Eight members have been named to the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Exploratory Committee, according to a CU press release, and a new interdisciplinary academic program is being developed as a result.
The decision to form the committee was announced last week during the time the SJMC publicized their assessment of the future of their program, saying the journalism school would be considering the formation of a new interdisciplinary academic program.
“The exploratory committee will immediately begin work to identify what is both required and desired to best position CU-Boulder to be response to the rapidly changing media and communication landscape,” Interim Provost Russell Moore said in the news release.
The members of the ICT Exploratory Committee include: Merrill Lessley, committee chair and professor of theatre and dance; Anne Costain, professor of political science and women’s studies; Katherine Eggert, associate professor of English; Michele Jackson, associate professor of communication; Steve Lawrence, associate professor and academic director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship; Michael Lightner, chair of the department of electrical, computer and energy engineering; Uriel Nauenberg, former chair of the Boulder Faculty Assembly and professor of physics; Michael Zimmerman, professor of philosophy and former director of the Center for Humanities and Arts.
In a press conference Aug. 25, Moore had said no journalism representatives would be on the committee.
“The members of the ICT Exploratory Committee are accomplished scholars in their respective fields, and each of them is a highly respected member of the CU-Boulder faculty,” Moore said in the news release. “Importantly, all have demonstrated leadership credentials, and when considered collectively, they have good rapport with all of the campus constituencies who have interests in the outcome of this process.”
The committee will be providing an analysis and recommendation of assets that currently exist on campus and how best they can be used to for future students and the changing media landscape, according to the press release.
They will be working with other ICT constituents on campus, as stated in the release, such as faculty and students at the SJMC, ATLAS, computer science, digital arts and humanities, as well as other local and national ICT representatives.
They are expected to submit preliminary findings to the provost by end of the year and a final recommendation will be presented to the provost on Feb. 1, 2011, who will then make a recommendation to Chancellor Philip DiStefano.
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