Dr. Adam J. Kuban has taught the aforementioned trans-disciplinary course for two iterations. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at Ball State, and he is on the “front lines” of the student experience, able to share insight into and cautionary details of his curricular experiment to align aspiring scientists and media professionals together to accomplish a real-world issue. This course has received media coverage in eight outlets, and it has resulted in conference presentations—some of which involved students!—at the regional, national, and international levels. Professor Sheryl Swingley was the internship coordinator in the Department of Journalism for 22 years, so she can attest to the practical demands that prospective employers desire in entry-level journalists. She also teaches immersive-learning courses within the department, and her institutional longevity allows her to articulate the evolution of immersive-learning as a hallmark of the undergraduate student experience at Ball State University.
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