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Statement from our chair

Department Chair Sam LovatoTaking on the role of chair in the Mass Communications Department and Center For New Media is an exciting opportunity and personal challenge for me. Associate Dean Leticia Steffen has been moving our department forward consistently; my objective is to maintain the strong trajectory she has been setting for MCCNM over the last two years. 
I’m committed to strengthening our media program through transparency, equity, and shared decision-making. I look forward to working with everyone this summer and fall especially our returning students and new majors. Having spent nearly three decades in MCCNM, it is an honor and privilege to lead this unique and diverse department. Our faculty and staff are motivated to provide first class instruction to all students interested in journalism, integrated communication, and broadcasting professions. I intend to enhance our already excellent reputation as a superior media communications option.
The Mass Communications Department brings together nine faculty members whose number one priority is student success. Our energetic and productive media professors value the teaching, scholarship, creativity and service they provide to our great university. This fall I plan to embolden our curriculum by making our offerings more rigorous, accessible, and relevant. The media landscape is transforming; there are extraordinary opportunities on the horizon. We’re going to have a great 2018-2019 academic-year.
I hope you get a sense of my enthusiasm and excitement; I’m dedicated to providing personalized mentorship to our MCCNM faculty, staff, and students.
If you have a moment, take a tour of our website to find information about our academic emphasis areas, our award winning media labs, news about student engagement, our successful alumni, and superb department events. Do not hesitate to contact me with your feedback.
Sam J. Lovato
Department Chair
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