Introducing Michael Kim, Our New Communication Studies Professor!

Join us in welcoming our new professor in Communication Studies Dr. Michael Kim! Professor Kim is teaching two classes this semester: CMM375 Social Change and Advocacy Communication and CMM353 Persuasion and Social Influence. Professor Kim’s research and teaching are focused on social change communication, specifically, the important roles of communication and media in the process of social change. For example, he investigates how the actors of social change (NGOs, journalists, etc.) communicate about social issues. His courses teach students the strategic and critical thinking that can lead to changing the mechanisms within the social structure and culture. Michael Kim headshot

Professor Kim was born in Bloomington, IN, and grew up in South Korea, where he earned his bachelor’s degree from Hanyang University. He then earned his master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. In America, he spent a year at The University of Texas at Austin, followed by another 4 years at the University of Miami working toward and then earning his PhD. Before coming to New Paltz, Professor Kim was not familiar with the area, but he always envisioned himself living in the New York area. He loves the location of New Paltz and enjoys the welcoming community. Although it is a completely different climate, both socially and environmentally, compared to Miami and South Korea, Professor Kim is adjusting well and appreciates the engagement from both faculty and students on campus. Professor Kim is ecstatic to be teaching here and broadening his horizons, as this is early in his career in academia.  

Professor Kim’s personal interests changed a lot with transition as he moves from place to place; however, he has always enjoyed playing soccer or futsal. In New Paltz he has been exploring the area, hiking and taking walks, and finding his place in the community. 

In class, Professor Kim would like to emphasize issues of social change and international development and encourage students with critical thinking. In general, he wants students to be able to think critically and apply what they learn to their area of interest. As this is his first teaching position, Professor Kim is still figuring out his unique teaching style. However, he sees himself more as a mutual facilitator of learning than simply an instructor. He values student engagement and encourages them to be able to relate to the topics and content to their own experiences. His classes will consist of lectures and discussions.  Professor Kim wants his students to be approachable and open-minded to lead to an enjoyable classroom experience. He is still experimenting in terms of course design and looks forward to his students to reach out freely with feedback and suggestions about the course, topics, and format. 

RECENT GRADS: Get a Job With the Comm Studies Department! We Need an Office Assistant!

Hello grads! Our department is in need of a Temporary Office Assistant. We’re looking for a highly organized, efficient and personable administrative assistant who can handle dividing their time between 2 different offices.  If you or any recent grads have yet to land a job, please consider applying or mention this opportunity to them. 
While the job description says “temporary,” the job itself is a year-round position with paid benefits (one of them being working with us!)
When you apply, please mention Comm Studies and/or DMJ and/or Research Scholarship and Creative Activities in the cover letter — And mention either Stella Deen, Jason Wrench, Gregg Bray or Nancy Heiz as well.
The position description can be found here:

Internships are Still Available at Hudson Valley Casting!

Hudson Valley Casting is a full service casting company located in New Paltz, NY who has had interns from SUNY New Paltz for the past 5 years! They seek digital media management, production, journalism, or communication studies students that are interested in talent scouting and casting business.

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 To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to Heidi Ecklund at

Meet the Candidates for the Global, Sustainable, and Nonprofit Communication Professor Position

The Department of Communication search committee is welcoming faculty candidates for the position of Global, Sustainable, and Nonprofit Communication Professor — and welcomes student input! Scroll down for the schedule of their teaching demonstrations and their research presentations. Hope you can join us!
All students are invited to drop in to CSB 54 to chat informally with the candidates.  These informal meetings are for students only.  Cookies and coffee will be served! These sessions are:
Dr. Mohammad Ala-Uddin: Friday, Jan 27, 4:00-4:45.  Yes, that’s this week!

His scholarship examines the communicative and cultural implications of digital media and public information and contributes to equity and justice. Ala-Uddin combines qualitative methods with computational techniques and studies the leading and peripheral discourses of digital media and social change, especially how they are created, contested, and tied with the systems of power in translocal, transnational, and global contexts. His research, well rooted in communication, also takes on a multidisciplinary approach, looking to media and cultural studies, political economy, feminist theory, subaltern studies, critical ethnography, critical data studies, and digital humanities.

Khairul Islam, Tues, Jan 31, 9:00-9:45 (Time to be confirmed)

His research focuses on crisis communication involving public health, organization, and role of media. Specifically, he investigates how organizational messages and media influence peoples’ behaviors in response to crises and emergencies. His research areas include crisis communication; water and environmental risk; public health management and strategic communication; persuasive message effects; role of media in public health; social mediated communication; global public health; experimental research; survey research; and content analysis.

Michael Kim, Thursday, Feb 2, 10:15-11:00

He investigates the international dynamics of development communication and communication for social change (CSC) from a critical perspective. He believes that media continue to play a significant role in international development. Kim investigates how actors of social change (e.g., journalists, NGOs, and development institutions) communicate social issues to the public. His research examines how a technologically deterministic approach to social change fails to consider the global media system’s dysfunctional structures and leads to cursory discussions of social justice, stemming from the politics of attention economy, intra-organizational struggles, and decision-making processes experienced by the “social media specialists.”

All Teaching Demonstrations take place in HUM 214 (first 45 minutes; then reconvene in CSB 54 for Q&A with faculty):

Thursday, Jan 26 5:00-6:15

Tuesday, Jan 31 3:30-4:45

Thursday, Feb 2 3:30-4:45


All Research Presentations take place in CSB 54:

Friday, January 27, 2:45-3:45

Tuesday, January 31, 11 am -12 noon

Friday, February 3, 2:45-3:45

Faculty Profile: Introducing Dr. Lauren Mark, Communication Professor

Lauren Mark (Ph.D., Communication, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School) is delighted to join New Paltz as an Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture. She originally hails from Wisconsin, and has previously called Taiwan, Israel, Arizona, and North Carolina home. She has taught and developed coursework at Wake Forest University and Arizona State University, after working in Taiwan and Israel as a cross-cultural community builder, translator, educator, and artist. She explored Asian theories and philosophy to develop a new methodology for her PhD scholarship. She studies, writes, and performs about intercultural communication, acculturation, affect, relationality, and racial representations in the media and lived experiences. 


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Watch the Communication Studies Major Overview Video and Orientation Materials

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CMM TRANSFER Advising for FALL23

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Spring 2023 Presentation

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Internships are OPTIONAL for Comm majors. Understand the requirements to be eligible to do an internship, by reading this post.