I am so happy to share with you the delightful news that the JMS family is growing.
Khadijah had her baby on Thursday!
Ominira and Mom are doing well!
I will be sending along a gift basket from JMS on behalf of us all.
Hope this sends you into the evening with a smile!
As you can imagine, finding a time that works for folks is a bit like herding kittens ... and after a few people (actually, five people) let me know of schedule holds and changes and immovable conflicts, it became clear that December 9th for an in person gathering won't work.
The next best date is December 2nd. I know that it doesn't work for every single member of the department, and I'm sorry for that, but based on the previous poll more people can come.
So the new plan is:
Friday, December 2nd
10 am -1pm
In person for those who can make it; virtual option available for those who can't get to campus or who don't have those three hours.
Jordan will find us a place to meet up and lunch immediately following for those who can come to campus.
We will find another date in the spring to continue the conversation, hopefully at a time when we can all gather in person.
PLEASE LET ME AND JORDAN KNOW VIA EMAIL BY 11-4 WHETHER YOU WILL BE THERE IN PERSON, VIRTUALLY, OR IF YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 2ND FROM 10-1.
PLEASE ALSO LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN STAY FOR LUNCH.
Thanks for filling out the Qualtrics survey regarding the retreat.
The majority of folks would like an in-person gathering in the spirit of camaraderie with a virtual overlay in the spirit of accessibility. The best date for our retreat appears to be Friday, December 9th.
We'll be planning a 4 hours together - including lunch and breaks -- at a site that is not SC&I but that is easy to get to. Jordan will send a doodle poll to see which of the following times are preferred: 9-1, 10-2, or 11-3. She'll also ask you about dietary restrictions so we can figure out the best meal options.
I'm working with Jack, who will continue the conversations when he's interim chair next semester, on building an initial agenda for our time together in December. We envision starting with a general orientation so that we are all on the same page regarding trends, programs, curriculum and then moving to some of the more concrete and pressing issues that many of you mentioned in your comments on the survey. I see myself as facilitator of the conversation but I'd like for there to be many voices leading the discussion; particularly since I'm not necessarily the most experienced or knowledgeable person in the room when it come to departmental history and policy. For now, please save the date, and when you get the poll, please respond ASAP!
Have a good weekend!
We have received the request for our summer schedules. JMS typically offers classes in the first session (May 30-July 7) and the second session (July 10-August 16). We offer both undergraduate and MCM/MHCI classes. Enrollment must be at least 10 in order for classes to run. If you have specific questions about the timing or format of your class, get in touch with Steve (for undergrad) or Rick Dool (for masters) directly.
I believe the remuneration is the same as last year's so I've attached the graph so you can calculate what you would be paid for your efforts.
If you are interested in teaching, please let me know by Friday, October 28th, at noon. Sorry for the short notice but we would like to register your preferences and still have time to work with our PhD students who may need summer work.
Amy B. Jordan, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Journalism and Media Studies
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Please take a moment to share your thoughts about a potential JMS retreat.
I hope that we can get the conversation started this semester, so I've suggested some December dates.
If we can't manage find a common Friday in December to gather, then I will ask Jordan to do a January/February doodle poll.
Thanks in advance for taking some time on this ... it's an important endeavor!
Link to Qualtrics survey:
Amy B. Jordan, Ph.D.
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
School of Communication & Information
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
4 Huntington Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
In order to get a full picture of the level of service work JMS faculty are doing, I'd like to request that if you are on a committee (SC&I or Rutgers) that I have not appointed you to, can you let me know the name and duration of the term?
I know that some folks have lots of commitments outside of JMS, and it would be helpful for me (and next semester, Jack) to know what they are so that we don't over burden you (or if you "need" service work, that we recommend you appropriately).