UNO School of Communication Receives University-wide Teaching Award
James B. Milliken announced today.
“This award recognizes the collective accomplishments of an entire department or school, and the School of Communication is a deserving recipient,” Milliken said. “This school demonstrates commitment to the finest in teaching, as well as commitment to serving the Omaha community and the entire state of Nebraska.” The University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA) recognizes a department within the university that has made a unique and significant contribution to teaching. The School of Communication, directed by Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, includes undergraduate degree programs in broadcasting, journalism and speech communications and a nationally recognized graduate master’s program in communication. It is the largest academic unit in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, with more than 600 student majors in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The School has a unique instructional culture integrating mass communications and speech communications, with a number of interdisciplinary partnerships across the UNO campus in areas such as business, education and public affairs.
Faculty in the School of Communication have been recognized with a number of teaching and advising awards including the NU’s University-wide teaching award (OTICA). The School has successfully incorporated new technologies into the curriculum, including the establishment of a 3-D classroom in the Second Life virtual world. Students have extensive opportunities for internships, study abroad programs and hands-on experience in broadcast journalism through weekly programs and specials such as live election night coverage.
The School is also actively involved in service learning projects that engage students and faculty with the Omaha community, including an ongoing program with Omaha North High School and Girls Inc.
The School of Communication will receive the UDTA at a ceremony on April 27 at the Thompson Alumni Center in Omaha. The honor originated in 1993, and the recipient is selected by a committee of outstanding peers.
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