Department of Media Studies

A bridge between thinking and practicing media

Department Faculty:

  • Robin Davies
  • Joy Gugeler
  • Ravindra Mohabeer, Ph.D. – Chair
  • Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.
  • Doug Stetar
  • Alanna Williams
  • Department Technician:

  • Chris Alemany
  • Contract Faculty:

  • Ashley Blacquiere
  • Richard Boyce
  • Affiliated Faculty:

  • Daniel Burgoyne
    x Daniel Burgoyne

    Daniel Borgoyne, Chair, Department of English, VIU, developed INTR 100, “Popular Culture and University Writing” and INTR 101, “Digital Media and Literature,” with Media Studies faculty member, Doug Stetar. Daniel is often engaged in co-teaching these INTR course offerings. http://english.viu.ca/daniel-burgoyne

  • Kevin Mazutinec
    x Kevin Mazutinec
  • Honourary Associate:

  • Marshall Soules
  • Support Staff

  • Ros Davies
    x Ros Davies


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    Joy Gugeler

    Areas of focus

    • Internet
    • Journalism
    • Literacy
    • Literature
    • Media
    • Teaching focus

    Cross-platform storytelling, transmedia, identity performance and digital literacies
    Citizen journalism, copyright, privacy and the future of news
    Print and e-publishing business models and entrepreneurship for books, magazine, online
    Social media advocacy regarding women’s issues, grassroots change, feminism 2.0



    Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University
    MA, Carleton University (Canadian Studies)
    Ph.D., Simon Fraser University (Communication) (ABD)


    Joy Gugeler Teaches in Departments of Creative Writing & Journalism + Media Studies and has edited literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and six magazines, both print and online, since 1991 for ECW, Raincoast, and Beach Holme presses; ARC, Quarry, and Room quarterlies; and Suite 101, NowPublic, and Orato online. She operates Chameleon Consulting: Change Your Mind and frequently juries national and provincial book and magazine awards and grants and gives workshops for industry professionals. She hosted CHLY’s Books & Bytes on Be the Media, and oversees Portal magazine and the editing and publishing of the Gustafson Chapbook series for VIU. She has hosted on-air programming for CBC radio and Bravo! and has reviewed books for the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen. In 2001 she co-founded the Canadian Book Camp in Vancouver for children aged 11 to 16 and was on the board of the Red Cedar Award 2006-13. She has taught editing at Ryerson since 2002 and at SFU as a guest instructor in the Masters of Publishing and Summer Publishing Workshops (since 1996) where she is preparing to defend her PhD in Communications/Publishing. She has taught the following Media Studies courses: Making the News, Digital Social Narratives, Technology & Identity, Digital Media Literacy, Interactive Communications, Emerging Technologies, and History of Communications.