Dean's Note
Dear friends,
When I was first considering the move to Rutgers, one of the many exciting things that stood out was a project underway to establish a chair named for Gloria Steinem, as a collaboration between SC&I and the School of Arts and Sciences. It said two things to me. First, this is a place that is serious and important. Second, it showed a strong and visible commitment to values and social justice. Over the last year our wonderful Associate Dean Dafna Lemish led a search committee tasked with finding a visionary scholar and public intellectual who expressed the values embodied in the chair. As you will see from the big story further down in this newsletter, we were able to appoint one of the most outstanding public intellectuals of our time and someone whose work addresses some of our most intractable contemporary challenges. The first Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies is Naomi Klein . You can read my introduction to Naomi at the launch event  here , or watch in a video  here.
As I briefly noted in the last Dean’s Note, over the past few months the Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty, and staff across the school, have been preparing for an American Library Association (ALA) accreditation. In October we were visited by an accreditation team who read the detailed self-study undertaken by the department and many associated documents, talked to faculty, students, staff and administrators for four intensive days. I would like to thank all involved from LIS and beyond for producing the materials (particularly Lilia Pavlovsky and Ross Todd ) and working with the accreditors. We will not know the final outcome until January 2019, but their immediate response was extremely positive and I am confident that this will translate into a positive decision. 
I have written before about faculty hiring. We are again into a cycle of hiring, with multiple positions open in the LIS and Communication departments. Additional details are here.  This is a sign of our success. It is also a heavy workload and responsibility for faculty as decisions about hiring are so consequential for all involved. But it is exciting – we are modeling the future of SC&I in these decisions.

News Briefs
Scott Mazzella '99 publishes "Surviving Sandy, Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore."
Down The Shore Publishing asked Mazzella to write a book about Superstorm Sandy, owing to his successful career as a journalist and writer, and his personal experiences with Superstorm Sandy as an LBI homeowner.

Naomi Klein named Rutgers' Inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair
The Rutgers University Board of Governors approved the appointment of Klein on September 12, 2018.
Scholarship Recipients and Donors Celebrated
SC&I faculty, staff, alumni and students gather to celebrate the opportunities brought by scholarships.

  Douglas N. Woodson Sr. Endowed Scholarship
For students seeking careers in library and information science—as librarians, archivists, curators, or data scientists—a master’s degree is essential. 

New Jerseyans nearly unanimous about the seriousness of opioid problem in the Garden State.
Most people are likely to hold doctors and pharmaceutical companies responsible.

Fall Faculty Colloquium
Digital technology, social impact and children and media were overarching themes discussed at the Faculty Colloquium on Sept. 5.

Around the School
Faculty & Staff News

  • Our faculty are media experts-Visit our In the Headlines page to learn more!
Student News

Alumni News

  • Maryjean Bakaletz, MI '17 is a Teen and Tween Librarian at Warren County Library.
  • Liz Boccolini, MI ’18 discussed how the Master of Information program specifically prepared her for the data science field and her current role as consultant.
  • MI alumna, Daphne Charles ’18 gained experience and global perspective through a fellowship in South Africa.
  • Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Ph.D., Communication ’12, received the Early Career Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association.
  • Julia Cuddahy, MLIS '17 works as a Reference Librarian for the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System.
  • Colin DeVries, MCM ’18 talked about how the graduate program has prepared him for professional advancement.
  • Jorge Estevez, JMS/COM ’97 discussed his vast journalism career and what motivates his reporting.
  • Joe Gillespie, Rutgers College, Journalism/Communications '83, talked about his career path during the technology disruption.
  • Meet Jessica Grothues Kurdali, JMS '04.
  • Melianie Mostrowski, MCM '17 is an Associate Account Manager at Alligent Group/Pharma Group and offered up advice to current MCM students.
  • Celeste Rhoads,’15 earned her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) while working full-time at a Parisian library.
  • Ron Reisman, Rutgers College ’71 discussed his diverse career path from radio reporter to solar ombudsman.
  • Bindi Saikia, MCM '17 revealed the top three benefits of the MCM program.
  • Jenn Attridge Schacht, MCM ’18 has passion for social responsibility that paved a successful path in the professional world.
  • JMS alumni David Seamon, '11 wrote and produced the award-winning SCI-FI Rock Musical, "The Eleventh Hour!"
  • Dana Shang, MCM '18 offered advice to future graduate students. 
  • Rannie Teodoro, Ph.D.'16 talked about her current role at the social media giant, Facebook.
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