Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) Prospectus

Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) Prospectus

Proposed Seminars for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Digital Media and Information: Technology, Policy and Practice

The Internet, social networking, mobile and other digital media, information and communication technologies are becoming increasingly essential in settings ranging from everyday life to social movements, entertainment, healthcare, government and business.

The Quello Center provides a hub for faculty from across Michigan State University (MSU) in joining with leading practitioners to offer a series of seminars and site visits on the opportunities, risks and prospects for a broad range of digital media and information, including the Internet and related social media, mobile Internet, the Internet of Things, games, and big data. Faculty will cover developments around new media and technologies in the United States as well as globally. They will also cover trends in the uses, policies and industries that are shaping their future. Members of the seminar will gain an understanding not only of current perspectives on these emerging media and information resources, but also on how they are being studied, such as through visits to centers, labs and research groups focused on the study of emerging media and information technologies.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the histories and futures of the Internet, social media, mobile Internet, broadcasting, video conferencing and communication, broadband infrastructures, games, online news, online education and learning, human-computer interfaces (from computer screens to cars), collective intelligence, smart cities, big data, cybercrime & cybersecurity, and digital social research.


The Specialized Global Professional Certificate Program in Digital Media and Information involves participants in seminars with key faculty, providing ample time for discussion. In addition, seminars are complemented by visits to centers, labs, research groups, and exemplary business enterprises that design or use telecommunications, creative industries, new media and information in innovative ways. Potential field visits include MSU’s public broadcasting station, WKAR, which is becoming a centerpiece in a university-wide technology test bed or living laboratory; The Media and Advertising Psychology Lab (MAP Lab), the department’s Games for Entertainment & Learning (GEL) Lab, the College’s Media Sandbox, MSU’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), the new Newsroom and Immersive Studio, and also local telecommunications, new media and game industry and startup companies.


Seminars will be organized by the Quello Center, and draw from leading practitioners and faculty associated with the Quello Center, and from across the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at MSU, including faculty and researchers of Departments of Media and Information, Advertising and Public Relations, and Journalism. Indicative faculty will include:

Saleem Alhabash

Saleem is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, focusing on the cognitive, emotional and other psychological effects associated with using social networking sites and playing serious/persuasive video games.

Johannes M. Bauer

Professor Bauer is Chair and Professor in the Department of Media and Information, and an Associate Director of the Quello Center at MSU. An economist, his research focuses on telecommunications, broadband, and the Internet.

Constantinos K. Coursaris

Professor Coursaris is Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. His research deals with usability particularly related to mobile media for healthcare and commercial applications.

William H. Dutton, Coordinator of the Seminar Series

Bill is the Quello Professor of Media and Information at MSU, where he directs the Quello Center. His research is focused on Internet Studies, including research on the future of the Internet, the Internet of Things, and mobile.

Stacey Fox

Stacey is Transdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence in the School of Journalism in visual communication where she is affiliated with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, and the Newsroom and Immersive Studio.

Karl Gude

Karl is Director of the Media Sandbox. In 2006, Gude joined the MSU faculty to spearhead the first information graphics program through our School of Journalism. Before coming to MSU, Gude served as Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine, the Associated Press and the National Sports Daily.

Tory Hale

Troy Hale is a M.A. student in Advertising at Michigan State University, while also a film and journalism faculty member at Michigan State University. He is a 21-time Emmy Award winner and journalist, he focuses on visual design, media creation, and media literacy, and our Newsroom and Immersive Studio.

Thomas Holt

Thomas J. Holt is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role of the Internet in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance.

A. Michael Noll

Quello Associate, Professor Noll, is an Emeritus Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC and an engineer at Bell Labs, pioneering in digital art, three-dimensional displays, tactile communication, and video communication.

Casey O’Donnell

Casey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development.

Charles Steinfield

Charles Steinfield is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at MSU. He is widely recognized for his research on computer-mediated communication in organizational settings, e-commerce, social media, and, most recently, in development.

Rabindra (“Robby”) Ratan

Robby is an Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at MSU’s Department of Media and Information. Professor Ratan’s research focuses on the psychological experience of media use, with an emphasis on video games, virtual worlds, avatars and automobiles.

Gary Reid

Gary Reid is the Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WDBM-FM, WKAR-AM/FM/TV. An award winning, University Distinguished Senior Specialist, in the Department of Media and Information, he is an Associate Director of the Quello Center.

Bianca C. Reisdorf

Dr Reisdorf is a Quello Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center. Previously, she lectured and directed Distance Learning at the University of Leicester in the UK. Her studies of digital inequalities and access to the Internet in settings ranging from households and cities to universities and prisons creates an understanding of the social and institutional factors shaping Internet policy and practices and their outcomes.

Jeremy M. Wilson

Dr. Wilson is Director of the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAP) and a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at MSU. Previously, Jeremy was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and served as founding Associate Director of the Center on Quality Policing and founding Director of the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse.

Aleksandr Yankelevich

Aleksandr is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center. Previously an Industry Economist at the FCC, his Quello research on focuses on industrial organization tied to the mobile and telecommunication industries.