Director's Message

Stuart Poyntz

Director | Professor

Welcome to the School of Communication!

Welcome to Simon Fraser University. Congratulations on your acceptance into the School of Communication. It is an exciting time to be joining our School where you will find a range of imaginative courses and a community to welcome you. I am delighted that you selected our program to continue your academic journey.

Once here, you will learn from our esteemed faculty about the cultures, histories, technologies, and ideologies of the media and communication infrastructures that shape our lives. We have many hands-on courses, including the new first-year CMNS 120: Creativity and Communication Across Media, which not only looks at content creation on social media platforms but also introduces students to virtual reality.

As the Director of the School, I encourage you to make the most of your time with us. The past few years have been difficult. We have been apart.  Now that we are returning back to campus life, we encourage you to participate in the many Communication workshops, seminars and events available across the city, join the Communication Student Union, and sign up for co-op to position yourself for career success after graduation.

At Simon Fraser University, you will grow as a person, the world and your sense of it will expand. Take risks in your studies — let your mind reflect on ideas it never has before. Your first year can be overwhelming at times, but remember people are around to help and we do not expect perfection, but only courage, perseverance, and curiosity.    

Again, welcome to the School of Communication. I wish you the very best for a successful term and look forward to seeing you in September!