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About the Institute


The Gaylord College Institute for Research and Training (IRT), founded in 2005, was conceived as an engine for research and training programs involving faculty students, and external constituencies of the college. The initial emphasis for the Institute is to address issues related to media and communities. IRT is funded through various grants through foundations and organizations such as the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation among others.


The Institute strives to encourage three types of activity:

  1. 1.Research programs that address pressing issues facing the discipline and the field that can best be addressed by research partnerships among academic scholars, professional analysts, and concerned citizens. The Institute couples research support with experts to clarify issues, collect data, analyze findings and develop strategies to find solutions

  2. 2.Training programs that bring information and expertise together with individuals who can implement solutions, improve professional practices, and improve the discipline, the field, and the society.

  3. 3.Extracurricular educational experiences for students, faculty, and members of Oklahoma communities through visiting professionals and scholars taking part in programs of the institute.


For a more in-depth look at the programs facilitated by the Institute, please visit our Programs page.

Dr. Charles Self
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Institute Team Members

Paula Hewitt
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Magdalena Igiel
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Ivy Shen
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Zach Williams
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Kevin Wolfe
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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. Learn more about the team.

Tim Bennett
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Jared Schroeder
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