“My view is simple and straightforward: we should engage with students via a variety of teaching strategies and encourage and value their contribution to complex debates and intellectual discussion at all times.”
Stefanie is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She’s also a co-director of research at the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield.
Stef strongly believes that students should be able to develop a capacity for analytical thought which spans both practical and theoretical outlooks. To that end she deploys a variety of teaching methods ranging from lectures, dynamic seminars and one-to-one discussions to designing communication strategies and political campaigns with small groups. This approach led to Stefanie receiving a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences award for her innovative and dynamic style of teaching.
Her research focuses on how the European Community has developed and publicly communicated civil values and policies since 1951. She also specialises in the comparative approaches to media freedom and how it is politically, culturally, legally, socially and institutionally challenged across the world.