Welcome to all new students who have joined us this fall! If you are looking for an education that positions you for exciting jobs and opportunities of the information age, you have come to the right place. The Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media (TISM) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary and fun community of scholars united by a passion for media and information. We bring together experienced media designers and world-class researchers to create a unique environment of engaged, innovative learning and scholarship.
Our research groups cover all aspects of the modern information ecosystem. Strong teams exist in the areas of social media, human-computer interaction (HCI), games for entertainment and learning, creative media, Health IT and other applications, information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), as well as media effects and policy. Faculty and students have been honored with numerous Emmys, top paper prizes, and prestigious awards.
Students can gain hands-on research and design experience in the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, the Behavior Information Technology (BIT) Lab, several creative media studios, and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs position our graduates for a range of attractive career options in traditional and new media as well as in the IT technology sector.
Our young and dynamic faculty is among the best in the country. While many students go on summer break, TISM professors continue their research and writing. During the past few months, several faculty have received prestigious grants in support of their high-quality research. Casey O’Donnell received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the use of collaborative games and puzzles to solve problems in biochemistry and molecular genetics. Robert LaRose is part of a team that received funding from NSF to study network security behavior at home. Last but not least, Brian Winn received funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study exercise behavior of astronauts.
Over the summer, our already strong team has grown further. We welcome three new faculty members. Jina Huh joined us from the University of Washington, Joshua Introne from MIT, and Shelia Cotten from the University of Alabama. Each of them pursues an interesting research program, adding to our strength in collective intelligence, health IT, and the study of media effects.
I wish you all a productive and engaging semester. Take advantage of the great faculty and other opportunities offerd by TISM. And do not hesitate to swing by and see me if we can be of any help!
Johannes M. Bauer
Professor and Chair