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  • Julie Frechette, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Worcester State University in Massachusetts,where she teaches courses on media studies, critical cultural studies, media education, and feminism. Her most recent bo...More

EXPERIENCE

  • Worcester State University
    • Professor
    • September 1999 to Present

    Dr. Frechette currently serves as Professor and the Department Chair of Communication at Worcester State University, MA. Previously, she served as the Communication Department Internship Coordinator and the Director of the Center for Community Media, where she collaborated with department members and students to engage in community outreach and development through media literacy and production. Dr. Frechette has led a series of projects, including teaching video production and media literacy to youths at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, providing media literacy workshops within the greater community, organizing speakers series and film screenings, and developing the department program. Her most recent conference presentations were in Savannah (2018), Connecticut (2017), Rome (2016), Sonoma (2016), Vienna (2015), and Toronto (2015). In the summer of 2007, she was invited to be an international visiting lecturer and conference speaker in Norway at the University of Bergen. Among the international conferences she has attended, she has presented refereed papers in Vienna (2015), Toronto (2015), Prague (2014), London (2010), Oxford (2009), the University of London-Royal Holloway (2008), and London University (2004). She has spoken at dozens of national and regional conferences, and is always seeking to collaborate with others in research and professional development. In addition to her departmental responsibilities, Dr. Frechette co-founded and co-directed the Center for Teaching and Learning at WSU for seven years as a means to assist the pedagogical and curricular needs of faculty. She worked with a university team to obtain a $143,000 grant from the George Alden Foundation to support a faculty fellowship program, as well as to assist with the Teaching Excellence Award, both of which she helped establish. Knowing how much support new faculty need upon beginning their careers at a new institution, she helped create the university’s Mentoring Program which pairs faculty for transitional needs and scholarly collaboration. In addition to her teaching responsibilities and involvement in the Communication Department, Dr. Frechette applied her graduate concentration and scholarship in feminism to the Women’s Studies Program at WSU. For over seven years, she organized a series of events, including the annual Month Without Violence programming in conjunction with the YWCA Daybreak Center and the Worcester Invervention Network. For three years, she served as the Program Director of Women’s Studies, where she collaborated with other dedicated faculty to offer interdisciplinary courses and expand programming. Currently, she teaches the cross-listed Communication course Gender & Media. Dr. Frechette applied her graduate concentration and scholarship in feminism to the Women’s Studies Program at WSU. For over seven years, she organized a series of events, including the annual Month Without Violence programming in conjunction with the YWCA Daybreak Center and the Worcester Invervention Network. For three years, she served as the Program Director of Women’s Studies, where she collaborated with other dedicated faculty to offer interdisciplinary courses and expand programming. Currently, she teaches the cross-listed Communication course Gender & Media. Dr. Frechette is the recipient of the WSU Teaching Excellence Award, the WSU Extraordinary Dedication Award, the International Communication Association Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, and the Wilbur Sims Memorial Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Character, and Dedicated Community Service. She has been cited in numberous news articles, including Time.com and Inside Higher Ed, and has been featured in local media including Worcester Magazine and GoLocal.

EDUCATION

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Ph.D.
    • May 2000 to Present

    Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Awarded May 2000 University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA. Dissertation Title: Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Learning to Critically Analyze and Evaluate the Internet *Awarded the International Communication Association Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. Masters of Arts in Communication , Awarded January 1997, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Thesis title: The Politics of Implementing Media Literacy in the United States: A Look at the Objectives and Obstacles Facing Massachusetts Public School Teachers. *Associate Director of The Five College Summer Institute in Media Literacy serving Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Cum Laude, Awarded May 1993. The University of New Hampshire Durham, NH. Areas of Concentration: Critical media theory, mass communication, rhetoric, interpersonal. *President of Mortar Board National Honor Society 1992-1993 *Research Fellowship: Postcolonial Legacy of U.S. Military Bases in the Philippines Mentor: Dr. Joshua Meyrowitz, Author of No Sense of Place *Wilburn Sims Memorial Award: Highest Communication Department Honor for Excellence in Scholarship, Character, and Dedicated Service to Fellow Students and the Community

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