Communication Research Pool

The Communication Research Pool involves American Media and Social Institutions (JOUR/EMC/RIM 1020) students in scholarly research aimed at producing new knowledge about the complex processes through which individuals, media, and social institutions influence one another. The relationship between JOUR/EMC/RIM 1020 and the Communication Research Pool allows students to apply the course toward their required number of general education hours.


Latest news:

The following two make-up sessions have been added for students who have not yet earned their credit. No additional sessions will be scheduled this semester.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 COE 104
Session 1, 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM (20 seats)

Friday, March 25, 2016 COE 247
Session 1, 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM (20 seats)


Below is a list of the regular sessions scheduled for the spring 2016 semester. Sign-up links became available at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 COE 104
Session 1, 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM (20 seats)

Wednesday, March 02, 2016 COE 241
Session 1, 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM (20 seats)

Thursday, March 17, 2016 COE 104
Session 1, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM (20 seats)

Friday, March 18, 2016 COE 245
Session 1, 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 2, 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM (20 seats)
Session 3, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM (20 seats)

Saturday, March 19, 2016 COE 104
Session 1, 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM (20 seats)
Session 2, 11:30 AM to noon (20 seats)
Session 3, 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM (20 seats)
Session 4, 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM (20 seats)


How to earn your credit

  • Stay informed about the start of session sign-ups. A list of available research sessions will be posted here, along with a sign-up link, starting on a date that your professor will announce later this semester. You also may follow @profken on Twitter.
  • Come back here to sign up for a session as soon as possible after sign-ups begin. You will be asked to attend one research session. Each session will last 30 minutes and will take place in a room on campus. We will schedule enough sessions to accommodate more than the number of students enrolled in American Media and Social Institutions, but the number of sessions is limited. As a result, the first students to sign up will have the widest selection of sessions to choose from, the last students to sign up will have the narrowest selection to choose from, and students who sign up after the sessions have begun increasingly will risk finding that no seats remain available.
  • Show up on time for the session you signed up to attend. Do whatever you need to do to ensure that you don’t forget to attend the session you signed up for. If you show up on time for the session you signed up to attend, you’re guaranteed a seat. You’ll be able to, relax, get an insider look at how research is done, enjoy the experience, and leave knowing you’ve just earned the easiest credit of your entire college career. But if you miss your session, things will get uncomfortably complicated. See below for more.

What to do if you miss your session

  • Decide whether you need to panic. If it’s down to the wire with only a handful of sessions left, all of which are full, it’s probably time to panic. Otherwise, though, take a deep breath. You still might be able to land on your feet. Keep reading to learn how.
  • Check the sign-up system for any available seats. If a check of the sign-up system turns up a seat that is still available, reserve the seat and make sure you’re there this time to fill it.
  • No seats left? Try just showing up for a session. If all else fails, show up for a session, even if it’s full, and hope someone forgets to attend or shows up late. If either is the case, the person running the session will fill empty seats on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s a good chance you’ll leave empty-handed, and you’ll be sweating bullets the whole time. It’s the worst possible way to try to do this, but it’s better than just giving up.

Other information

Some of the questions may be controversial or personal in nature. Also, you may be asked to provide identifying information for the purpose of letting your professor know that you attended. However, all identifying information will be kept strictly confidential and will be deleted from any datasets once attendance records have been compiled.

You earn your credit by attending a session. Participating in the research activities that take place during the session, however, is entirely optional. All Communication Research Pool research procedures must receive prior approval by MTSU’s Institutional Review Board and must respect the rights of research participants.

Note: The AMSI Research Project’s administrators recognize and support the right of students with disabilities to receive appropriate accommodations that create an equal opportunity for such students to demonstrate their abilities at the university and to enjoy equal access to programs and activities. If you are registered with the university’s Disabled Student Services Department and need accommodation, please contact us.