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Indiana University Bloomington

Graduate | Scholarly Environment

To assist students in developing a well-rounded profile in both teaching and research, the Department promotes a lively academic culture through various department activities, provides thorough and extensive education in teaching, and emphasizes the search for positions that are compatible with student skills, interests, and career plans.

Sponsored Events and Speakers | Graduate Research
Teaching Experience | Campus Resources


Sponsored Events and Speakers

The Department regularly invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to present their research at open lectures and graduate seminars. Past participants in our annual lecture in communication have included Robert T. Craig, Janet Staiger, and filmmaker Isaac Julien. Each spring, the department hosts the J. Jeffrey Auer Memorial Lecture in Public Communication, and past presenters include David Zarefsky, Martha Watson, Michael McGee, Edwin Black, Michael Leff, William Doty, Celeste Condit, Phillip Wander, Mark McPhail, Barbie Zelizer and Jay Mechling.

Other meetings recently hosted or cosponsored by the Department include the annual American Studies Colloquium Series, featuring presentations by Wahneema Lubiano, Susan Jeffords, Lynne Joyrich, and Michael Rogin; the conference on Women, Law and Africa, which included guest presenters from several countries; the annual Crossing the Jordan interdisciplinary conference on cultural studies, "Beyond Dogma 5," a festival of contemporary Danish film and The Conference on Visual Rhetorics. Among the filmmakers who have visited campus are Peter Bogdanovich, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Peter Greenaway, Isaac Julien, John Landis, Spike Lee, and Ettore Scola.

Run by graduate students in Communication and Culture and other departments, the City Lights Film Series presents weekly screenings of classical world cinema for the community and university. The series draws from Indiana University's extensive 16mm-print archive, one of the largest university film archives in the country, and offers graduate students many professional development opportunities, including a weekly radio show on film.

Our Workshop in Democratic Culture hosts regular open meetings to discuss works in progress from scholars in rhetoric, media, history, folklore, and political science. Recent contributors have included Marc Abeles, Maurice Charland, and William Keith.

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Graduate Research

The Department hosts a weekly colloquium series in which faculty and graduate students give presentations on work in progress followed by open discussion. The colloquium series not only provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussion among department members, it also gives students the opportunity to rehearse job talks and receive feedback on dissertation ideas.

Our students are active in presenting papers at national and regional conferences, and these papers are routinely awarded "top paper" status among competitive submissions. Both the Department and the University Graduate School provide modest financial support for travel to these conferences where students have the opportunity to begin to build a network of personal and professional relationships.

In addition to making colloquium and conference presentations, students are encouraged to hone their essays toward publication. A partial list of journals in which students from the department have published essays--either while completing their degree or shortly after graduation--includes Argumentation and Advocacy, Cineaste, Journal of American Folklore, Political and Legal Anthropology, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Screen, and Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

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Teaching Experience

Most students in the department are funded through Associate Instructorships to teach two courses each semester. Students may also be eligible for a variety of university-wide non-teaching fellowships, including Chancellor's and Dean's Fellowships, and a variety of minority fellowships.

Because of the diversity within our department, graduate students with teaching appointments have the opportunity to teach a relatively broad range of courses. We also provide an extraordinarily thorough program of preparation, training, and support for classroom teaching through the National Communication Association's Preparing Future Faculty program.

Through the Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship Program, students who have completed their graduate coursework at Indiana University have the opportunity to teach at other campuses of the statewide Indiana University system. In past years, many graduates have found positions in liberal arts colleges and urban institutions, many of which are similar to Indiana University's nonresidential campuses. Applicants are often asked whether they have classroom experience in this kind of environment. The fellowship program allows students to work as faculty members in new academic environments with diverse student bodies. The Preparing Future Faculty Program, sponsored by the National Communication Association, expands the range of possibilities to include campuses not affiliated with IU.

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Campus Resources

The Department is supported by excellent campus resources. Indiana University Bloomington has the fourth largest research library in the Big Ten. Current holdings include more than 6 million books and periodicals and more than 2 million audiovisual materials. Special collections include the Archives of Traditional Music (the largest university-based ethnographic sound archive in the United States), the David Bradley collection of more than 3,000 16mm films, and the most extensive working collection of folklore materials in the world.

Most of these resources can be accessed online through the campus network. Because of its rich resources in the area of information technologies, IUB is consistently recognized in the top 10 of "America's Most Wired Colleges." IUB has also been nationally recognized by Time Magazine as a "College of the Year" among research universities.

Other important archive and research collections on campus include:

IUB also boasts a rich array of facilities to aid teaching and research, including: numerous auditoriums equipped with 16mm projection, slide projection and advanced technologies, such as large screen video, laser disc and DVD projection; Apple and IBM computers; and compact disc and cassette players.

Additionally, the Film and Media Studies office houses a multi-standard VCR, large screen TV monitors with VCRs, laser disc and DVD players, a cinescan viewer, analyzing 16mm projectors and both 16mm and video production equipment.

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