Department of Telecommunications

Outreach & Public Engagement

Outreach to the University, the profession and the community at large is one of the trademarks of the Department of Telecommunications.

Faculty members regularly initiate and produce broadcasts and documentation of University-wide events such as the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and Homecoming. Their webcast may be viewed all over the world.

Also, department members are active participants in national and international professional organizations and in recent years served as officers in the International Communications Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Pacific Telecommunications Council and the International Telecommunications Society, to name a few.

Committed to emphasizing the social importance of information and communication technologies, faculty members have presented their research in the national media and have made it available to policymakers at state and federal levels.

The department is committed to public scholarship and civic engagement both through the direct involvement of its members in public life; by introducing students to decision makers and public advocates; and by creating opportunities for students to become engaged as well.

Outreach Projects in Recent Years

  • Homecoming webcast (VIDEO: About the project.)
  • THON webcast
  • “Romeo and Juliet” webcast
  • Big Ten Network shows
  • Veterans History Project
  • Sherriff’s training project
  • Testimony to Congress
  • Workshops in Washington, D.C.
  • Institute for Information Policy projects