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. Finding your place in our community is no small achievement. I am delighted that you selected our program to continue your intellectual 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 out of the next several years. Your time as a student will go by quickly. Try to participate in the many communication workshops and seminars 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 both a scholar and a person, so 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 we do not expect perfection, only courage, perserverence, and curiousity.    

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!