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Securing the Future of Communication Science

Posted on: November 17, 2015

The highest honors awarded by the International Communication Association and by the National Communication Association are the naming of Fellows and Distinguished Scholars, respectively. The Michigan State University Department of Communication has contributed to the careers of 23 Fellows and Distinguished Scholars, meaning that they earned their M.A. or Ph.D. here, or taught here as a tenure-track faculty member. That's more than any other communication department in the world. These are many of the most prolific and insightful scholars in the discipline: Chuck Atkin, Chuck Berger, Judee Burgoon, Michael Burgoon, Joe Cappella, Robert Craig, Akiba Cohen, Brenda Dervin, Jim Dillard, Ed Fink, Brad Greenberg, Randy Harrison, Jim McCroskey, Gerry Miller, Peter Monge, Scott Poole, Byron Reeves, Ev Rogers, Mike Roloff, Dave Seibold, Sandi Smith, Joe Walther, and Steve Wilson.

We have established the Future Fellows Fund to ensure that the future of communication science worldwide and at Michigan State is as bright as our collective past. 100 percent of the money donated to the Fund is vested in an established endowment at Michigan State University that is administered by the Department of Communication. Interest earned from endowed funds is used to support graduate students in communication by underwriting graduate student stipends. Think of the highest quality doctoral training, the research team model, and the attention to scholarly detail that faculty like Frank Boster, Ron Tamborini, Mary Bresnahan, Kami Silk, Maria Lapinski and Bill Donohue provide.

Donate via the link above. It's easy. It's important. It's about extending in perpetuity our collective legacy.

Jim Dearing

Questions? Give me a call at 517-353-3259 or email me at dearjim@msu.edu. Go Green!

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Communication BAs getting jobs

Posted on: February 9, 2015

The last year that the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce reports national employment data by academic degree is 2012. In that Analysis of American Community Microdata, Communication and Journalism graduates (combined) had a 2012 unemployment rate of 8.2%. Graduates with degrees in agriculture, education and physical sciences had lower (better) unemployment rates, and graduates in architecture, law, psychology, social work, and social sciences were higher (worse).

Jobs often are found by individuals through interpersonal connections, especially through connections that are outside of one's usual close network of friends and acquaintances. Getting outside of your common and frequent contacts facilitates interest in your skill set and abilities that can seem novel and in short supply by people who have lived in other places, and graduated with different types of degrees, and who have expertise that differs from yours. Want a job? Get to know new people.

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