Over the course of the next few months the CRDM blog will periodically feature a Q + A with one of our outstanding faculty members. We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We’ve talked with David Rieder, Jessica Jameson, Chris Anson, Matt May, David Berube, Susan Katz, Maria Pramaggiore, Susan Miller-Cochran, Carolyn R. Miller, Brad Mehlenbacher, R. Michael Young, Jason Swarts, Adriana de Souza e Silva, Elizabeth Craig, Andrew Binder, and Victoria Gallagher, and we recently caught up with Dr. Robert Schrag, CRDM faculty member and professor in the Department of Communication:
What are you reading?
My Google Reader feeds me a bunch of Science and Technology sources, Science News, The Smithsonian, PC World, Science. It feeds my interest in the hardware side of new technology and my amateur interest in string theory and theoretical physics.
I also read a lot of pubs and blogs about art – fine art, music, and yes, obviously, cooking and food.
I am addicted to mysteries and fantasy/sci-fi novels. These I hide on my Kindle.
What classes are you teaching?
My teaching focus is primarily on developing undergrad courses about, and using digital technology. I now teach more students online than in the classroom.
What are you writing about?
I am writing a textbook with Dr. Funkhouser aimed at our COM 250 course “Communication Technology” that we feel will have a wide national audience.
I write a blog for my online courses that is reprinted as a column in The Senior Correspondent: http://www.seniorcorrespondent.com/ (editor’s note: click on the image to the left for Dr. Schrag’s column)
What are you listening to?
I tend to listen to classical music when working. Pandora stations then fill in when I’m not – old stuff, Beatles, Bee Gees, Drifters, and Jazz by instrument. I’m particularly partial to the sax and the clarinet.
When I’m in the car I hop between NPR, the classical station and ESPN radio.
Long trips – books on CD, the mystery thing.
What are you watching?
The first few years of my teaching career I taught media analysis classes and tried to watch an episode of everything on TV while following all episodes of several shows – taught seminars on M*A*S*H and Northern Exposure. As a result I now watch almost no TV except for old mystery series on Netflix. I will watch TED talks on my iPad. Movies I lean to the indie stuff that comes to the Rialto, the Colony, etc., where we can get wine with our popcorn 🙂