Faculty and Research

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Faculty Research and Creative Projects

Shaping the Field and the Next Generation

Academic excellence at the SOJC begins with our internationally renowned faculty. As award-winning scholars, professionals, and innovators in advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations, they are just as likely to publish in The New York Times as the Public Relations Review. In the classroom, they are passionate teachers who inform and inspire. Out in the field, they are dedicated mentors who help students build real-world skills and strong industry networks.

$2.5M
in faculty research and project grants in 2018
71
instructional faculty members
2
sojc Research Centers: 
Agora Journalism center
media center for science and technology

Media Center for Science and Technology

Public understanding of science and technology is essential to our wellbeing as a society. But research shows that scientists and citizens often see the same issues through different lenses. The SOJC launched the Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST) to bridge that gap. Housed in Allen Hall on the University of Oregon’s main campus, the MCST conducts interdisciplinary research, trains students for the communication careers of the future, and works to enhance public understanding.

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Agora Journalism Center

The Agora Journalism Center is the UO’s gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement. Fueled by the idea that journalism is crucial to the health of democracy, the Portland-based center convenes academics, students, media partners, and the public to transform how journalists inform and relate to their communities. A national thought leader and incubator in engaged journalism, the center is one of only a handful of U.S. academic institutions working in this emerging field.

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Courtney Munther working with student in Writing Central

“Courtney Munther encouraged me to become a better writer. Her compassionate mentorship, high expectations, and deep knowledge of the subject made her class one of the most challenging and rewarding in my program.”

—Randy Newnham, Public Relations, Class of 2019

Donna Davis
Real-Life Benefits of Virtual Reality

In virtual worlds like Second Life, we can take on new identities, defy the laws of biology and physics, and push social boundaries with little to no consequence. But do these online experiences have any effect on our real lives? Associate Professor Donna Davis’s National Science Foundation–funded research shows how interacting as an avatar improves quality of life for people with disabilities.

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4 Ways Journalists Can Build Public Trust

When polls showed that Americans’ trust in the media fell to 32 percent, SOJC researchers and journalism instructors Lisa Heyamoto and Todd Milbourn decided to find out why. They hosted community discussions around the country to ask what might be done to repair it. Read their recently published Agora Journalism Center Report to learn their six insights about public trust and four recommendations to journalists.

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Hot Off the Press!

Read the latest books written and edited by SOJC faculty.

Cover of  the book - Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World

Cover of the book - Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Public Relations

Cover of the book - Journalism in an Era of Big Data

Cover of the book - Global Media Giants

Dreaming in Turtle: A Journey Through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures

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Private donations give faculty the means to respond to industry trends and involve students in their work. SOJC professors and instructors are blazing paths in emerging communciation forms, conducting groundbreaking research, and guiding students to new heights in the classroom and out in the field. But they can’t do it without your support.

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