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Matt Pierce Becomes a Permanent Member of the Faculty

Nicole Martins

Though Matt Pierce is a familiar face to many around the I.U. Department of Telecommunications, he was recently brought on to the faculty as a lecturer. This means that his expertise in the fields of telecommunications law and policy will be around to help enrich the telecommunications education program for the long haul. For the past three years, Matt has been a visiting lecturer in the department and was an adjunct faculty member for two years prior to that.

The work he will do now will be similar to the work he’s done in previous years for the department. Matt’s workload, however, is anything but ordinary. Like many students, Matt has a job outside of school. In addition to his full-time teaching responsibilities, he also represents House District 61 (a large part of the Bloomington area) in the General Assembly! Because of this unique insight he is an extraordinary resource for our department.

Matt’s primary areas of focus are in telecommunications law and policy. He teaches Introduction to Telecommunications Industry and Management (T207) and Telecommunications Policy Making (T321). His new responsibilities will also be to teach Media History (T311) in the spring and to sit on the undergraduate committee.In the state legislature, Matt currently sits on the Technology, Research and Development Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Environmental Affairs Committee and chairs the Elections Committee. These posts are set until the November elections, when things are likely to get shaken up a little bit.

As a former undergraduate in the department, Matt’s experience and success make him a great role model for ambitious students. When asked to give advice to students who might be interested in law and policy, he suggests that they should first take a class in this background area, then, get an internship. He says that “internships are invaluable.” They provide you with experience and networking opportunities that will often lead to a job after college.

Matt is a wealth of knowledge and experience. We’re very lucky to have such a unique lecturer in the department. If you see him in the hall, introduce yourself and welcome him aboard!