, will receive NFF’s fourth annual Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling at this year’s festival.

Since Life Itself—the film based on Roger Ebert’s eponymous memoir—celebrated its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, everyone from the Boston Globe to Variety has been raving about it. (More)

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