Faculty Spotlight

Lance E. Schmeidler, #MasonCOMM Alum and Faculty, Looks Back on the past 20 Years

Lance E. Schmeidler, #MasonCOMM Alum and Faculty, Looks Back on the past 20 Years

Over the past two decades, #MasonCOMM alumnus and currently faculty member, Lance E. Schmeidler, has seen a lot of change. Over his time, he has watched the campus grow and expand from a small commuter school to one of the largest residential schools in the state; yet, he says he has always “appreciated how walking paths and nature are incorporated throughout campus.” This week we’ll learn more about a faculty member who does so much for the department and university.

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#MasonCOMM Faculty, Richard Craig, Seeks to Empower Marginalized Groups

#MasonCOMM Faculty, Richard Craig, Seeks to Empower Marginalized Groups

Over the last twelve years Richard Craig has seen many changes on campus and taken on increasingly important roles within the department and university.  Currently, he is the Masters in Communication advisor, an active researcher in media representation and diversity, and a popular teacher.  Today, #MasonCOMM takes a look at this much-loved faculty member.

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#MasonCOMM Faculty, Chris Clarke, Combines His Love of Science and Communication

#MasonCOMM Faculty, Chris Clarke, Combines His Love of Science and Communication

One thing you’ll quickly learn about Chris Clarke is his passion for the environment, and the recent COVID pandemic has broadened his research interests.  When he’s not researching and teaching, he spends time with his wife and dog.  This week, #MasonCOMM’s Friday Faculty Feature takes a look at the intersection of science and communication. 

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#MasonCOMM Faculty, Kevin Wright, Combines Love of Technology and Health Communication

#MasonCOMM Faculty, Kevin Wright, Combines Love of Technology and Health Communication

Kevin Wright started out studying traditional media in college, mostly video and audio production, which expanded to new media, which morphed into combining those interests with health communication.  During the pandemic, he spent time with his sons interacting with them as well as working on his guitar skills (you should ask him to sing too!)  This week, #MasonCOMM takes a look at Wright’s career and guidance.

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Faculty and Assistant Debate Director Poapst Found Her Home with #MasonCOMM

Faculty and Assistant Debate Director Poapst Found Her Home with #MasonCOMM

As the Assistant Director of George Mason University’s Debate team since 2016, Jackie Poapst works closely with students from many different majors, including #MasonCOMM students.  While at Mason, she has also been a student herself, earning both her MA in Communication and PhD in Strategic Communication.  In her many roles at Mason, Poapst found her home in the Department of Communication and is excited to be back on campus this fall where she thrives off the energy students bring to everything they do.

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#MasonCOMM's Ed Maibach Making a Difference in Climate Change Communication

#MasonCOMM's Ed Maibach Making a Difference in Climate Change Communication

Our Friday Faculty Feature this week focuses on one of our most passionate #MasonCOMM faculty members, Ed Maibach.  He has been at Mason for 14 years and during that time built a thriving, well respected, and essential research center, Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication (Mason 4C).  Today, we’ll get to know who Maibach is and how he’s changing the world.

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#MasonCOMM’s Rodger Smith is the “Face” of WGMU Radio

#MasonCOMM’s Rodger Smith is the “Face” of WGMU Radio

Rodger Smith started his career at George Mason University 27 years ago.  Since then, he’s seen a lot of changes, met and mentored thousands of students, and maintained an award-winning student-run radio station, WGMU.  This week, we will get to learn more about this dedicated Department of Communication faculty member.

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