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Jorge Reina
Schement

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR

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Jorge Reina Schement is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick with courtesy appointments in the School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning of Public Policy. He previously served as Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion for Rutgers-New Brunswick and for Rutgers Biological and Health Sciences.  He also served as Dean of SC&I, and chaired the Executive Planning Committee for Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Commemoration. He was a Distinguished Professor, and cofounder of the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University. Schement holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and an MS from the University of Illinois. He is author of over 250 books, papers, and articles.

As Vice Chancellor, he formally established the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, organized the President’s Diversity Council, the Chancellor’s Pathways Council, as well as the first Diversity Forum and Diversity Almanac. He authored the diversity and inclusion passages for the Strategic Plan, oversaw the Civic Engagement Collaborative, and sponsored a University library portal for diversity-related materials. As Dean, he recruited and promoted women and minority faculty and staff to their highest numbers in the history of the School. 

A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy implications of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His studies of minority ownership contributed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al. He has served on editorial boards of 18 academic journals, guest edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute, and is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.

He served on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Technology Advisory Committee for Governor Jerry Brown of California, and authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.   He advised the FCC Transition Team for President Barack Obama. He is a founding member of the FCC Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.  Schement served on the Transition Team for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Governor’s Diversity Council.

Schement has served on boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Media Access Project, Libraries for the Future, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Center for Media Education, Internet Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, New Millennium Research Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Benton Foundation, Aspen Institute, MCI, Sprint, Verizon, Pew Project on Internet and American Life, and the Harwood Institute. He chaired the board of directors of TPRC Inc.


Education

Stanford University
Ph.D., Institute for Communication Research

University of Illinois
M.S., School of Commerce

Southern Methodist
B.B.A., Marketing, School of Business


Research

Reina Schement’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Markle Foundation, Rainbow Coalition, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, National Science Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Verizon, Lockheed-Martin. He has received awards for his policy scholarship from the International Communication Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pace University, the University of Kentucky, UCLA, and Penn State. Schement has served on the editorial boards of twelve academic journals, and has edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.

His research contributed to a Supreme Court decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al. In 1994, he directed the F.C.C.’s Information Policy Project and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. In 2008, he advised the F.C.C. Transition Team for the Obama administration. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept, a view adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The movement to integrate community museums, libraries, and public broadcasting as Partners in Public Service began in a project he co-directed. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He co-founded the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State Univ. Schement has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Governor of California, Media Access Project, Libraries for the Future, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Center for Media Education, Internet Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, New Millennium Research Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Benton Foundation, Aspen Institute, MCI, Verizon, and Pew Project on Internet and American Life. He chaired the board of directors of TPRC Inc. He is listed in, 2007, Hispanic Business’ “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”


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Selected Publications

Schement, Jorge Reina, editor-in-chief. (2002). Encyclopedia of Information and Communication. New York: Macmillan, 3 Vols.

Schement, Jorge Reina, ed. (2001). The Global Telecommunications Industry and Consumers: 2001 Update – Competition Moves Forward, University Park, PA: The Institute for Information Policy, Penn State University, and IDI Consulting.

Schement, Jorge Reina and Curtis, Terry. (1995/1997). Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age: The Production and Consumption of Information in the United States, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publications.

Schement, Jorge Reina. (2009). “Broadband, Internet, and Universal Service: Challenges to the Social Contract of the Twenty-First Century,” in Schejter, Amit M., ed. . . . And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration.  New York, Lexington Books: 3-28.

Schement, Jorge Reina. (2008). “Latinos at the Threshold of the Information Age: Telecommunications Challenges and Opportunities.” In Flores, Juan and Rosaldo, Renato eds. A Companion to Latino Studies. London: Blackwell Publishers.