Graduate Research Award 2013 Friday, Jan 24 2014 

Graduate Research Award 2013

Dr. Wayne Wanta and I after the being a recipient of the 2013 College of Journalism & Communications award for graduate student research.

Academic Research Friday, Dec 30 2011 

Conference Papers:

Bakry, A. & Alkazemi, M. (2013). Media-Induced Social Cohesion after the Egyptian Uprising. Accepted to Bucharest’s National School of Political and Administrative Studies’ “Media and the Public Sphere”. Athens, GA.

Alkazemi, M. F. (2013). Exploring the cultivation effect of Muslim Americans Online. Submitted to Bucharest’s National School of Political and Administrative Studies’ “Media and the Public Sphere”. Athens, GA.

Alkazemi, M. F. (2013). Silencing Religious Dialogue: Religious Communication Apprehension among Muslims in the United States. Submitted to Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication. Washington, DC.

Alkazemi, M. F., Al Nashmi, E., & Wanta, W. (2013). Attitudes toward journalism in Kuwait: The Educational Process of Students in an Emerging Democracy. World Journalism Education Congress. Mechelen.

Brian J. Bowe, Mariam Alkazemi and Robin Blom, “Facilitating the Egyptian uprising: A case study of Facebook and Egypt’s April 6th Youth Movement” presented to Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention, Chicago, August 2012.


Alkazemi, M. F. (2013). Students’ Spiraling Silence and Willingness to Communicate about Religion. Journal of Religion Media & Digital Culture, 2(1), 1-27.

Alkazemi, Mariam F. (2012). Social Construction of Reality Television: An Analysis of Print Journalism Coverage of All-American Muslim. Middle East Media Educator, 1(2), 31-43. (

Alkazemi, M. F., Bowe, B. J., & Blom, R. (2012). Facilitating the Egyptian uprising: A case study of Facebook and the 6th of April Youth Movement. In N. Azab (Ed.), Cases on Web 2.0 in Developing Countries: Studies on Implementation, Application, and Use (256-282). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Teaching Certifications Friday, Dec 30 2011 

Courses taught:

JOU 3110: Applied Fact-Finding Spring & Summer 2013
A skills course in information gathering, specifically focusing on Florida public records and the use of Microsoft Excel to manipulate and present data.

MMC 4302: World Communication Systems Fall 2011 & 2012, Spring 2012
An international journalism theory course about the operation of the press in various societies offered to juniors and seniors at the University of Florida.

MMC 2604: Mass Media and You Summer 2012, Fall 2013
A large, lecture course introducing the history of mass communication in the United States, and how media influence society.

Prior to my teaching experience at the University of Florida, I had been a Prime Movers intern and a grading teaching assistant (TA). Having been bestowed the honor of being a course instructor during my first semester, I was fortunate to have the benefit of the TA development workshop at the University of Florida. I attended 40 hours worth of lectures in my first semester, and earned two certifications.

I earned a certification, which is in teaching development, after attending 20 hours worth of lectures on the University of Florida’s campus to gain a clearer understanding on planning lectures, building syllabi, testing, grading, leading classroom discussions, and dealing with wider campus issues such as suicide prevention and teaching from copyrighted works.

I earned a second certification, which is in teaching with academic technologies, after attending 20 hours worth of lectures on the effective use classroom technology, such as: Sakai, PowerPoint, Mind Mapping. The lecturers introduced me to several multimedia resources at the university’s libraries. This lecture series taught me that education is increasingly moving out of the classroom and on to the worldwide web, and provided me with ideas on how to engage students in higher-levels of learning at a distance.

Education Friday, Dec 30 2011 

I am currently a doctoral student in mass communications at the University of Florida. Prior to my doctoral program, I spent two years in Kuwait to improve my Arabic language skills and improve my knowledge of the Arab cultural and sociopolitical climate. At this time, I also collected data for research projects that I knew would be interesting, innovative and contribute to the goal of bridging the cultural divide between the West and the Arab world.
I have two master’s degrees from Michigan State University. While one is in the field of Advertising, another is in the field of Public Relations.

My bachelor’s degree is in Journalism from the George Washington University, located in Washington, DC.

Graduate Students in Mass Communication Association (GSMCA) Friday, Dec 30 2011 

Presented research with Dr. Wayne Wanta at a workshop entitled, “Politics and Image” at Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia in Murcia, Spain. July 2013.

Reviewed research papers for World Journalism Education Congress in Mechelen, Belgium. July 2013.

Speaker at the National Union of Kuwaiti Students’ in the United States 6th Annual Graduate Student Forums in Washington, DC. My speech was entitled “Technology in Higher Education”. Nov. 2012

Keynote speaker for Model United Nations with the theme “Empowerment through Information”, attended by 450 high school students at the University of Florida. Feb. 2012

Reviewed book chapters for the book, Cases on Web 2.0 in Developing Countries: Studies on Implementation, Application, and Use., Jan. 2012.Used my fluency in the Arabic and English languages to translate for Kuwaiti breast cancer patients in the United States. January-February 2010.

President of Graduate Students in Mass Communications Association (GSMCA). (2012-2013)

GSMCA’s vice president of international affairs (2011-2012)

During my first year as a doctoral student, I served as the vice president of international relations for GSMCA. As one of the five members, I strive to contribute by making an effort to welcome international students at the College of Journalism and Communication. My responsibilities include bringing the graduate student perspective to meetings of the International Communication Committee, where I am privileged to watch and take notes as the college’s outstanding professors set out tasks to turn their vision of our college into a reality.
One event in which I was an active participant was the college’s holiday party in December 2011. In addition to inviting students and faculty to enjoy light snacks, the GSMCA decided to participate in a toy drive. Included in this page are pictures that demonstrate the success of our party

Professional Portfolio Friday, Dec 30 2011 

Welcome to my professional website, where I plan to share some of my thoughts and work.  In 2014, I earned a Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Florida.

مرحبا  بزيارتكم إلى  ملفي المهني ، حيث أعرض أبحاثي وانجازاتي التعليمية, في نهاية عام 2014 حصلت على درجة الدكتوراه في الاتصال الجماهيري من جامعة فلوريدا

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