• Julie Frechette  

    Julie Frechette

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    Office L-332A

    B.A., University of New Hampshire
    M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

    Julie Frechette, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA where she teaches courses on media studies, critical cultural studies, media education and gender representation. Her book, Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Pedagogy and Critical Learning for the Twenty-First-Century Classroom (Praeger Press), was among the first to explore the ‘new multiple literacies’ approach for the digital age. She is the co-editor of the book Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge), and co-editor and co-author of the textbook Media In Society (Bedford St. Martin’s Press). She has written numerous articles and book chapters on media literacy, critical cultural studies, and gender and media. In 2000, she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Teaching and Learning at Worcester State University, and helped obtain the $143,000 George I. Alden Foundation Grant for the Alden Fellows Program and Teaching Excellence Award. For seven years, she served as the Associate Director and Director of Women’s Studies. She also co-founded and directed the Center for Community Media in the Communication Department, and serves as the internship director. Dr. Frechette is the faculty recipient of the WSU Teaching Excellent Award, as well as the WSU Extraordinary Dedication Award. She continues to publish and present in the areas of critical cultural studies, media, and gender, and serves as a board member of the Action Coalition for Media Education. Dr. Frechette earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was awarded the International Communication Association (ICA) award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student.

  • Courses Taught
    • Gender and the Media
    • Media Criticism
    • Survey of Radio and Television
    • Intro to Mass Communication
    • Social Media Marketing and Communication


    Campbell, R., Jensen, J., Gomery, D., Fabo, B., & Frechette, J. (2013). Media in Society: A Brief Introduction. Bedford St. Martin’s: Boston, MA.

    Frechette, J.D. (2002). Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Pedagogy and Learning for the Twenty-First Century Classroom. Praeger, Westport, CA.

    Selected Book Chapters

    Frechette, J. (2012). Multiple Literacies for the Age of the Internet. In S. Osterud, B. Gentikow, & E. Skogseth (Eds.). Literacy Practices in Late Modernity: Mastering Technological and Cultural Convergences. Hampton Press: New York, NY.

    Frechette, J.  (2005). Cyber-Democracy or Cyber-Hegemony? Exploring the Political and Economic Structures of the Internet as an Alternative Source of Information.

    Beauty and Body Image: Beauty Myths. In B. Fabos (Ed.), The Commercialized Web Challenges for Libraries and Democracy (pp. 555-575). University of Illinois Press: Champaign, IL.

    Recent Articles

    Frechette, J. (2014). Top Ten Guiding Questions for Critical Digital Literacy. Journal of Media Literacy, 61 (1/2), 14-21.

    Frechette, J. (2009). Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls: Keeping Students Engaged in Classroom 2.0. Journal of Media Literacy, 56 (1/2), 27-29.

    Frechette, J. (2008, May 16). Crossing the Digital Line. Inside Higher Education.

    Honors and Grants