I was elected as the Vice President of the University of Iowa’s Graduate Student Senate (GSS) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Vice President of GSS supports the President and is responsible for the planning and execution of the Jakobsen Conference, a poster presentation-based academic conference for University of Iowa graduate students. The conference encourages interdisciplinary as graduate students from across the university share their ideas in conversation with each other. I’m excited to work with incoming President Kaleigh White to represent University of Iowa graduate students and plan the Jakobsen conference in the upcoming academic year.

In addition to my responsibilities as Vice President, I’ll also pull in my web management skills from my professional background as the webmaster for the Graduate Student Senate.

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking over the Reviews Editor position for the Journal of Communication Inquiry beginning June 1, 2018. I’ve served on the journal’s advisory board for the past year, and it’ll be great to further my involvement with the journal. I’ll be working closely with the Managing Editor to solicit and include reviews of salient works in the critical/cultural tradition of communication research. If you’d be interested in publishing a review essay in the Journal of Communication Inquiry in the upcoming academic year, please contact me at ryan-stoldt@uiowa.edu.

I volunteered to represent the graduate students from the school of journalism and mass communication in the University of Iowa’s Graduate Student Senate. As a senator, I have two main responsibilities. First, I attend monthly meetings that detail a variety of institutional occurrences that affect graduate students. Second, I am required to serve on a committee within the Graduate Student Senate. I will be working with the Graduate Student Teaching committee. Previous iterations of the committee found that grad students felt undertrained before entering the classroom for the first time, so our goal is to develop a program aimed to help graduate teaching assistants get more training for their teaching. While there are many wonderful services at the University of Iowa that offer training for faculty, grad students, and more, we’re aiming to supplement these services by working to cater toward the schedules of grad students.

The journalism and mass communication graduate students at the University of Iowa voted for me to be the president of the our graduate student association beginning fall 2017. The job holds a variety of responsibilities including representing graduate student concerns to the faculty, planning events, and organizing grad student visits with guest scholars. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with the grad students and the faculty.

I was recently selected to serve on the Journal of Communication Inquiry‘s advisory board. The journal focuses on publishing research that critically analyzes mass communication and culture from interdisciplinary perspectives. Well known authors including James Carey, Stuart Hall, Angela McRobbie, Vincent Mosco, Janet Wasko, and more have previously published in the journal, exploring how mass communication has affected cultural from feminist, racial, political economic, and cultural studies perspectives. It’s going to be an honor to serve on the advisory board and help impact the journal’s future.

I’ve volunteered to serve as the secretary for the Journalism and Mass Communication Graduate Student Association for the 2016-2017 school year. I’ll be the record keeper for GSA meetings and graduate student events. I’m excited to start working with the GSA to build the grad student culture at the University of Iowa, and I hope to do much more with the organization in the future.

The Sunflower is a student newspaper published out of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. Every year, the director of the Elliott School nominates one graduate student to serve as a representative for the students on The Sunflower‘s Executive Publishing Board. Dr. Matt Cecil elected me as the student representative for the 2015-2016 school year. By serving on this board, I’ll be helping make decisions about the business side of The Sunflower, the editorial staff, and more.