|Dr. Robyn Goodman and Linda Sikora|
Two Alfred University (AU) faculty members were honored at the end of the 2015-16 academic year with the Faculty Research Mentor Award. Dr. Robyn Goodman, professor of communication studies, and Linda Sikora, professor of ceramics, were cited as “outstanding” mentors to undergraduate students engaged in research or scholarly activity and as faculty members themselves engaged in research and/or visual-performing arts.
The monetary award, given to allow the recipient to continue research/participation, is provided through the AU Provost’s Office. Up to six faculty mentor awards may be given in one academic year.
Goodman is a founding officer of the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), an organization bringing together journalism professors and practitioners from around the world to improve journalism education worldwide. A leader at its conferences, she helps oversee its Syndicate Research Program, in which top experts research/discuss the state of journalism education and make recommendations for positive change.
Her own research focuses on U.S. and global journalism education, U.S.-China news coverage, and the social construction of knowledge. She also advocates for improved media coverage of women, minorities, and the LGBTQIA community.
Goodman also actively participates in the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association, the and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in international relations/anthropology from California State University-Chico, a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in mass media/journalism from Michigan State University-East Lansing. Her primary teaching focus revolves around news writing, feature writing, media coverage of women and minorities, international communications, and media and society.
Academic study in visual art along with a ceramic-based apprenticeship in British Columbia (BC) marked the beginning of Sikora’s ceramic art profession in Canada. She received her diploma of fine arts from David Thompson University Center, Nelson, BC, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota.
Sikora has authored articles in such print publications as Studio Potter and Ceramic Review and online at Interpreting Ceramics.
She has a studio in Alfred; her porcelain jars and teapots are known for their form and polychrome surfaces.
Sikora’s pieces can be found in numerous collections including those in the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Racine (WI) Art Museum; Alfred Museum of Ceramic Art; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; and the Huntington (WV) Museum of Art.