Tuesday with Tulsa: The Communication Department

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by Dr. Joli Jensen, Professor of Communication at The University of Tulsa. We asked Dr. Jensen to tell us about the Communication Department at TU, and this is what she had to say….

I love teaching in the TU communication department because we teach relevant courses on media, culture and society that attract creative, engaged students.  We have carefully designed our curriculum to blend theoretical, historical and skills courses so that our graduates understand the history, limits and possibilities of today’s media, and learn the skills to thrive as citizens, consumers and participants in the new media environment.

Our department website and Facebook page will tell you more about us.

Our majors can choose to specialize in journalism, advertising/pr or media studies. They learn how to think and write clearly and effectively for print communication, and how to use broadcasting, graphic design, and documentary techniques for electronic communication.  We want to be sure that our majors can combine various modes of communication for effective participation in the emerging digital age.

Our graduates find employment in both profit and non-profit organizations, since there is always demand for students who can think and write well, plan campaigns, create innovative content, and use new media technologies, including social media, effectively.

Our faculty is always available to help each student shape their coursework to meet their goals.  As professors, we not only teach, but also do research in media studies–our specialty interests include Native American images, country music, the Soviet Internet, and sports and computer games.  Our adjunct faculty members are currently active in local journalism, public relations and advertising, and bring their expertise and connections into the classroom.

TU is a very supportive environment for communication students.  You can write for our campus newspaper, the Collegian, as well as produce shows for our campus TV station, TUTV (click here to view TUTV’s programming). We have a public radio station, KWGS. Our faculty are also involved in various certificate programs, including Creative Writing, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, and Arts Management.  We are developing a Digital Studies certificate right now.

So, if you are interested in communication, and want to understand and participate in the media, then TU gives you LOTS of ways to develop the insights and skills you’ll need.      Feel free to contact me, our department chair Dr.Mark Brewin, or any of us, for more information—

Victory Lap

Work it

This is how excited I am to graduate!

It’s Emily here.

This week marks the beginning of the last semester of my senior year, and I am counting down the days until graduation. Last semester, a combination of class, my internship, and writing for the Collegian put a damper on the frequency of my blog posts. This semester is just as crowded (and the job search is piling additional items onto my list of things to do), but I still plan to be more consistent.

I’m planning to make some other changes this semester:

    • My boyfriend and I have started cooking on a more regular basis. We trade off days and basically cook the cheapest meals we possibly can while using minimally processed foods. Some of my posts will probably include our creations.
    • I’m going to try to go to more events on campus. The biology department is in the process of hiring a new faculty member and is hosting talks given by the applicants. I like to think of these as auditions, and they’re a fun way to learn a little bit more about topics that come up in class (and some that don’t).
    • I’m going to get out more. And by out, I mean off campus, maybe even out of Tulsa. Last weekend I went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and it was amazing. I’m doing a story on my visit for the Collegian this week! I also want to get down to some of the museums in OKC.
    • I’m going to lift weights. Any ability I once had to do a proper pushup has basically evaporated. It’s embarrassing.

See this girl? I want her arms

I hope you guys also have great goals for the year. For those of you about to graduate from high school, this is the year you will start college!

I obsessed with Laura Marling lately (Mumford and Sons got their start as her backup band), so I leave you with her incredible voice:

What I’m Waiting For

It’s Emily here. I have reached the point in the semester at which there is a brief lull in the total insanity characteristic of my life. It’s at about this point every year when I just want this semester’s classes to be over, and I start checking the utulsa site every day in the hope that the new schedule of courses has been posted early (it officially becomes available October 17). I couldn’t tell you why thinking about swapping this semester’s classes for a whole new batch is always soothing somehow, but I can tell you that it probably has something to do with getting closer and closer to graduation.


In other news, I have a feeling not many seniors pick up new clubs and activities in their final year, but I’ve gotten involved in a couple of organizations I’m happy to have the opportunity to be part of. The Collegian, where I am a staff writer, has become an addiction, and it’s a  great excuse to talk to really interesting people on campus who I may not have gotten to know otherwise. I’ve also gotten involved with Earth Matters, and the dedicated people who are part of the group are really working to make TU a more sustainable place. We’re starting a campus garden and holding a kickoff October 22. Hooray for fresh produce!