Media Studies & IT – Meet our PhDs

Media Studies & IT – Meet our PhDs


(light, upbeat music) – I have a journalism
background, so my undergrad from
Carlton is in journalism, and then I moved into
public relations. At one point the
opportunity was to teach. If I wanted to teach at
the post-secondary level, I needed to get a
Master and a doctorate, otherwise I wouldn’t
have been able to teach at the degree level. My doctoral studies are in
higher education policy, and so what I chose is how
universities are structured in terms of chairs, deans,
what their responsiblities are with respect to the institution
but also to the job itself. – I was working in
the nonprofit sector as a communications coordinator, and I just felt this longing
to go back to school. I love school. I felt that a Ph.D.
would allow me this time and space to study
and really pursue a research project that
I was passionate about. – I started off
in graphic design, so I come from a
practice-based background, and then I decided
to go back to school, and that’s when I did my Ph.D., and I looked at social
housing in Glasgow. I think a lot with the
advertising world is now using sort of kinesthetic,
tactile things to make messages,
and I feel like that part rings in my
architectural background. – I have a Ph.D. in
Communication and Culture from that joint program between
York and Ryerson University. My thesis focused
on representations of masculinity in
modern Hollywood cinema. Media Studies has courses
in exactly my area. – Psychology was heavily into
kind of information processing so I kind of developed
a model which was all about how
consciousness fitted into this kind of
information processing. – My undergrad was
at Queens and then I went to Western for their
Masters in Journalism, and I had always
sort of thought about going back to school for a Ph.D. I looked at how news
organizations covered climate change related issues, especially as they
became political issues, so in the context of
election campaigns. I’m really glad I did it. Research is hard,
but it’s worthwhile. – If I wanted to progress
in my career as faculty, the Ph.D. was really
the next step. I think that by going through
it while I’m teaching, it just keeps me fresh
and keeps reminding me of why I love learning and why
I love being a student too. (light, upbeat music)

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