Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Summer Doctoral Seminar

June 9-11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan 
with distinguished guest scholar Dr. Gerald M. Kosicki

Get Event Flyer here.


Framing news and public opinion has become a complex enterprise involving strategic communicators, politicians, journalists, and public opinion analysts. Framing is often studied in the context of political campaigns, but less well understood is the matter of issue construction between elections. This seminar will focus on understanding contemporary issue framing using sociological and social psychological perspectives in non-election contexts.

Gerald KosickiSeveral case studies will be introduced and discussed to examine the fundamental nature and process of framing and issue construction. Participants will gain a better understanding how real-world public opinion issues are created and communicated. Of particular interest are the efforts, roles, and impacts of social-movement organizations, traditional media, and Internet-based forms of communication in those processes.


Gerald M. Kosicki (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987) is Associate Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. His paper on framing with Dr. Zhongdang Pan, Framing Analysis: An Approach to News Discourse, published in Political Communication in 1993, established framing research as an important topic in communication research. Most of his scholarly work has focused on issue framing, agenda setting, political communication, and media effects.



                                       Seminar Information

Apply Now. Apply by Feb 1, 2014 for your place in the 10th annual seminar.All Ph.D. students interested in being exposed to leading communication research and theory are encouraged to apply. Most expenses for accepted candidates will be paid or reimbursed by the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. Covered expenses for domestic students include airfare, lodging and meals, and course materials. An opening reception and other social events will give participants an opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas. A small group of doctoral students will be selected to join this unique program.  

To apply: Send curriculum vitae, a 250-word statement that outlines how attending the workshop will further your academic career, and support letter from academic advisor to:

Department of Communication 
585 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48201
Contact: Lee Wilkins 313-577-2959 

Some highlights from previous doctoral seminars can be reviewed here.