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SFU Professor announced as incoming Director for the Masters of Digital Media program

Jun 08, 2011 By webdev

Vancouver, B.C. – The Board of Directors at Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Smith as the new program Director for the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program.

Smith’s appointment comes at a time of expansion for the now four-year-old MDM program – a professional graduate degree program from all four academic partners, in entertainment technology and digital media. A new January intake of students was accepted this year, and construction of the new Centre for Digital Media gets underway this June for a September 2012 opening.

“During this phase of growth, the board is confident that Richard’s leadership and tremendous energy will ensure the continued success of the MDM program,” said Morgan Sturdy, GNWC Board Chair.

Smith succeeds Interim Director, Jim Bizzocchi, who is returning to his teaching position at SFU’s School of Interactive Art + Technology.

Dr. Smith brings to the position over two decades of academic and directorial experience at Simon Fraser University. A professor at the School of Communication for over fifteen years, he has also served as Director of SFU’s Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) for the past ten years.

His active engagement with local, national and international media on issues related to his research into technology, social media and public surveillance has also made him a recognized public commentator. His service to the university through public affairs and media relations earned Dr. Smith the 2009 SFU President’s Award.

“These are exciting times for digital media, as it becomes part of every form of media and communication, and I am thrilled to be working with the staff and students at MDM!” Smith said.

About the Great Northern Way Campus

GNWC is a collaborative campus owned and operated by four academic partners: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Media Contact:

Matthew Carter
Great Northern Way Campus
Tel: 778.370.1002
Email: matthew_carter@gnwc.ca
Cheryl Geisler
Professor, Dean
Simon Fraser University
Tel: 778.782.8792
Email: cgeisler@sfu.ca