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Children and Media Expert Drew Cingel to Join the Communication Faculty!

Drew Cingel brings unique expertise to our media research faculty.

The Department of Communication is proud to announce that Drew Cingel will be joining our faculty as an Assistant Professor. He will begin teaching in our program in the 2016-2017 academic year. Mr. Cingel is finishing his dissertation research at Northwestern University and anticipates receiving his Ph.D. in Media, Technology, and Society by late spring. The title of his dissertation is, Children’s Understanding of Moral Messages on Television and Application to Moral Situations: The Role of Perspective-Taking and Parent Mediation.

Mr. Cingel earned his M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest University in 2012. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University in 2010, where he double majored in Media Effects and Psychology.

Mr. Cingel’s areas of research include the effects of social media on adolescent socio-emotional development, children’s learning from media, including television and tablet computers, and the influence of media on child and adolescent moral reasoning. His work has been published in journals such as New Media & SocietyMedia PsychologyJournal of Media PsychologyComputers in Human Behavior, and the Journal of Children and Media. He has also received funding from the Television Academy, Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Mr. Cingel will be teaching CMN 141 (Media Effects) in the fall and winter quarters. He will develop a new undergraduate course, CMN 147: Children, Adolescents, and the Media, which will be offered for the first time in spring 2017. Mr. Cingel will also develop a graduate course of the same title.