Aug 17, 2010
David Mould, a recently retired Ohio University professor of media arts and studies, received the 2010-2011 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to teach and conduct research at the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan.
In January, Mould will begin a six- or seven-month stay in Kazakhstan. While there, he will teach courses in media and journalism, conduct professional training workshops and consult radio and television stations. He retired from the university in June after 30 years of service.
Mould said that during the professional training workshops, he will work with faculty because a lot of journalism instructors have literary experience, but very few practical skills such as editing.
"I hope to inject a few new ideas and work with faculty members on their teaching methodologies," Mould said.
Mould, who also held the position of associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Scripps College of Communication at OHIO before his retirement, said he also will conduct research on how media affects a country that is in a state of political and economic transition, such as Kazakhstan.
"A question I ask is 'What do they not report on?'" Mould said, while reflecting on how reporting about topics such as business dealings of the president could be detrimental to a journalist’s career or life.
Mould, who was the founding director of the Ohio University Global Leadership Center, earned his doctorate through the university's Individual Interdisciplinary Program (emphasis on American Literature, history, geography).
He has professional experience as a newspaper reporter, TV news producer, public radio producer and documentary researcher, writer and director. His research areas are post-Soviet media, TV and film history, media in war and conflict and oral history.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional