Michelle Carr Hassler is passionate about teaching students how to think big and in new ways by helping them take advantage of all that digital journalism has to offer.
Hassler teaches multimedia journalism courses, including the capstone course in which students publish stories in NewsNetNebraska, the college's news website. She also created and taught UNL’s first social media course for journalism majors.
Hassler, a lecturer and admissions coordinator, has been teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1998.
Before coming to UNL, she was a newspaper reporter and editor for 16 years, beginning as education reporter at the Tempe Daily News and Mesa Tribune. She also served as state editor at the Lincoln Journal and night city editor and interim editorial page editor at the Lincoln Journal Star.
Hassler has received several national teaching honors, including:
- Third place in the 2012 Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition, sponsored by the News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communciations (AEJMC).
- One of 11 educators chosen to present teaching ideas to Journalism Interactive in February 2013.
- Third place in the 2012 Best Practices in Teaching Writing Across Media, sponsored by the Teaching Committee of AEJMC.
- Third place in the AEJMC's 2011 Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition. She and colleague Sue Burzynski Bullard were honored for their joint teaching lesson.
Hassler also was honored in 2004, 2005 and 2007 by the UNL Teacher's Council and the UNL Parents Association, which recognize faculty, advisers and staff members who have had a significant impact on the lives of one or more undergraduates.
As admissions coordinator, she advises the college’s J Ambassadors, a group of students who help the college recruit prospective students. She also served as adviser to the UNL chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for five years.
Her interests include using online tools and social media for reporting and community engagement; news curation; and online visual storytelling.
She received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in English, both from UNL.
Curriculum vitae available upon request.