Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Jason Schmitt has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of Communication, Media & Design in the School of Arts & Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.
Schmitt is a filmmaker, journalist and chair of the Department of Communication, Media & Design. Schmitt concentrates his research on online education impacting a global audience, open access relating to academic publications, and the reproducibility crisis in science. He has written more than 65 pieces for outlets like The Guardian, Forbes Asia, the Huffington Post, EdSurge, and Slate. He also has had his photographic work featured in National Geographic in 2019.
As a filmmaker, his documentary, "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship," has had 400 public screenings at institutions around the globe and an audience of over 250,000 have viewed the film.
Since 2018, Schmitt has delivered lectures in support of open access to research at venues as diverse as the United Nations; Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands; the University of Iceland; Université Côte d'Azur in Nice, France; The British Library in London, England; Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) in Indonesia; National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan; and nearly every Ivy League institution in the U.S.
Schmitt’s prior film career found him as the interviewer/field producer for the documentary, "Louder Than Love," a film on the historic rock venue The Grande Ballroom and its influence on rock and roll music. The film was awarded an Emmy in 2016 and has been to more than 35 festivals from Detroit to L.A. and London to Australia.
In addition to writing and film, Schmitt is involved in providing insight and leadership toward startup companies in the digital space and has judged over 1,000 startup pitches and business models for venture capital funding.
Schmitt has authored two textbooks: Purposeful Communication in the Digital Age and Speaking with a Purpose. Both books are published through Routledge.