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Dr. Charles Self, Director


  1. University of Iowa (PhD)

  2. University of Missouri (MA)

  3. Andrews University (BA)


Professional experience includes editor at U.S. Army Newspapers and reporter for United Press International. Administrative experience includes chair of department of journalism at the University of Alabama and head of department of journalism at Texas A&M University. Research interests include alliances between media outlets and schools and departments of journalism and mass communication.

Paula Hewitt, Assistant to the Director

Tim Bennett, Graduate Assistant

Jared Schroeder, Doctoral Assistant

Magdalena Igiel, Doctoral Assistant

Originally from Poland by way of Germany, Magdalena is a doctoral candidate in the university’s Department of Communication. Her current research focuses on nationalism, identity, and collective/cultural memory. She also currently teaches and assists with communication courses in the Department of Communication and has previously been a research assistant for the OU Center for Risk and Crisis Management.

Ivy Shen, Graduate Assistant

Ivy is originally from Shanghai, China. She has a bachelor degree in television broadcasting journalism from Shanghai University. She is currently working on her MA in journalism. Her research interests focus on mass media management and communication technology.

Zach Williams, Graduate Assistant

Originally from New Orleans, Zach grew up in Broken Arrow, outside of Tulsa, OK. Zach graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Journalism in 2008 and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Professional Writing. He plans on teaching and working as a freelance-writer upon graduating.

Kevin Wolfe, Graduate Assistant

Kevin Wolfe is a graduate student from Edmond, OK with a primary focus in public relations. Before returning to academia, Kevin worked in the theatre and housing industries. His academic and professional interests include non-profits, the arts, design, and social media.

About the IRT Team

The Institute for Research and Training is facilitated by faculty, staff and graduate students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. The  IRT team members bring a wide range of talents from across the communication discipline as well as from across the world.