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Kleinhans to Receive Cinema and Media Studies Teaching Award

February 20, 2007 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Chuck Kleinhans, associate professor of radio/television/film at Northwestern University, will receive the inaugural Society for Cinema and Media Studies Award for Teaching when the association holds its annual conference in Chicago next month (March 8). The SCMS award for teaching excellence will be given yearly thereafter.

Kleinhans, who joined Northwestern's faculty 30 years ago, has chaired more than 40 dissertation committees. Many of his students today are major scholars in the field of media studies. He has taught undergraduate courses in microcomputer graphics, film and video making, media literacy, popular culture and graduate courses in film and television theory, digital culture and cross-cultural media.

His research and teaching interests include the history and aesthetics of experimental and documentary work; mass culture; sexual representation in visual communication from high art to kitsch and from advertising to pornography; and aesthetic, ethical and political issues in cross cultural media analysis.

Kleinhans has created courses that serve both majors and non-majors. His course in Hong Kong cinema, for example, enrolled junior and senior radio/television/film students as well as seniors from Asian American Studies or of Asian heritage. The radio/television/film students brought an understanding of film to the class while the non-majors brought a strong cultural knowledge of themes presented in the films.

Kleinhans is the founding editor of JUMP CUT: A Review of Contemporary Media <www.ejumpcut.org>. Established in 1974, JUMP CUT is committed to working with new and emerging writers within and outside the area of media studies. It analyzes media in relation to class, race and gender.

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