CMIT Grad To Be Honored

Posted on 8/24/2016 11:13:21 AM

Bradley Wiggins, associate professor and head of the department of Media Communications at Webster University in Vienna, Austria, is being honored with the 2016 College of Education and Educational Technology Alumni Scholar Award.

Wiggins graduated from the IUP Communications Media and Instructional Technology (CMIT) PhD program in 2011, where he focused his research and dissertation on cultural implications in online learning settings. Wiggins states “The CMIT PhD program prepared me to fully understand that being a teaching professor also means producing quality scholarship.” 

Dr. Bradley Wiggins CMIT

After graduating from IUP, he joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, where he became head of the Communication Department in 2014. In his current position, Wiggins is responsible for accreditation and assessment of the Media Communications program, working with representatives from the St. Louis-based Webster University campus as well as media department heads in Switzerland and The Netherlands. 

As Wiggins explains, “The best part of working in Vienna is that I have the privilege of teaching truly diverse students. I am allowed to witness their genuine curiosity and eagerness to know more. This challenges to me to continue to make classes interesting, inviting, and a comfortable but stimulating zone for learning.”

Wiggins’ research investigates technology and the uses of technology as cultural forces. He is co-author of a textbook to be published by Fountainhead Press, Writing the New Landscape, which focuses on composition in new and social media, expected 2017. He has also published several articles in critically acclaimed journals such as the International Journal of Communication, New Media and Society and the International Journal of Game-Based Learning.  Wiggins has completed extensive research on games, simulations, gamification, and memes.

Wiggins states that learning about communications and media is significant. “Without a critical understanding of these and many other related issues, we merely use language and other forms of communication without realizing their actual power, potential for impact, positive or negative change, and so much more.”

The College of Education and Educational Technology Alumni Scholar Award will be presented to Wiggins on September 22. While on campus, Wiggins will meet with current students in the CMIT PhD program as well as make presentations to classes.