Adam Kuban

Adam Kuban

Associate Professor of Journalism

Phone:765-285-8276

Room:AJ 385


Educational Background:

PhD Mass Communication, University of Utah, 2012 
Designation Higher Education Teaching Specialist, University of Utah, 2010
MS Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, 2007
Certification Community College Teaching, Iowa State University, 2006
BS Journalism/Mass Communication and Meteorology, Iowa State University, 2005

Professional Experience:

Before Ball State, Dr. Adam Kuban worked at the University of Utah, teaching journalism courses and conducting research. Additionally, while in Salt Lake City, he was the editor and publication manager of an e-magazine called Lessons, which focused on postsecondary pedagogical issues with the goal of supporting and helping university instructors achieve their teaching missions. He was also a magazine reporter, writer and copy editor. Before the University of Utah, Kuban was a broadcast instructor, academic advisor and research assistant at Iowa State University. He was a broadcast news reporter and weather assistant in 2004 for Independent News Network, and he was a production crewmember in 2003 for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc       

Research/Creative Interests:

-- Research
Journalism curriculum development
• Emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration & community engagement
• Qualitative case studies re: perceptions of learning
• Best practices for experiential, project-based learning design & assessment
-- Creative
Short-film documentary (< 25 minutes)
Multimedia products associated with project-based learning environments

Research / Creative / Publication Career Highlights:

-- Teaching
2015 Ball State University CCIM Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 University of Utah Ramona W. Cannon Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence in the College of Humanities
2007 Iowa State University Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award
-- Research
Co-led a 3-day seminar at the Earth Educator Rendezvous (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 2016 Annual Convention
• “Incorporating thinking about the Earth across disciplines”
• Co-led with Dr. David Gosselin, professor of earth science & director of environmental studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
• 25 participants from 21 different institutions
Top paper recognition at the Broadcast Education Association 2015 Annual Convention
• “Words du Jour: An analysis of traditional and transitional course descriptors at select J-Schools”
• With Mary Spillman, associate professor in journalism, and Suzy Smith, associate professor in telecommunications
• Top paper recognition at the Broadcast Education Association 2013 Annual Convention
•“A case study exploration of the triangulation among journalism educators, their students, and local media practitioners who hire them”
-- Creative
Third-place honors, 2017 Best of Web Competition, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (for Water Quality Indiana)
2017 Aurora Awards for “Downstream: Connecting Indiana with the Gulf of Mexico” documentary associated with Water Quality Indiana
• Editing
• Narration
• Low Budget
• Overall Student Long Film
2017 Emmy nominations for 48th Annual Lower Great Lakes Region for “Downstream: Connecting Indiana with the Gulf of Mexico” documentary associated with Water Quality Indiana
• Directing (Ryan Flanery, student)
• Writing (Casey Smith, student)
2015 Ball State University Immersive Learning Award for Water Quality Indiana
-- Community
2016 “20 Under 40” Award recipient from The Star Press & Muncie Magazine
2016 Ball State University CCIM Community Connections Award
2013 Ball State University CCIM Social Responsibility Award
2012 Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Delaware County

Thesis/Creative Project Experience and Philosophy:

Learning is messy.
 
I like to create, so I tend to pursue opportunities for projects — often trans-disciplinary and with a community partner. I believe the most impactful, meaningful learning stems from real-time planning, problem-solving, relationship-building, and reflecting. That requires adapting, processing, and evaluating, none of which are easy. In other words, it’s messy. I want students to embrace the mess!
 
Moreover, I rarely ever expect anything from somebody that I don’t expect from myself. I place work ethic and attitude at a premium. I value authenticity and respect. Honest discussion. And respect for different backgrounds and perspectives.