Raka Shome Receives Prestigious Charles Woolbert Award

We’re really proud to announce that CNM’s Dr Raka Shome has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) prestigious Charles Woolbert Award for her work in postcolonial studies and its impact on the field. Of particular note is the essay, Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the Terrain, Engaging the Intersections, which Raka co-authored with Radha Hegde.

The NCA states:

…the award recognizes a journal article or book chapter whose influence has grown with time, has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena, and is reflective of the diversity of the discipline and its scholarly pursuits. Thus, the award will be reserved for an article or book chapter that at the time of the award is in its 10th through 15th year in print (i.e., published in 2002–2007 for consideration in 2017) and has not previously received an NCA-sponsored award (though previous winners of interest group-level awards are eligible). The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by Life Member Fund. A panel about the recipient’s scholarship will also take place at the NCA Annual Convention in the following year.

 

Dr Raka Shome joins an honour roll of other distinguished award winners like Linda Putnam, Rod Hart, Dennis Mumby, Carole Blair and Ed Schiappa.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN CNM

Hearty congratulations to Prof Elmie Nekmat & Mr Gui Kai Chong for winning the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (FTEA) for their work in AY2015-16. The FTEA is given in recognition of the high level of teaching commitment demonstrated by faculty members and are based on peer reviews, student feedback and exposition of their teaching philosophy.

Asst Prof Elmie Nekmat has been with CNM since 2014 and teaches strategic communication, social psychology of new media, theories in communications and new media, research methods in communications and new media and principles of communication management.

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Asst Prof Elmie Nekmat

Speaking about his approach to teaching, he shares, “Teaching, to me, is an inexact science. I can never expect to ‘perfect’ my teaching. It is through constant reflection and experimentation that I learn how to refine my teaching and I have therefore realized that effective teaching is about constant improvement, innovation, and linking classroom knowledge to real-life experiences and impact on society. Ultimately, my quest for continuous improvement is motivated by my desire to ensure that my students make meaningful connections between theory, practice, and serving the community.

My philosophy in teaching is to stoke and nurture the natural desire in students to know and achieve. I believe that any student can learn anything given enough willpower and motivation. Teaching to me is, thus, a precious opportunity to instill this motivation and groom effective and reflective learners. I teach in the hopes that my students see the value in learning, pursue lifelong independent learning, and uses the knowledge to one day impact the societies they live in.”

Mr Gui Kai Chong has been with CNM since it started out as the Information & Communications Management Programme. He teaches Globalization and New Media, Culture Industries and Digital Economies. Apart from being awarded the FTEA, Mr Gui has also been nominated by the faculty for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA).

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Mr Gui Kai Chong

Mr Gui says, “It has been a wonderful experience teaching at NUS. The warm and supportive environment at the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) motivates one to teach to the best of one’s ability. The classes are always very lively due to the participation of vibrant, hardworking, intellectually curious and highly engaged students. Such an academic culture makes teaching enjoyable, meaningful, and intrinsically rewarding. Teaching here is a privilege. I am thus honoured and humbled to receive this award from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I am also thankful to the Faculty for nominating me for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA).”