Margaretha Geertsema SlighTitle, department and job responsibilities:Assistant Professor of Journalism and Interim Program Director for Media, Rhetoric, and Culture. I am also a faculty associate in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; and Peace Studies. Courses taught include Intro to Media Writing, Intro to Mass Communication, New Media and Public Communication, International Communication and Global Women: Resistance & Rights.

Years at Butler: 5

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: Participating in a study tour to the Middle East for Global and Historical Studies faculty in 2008. It helped me understand that part of the world so much better, and students in both my Global Women and International Communication classes are benefitting from this experience.

Projects/research you’re currently involved with: I just completed an encyclopedia entry on “Media Globalization: Transnational Media,” to be published in the Encyclopedia of Gender and Media. I am also continuing my research on media coverage of women in international news.

What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: In addition to my interests in globalization and gender, I am intrigued by social media and how they are changing journalism.

What do you enjoy most about teaching: I see teaching as an ongoing conversation between a teacher and students. I really enjoy when contributions from students create a stimulating learning experience for all of us.

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