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09-15-2016

Schmitt Appointed Associate Professor of Communication & Media at Clarkson University

Jason Schmitt has been appointed associate professor of communication and media at Clarkson University.

Jason SchmittSchmitt concentrates his research on online education impacting a global audience, open access relating to academic publications, and media industry future trends. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, EdSurge, and Slate. Schmitt was recently brought on board to write about global education for Forbes-Asia.

He is involved in providing insight and leadership toward startup companies in the digital space and, in 2015, judged over 1,000 startup pitches and business models for venture capital funding. His research has been presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American University of Paris, and the University of St. Andrews and many conferences associated with media, communication, and documentary production.

Schmitt was the interviewer/field producer for the documentary, "Louder Than Love," a film on historic rock venue The Grande Ballroom and its influence on rock and roll music. The film was awarded an Emmy in 2016 and has been to over 35 festivals from Detroit to LA and London to Australia. In 2015, Schmitt also created a full length DVD for F&W Media and several online shareable videos for Field & Stream.

He has interviewed a long list of celebrities, including rock stars Alice Cooper, Ben Folds, Roger Daltrey, Kid Rock, and Slash; author Neil Gaiman; and Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans. His dissertation, “Like the Last 30 Years Never Happened: Understanding Detroit Rock Music Through Oral History,” and the associated 30+ hours of oral history interview recordings are archived and part of the permanent collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

He earned his Ph.D. in media studies and online journalism at Bowling Green State University.
Before coming to Clarkson, Schmitt was associate professor, program director of communication studies and co-director of documentary studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont.

Schmitt has written numerous academic articles on social media, the evolving role of education and public speaking and is co-author of Speaking With A Purpose (Routledge 2013). He is currently working on a book titled DOT EDU: Why Online Education Will Be America’s Next Great Export, as well as a forthcoming documentary on the open access movement.

He is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, College Media Association, National Storytelling Network and the Online News Association.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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