Media and Information Faculty

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Robert LaRose Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Dr. LaRose retired from Michigan State University in 2016 and continues to contribute to our teaching and research from his new home in Colorado. His research interests are the uses and effects of new media. His current foci are the role of habits in media behavior and the adoption of broadband Internet among vulnerable populations.…Read More

Dr. LaRose retired from Michigan State University in 2016 and continues to contribute to our teaching and research from his new home in Colorado. His research interests are the uses and effects of new media. His current foci are the role of habits in media behavior and the adoption of broadband Internet among vulnerable populations. He is the co-author of a popular introductory textbook, Media Now. He was presented with the Outstanding Article Award for 2011 by the International Communication Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California.

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Young E. (Anna) Lee Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: 517-353-2196

I earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Izak Benbasat. Beginning from my master’s thesis, I published in premier journals, including MIS Quarterly (impact factor 4.659), ISR (impact factor 2.146), Communications of the ACM, and ACM Transactions on CHI, which are cited over 500 times (as of August 2014,…Read More

I earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Izak Benbasat. Beginning from my master’s thesis, I published in premier journals, including MIS Quarterly (impact factor 4.659), ISR (impact factor 2.146), Communications of the ACM, and ACM Transactions on CHI, which are cited over 500 times (as of August 2014, Google Scholar). My research centers on digital/social media,virtual teams, computer-mediated communications, and online learning. My teaching areas include Human-Computer Interaction, Social Media, and Quantitative Research Methodology.

Recent Publications

  • Lee, Y. E. and Monu, K. (forthcoming 2015) “Corporate Use of Social Media: Technology Affordance and External Stakeholder Relations,” Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 25(2). DOI: 10.1080/10919392.2015.1033940.
  • Lee, Y. E. and Benbasat, I. “Influence of Tradeoff Difficulty Caused by Preference Elicitation Methods on User Acceptance of Recommendation Agents across Loss and Gain Conditions,” Information Systems Research, 22 (4), December 2011, pp. 867-884.
  • Lee, Y. E. and Benbasat, I. “Interaction Design for Mobile Product Recommendation Agents: Supporting Decisions in Retail Stores,” ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 17(4), December 2010, pp.1-32.
  • Suh, K. S. and Lee, Y. E., “Effects of Virtual Reality on Consumer Learning: An Empirical Investigation,” Management Information Systems Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2005, pp.673-697.
  • Lee, Y. E. and Benbasat, I., “A Framework for the Study of Human-Computer Interface Design for Mobile Commerce," International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring 2004, pp.79-103.
  • Lee, Y. E. and Benbasat, I. "Interface Design for Mobile Commerce," Communications of the ACM, Vol. 46, No. 2, December 2003, pp.49-52.
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Dave McCarty Ph.D.

Associate Professor-Fixed Term

Dr. McCarty has acquired a broad base of knowledge and experience in the media, telecommunications and information industries. His research examines evolving media and communication ecosystems’ the ways in which new technologies are adopted by commercial and non-profit organizations and consumers in the context of legal-regulatory constraints. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of…Read More

Dr. McCarty has acquired a broad base of knowledge and experience in the media, telecommunications and information industries. His research examines evolving media and communication ecosystems’ the ways in which new technologies are adopted by commercial and non-profit organizations and consumers in the context of legal-regulatory constraints. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and working in regulatory affairs for a telecommunications provider, he joined the faculty of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State university. He left MSU for several years to lead the regulatory economics practice of a small telecom consulting firm. He returned to MSU to head the Media Management and Research program at MSU’s campus in Dubai. For the past few years, he has been teaching online courses for the department and working on online strategies for higher education. He has also taught video journalism and television production.

Courses

TC 101 Understanding Media in the Information Age
TC 201 Introduction to Media and Information Technology

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Eduardo Nakasone Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Development economics, applied microeconomics, agricultural economics

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Research Interests
Development economics, applied microeconomics, agricultural economics

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Casey O'Donnell Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 884-4538

Casey O’Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional "AAA" organizations and formal and informal "independent" game development communities. His…Read More

Casey O’Donnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional "AAA" organizations and formal and informal "independent" game development communities. His research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India.

His first book, "Developer’s Dilemma" is published by MIT Press.

Casey’s research publications can be found on his personal website.

Casey is also an active game developer, releasing "Osy," in 2011, "Against the Gradient," in 2012, "GLITcH" in 2013 and "Sparks of Eternity," in 2014. Other games can be found on his website.

Casey’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Research Interests:
Game Design and Development, Serious Games, Digital Anthropology and Qualitative Research Design

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Jennifer Olson Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-9732 Work Fax: (517) 432-2589

Jennifer Olson is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.

She helped spearhead the Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD) program, a joint College Communication Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering undergraduate minor, research program and study abroad. The…Read More

Jennifer Olson is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.

She helped spearhead the Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD) program, a joint College Communication Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering undergraduate minor, research program and study abroad. The focus of the ICTD program is to learn about the role of communications and information technologies, such as mobile phones, computers and the Internet, in economic and social development. With Erik Goodman in Engineering, she leads a project bringing Internet and solar-powered computers to rural schools in Tanzania. This project has evolved to be a great study abroad program bringing MSU students to work in Tanzanian schools every May to June.

In addition to these activities, Jennifer conducts research on the impact of climate change on agriculture and communities in East and Southern Africa in projects funded by NSF, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID. The projects involve climate modeling, climate data coupled to spatial crop, ecosystem and hydrology models, remote sensing, and socioeconomic and ecological fieldwork. She has over 20 years of living and working experience in West, Central and East Africa as a Peace Corps and United Nations volunteer, a development practitioner, and as a scientist.

Related websites: climateland.org

“Bringing the World to Tanzania” video

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Taiwoo Park Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Exergame and social aspect of online gameplay
  • Building novel hardware/software interfaces using sensor technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • User experiences and human performance
  • Life-immersive services using mobile and ubiquitous technology
  • Crowd-sourced mobile applications
  • Persuasive mobile applications
  • Courses

    MI331: Interactive Media Development

    MI401: Media Impacts on Society: Digital Games

    MI484: Building Innovative Interfaces

    MI491: Special…Read More

    Research Interests

  • Exergame and social aspect of online gameplay
  • Building novel hardware/software interfaces using sensor technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • User experiences and human performance
  • Life-immersive services using mobile and ubiquitous technology
  • Crowd-sourced mobile applications
  • Persuasive mobile applications
  • Courses

    MI331: Interactive Media Development

    MI401: Media Impacts on Society: Digital Games

    MI484: Building Innovative Interfaces

    MI491: Special Topics: Exercise and Physical Activity Based Games

    Curriculum Vitae

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    Amol Pavangadkar

    Senior Teaching Specialist, Senior Producer, CAS Media

    Work Phone: (517) 355-7628

    Amol Pavangadkar is the director of sandbox engagement and a senior producer with the Department of Media and Information. He has produced and directed more than 50 media projects, working with a range of international collaborators and federal and state agencies. His productions range from promotional, training, educational, and music videos and films, delivered on…Read More

    Amol Pavangadkar is the director of sandbox engagement and a senior producer with the Department of Media and Information. He has produced and directed more than 50 media projects, working with a range of international collaborators and federal and state agencies. His productions range from promotional, training, educational, and music videos and films, delivered on a broad range of platforms. Some recent projects include human trafficking awareness, PTSD training for law enforcement agencies, food systems innovations in Africa and India, accident response in India, a diabetes monitoring app for teens, mercury poisoning outreach efforts and climate change communication. Pavangadkar teaches a range of courses in film, video and audio production, and client-based media management, and leads a study abroad program in India. He is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious faculty seminar fellowship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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    Wei Peng Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Work Phone: (517) 432-8235

    Wei Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab and the Health and Risk Communication Center. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California in 2006. Her primary…Read More

    Wei Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab and the Health and Risk Communication Center. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California in 2006. Her primary research interest is to understand how to better use interactive technologies to influence human behaviors. Her recent projects focus on using digital games for health promotion, health education, and social change. Her broader research area is the social and psychological effects of information and communication technology. She received funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and evaluate an active video game for physical activity promotion among young adults. She has won several top paper awards from the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. She serves as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Communication, Games for Health Journal, and International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. Her recent publications appear in Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, New Media & Society, Media Psychology, Health Education & Behavior, and Telemedicine and e-Health,

    Awards, Honors and Recognitions
    2. Top 4 Papers Award, Game Studies SIG, Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Phoenix, AZ, 2012. 3. Michigan Children

    Research Interests:
    Media effects, health communication

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    Swarnavel Pillai Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Work Phone: (517) 884-4446

    Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an assistant professor in the English, and Media and Information Departments at Michigan State University. He is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, the premier Film School in Asia, and the prestigious University of Iowa, at Iowa City. He is an accomplished filmmaker, and his recent…Read More

    Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an assistant professor in the English, and Media and Information Departments at Michigan State University. He is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, the premier Film School in Asia, and the prestigious University of Iowa, at Iowa City. He is an accomplished filmmaker, and his recent documentaries include Unfinished Journey: A City in Transition (2012), Migrations of Islam (2014) and Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015). His research focuses on the history, theory and production of documentaries, and the specificity of Tamil cinema and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films. His recent books are Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum (Nizhal, 2013), an anthology of essays on documentaries and experimental films in Tamil and Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015).

    His recent essays are:
    "The Texture of Interiority: Voiceover and Visuals," Studies in Visual Arts and Communication, 2 (1), (2015),

    "Enthiran, the Robot: Sujatha, Science Fiction, and Tamil Cinema." In Jennifer L. Feeley and Sarah Ann Wells eds. Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema. Minnesota: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2015, pp. 119-136.

    "Tamil B Movie Westerns: The Global South and Genre Subversion," In Mary Ellen Higgins, Rita Keresztesi, and Dayna Oscherwitz eds. The Western in the Global South. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 165-179.

    "Dubashi: Indian Film, Cross-Cultural Communication and Screenings for Children." In Karin Beeler and Stan Beeler eds. Children’s Film in the Digital Age: Essays on Audience, Adaptation and Consumer Culture. Jefferson, N. Carolina: Mcfarland 2015, pp. 148-159.

    Courses Taught:
    MI 311: Intro to Documentary Production
    MI 491 Short Film: Writing and Directing
    FLM 451/ENG 818 Postcolonial Cinemas: Indian Cinema
    FLM 260: Intro to Digital Cinema and Media
    FLM 334: Screenwriting
    FLM 336: Aesthetics of Editing

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    Emilee Rader Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, AT&T Scholar

    Work Phone: (517) 432-1334

    People are sharing more and more information about themselves and their lives with others, through an increasingly elaborate array of Internet applications and mobile technologies. Dr. Rader’s research focuses on understanding the effects and implications of feedback loops between human and algorithm behavior in socio-technical systems. A socio-technical system involves people, technology and information; these…Read More

    People are sharing more and more information about themselves and their lives with others, through an increasingly elaborate array of Internet applications and mobile technologies. Dr. Rader’s research focuses on understanding the effects and implications of feedback loops between human and algorithm behavior in socio-technical systems. A socio-technical system involves people, technology and information; these parts all interact and influence each other, and without all three parts, the system would not function as it should. Some keywords to describe her research interests are: algorithmic curation, personalization, automation, information privacy, feedback loops, sociotechnical systems, user-contributed content, human computer interaction.

    Dr. Rader received her Ph.D. from the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. She was a 2009-2010 recipient of the highly competitive Computing Innovation post-doctoral fellowship award from the Computing Research Association and the National Science Foundation. Before earning her Ph.D., she spent five years working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Motorola Labs, designing and evaluating next-generation applications for mobile technologies. Her work is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and an endowment from AT&T.

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    Rabindra Ratan Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, AT&T Scholar

    Work Phone: (517) 355-3490

    Rabindra (“Robby”) Ratan is an Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University’s Department of Media and Information. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the College of Education’s program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. Ratan received his Ph.D. from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, his M.A. in Communication from…Read More

    Rabindra (“Robby”) Ratan is an Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University’s Department of Media and Information. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the College of Education’s program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. Ratan received his Ph.D. from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, his M.A. in Communication from Stanford University, and his B.A. in Science, Technology and Society, also from Stanford University.

    Research Overview
    Dr. Ratan’s research focuses primarily on the psychological experience of media use, with an emphasis on video games and other interactive environments (e.g., virtual worlds, the road) that include mediated self-representations (e.g., avatars, automobiles). He is particularly interested in how different facets of mediated self-representations (e.g., gender, self-concept) influence the psychological experience of media use, and how different facets of this psychological experience (e.g., embodiment, identification) affect a variety of outcomes, including cognitive performance, learning, health-related behaviors (e.g., food choice, driving aggression), and prejudicial/prosocial attitudes. His work also emphasizes the social implications of video games, especially with respect to gender and race-related disparities in meaningful contexts outside of the gaming environment (e.g., STEM fields).

    Teaching Overview
    Dr. Ratan loves teaching, especially large classes, where tries to make the discussion engaging and interactive for as many students as possible. His approach to keeping his students’ attention was covered in this State News article. More substantively, he regularly experiments with new technologies and teaching approaches. He recently won the MSU AT&T Instructional Technology Award for the design of a synchronous online class (about science fiction and communication technology). Also, as part of the MSU Lilly Teaching Fellows program, he spent the 2014-15 academic year with a cohort of five other junior faculty studying pedagogical and other teaching-related practices under the direction of the assistant provost of faculty development, Deb DeZure.

    Courses
    MI101: Understanding Media (undergraduate)
    MI401: Science Fiction and Technology (undergraduate)
    MI960: Media & Technology (Ph.D.)
    UGS200H: Video Game Impacts: Play with Meaning (honors undergraduate)

    Selected Publications:

    Leveling up on stereotype threat: The role of avatar customization and avatar embodiment
    Rabindra Ratan, Young June Sah

    This paper examines how avatar gender in a game influences subsequent math performance. Women participants who customized a male avatar did better on a math task than those who customized a female avatar. Further, this effect was stronger for people who had felt less embodied in their avatars during the game. These findings are consistent with the large body of research on stereotype threat which suggests that people conform to negative stereotypes about themselves when they are reminded of such stereotypes. This research also offer new insights into the role that avatars may play in such effects, which has implications for the design of learning games and virtual environments. Namely, such media should be designed carefully, with the potential effects of avatar gender in mind so that they do not unintentionally promote gender inequality in educational contexts.

    When Mii Is Me: A Psychophysiological Examination of Avatar Self-Relevance
    Rabindra Ratan, Michael Dawson

    This paper examines the theoretical mechanisms of avatar use effects. Previous research on the Proteus effect phenomenon suggests that the way an avatar appears affects how the avatar user behaves, even after avatar use. This study examines how such effects are influenced by elements of the avatar user’s psychological connection to the avatar. After participants played a sword-fighting video game and completed a survey about their psychological connections to the avatar, they were asked to set up the game and watch their avatar get beaten up. Participants who had reported a stronger emotional connection to the avatar during use exhibited stronger physiological responses while watching it get beaten up. Conversely, participants who felt a strong amount of embodiment in the avatar during use exhibited less negative physiological responses while watching it get beaten up. This somewhat counter-intuitive finding suggests when people feel embodied in an avatar during use, they are more likely to feel disconnected from it after use. This research has implications for the design of digital games and virtual environments that include avatars and intend to impact users in meaningful ways.

    Rabindra, R. & Tsai, H. S. (2014). Dude, where’s my Avacar? A mixed-method examination of communication in the driving context. Pervasive and Mobile Computing. doi: 10.1016/j.pmcj.2014.05.011

    Ratan, R., & Hasler, B., (2014). Playing well with virtual classmates: Relating avatar design to collaboration satisfaction. Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing. doi: 10.1145/2531602.2531732.

    Kahn, A., Ratan, R., & Williams, D. (2014). Why We Distort in Self-Report: The Effects Cognitive Dissonance and Balance Theory on Self-Report Errors. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(4), 1010-1023. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12056

    Lehdonvirta, V., Ratan, R., Kennedy, T.L.M., Williams, D. (2014). Pink and Blue Pixel$: Gender and Economic Disparity in Two Massive Online Games. The Information Society, 30(4), 243-255. doi:10.1080/01972243.2014.915277.

    Ratan, R.A. & Sah, Y.J. (2014). The Spawn of Presence: Examining the Relationship between Presence and Self-Presence. Proceedings of the 15th Annual International Workshop on Presence. Vienna, Austria.

    Awards

    MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2015-2015. Fellowship recognizing teaching excellence and providing support for research on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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    Gary Reid

    Work Phone: (517) 432-3120 ext. 355

    Gary Reid is a University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is also an Associate Director of the Quello Center for Management and Law.

    After an early career as a professional musician, Reid joined the faculty upon completion of his graduate studies in 1977. Over the…Read More

    Gary Reid is a University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. He is also an Associate Director of the Quello Center for Management and Law.

    After an early career as a professional musician, Reid joined the faculty upon completion of his graduate studies in 1977. Over the past 36 years he has taught in a variety of areas including all of the audio/radio courses, video production classes, telecommunication technology and media management courses. Further, he was responsible for the design and installation of the departments’ extensive audio and video production facilities.

    In the radio area, Reid has built WDBM into one of the most successful college radio stations in the country. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and BMI have named WDBM-FM "College Station of the Year" for the past eleven years.

    Academically, Reid spent eight years as the Director of Undergraduate Studies where he oversaw the academic programs of approximately 800 majors.  He directed and administered the Careers and Internships Program for twenty-five years. Reid was one of the original three people promoted to the rank of Senior Academic Specialist when the Michigan State University created the position. He was further honored in 1999 as the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Academic Specialist Award.

    Reid has produced over 100 musical albums, several nationally distributed radio series, and numerous television, film and video productions. He has received awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Independent Record Distributors, American Women in Radio and Television and the MAB just to name a few. He serves as a media expert witness in state and federal court cases.

    In 2005 Reid was named Associate Director of the Quello Center for Management and Law, named in honor of former WJR-AM station manager and FCC Commissioner Jim Quello. In May of 2007 he received the inaugural Faculty Impact Award for his dedication to teaching from the Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Association.

    Beginning in July of 2005 Reid produced the weekly radio address of Governor Jennifer Granholm. This address was offered via broadcast stations and podcasts.  Upon completion of the 280th radio address, the last of her term, Governor Granholm presented Reid with an engraved honorary Seal of the State of Michigan in recognition of his efforts.

    In 2009 Reid received a commendation in the Congressional Record from Congressman Mike Rogers MI-08 and certificate of tribute from Governor Granholm and Lt. Governor Cherry in 2010.

    Reid is a past Chairman and foundling member of Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Board. In July of 2007, he was inducted into the Michigan Broadcast Hall of Fame. And in June of 2011, he received their Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honor bestowed by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The 22 nd person to be so honored, Reid joins the ranks of distinguished broadcasters such as Jim Quello, Earnie Harwell, J.P. McCarthy to name but a few.

    In the area of philanthropy, he has two endowed scholarships in his name. He is a charter member of the MAB Founders Club, which offers the Gary A. Reid Scholarship annually to a deserving student at Michigan State, and the creator of the Reid Endowment for Professional Development, at Michigan State University.

    In 2011 Reid was named Director of Broadcasting for Michigan State University with administrative responsibility for WKAR-AM/FM/TV, the University’s NPR and PBS affiliate stations. WKAR-TV was named Public Station of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.

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    Bianca C. Reisdorf Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center

    Dr. Bianca Reisdorf is Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bianca worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition,…Read More

    Dr. Bianca Reisdorf is Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bianca worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

    Bianca’s research interests include digital inequalities and policies, Internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been involved in the research project “Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain” (http://rural.oii.ox.ac.uk/) and she currently is developing a new study on the consequences of lack of Internet access in prisons for ex-convicts in their rehabilitation process. Bianca received her D.Phil. degree in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in 2012, having completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 2008. At Oxford, Bianca was part of the team that conducted the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), which tracked the use and impact of the Internet in Britain from 2003 through 2013.

    At the Quello Center, Bianca is playing a key role in the Center’s Network Neutrality Impact Project, and in the development of new projects around issues of digital inequality.

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    R.V. Rikard Ph.D.

    Research Associate

    R.V. Rikard is a Postdoctoral Research Associate under the direction of Dr. Shelia Cotten in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. R.V.’s research interests include: the intersection of health literacy and health disparities, the social impact of technology on health and community health, the connection between online health messages using social…Read More

    R.V. Rikard is a Postdoctoral Research Associate under the direction of Dr. Shelia Cotten in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. R.V.’s research interests include: the intersection of health literacy and health disparities, the social impact of technology on health and community health, the connection between online health messages using social media/social network site and offline health behaviors, and the social science of "Big Data." R.V. is a member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUPHE) Global Working Group on Health Literacy (GWG-HL) and the Health Equity Initiative. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Rikard was the Assistant Director of Research at the Center for Family & Community Engagement at North Carolina State University.

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    Charles Steinfield Ph.D.

    Professor

    Work Phone: (517) 432-8651 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

    Charles Steinfield is a professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, where he has held a faculty position for more than two decades. He holds a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School for Communication at…Read More

    Charles Steinfield is a professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, where he has held a faculty position for more than two decades. He holds a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Professor Charles Steinfield is an award-winning author of six books and more than one hundred articles published in scholarly venues, and is a sought-after speaker at major international conferences. He is widely known for his research on computer-mediated communication in organizational settings, e-commerce, social media, and the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in development. His current work on ICTs and development is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and he serves at the ICT and Development lead for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at MSU. He also is currently studying enterprise social media use with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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    John J. Valadez

    Professor of Practice

    John J. Valadez is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He grew up in Seattle, taught photography in India, and studied filmmaking at New York University.

    John’s films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party, Latino poets in…Read More

    John J. Valadez is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He grew up in Seattle, taught photography in India, and studied filmmaking at New York University.

    John’s films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party, Latino poets in New York City, gang kids in Chicago, the history of affirmative action, segregation in America’s schools, Latinos in World War II, the evolution of Chicano music, Latino civil rights, and the genocide of Native Americans in the Southwest.

    His major works include: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta (2016), Prejudice and Pride (2013 Latino Americans/PBS), War and Peace (2013 Latino Americans/PBS), The Longoria Affair (2010 PBS/Independent Lens), The Chicano Wave (2009 Latin Music USA/PBS), The Last Conquistador (2008 PBS/POV), Arise (2006), High Stakes Testing (2005 CNN), Beyond Brown (2004 PBS), Visiones: Latino Arts and Culture (2004 PBS), The Divide (2003 Matters of Race/PBS), Soul Survivors (1997 Making Peace/PBS) and Passin’ It On (1994 PBS/POV).

    In 2013 John Produced two hour-long film films, Prejudice and Pride, about the Chicano civil rights movement, and War and Peace, about Latinos in World War II for the nationally broadcast PBS series Latino Americans, for which he received the George Foster Peabody Award and the Imagen Award. The series received the largest Latino viewing audience in PBS history. His film The Longoria Affair, about the close, but often contentious relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Hector P. Garcia, and their struggle to forge civil rights for Mexican Americans aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens, was nominated for a national Emmy Award for best historical documentary and won the Imagen Award. In 2009 John wrote, directed, and produced The Chicano Wave. The film is a history of Mexican American music featuring Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Little Joe, Freddy Fender, Richie Valens, Flaco Jimenez, Selena and Los Tigres del Norte. It aired nationally on the PBS series Latin Music USA, won the Gold Plaque Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, and a Cine Golden Eagle. In 2008 his film The Last Conquistador about an artists quixotic quest to build the tallest bronze equestrian statue ever created in human history and Native American efforts to stop the construction of what they understood to be a monument to white supremacy, aired on the nationally broadcast PBS series POV. In 2005 Valadez worked for CNN out of their Washington bureau. There he wrote, directed and produced High Stakes Testing for the national series CNN PRESENTS. The film chronicled the creation of the “No Child Left Behind” and its impact on American’s children. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism honored the film with an award for outstanding coverage of race and ethnicity. It won a Cine Golden Eagle, and it helped will CNN PRESENTS win the Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award from The International Documentary Association. Valadez was a producer of the nationally broadcast PBS film Beyond Brown. The film was broadcast for the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Brown V. Board of Ed. It examined the re-segregation of America’s schools. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism also honored Beyond Brown with an award for outstanding coverage of race and ethnicity. In 2003 John was a producer for the nationally broadcast PBS series Visiones: Latino Arts and Culture. The series won the Alma Award. Valadez directed and produced The Divide, first hour of the nationally broadcast PBS series Matters of Race. The film was a small southern Town fractured by racial divisions. Valadez directed and produced the first hour of the PBS series Making Peace with featured Chicano poet, writer and former gang leader Luis Rodriguez as he struggles to save a new generation of kids – including his son – from the gang life on Chicago’s streets. John’s first feature length documentary film Passin’ It On, told the story of a leader of the Black Panther Party who was falsely imprisoned for 19 years. The film received a national broadcast on the PBS series POV, received a national Emmy nomination for editing and won the Golden Gate Award at The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Grand Prize and the Best Non-Fiction Film Award at The USA Film Festival, The Gold Plaque Award at The Chicago International Film Festival, The Peoples Choice Award at The EarthPeace International Film Festival, The Silver Apple Award at The National Educational Film Festival, The Best Short Documentary Award at The Philadelphia International Film Festival, The Gold Award at Worldfest Houston, The Best Short Documentary Award at The Atlanta International Film Festival, The Best Documentary Award at The North Carolina International Film festival, The Bronze Plaque Award at The Columbus International Film Festival, The Best First Film of a Director at The Bombay International Film Festival, The Juror’s Choice Award at The Black Maria Film Festival, The Best Documentary at The Long Island Film Festival, A Student Emmy Award from The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Best Documentary at the Philadelphia International Film Festival, and First Place at The Upland Main Street Film Festival.

    John’s films have been broadcast nationally and in Europe, and have been featured at major museums and cultural institutions including – Lincoln Center (NYC), The Berlin Film Festival, The George Pompidou Centre (Paris), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The High Museum of Art (Atlanta), The National Gallery of Art (D.C.), The Mint Museum (Charlotte), The Schomburg Center (NYC), INPUT (Bristol UK), The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Phoenix Art Museum, The Modern Art Museum (Ft. Worth), The Robert Flaherty Seminar, The Hirshhorn Museum (D.C.), The Grammy Museum (Los Angeles), The Harlem Stage Performing Arts Center (NYC), The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Clemente Center (NYC), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin), The Full Frame Film Festival, The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, The Guanajuato International Film Festival etc…

    John has been a Rockefeller Fellow, a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow, and has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. He served as Artist-in-Residence at Texas State University, as Distinguished Filmmaker-in-Residence at The University of Texas at Arlington, as a trustee of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and was Regents Lecturer at The University of California at Berkeley. He regularly speaks and screens his work at colleges and universities across the country.

    COURSES
    MI 491/FLM491 Research, Writing and Development for Documentary Film

    EDUCATION
    BFA New York University, Film and Television

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    Wietske Van Osch Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Work Phone: (517) 355-4714 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

    Dr. Wietske van Osch received her Ph.D. in Economics (Information Systems) at the University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral dissertation focused on “Generative Collectives” and in particular the structural, cognitive and technological dimensions of online communities that result in enhanced innovation and won the First Runner Up award for the ACM SIGMIS / AIS Best Doctoral…Read More

    Dr. Wietske van Osch received her Ph.D. in Economics (Information Systems) at the University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral dissertation focused on “Generative Collectives” and in particular the structural, cognitive and technological dimensions of online communities that result in enhanced innovation and won the First Runner Up award for the ACM SIGMIS / AIS Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2012. Before joining the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University, she was a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, teaching both B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses on Organization & Management Theory, Innovation & Design, and Research Methods. Wietske holds a Bachelor of Science in Culture, Organization and Management from the VU University of Amsterdam and a Master of Science in Organization Science from the VU University of Amsterdam/Copenhagen Business School. Her current research interests include online communities, social media, and enterprise social software and in particular the potential of these platforms for enhancing collaboration within and beyond organizational contexts. Current research projects involve extensive industry collaborations for research on Enterprise Social Software, big data, and social media marketing with companies including Steelcase and Leo Burnett.

    Roles & Responsibilities
    Member of the Undergraduate Committee Member of Quello Search Committee Associate Editor ICIS (Multiple Tracks) Associate Editor ECIS (Multiple Tracks) VP of Teaching Resources SIGHCI

    Awards, Honors and Recognitions
    Winner of the OCIS Gerardine DeSanctis Award for Best Sole-Authored Paper based on a Dissertation. At the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Runner Up for the William H. Newman Award for Best Sole-Authored Paper based on a Dissertation. At the 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida. First Runner Up ACM SIGMIS / AIS Best Doctoral Dissertation Award. At the International Conference on Information Systems, December 17, 2012, Orlando, Florida Best Paper Award. Van Osch, W. and Coursaris, C.K. (2012). The Duality of Social Media: Structuration and Socialization through Organizational Communication. The Eleventh Annual Workshop on HCI Research in MIS (SIGHCI). At the International Conference on Information Systems, December 17, 2012, Orlando, Florida Best Paper. Van Osch, W., Bohnsack, R. and Avital, M., (2010), “From Green IT to Sustainable Value: The Path-Dependent Construction of Sustainable Innovation,” Best Paper Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), Montréal, Canada.

    Courses
    TC201: Introduction to Information Technology & Media TC462: Social Computing TC458: Project Management ITM444: IT Project Management

    Key Research Interest
    Current research interests include online communities, social media, and enterprise social software and in particular the potential of these platforms for enhancing collaboration within and beyond organizational contexts. Current research projects involve extensive industry collaborations for research on Enterprise Social Software, big data, and social media marketing with companies including Steelcase and Leo Burnett.

    Special Projects
    Dr. van Osch recently started collaborating with the Center for Advanced Microbial Risk Assessment in researching the effect of social platforms on scientific discovery, policy-making, and public health as well as the implications hereof for effective technology design Dr. van Osch engages in extensive industry collaborations with Steelcase and Leo Burnett on the topics of Enterprise Social Software, big data, and social media marketing.

    Project Title & Source
    Leo Burnett funded research project “Deconstructing Strategic Marketing Communications on Social Media: Enabling Structuration, Socialization, and Crisis Management” (Co-PI).

    What are three things you want your students to know about you?
    My personal passions are traveling, exercising, and home decoration

    Favorite Quotation
    “A constant element of enjoyment must be mingled with our studies, so that we think of learning as a game rather than a form of drudgery, for no activity can be continued for long if it does not to some extent afford pleasure to the participant.” – Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

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    Rick Wash Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Work Phone: (517) 355-2381

    Rick Wash is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the School of Journalism and the Department of Media and Information. His work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers, with a particular focus on security and collaborative systems. He is currently the…Read More

    Rick Wash is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the School of Journalism and the Department of Media and Information. His work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers, with a particular focus on security and collaborative systems. He is currently the Primary Investigator on three NSF grants, including an NSF Early Faculty CAREER award. He completed his PhD at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Prior to studying information, Rick completed his masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and his bachelors degree in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University

    Key Research Interest
    My work involves understanding how people think about their interactions with computers, and their interactions with other people through computers, with a particular focus on security and collaborative systems.

    Project Title & Source
    TC:Collaborative Research:Small:Influencing Mental Models of Security; National Science Foundation; $290,194

    Socio-technical Design of Crowdfunding Websites; National Science Foundation; $431,511

    CAREER: Mental Models and Critical Mass: Shaping the Success of Online Communities; $489,678

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    Valeta Wensloff

    Outreach Specialist & Internship Coordinator

    Work Phone: (517) 432-5669

    Valeta evangelizes for the department by disseminating information about faculty projects, grants, and classes. She provides website, graphical, and branding support for departmental events, the Meaningful Play conference, minors (such as Serious Games and Information Technology) and Media Sandbox-related projects. In addition, she is the Internship Coordinator and facilitates for-credit internships. She received…Read More

    Valeta evangelizes for the department by disseminating information about faculty projects, grants, and classes. She provides website, graphical, and branding support for departmental events, the Meaningful Play conference, minors (such as Serious Games and Information Technology) and Media Sandbox-related projects. In addition, she is the Internship Coordinator and facilitates for-credit internships. She received her M.A. from the Department of Media and Information (formerly Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media) at MSU, with an emphasis on Digital Media Art & Technology, and received her B.S. from Ferris State University in Television Production. She currently teaches CAS 204: Web Design and previously taught CAS 207: Media Animation, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level Independent Studies (MI490 and MI890, respectively).

    She’s currently overseeing production of courses for a new, College-wide fully-online Master of Arts program (Strategic Communication – stratcom.msu.edu).

    Valeta also provides voice-overs for accommodated versions of state tests and other productions.

    Roles & Responsibilities

    Awards, Honors and Recognitions

    • 2016 Bronze Addy for Beyond Bollywood Study Abroad materials (with Amol Pavangadkar)
    • 2015 Bronze Addy for Meaningful Play Conference Materials (with Andrew Dennis)
    • Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation Fellow
    • 2014 Silver Addy for MSU Media Summer Camps materials
    • 2013 Silver Addy for Meaningful Play Conference Materials
    • 2012 Silver Addy for Media Sandbox Website (with Henry Brimmer)
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