World-class New Colleagues

Posted on: September 6, 2016

We are excited to welcome eight world-class colleagues to our department! They are part of an amazing group of 28 tenure system faculty and professors of practice hired by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and will and add depth and breadth to our research and creative faculty.

Our new members of the research faculty are (in alphabetical order):

David EwoldsenDavid R. Ewoldsen, elected an ICA Fellow in 2016, joins us from The Ohio State University. He received a joint Ph.D. in psychology and speech communication at Indiana University in 1990. David engages in the scientific study of the psychological processes involved in the selection, uses, interpretation, and effects of mediated communication. His recent research has included media and racism, adolescent risky behaviors, cooperative video game play, how people comprehend media messages, motivations for seeking narratives, and the psychology of entertainment.

Keith HamptonKeith Hampton joins MSU from Rutgers University where he was the Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the School of Communication and Information. Prior to Rutgers University, he was a member of the faculties of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and at MIT. He is broadly interested in the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement and the urban environment.

Natascha JustNatascha Just will be joining the department’s faculty in January 2017. Until her departure to the U.S, she will continue to be a senior research and teaching associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Natascha has a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Her research and teaching interests are in media economics and policy, with a particular emphasis on Internet economics.

Elizabeth LaPenséeElizabeth LaPensée is jointly appointed in the Department of Media and Information and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC). She expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, transmedia, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes. She designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She also designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders inspired by art from Steven Paul Judd.

In addition, several professors of practice have joined our creative faculty in film and media production as well as games and interactive media:

Jeremy Gibson BondJeremy Gibson Bond will be teaching game design and development at Michigan State University. Since 2013, he has served the IndieCade independent game festival and conference as the Chair of Education and Advancement, where he co-chairs the IndieXchange summit each year. Jeremy is the founder of ExNinja Interactive and the author of Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development: From Concept to Playable Game in Unity and C#. Prior to joining the MSU Games faculty, he taught as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and the Interactive Media and Games Division of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Ricardo GuimaraesRicardo Guimaraes is a concept artist and illustrator with extended work experience for the entertainment industry. He joins our faculty from Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. Ricardo’s illustrations have been showcased at ImagineFX Magazine and Ballistic Publishing's EXOTIQUE, among many others. His clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Square Enix, Ghost VFX, and many others. Joining MSU as a professor of practice, he will teach, among others, courses on concept design for students in the film and games focus areas and 3D graphic design. He will also contribute to the work of the Games for Learning and Entertainment (GEL) Lab.

Carleen Ling-An HsuCarleen Ling-An Hsu graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied film and television and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her films for HBO, PBS, the Learning Channel, BBC, and Channel 4 (in the UK) cover a wide range of subjects from the obesity epidemic in America to gender identity in Thailand to faith healing in Africa. She joins MSU as a Professor of Practice in our department jointly with the Film Studies Program in the Department of English. Carleen’s documentaries have been recognized for their exceptional storytelling and original content with a Royal Television Society Award, a Genesis Award, a Foreign Press Association Award for Best Documentary, a nomination for a national News and Documentary Emmy, and two prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards.

John J. ValadezJohn J. Valadez is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. His films address 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. John grew up in Seattle, taught photography in India, and studied filmmaking at New York University. He will be joining our department as a Professor of Practice with a joint appointment in the Department of English and at WKAR.

This fantastic team arrives just in time for the launch of our new undergraduate degree. The innovative modular design prepares students for a digital media age in which convergence has blurred traditional boundaries among media sectors. Transmedia knowledge is increasingly an asset. In our program, you can specialize in one of several focus areas (film and media production, games and interactive media, graphics and animation, creating human-centered technology, media and information management, and society policy and research) or you can combine knowledge from two or more areas to broader your future employment opportunities.

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