SARAH PROJANSKY portrait
  • Associate Vice President for Faculty, Office for Faculty
  • Professor, Film & Media Arts Department
  • Professor, Gender Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication
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Internal Service

  • Pedestrian & Transportation Safety Working Group. Member, 01/2020 - present. University service.
  • Senate Faculty Reviews Standards Committee. Interim Chair, 10/2019 - present. University service.
  • Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Student Input in Retention, Promotion, & Tenure. Co-Chair, 08/2019 - present. University service.
  • School for Cultural & Social Transformation New Faculty Mentoring Series, "Retention, Promotion, and Tenure". Presenter, 11/16/2018 - 11/16/2018. College service.
  • Retention, Promotion, & Tenure Policy Review Committee. Member, 11/2018 - 05/2019. University service.
  • Animation Search Committee, Department of Film & Media Arts. Member, 08/2018 - 01/2019. Department service.
  • Film & Media Arts Department RPT Committee. Chair, 07/2018 - 07/2019. Department service.
  • ad hoc Career-line, Adjunct, Visiting Faculty Appointment, Reappointment, Review, and Promotion Policy Revision Committee. ex officio, 02/2018 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Senate ad hoc Committee on Centers, Institutes, and Bureaus 2. Member, 11/2017 - 06/2018. University service.
  • Taft-Nicholson Center Artists' Colony Advisory Board. Member, 10/2017 - 06/2018. University service.
  • General Education Curriculum Committee. Member, 08/2017 - present. University service.
  • Gender Studies Program RPT Committee. Chair, 08/2017 - 07/2019. Department service.
  • BFA in Film & Media Arts, Animation Emphasis Development Committee. Member, 08/2017 - 06/2018. Department service.
  • Disability Studies/Gender Studies Faculty Search Committee. Member, 08/2017 - 02/2018. Department service.
  • College of Fine Arts Emerging Leaders Dinner. Mentor, 04/2017 - 04/2017. College service.
  • Celebrate U Task Force. Member, 09/2016 - 05/2017. University service.
  • Emerging Media Production Search Committee. Member, 08/2016 - 05/2017. Department service.
  • Internal Ethnic Studies Graduate Review Committee. Member, 01/2016 - 05/2016. University service.
  • Associate Dean for Research Search Committee. Member, 01/2016 - 05/2016. College service.
  • Ethnic Studies/Gender Studies School Planning Committee. Member, 01/2016 - 05/2016. College service.
  • Career-line Hiring Practices Ad Hoc Committee. ex officio, 10/2015 - 05/2016. University service.
  • Continuing Education and Community Engagement (CECE) Taskforce. Member, 10/2015 - 05/2016. University service.
  • Faculty Counsel Committee. ex officio, 08/2015 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Limiting Repeats and Withdrawal Committee. Member, 01/2015 - 06/2015. University service.
  • School of Music Director Search Committee. Chair, 11/2014 - 05/2015. College service.
  • Digital Media Faculty Search Committee. Member, 10/2014 - 05/2015. Department service.
  • Entertainment, Arts & Engineering Curriculum Revision Committee. Member, 10/2014 - 12/2014. Department service.
  • Leadership Minor Advisory Committee. Member, 08/2014 - 06/2018. University service.
  • University Accreditation Team. Member, 08/2014 - 05/2015. University service.
  • Accreditation Self-Study Team. Member, 08/2014 - 05/2015. University service.
  • Learning Enhancement and Outcomes Assessment Committee. Member, 08/2014 - 05/2015. University service.
  • CFA Research Dean. Support and encourage grant-getting, Run CFA External Funding Workshop Series, Liaison with OSP and other campus research deans. 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2016. College service.
  • College Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee. ex officio, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • College Curriculum Committee. ex officio, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Dean's Cabinet. Member, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Executive Committee. Member, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Curriculum Policy Review Board. Member, 07/2013 - 06/2018. University service.
  • Faculty Research Awards Committee. ex officio, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • College Council. Vice Chair, 07/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Career-line, Adjunct, and Visiting Faculty Review Policy Ad Hoc Committee. ex officio, 07/2013 - 12/2014. College service.
  • Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs (CFA). [Promoted to "Senior" Associate Dean 07/01/2016]. 07/01/2013 - 06/2018. College service.
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee (Film & Media Arts). 06/2013 - 06/2013. Department service.
  • Reviewer, Faculty Research and Creative Grant Award (CFA). 03/2013 - 04/2013. College service.
  • URC Faculty Research and Creative Grant Award. Reviewer, 03/01/2013 - 03/31/2013. University service.
  • Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, Film & Media Arts. 02/2013 - 05/2013. Department service.
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, College of Social & Behavioral Science. 01/2013 - 05/2015. College service.
  • Member, Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Planning Committee. 01/2013 - 05/2014. Department service.
  • Member, Editorial Board, StUdio (College of Fine Arts Magazine). 10/2012 - 05/2014. College service.
  • Member, Faculty Excellence Awards Selection Committee (CFA). 09/2012 - 09/2012. College service.
  • Member, Faculty Learning Community, Infusing Diversity in Courses Campus-Wide . 08/2012 - 05/2013. University service.

Professional Service

  • Quarterly Horse: A Journal of [Brief] American Studies. Role: Member. Editorial Board. 01/2016 - present
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Role: Chair. Kovács Book Award Committee. 10/2015 - 03/2016
  • Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism. Role: Member. Governing Board. 06/2015 - present
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Role: Member. Program Committee. 10/2014 - 12/2014
  • Nuray Pictures. Video Textbook Reviewer. 07/01/2014 - 07/31/2014
  • Celebrity Studies. Role: Member. Editorial Board. 01/2014 - present
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Role: Coordinator. Women's Caucus, Mentorship Program. 03/2013 - 03/2014
  • Cinema Journal. Role: Member. Editorial Board. 01/2013 - 12/2017
  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Role: Co-Chair. Women's Caucus. 03/2011 - 03/2013
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication. Associate Editor. 01/2010 - 12/2016
  • Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Role: Member. Editorial Board. 01/2009 - 12/2010
  • Subjectivity. Role: Member. Editorial Board. 01/2007 - 12/2012
  • National Communication Association. Role: Listserv Manager. Critical and Cultural Studies Division. 11/2006 - 11/2011
  • National Communication Association Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Role: Member. Award Committee. 01/2006 - 11/2008
  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. Associate Editor. 01/2005 - present
  • National Communication Association. Role: Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Vice Chair. Critical and Cultural Studies Division. 11/2004 - 11/2007
  • National Communication Association. Role: Program Planner. Critical and Cultural Studies Division. 11/2004 - 11/2005
  • National Communication Association Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Role: Chair. Awards Committee. 11/2003 - 11/2004
  • Various Universities. Role: External Evaluator. Tenure and Promotion. 08/2003 - present
  • Society for Cinema Studies. Role: Member. Dissertation Award Committee. 10/2002 - 03/2003
  • Society for Cinema Studies. Role: Member. Program Committee. 10/2002 - 12/2002
  • Journal of Sports and Social Issues. Associate Editor. 01/2002 - present
  • Society for Cinema Studies Television Studies Interest Group. Role: Member. Steering Committee. 03/2000 - 03/2003
  • Women's Studies in Communication. Associate Editor. 01/2000 - present
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication. Associate Editor. 01/2000 - 12/2004
  • Alphaville, American Quarterly, Asian Women, Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, Feminist Media Studies, Girlhood Studies, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Essay Manuscript Reviewer. 01/1996 - present
  • National Women's Studies Association Journal, Race and Society, Sex Roles, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Social Research Methodology, Women's Studies International Forum. Essay Manuscript Reviewer. 01/1996 - present
  • Duke UP, I.B. Taurus, McGraw-Hill, New York UP, Oxford UP, Palgrave, Polity, Routledge, Rutgers UP, SUNY Press, University of California Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Massachusetts Press, Wesleyan UP. Book Manuscript Reviewer. 01/1996 - present
  • Western Journal of Communication. Associate Editor. 01/1996 - 12/1999

Outreach

  • Guest Instructor, "Gender Studies." Salt Lake Center for Science Education 11th graders. 09/23/2014 - 09/23/2014
  • Participant, "Women in Film" panel. Fantasycon, Salt Lake City, UT. 07/05/2014 - 07/05/2014

Community Partnership

  • Founding Member of Board of Directors, Women's Institute for Independent Social Enquiry (WiiSE) . 01/2018 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Honorary Title of University Professor (2018-2020). University of Utah, 02/2018
  • Bonnie Ritter Book Award. "Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture". National Communication Association, Feminist and Women's Studies Division, 11/2015
  • Faculty Fellow. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, 08/2008
  • Outstanding Published Article Award. Vande Berg, Leah R., and Sarah Projansky. 2003. "Hoop Games: Narrativizing Identity in Televised Coverage of U.S. Professional Women's and Men's Basketball." In Case Studies in Sports Communication. Ed. Robert S. Brown and Daniel J. O'Rourke. Westport, CT: Greenwood. Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, 01/2004
  • Top Book Award. "Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture," 2001, NYU Press. National Communication Association, Critical/Cultural Studies Division, 11/2002
  • Emily Toth Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture. "Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture," 2001, NYU Press. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Women's Caucus, 01/2002

Affiliations

  • Utah Women in Film (UT Women in Film), Member, 01/2014 - present
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), Member, 07/2013 - present
  • American Studies Association (ASA), Member, 01/2003 - present
  • National Communication Association (NCA), Member, 01/1997 - present
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Member, Women's Caucus Mentorship Coordinator, 01/1988 - present

In the Media

  • Chicago Tribune Interview. Nina Metz, "Column: How Teen Comedies Like 'Superbad' Normalize Sexual Assault.". 10/03/2018.
  • Access Utah, UPR. 1 hour interview regarding media representations of sexual violence. 05/24/2018.
  • Lovrekovićm Mateja. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Libri & Liberi: Journal of Research on Children's Literature and Culture (Croatia) 5.1: 246-248. 01/2016.
  • Lipkin, Elline. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Women's Review of Books. 03/2015.
  • Fairclough-Isaacs, Kristy. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Celebrity Studies 6.4: 618-619. 01/2015.
  • Gwynne, Joel. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Women's Studies in Communication 38.1: 122-124. 01/2015.
  • Weber, BR. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Gender and Society: 1-3. 01/2015.
  • Shin, Gloria. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Women's Studies 44: 580-584. 01/2015.
  • Lewis, Melinda. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Journal of Popular Film and Television 43.2: 94. 01/2015.
  • Horrex, Emma. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Journal of Gender Studies 24.6: 714-715. 01/2015.
  • Keller, Jessalynn. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Feminist Media Studies 15.1: 172-174. 12/20/2014.
  • Kurtin, Kate S. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 91.3: 626-227. 08/14/2014.
  • Curtis, Audrey. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. San Francisco Book Review. http://citybookreview.com/spectacular-girls-media-fascination-and-celebrity-culture/. 05/29/2014.
  • Lacefield, Kristen. Review of Sarah Projansky, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. Studies in American Culture 37.1: 179. 01/2014.