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About Bill Yousman

Bill Yousman, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University. He joined the School of Communication & Media Arts in 2015. He is the former Managing Director of the Media Education Foundation.

Dr. Yousman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media literacy. These courses stress critical analysis of media industries, content, and social impact.He is the Director of Media Literacy and Digital Culture for the graduate program here at SHU, as well as being on the following committees: IDEAL Commitee, Women's Studies Committee, Digital Communications Major Committee and the CM 101 Committee.

Recent Courses Taught: Foundations of Media Literacy, Race and Representation, Media Ethics.

Dr. Yousman’s research focuses on media and the construction of ideology, the role media representations play in shaping perceptions of race, and the relationship between media and democracy. His scholarship includes critical analyses of media images of the prison industrial complex, ideology in the films of Spike Lee, the social impact of rap music and hip-hop culture.

Dr. Yousman’s monographs include Prime Time Prisons on U.S. TV: Representation of Incarceration and The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture. He has published research in several media and communication journals and edited anthologies and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences.

Positions

2015 Present Assistant Professor, Director of MLDC Graduate Program, Sacred Heart University School of Communication & Media Arts
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20142015 Full-Time Faculty, Central Connecticut State University ‐ Department of Communication
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20112013 Full-Time Faculty, Eastern Connecticut State University ‐ Department of Communications
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19982013 Graduate Teaching, Adjunct, and Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusets, Amherst ‐ Communication Department
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20082009 Graduate Teaching, Adjunct, and Visiting Lecturer, Babson College ‐ History and Society Division
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20062008 Full-Time Faculty, Central Connecticut State University ‐ Department of Communication
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20042005 Full-Time Faculty, Suffolk University ‐ Department of Communication
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19952004 Graduate Teaching, Adjunct, and Visiting Lecturer, University of Hartford ‐ School of Communication
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Honors and Awards

  • First-Year Experience Student Choice Award, UMASSS-Amherst, 2011
  • Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award, UMASS-Amherst, 2010
  • Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll, Central Connecticut State University, 2008
  • Recipient, Top Competitive Paper Awards from Eastern Connecticut Communication Association Annual Convention, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Recipient, Commendation for Outstanding Teaching, University of Massachusettes, Amherst, Department of Communication, 1999
  • Board member The Global Critical Media Literacy Project

Courses

  • Foundations of Media Literacy
  • Race and Representation
  • Media Ethics

Education

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19982004 Ph.D. Media Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst ‐ Media Studies
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1999 MA, University of Hartford ‐ School of Communication
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1995 BA, Charter Oak State College ‐ Journalism
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Contact Information

School of Communication and Media Arts
Martire Center W220
College of Arts and Sciences
203-396-8085

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