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Media School undergraduate studies director to leave position for Kent State


The Media School’s director of undergraduate studies, Emily Metzgar, will leave her position at the end of the academic year to accept a role at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

A national search took place to fill the position of director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, according to a press release from the school.The release said Metzgar was chosen for her record of success. She will start July 1.

“They’ve got a vision for where they’d like to go and I’m excited to work with them to get there,” Metzgar said in an interview with the Indiana Daily Student.

Metzgar has worked at IU for 12 years and said she will miss the beautiful campus. She said she is excited for the terrific opportunity that she will begin in July. 

Before joining IU’s faculty, Metzgar was involved with the U.S. Information Agency, the National Defense University, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Institute of Peace, according to the release.

She also wrote a book about the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, an organization that gives people an opportunity to work and live in Japan to represent the U.S. as cultural ambassadors. The book, “The JET Program and the US-Japan Relationship: Goodwill Goldmine,” was published in 2017 and focuses on how JET helps develop relationships between the U.S. and Japan.

She said that she will miss the students and her colleagues. While at IU, Metzgar traveled with students and was involved with the Scholarly Writing Program. This program is for faculty only and is a part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs. It has the goal of building a community of faculty writers on campus.

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