One of just 16 invited to participate in the program, Cohen took part in the intensive week-long session, which included seminars on innovative classroom presentation, working effectively with students, ethical considerations in teaching, technological challenges and opportunities and changing trends in the news industry.
“It was a privilege to learn from leaders at one of the top J-schools in the country and be among such accomplished fellows,” said Cohen. “I feel fortunate to have this perspective going into my second year teaching at a four-year college.”
The IU program was open to teachers with at least one, but not more than three, years teaching journalism in higher education. The fellows must also have significant work experience in media.
Cohen explained that he learned a great deal from others in the program, some of whom have a background at the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other well-known media organizations. Cohen, himself, was press secretary to former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton.
Dr. Pat Sutherland, chair of Bethany’s communication department, nominated Cohen for the fellowship.