326 Lang Hall
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0139
Assistant Professor, Visual Communication, University of Northern Iowa
Assistant Professor, Interactive Media Studies and Journalism, Miami University of Ohio
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa
Spencer Fellow, Spencer Foundation, Chicago
Presidential Fellow, University of Iowa
Instructor, University of Northern Iowa
Lecturer, University of Michigan
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Ph.D., Language Literacy and Culture, 2002.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI M.A., Telecommunication Arts, 1992.
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH B.A., Literature, 1987.
Jenson, J., Gomery, D., Campbell, R., Fabos, B, and Frechette, J (Forthcoming). Media IN Society, New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Campbell, R., Martin, C. R., and Fabos, B (2010). Media Essentials. A Brief Introduction. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Campbell, R., Martin, C.R., and Fabos, B. (2007). Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication 67h edition Update (Also 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd ed.). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Fabos, B., Martin, C.R., and Campbell, R. (2007). Instructor’s Resource Manual for Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication 5th edition (Also 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st ed.). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Fabos, B. (2004). Wrong Turn on the Information Superhighway: Education and the Commercialization of the Internet, New York: Columbia University Teachers College Press.
Fabos, B. (2006). The Commercial Search Engine Industry and Alternatives to the Oligopoly. EastBound, an international refereed journal in the field of media and cultural studies, published three times a year by the Centre for New Media Research, Budapest. (1-1). [Online]. Available: http://www.eastbound.eu/journal/2006-1/
Fabos, B. (Spring, 2005). The Commercialized Web: Challenges for Libraries and Democracy. Guest Editor, Library Trends. Winter, 2005.
Lewis, C. and Fabos, B. (October/November/December 2005). Instant Messaging, Literacies, and Social Identities. Reading Research Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4: 470-500. Available: http://www.reading.org/Library/Retrieve.cfm?D=10.1598/RRQ.40.4.5&F=RRQ-40-4Lewis.html
Lewis, C., Ketter, J., and Fabos, B. (2001). Reading Race in a Rural Context. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 14(3): 317-350.
Fabos, B. (2001). Forcing the Fairytale: Narrative Strategies in Women's Figure Skating Competition Coverage. Culture, Sport and Society.
Fabos, B. (2000, May). ZapMe! Zaps You. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 43(8): 720-725.
Lewis, C., and Fabos, B. (2000). But Will It Work in the Heartland? A Response and Illustration. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 43(5): 462-469.
Fabos, B., and Young, M. D. (1999, fall). Telecommunications in the Classroom: Rhetoric vs. Reality. Review of Educational Research, 69(3): 217-259.
Fabos, B., & Martin, C. R. (1998). Imagining the Perfect School: Popular Representations of Educational Technology. The Review Journal of Philosophy & Social Science, No. 1 & 2: 63-82.
Fabos, B. (Forthcoming). Critical Media Literacy: Critiquing Corporate Media with Radical Production. In J. Peck and I. Stole, Moments of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication since 1945. Marquette, MI: Marquette University Press.
Fabos, B. (Forthcoming). Visual Literacy. In J. Jensen, D. Gomery, R. Campbell, B. Fabos and J. Frechette (Eds.), Media IN Society, New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Lewis, C. & Fabos, B. (2008). Instant Messaging, Literacies, and Social Identities. . Reprinted in D.J. Leu, J. Coiro, M. Knobel & C. Lankshear (Eds.). Handbook of Research on New Literacies. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Fabos, B. (2008). The Price of Information: Critical Literacy, Education and Today’s Internet. In D.J. Leu, J. Coiro, M. Knobel & C. Lankshear (Eds.). Handbook of Research on New Literacies. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Fabos, B. (2006). Learning Through Critical Literacy: Why Google is Not Enough. Joe Lockard and Mark Pegrum, Eds., Brave New Classrooms: Educational Democracy and the Internet (pp. 169-188) New York: Peter Lang.
Fabos, B. (2006). Search Engine Anatomy: The Industry and its Commercial Structure. In (Cushla Kapitske and Chip Bruce, Eds.), Libr@ries: Changing Information Space and Practices. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Fabos, B. (2001). Forcing the Fairytale: Narrative Strategies in Women's Figure Skating Competition Coverage. In Stephen G. Wieting (ed.) Sport and Memory in North America (pp. 185-212). London: Frank Cass Publishers.
Fabos, B. (1999). From Rags to Riches: The Story of Class Advancement in Women’s Figure Skating Coverage, in Mediated Women: Representations of Women in Popular Culture, Meyers, M. ed., Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc.
Fabos, B. (2007). Rejoinder to “Positioning and Identity in Chinatown: The SARS Outbreak.” Pedagogies: An International Journal. Edited by Allan Luke and published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Volume: 1, Number: 1-4 2006.
Fabos, B. (2002). Instant Messaging. In (B. Guzetti, Ed.), Literacy in America: An Encyclopedia. New York: ABC: CLIO.
Martin, C. R. , & Fabos, B. (1998). Wiring the Kids: The TV Ad Blitz to Get the Internet into Home and School. Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture, 6 (September), http://www.imagesjournal.com.
Martin, C. R. & Fabos, B. (1997). Finding the Pulse of Athletic Human Drama. Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture, 3, (March) http://www.qni.com/~ijournal/index.html.
Fabos, B. (2001). Book review, “Weaving a Virtual Web: Practical Approaches to New Information Technologies,” Harvard Educational Review 71(1), 130-135.
Fabos, B. (Forthcoming).
Fabos, B. (2002). A Commercial Highway in Every Classroom. Doctoral dissertation, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
Selected Conferences and Invited Presentations
Fabos, B. (2008). Visualizing Research: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Image Creation and Exhibition. Leader, 2008 Carver Graduate Education Summer Institute at University of Northern Iowa, May 19-29.
Fabos, B. (2007). Making Critical Media: Bringing Radical Production into the Classroom. Union for Democratic Communications Conference. Vancouver, CA. October 24-27
Fabos B. (2007). Presenter. Teaching Panel Session: Helping Students Think Like Disruptive Innovators: Mindsets and Applications, Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication, August 11, 2007.
Fabos, B. & Fabos, A. (2007) “Interactive Multimedia and Holistic Representation: The Ari-Gyuszi Project.” Paper presented at Documentary Now! A Conference on the Contemporary Context and Possibilities for the Documentary Genre. Brunel University School of Arts, London, 14 April 2007.
Fabos, B. & Fabos, A. (2007) “Entangled Narratives, Contingent Lives: A story of a sister who stayed and a brother who left.” Paper presented at the symposium, Refugee Narratives, Centre for Narrative Research and Refugee Research Centre, University of East London, London, 20 April 2007.
Fabos, B. (2006). Visual Literacy Workshop. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Nashville, TN, November 21-26.
Fabos, B. (2006). Workshop Presenter. “Why We Shouldn’t Trust Commercial Search Engines.” Illinois School Library Media Association Conference. Chicago, IL, November 9-11.
Fabos, B. (2006). Presenter. Building Critical Media. Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME). Burlington, VT, October 6-8.
Fabos, B. (2006). Moderator. Teaching Panel Session: Teaching Documentary: Plastic Realities and Critical Media, Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication, August 5, 2006.
Fabos, A. & Fabos, B. (2006). Presenter. Family Encounters: Representing Stories of Home and Exile for First- and Second-generation Hungarians. International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 18-22, 2006.
Fabos, B. (2006). Presenter. An Exploration of Commercialism in U.S. Public Schools. Re-imagining Urban Education: Leadership, Culture and Pedagogy. 6th Annual Miami University Department of Educational Leadership Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 18-22, 2006.
Fabos, B. (2005). Presenter. The Commercial Search Engine Industry and Alternatives to the Oligopoly. Presented at the Re-Activism: Re-drawing the boundaries of activism in new media environment, Budapest, Oct. 14-15, 2005.
Fabos, B. (2004). Presenter. Critical Media Literacy and the Web. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Conference, Indianapolis, November 20.
Fabos, B (2004). Presenter. Critical Literacy and the Commercialized Web. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2004, San Diego, April 14.
Martin, C. and Fabos, B. (2004). Presenter. Labor Unions and the Information Superhighway: Two Critical Studies on Media. Invited presentation, Communication Studies Seminar, University of Iowa, February 10.
Fabos, B. (2003). Presenter. Search Engine Commercialization and Critical Literacy. Cedar Falls, IA. Oct. 11.
Fabos, B. (2003). Presenter. From Information Highway to Commercial Highway: The Corporate Strategy to Wire America’s Schools. Presented at the Association for the Education of Mass Communication and Journalism (AEJMC) Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, August 2.
Fabos, B. and Lewis, C. (2002) Keynote Address: IM in Control: The Uses of Instant Messaging Among Adolescents. Presented at the Iowa Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA, October 11.
Fabos, B. (2002). Presenter. Workshop: Critical Literacy and the Web. Presented at the Iowa Council of Teachers of English (ICTE) Annual Meeting, Des Moines, IA, October 11.
Fabos, B. (2002). Presenter. Searching for Educational Content in the For-Profit Internet. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AREA) Annual Meeting, 2002. New Orleans, LA.
Fabos, B. (2001). Presenter. Media in the Classroom: An Alternative History. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2001. Seattle, WA.
Fabos, B. (2000). Presenter. ZapMe! Zaps You. Spring 2000 Capstone Lecture. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.
Lewis, C. and Fabos, B. (1999, December). Presenter. Chatting On-Line: Girls’ Use of Chat Room Literacy. Presented at the National Reading Conference, 49th Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
Fabos, B. (1999). Presenter. Framing a Fairytale: Narrative Strategies of Women’s Figure Skating Competition. Presented at the Sport & Cultural Distinctiveness Symposium, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, May 28-30.
Martin, C.R. and Fabos, B. (1998). Presenter. Cyberstudent Fantasies: The World Wide Web in the Local Classroom. Presented at The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory: magic.metaphor.and.power. Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
Martin, C. R. & Fabos, B. (1997). Presenter. Olympian Melodrama: The Excess of NBC’s 1996 Olympic Games. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Meeting, Qualitative Studies Division, Chicago, IL.
Fabos, B. & Sarris, T. (1996). Presenter. Console-ing Passions conference screening of Jimmie’s Eyes, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Fabos, B. (1995). Presenter. Class, the Beauty Myth, and Women’s Figure Skating Coverage. Presented at the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Fabos, B. (1993). Presenter. Alone on the Ice: Narrative Strategies of Women's Figure Skating Championship Coverage. Presented at the Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.
Critical and Cultural Studies
Fabos, B., Fabos A. Work In Progress. Co-Producer. Two Sides of the Iron Curtain. Interactive multimedia narrative about Julius Fabos and Ari Fabos Hevizi (brother and sister), born in Hungary in the early 1930s. The project concerns the separation of siblings during the onset of communism, and considers the issues of memory, identity and nationality as they apply to documentary film. Combining the disciplines of Anthropology, Refugee Studies, Documentary Film Theory, and Interactive Media Studies, this multimedia narrative will be groundbreaking in terms of placing a documentary narrative in an interactive multimedia format.
Fabos, B. and Platt, G. 92005). Co-Executive Producers. Development Office Project. Interactive CD and database, built in a Miami University Capstone Class. Winner of the Apex Award, Multimedia & Interactive Publications.
Fabos, B. (2009). Playboating in Cedar Falls, IA. [Video Documentary].
Fabos, B. (2006). Executive Producer. Critical Media. Pedagogical media tool for media studies classrooms. 18 4 -8-minute clips. This project provides a model for how to teach both critical skills and appropriate fair use in the classroom. Winner of the Free Speech/Free Press Grand Prize Award (University of Film and Video Association). [DVD and Website]. Available at: www.uni.edu/fabos/criticalmedia
Fabos, B. (2006). Executive Producer. About the Media. Video Clips DVD to Accompany Media and Culture. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s Press. [DVD].
Fabos, B. (Executive Producer). The Local Food Project. [Video Series, 2003-4].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Meet the Symphony [Video Documentary, 2001].
Fabos, B. (Executive Producer) Communication Studies Graduate Program [Promotional Video, 1997]
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director) & Sarris, T. (Producer and Director). Jimmie's Eyes' [Video Documentary, 1995].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Secretary (is a female word) [Video Art, 1994].
Fabos, B. (Producer) & Barringer, C. (Director). Good Dinner, Hon [Video Art, 1994].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). What is a Wife? [Video Art, 1993].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Betty Bride [Video Art, 1992].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Barbie-Q [Video Art and Installment Piece, 1991].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Lessons [Video Art, 1991].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). After the Ballet [Video Art, 1991].
Fabos, B. (Producer and Director). Guess What? Mum's Come to Visit [Video Art, 1991].
Fabos, B. (Producer, Sound Engineer, and Editor) & Caruana, J. (Director). Breakfast in America [Film Documentary (16mm) 1991].
Art in General exhibit featuring Good Dinner, Hon, New York, NY. (1995).
Center for New Television premiere screening of Secretary is a Female Word, The Bop Shop, Chicago, IL (1994).
Second Annual Women's Film Festival featuring Lessons, Women's Resource Center of New York, Inc., New York, NY (1994).
The Central Arts Collective "The Nielsons Don't Live Here Anymore" exhibit, featuring What is a Wife, Betty Bride, and Lessons, Tucson, AZ (1994).
20th Athens International Film and Video Festival screening of Betty Bride, Athens, OH (1993).
12th American Film Institute (AFI) National Video Festival New Work Award for Lessons, Hollywood, CA (1993).
National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education/Women's Caucus film and video program: "Film & Videos by Women," featuring Lessons, Seattle, WA (1993).
Michigan Update '93 Film and Video Festival, screening of Betty Bride and Lessons, Detroit, MI (1993).
New Angle Video Festival Award for Lessons at Angle Intermedia, Downtown Community Television, New York, NY (1992).
Poetry Short Video Festival screening of Lessons, San Francisco, CA (1992).
Decordova Contemporary Art Museum exhibit featuring Lessons in Lincoln, MA (June-Sept, 1992).
"Talking About Mom," art exhibit at the University of Michigan featuring Guess What? Mum's Come to Visit in Ann Arbor, MI (1992).
The Lost Landscape: The American Tall Grass Prairie (2004, 60 minutes). Film documentary directed by David O’Shields. August/September, 2002-2004.
Iowa Independent Film and Video Festival III, 1998, 1997, 1996
Co-director of nonprofit Midwestern film and video festival, in cooperation with the University of Northern Iowa. Reviewed film and video submissions, headed juries that selected entries for screening and award-winners. Attendance of more than 400 people during the two-day festival.
Sunday Series, an independent community film series, 1997-1998
Co-director of successful nonprofit international/independent community film series at the Oster Regent Theatre in Cedar Falls, with project director Christopher Martin and the Cedar Arts Forum.
Growing up Female, 1994
Directed video art exhibit at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Reviewed more than 25 videos and films and selected 6 entries for a special topical screening.
In Search of Family Values, 1992
Directed video art exhibit at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Reviewed more than 30 videos and films and selected 8 entries for a special topical screening.
Talking About Mom, 1992
Directed video art exhibit at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Selected 8 videos and films for a special topical screening.
Grand Prize Winner of Faculty/Student Collaboration ($1500). Free Speech and Fair Use Contest. University Film and Video Association (2006, August). [Online: http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/videos/sets/critical_media/]
Apex Award, Multimedia & Interactive Publications, Development Project, Interactive Media Studies Capstone (2006, Spring.)
Delta Kappa Gamma Educator’s Award. “This award recognizes outstanding women authors whose work may influence the direction of thought and action necessary to meet the needs of today’s complex society.” (August, 2005).
D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize for the top dissertation at the University of Iowa, 2002. “Nominees' dissertations represent highly original work that is an unusually
significant contribution to their fields. Each year the winner of the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize has been the University of Iowa's nominee in the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award.” (2002)
Howard R. Jones Achievement Award for “a student in a graduate program in the College of Education at the University of Iowa who has made a noteworthy scholarly presentation at a national professional conference or who has published a significant scholarly article in a reputable professional journal or other substantial work.” (2001)
Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for a doctoral candidate who brings fresh insights to “the history, theory, and practice of formal or informal education practices in the world.” (2001-2002)
Presidential Fellowship, University of Iowa (1998-2001).
The NEA Regional Media Arts Fellowship (1993).
Newton Television Foundation Outstanding Student Video Award for Lessons at the New England Film and Video Festival, Boston, MA (1992).
Certificate of Merit Award for Breakfast in America at the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, IL (1992).
Best Film of the Year Award for Breakfast in America at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1991).
Technology and Human Communication
Interactive Digital Communication
Interactive Media Studies Capstone
Digital Video Editing
Digital Culture & Production/Communication Technology/Technology and Human Communication
Introduction to Visual Media
Mass Communication and Society
Introduction to Electronic Media
Video Production: Field Production
Electronic Media Literacy
Television Content and Criticism: Documentary Theory
Beginning Writing for Electronic Media.
News Writing for Print Media
Public Relations Writing
Broadcast Newswriting and Criticism
Television and Radio Scriptwriting
Introduction to Television Directing
Seminar in Communication: Mass Communication
Seminar in Communication: Visualizing Research and Performance
2002-Present Faculty Advisor to Cedar River Productions, student media production organization. Conduct weekly meetings, facilitate video projects for paying clients.
2004-Present Board member, Board of Control of Student Broadcasting
2010-Present Communications Committee, United Faculty
2010-Present Advisor, Digital Collective
Membership in Professional Associations
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
National Conference on Media Reform
Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME)
American Educational Research Association (AREA)
Union for Democratic Communications (UDC)
Iowa Educational Technology Connection (ITEC)
National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
Bettina Fabos Productions
Proprietor, video production company producing commercial videos and video documentaries.(1992-1995)
Gardner Communications, Ann Arbor, MI
Associate producer for independent video production company producing commercial videos. (1992-1994)
Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Editorial assistant for U.N.-related foundation dedicated to recognizing architecture in the Arab world (1989)
New England Monthly, Haydenville, MA
Art assistant and editorial assistant for regional, award-winning magazine, circulation 100,000 (1987-1989)
Paris Free Voice, Paris, France
Freelance feature writer for the monthly city newspaper, circulation 100,000 (1988)
Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA
Beat reporter and feature writer for daily newspaper serving the greater Northampton area, circulation 18,500 (1987-1989)
Amherst Bulletin, Amherst, MA
Feature writer and arts critic for the weekly broadsheet newspaper serving Amherst, MA, circulation 12,000 (1988)