A major challenge of media literacy education in higher education will be to create truly interdisciplinary training for the next generation of educators, scholars, researchers and advocates. It’s no longer enough to major in communication or education or media studies or media psychology or public health or information studies. That’s why I have moved to the University of Rhode Island to become the Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, a new school that brings together programs in journalism, public relations, film/media, communication studies, writing & rhetoric, and library & information studies. Many faculty in our programs specialize in exploring the pedagogy of teaching communication, writing, film/media and information literacy and my colleague Julie Coiro in URI’s School of Education is a leading researcher in the area of online reading comprehension. All across the country, we need to work in a more interdisciplinary and collegial way, and one dimension of this will be the creation of new graduate and undergraduate programs that enable students to explore the synergistic connections between the disciplines.
Renee Hobbs (USA, 2013)
Media Psychology - Division 46 of the APA