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  • The Media and Society Teaching Assistants Program enables outstanding Media and Society majors to work collaboratively with the faculty teaching MDSC courses. Each Teaching Assistant works closely with a single faculty member to support one MDSC course section. Teaching Assistants attend the class meetings for their assigned course; meet with students enrolled in their course to discuss the course material and assignments; meet with their faculty colleagues to discuss strategies for supporting student learning; and meet with all MDSC faculty and Teaching Assistants each month in the Media and Society Teaching Colloquium – a forum for exchanging ideas about media studies pedagogy and supporting teaching and learning across the MDSC curriculum. Teaching Assistants also have some opportunities to lead or moderate class discussions; design and facilitate class activities; provide feedback about student learning and course design to the professor; and produce a reflective essay (in written, video, or other formats) about their teaching and learning experiences.

     

    Olivia Broomes

    Media and Society major; Entrepreneurial Studies minor Olivia Broomes '23

    MDSC 200, Cultures of Advertising

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    Throughout the course, I thought the question sets were interesting and useful for me because it helped me summarize big themes that Professor Burditt went over in class. I enjoyed creating the Industry Portfolio in which I had the chance to read trade journals and write about trends in the media industry.

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    I’m most excited to offer my own experience in Cultures of Advertising for students and provide them a pathway for success through my advice.

  • Andrea Delgado

    Media and Society and Women’s Studies double major Andrea Delgado '22

    MDSC 100, Introduction to Media and Society

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    Introduction to Media and Society allowed me to explore the basic elements and vocabulary to create a foundation in the vast field of media. It is such a versatile subject; there is something for everybody!

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    I am here to help and direct you to the resources to answer any questions! I cannot wait to meet everyone!

  • Lauren Earley

    Media and Society and French double major; Entrepreneurial Studies minor Lauren Earley '23

    MDSC 100, Introduction to Media and Society

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    I loved how broad the course was and how I got to learn about many things. I loved gaining foundational knowledge about advertising, cinema, and more!

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    Media is a large part of our everyday lives. Having a strong understanding of its role is an imperative part of being a global citizen in 2022. Media creation and analysis are tools that the students will use in their everyday lives to be more informed viewers, consumers, and people!

  • Margo Grapshi

    Media and Society and Writing and Rhetoric double major; French minor Margo Grapshi '22

    MDSC 313, Global Cinema

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    I really enjoyed the variety of global films we watched from different parts of the world. I also liked how the course employed concepts like disruption and involvement of streaming platforms, etc. to the material we were learning. I felt that it was all encompassing and the films we watched seamlessly served as a vessel for learning these other concepts and theories.

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    I am most excited to see what films we watch, as I am looking forward to reflecting on ones that we studied when I took the course as a student but am also excited to engage with new films added to this semester’s syllabus. I’m also looking forward to engaging with my peers, being in person and experiencing Global Cinema through a new perspective, as a TA!

  • Julissa Ramirez

    Media and Society and Writing and Rhetoric double major; History minor Julissa Ramirez '23

    MDSC 200, Cultures of Advertising

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the course by learning the role that advertising and mass media had in the post war era. It was interesting to see what traits of advertising were used and what we are continuing to use today.

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    I am excited for the course in general! It really opened me up to a new side of media and allowed me to think about advertising in ways I haven’t before! I am excited to learn in an in person setting and share my knowledge with my peers!

  • Shayna Riggins

    Media and Society major; Spanish and Africana studies double minor Shayna Riggins '22

    MDSC 100, Introduction to Media and Society

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    The element that was the most interesting when I took this course was the concept of hegemony. Professor Robertson introduced the idea of hegemony in terms of some of the major businesses and voices in media competing to give their version of a story. This allowed me to formulate my own motivation for pursuing a career in media. Diversity in voices and talent is important for allowing the public to get a multi-faceted version of the world and its stories and news.

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    I am most excited to learn why all the students chose to take Introduction to Media and Society. Everyone has something to share and learn when it comes to media, because everyone has their own relationship to society and the media. I am excited to listen and participate as a Teaching Assistant and help connect ideas and aid in creating a positive learning environment as we venture into the semester!

  • Nathan Williams

    Media and Society Major; Anthropology Minor Nathan Williams '23

    MDSC 100, Introduction to Media and Society

    What element or elements of this course were the most interesting for you when you took the course?
    The broadness of topics introduced made the class very interesting as it allows for you to get a taste of everything the field of media has to offer.

    What are you most excited to learn or share as a Teaching Assistant for this course?
    The thing I am most excited to learn as a Teaching Assistant for the course is how aspects of today's media change the curriculum from when I took the class. Since media in society is ever changing there are frequently new ways to discuss different topics.