Dr. Kate Keib selected for curriculum innovation bootcamp

Dr. Kate Keib

Dr. Kate Keib, assistant professor of communication studies, is among only 20 scholars nationwide selected into the first cohort of PhDigital Bootcamp that will explore the emerging role of the digital scholar-educator.

Hosted by Texas State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication this summer, the bootcamp will prepare mass communication doctoral students and early career assistant professors to lead curriculum innovation. The first-of-its-kind program is an online/in-person hybrid, with the in-person workshop scheduled May 14-20 in the Media Innovation Lab (MILab) on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. The participants have already begun interacting on the workshop’s Slack team and will begin online modules the week of March 5.

The bootcamp is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and will be led by Dr. Cindy Royal, director of Texas State’s MILab and a digital innovator with experience in curriculum redesign.

“We are thrilled with the response to the program and the incredibly competitive selection process,” Royal said. “This definitely demonstrates the need and demand to more aggressively integrate digital concepts into doctoral education. We’re excited to begin working with the participants and look forward to seeing them in May.”

“Journalism educators have a leading role to play in ensuring the newsrooms of tomorrow innovate and adapt to new information demands. This first cohort of PhDigital Bootcamp participants will take on that charge, helping to establish a standard for constant learning in the field,” said LaSharah Bunting, Knight Foundation director for journalism.

Dr. Keib earned her PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, and her M.A. and B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from Point Park College. Her research has focused on social media, emotion and decision making, online images, credibility, native advertising, and branded video content. This summer, she will teach in Oglethorpe’s LeadAbroad GO Rome study abroad program, and present on the topic of “fake news” at an international conference.

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