Research Facilities

Temple’s urban setting in the nation’s fourth largest media market makes the Media Studies and Production Major an ideal center for cutting-edge research and creative work. Academic and artistic exchanges occur across disciplines here, and our talented professors and inquisitive students explore the role of communication in public life.

You’ll be able to work alone, with other students and with faculty on numerous scholarly and creative projects, conducting research, presenting at conferences and submitting to journals. Travel and research funding is available to help support your work.

Faculty Research

Media Studies and Production Major faculty are dedicated to your progress as a scholar, offering suggestions and discussing your intellectual and research interests and goals to help you succeed. Students have opportunities to develop creative work alongside award-winning faculty and staff who have extensive professional backgrounds.

Program Achievements

Among the many awards and acknowledgements earned by our faculty and doctoral program students during recent years are the following.

  • Outstanding Book Award
    International Communication Association

  • Outstanding Book Award, Global Communication and Social Change Division
    International Communication Association

  • Outstanding Book Award, Popular Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Tom Patterson Best Dissertation Award
    American Political Science Association

  • Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division
    National Communication Association

  • Top Paper Award, Magazine Division
    ​Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication


Program faculty hold the following leadership positions.

  • Editor-in-chief
    Journal of Communication

  • Chair, Popular Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Vice chair, Mass Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Chair, Scholarly Review Committee
    International Association for Media and Communication Research

Faculty Research News

Learn more about research initiatives across Temple’s various campuses and programs.

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Sherri Hope Culver

Associate Professor of Instruction

Sherri Hope Culver is the director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy, which is recognized by the United Nations. In 2019, she was elected vice chair of the international steering committee for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations’ Global Alliance on Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy. Culver also hosts the podcast Kids Talk Media and the TV series Media Inside Out.

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Clemencia Rodríguez


Author and Klein Professor Clemencia Rodríguez has been passionate about researching citizen, international and alternative media since she was a 24-year-old student in her home country of Colombia. She shares her knowledge and experience with her students at Temple, readers of her multiple books and the city of Philadelphia as a board member of the Independence Public Media Foundation.

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Barry Vacker

Associate Professor

Author and Klein Professor Barry Vacker writes and teaches in the areas of the intersection of art, film, media, philosophy, science and technology. His recent published works include the third edition of Media Environments and Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory. Vacker is also one of the minds behind Klein GO’s Arcosanti spring break program, where students discover sustainable living solutions and explore the unique architecture and ecology of Arcosanti, Arizona.

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Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple University among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.