Renee Hobbs

Hobbs+2014+head+shotRenee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.

Renee is Professor of Communication Studies at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. From 2012 – 2014, as the school’s Founding Director, she helped develop a distinctive identity for the new school and increased visibility for departments and programs in Journalism, Film/Media, Communication Studies, Public Relations, Writing & Rhetoric and a graduate program in Library and Information Studies.

She also works to increase visibility for digital and media literacy at the national level. In 2012, she served as a Fellow for theAmerican Library Association Office of Information Technology Policy  where she helped found the Partnership for Media Education, which evolved into the National Association for Media Literacy Education .

Renee developed Powerful Voices for Kids, a university-school partnership that offers a comprehensive program for K-12 schools including a summer enrichment program for children, staff development program, hands-on mentoring and curriculum development, and parent and community outreach. She has worked in Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France China and other countries to help bring media literacy education to students and teachers worldwide.