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Jason Schmitt Ph.D.

Director of Communication Studies

Dunton Hall 334
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address: schmittj@greenmtn.edu
802-287-8269; Fax: 802-287-8080

Jason Schmitt is the Director of Communication Studies and Co-Director of Documentary Studies. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jason honed his research interests in regional creativity, the music industry, and the social consequences of emerging media while working in a variety of positions at Atlantic Records and Warner/Elektra/Atlantic (WEA). He is active in outdoor videography and recently shot segments for the upcoming 2014/2015 season of Destination Whitetail which is broadcast on The Sportsman Channel /NBC Sports/Pursuit Network to over 40,000,000 viewers nationwide.

Jason is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Slate and often on talk radio discussing NSA data monitoring and technology implications. He has extensive interview experience and has interviewed countless celebrities, politicians, and business leaders, including A. Alfred Taubman, Alice Cooper, Ben Folds, Dan Gilbert, Henry Rollins, John Sinclair, Karmin, Kid Rock, Lemmy, Metric, REM, Roger Daltrey, and Slash.

Jason was the main interviewer/Field Producer for the 2012 documentary Louder Than Love, which focuses on a historic musical venue called The Grande Ballroom and its impact on rock and roll music. The documentary garnered numerous film festival awards from Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Traverse City Film Festival, and Las Vegas International Film Festival.

Jason’s research has been presented at such institutions as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The American University of Paris, and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), as well as many conferences associated with media, communication, and documentary production. Jason’s dissertation research files focused on Detroit’s unique music climate and its relation to regional economics was recently archived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jason’s first academic textbook, Speaking With a Purpose, was globally released through Pearson Education in 2014.

Education

Ph.D. Communication, Bowling Green State University, 2008.

MA. Communication, Eastern Michigan University, 2003.

BA. Communication, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2000.

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