Technology is interwoven in nearly every aspect of people’s lives from entertainment to utility, and what we do at the New Media Institute and Emerging Media Master’s program is at the heart of it all.

It’s often easy to navigate through college going through the motions, learning how to survive projects, papers, and tests only to make it out the other side with a piece of paper and a fragile mental database of forgettable facts. I believe the college experience should be so much more. I believe that classes shouldn’t be something you have to go through, rather something you get to experience.

College is one of the few opportunities in life where you can wholly dedicate yourself to learning entirely new skills, honing your existing talents, and opening doors to a learning experiencing that can truly transform your future. I’m passionate about opening those doors, pushing students to explore abilities they don’t know they have, and fostering a desire to dive deeper rather than simply cross the finish line.

It’s such an exciting time in the world of technology. Think about it, it’s actually difficult to find part of your daily routine that doesn’t involve some type of app or website. You wake up to an alarm on your phone (app), check the news on your phone (app), check your calendar on your phone (app),  and track your steps (app) while listening music (app). Go to work, and your navigation reroutes you around traffic (app) while still listening to music (app).

I’ve always been heavily involved with sports, and continue to be involved wherever possible. I play intramurals with UGA and pickup leagues to fill in the off-season gaps, and I also coach a 4 to 6 year old soccer team for kicks. I love playing video games, traveling, playing trivia, and traversing Netflix with my wife, Ali, my pups, Titus and June Carter, and friends.

Learn more about Chris Gerlach

Chris Gerlach
  • M.A., Journalism, University of Georgia
  • B.B.A., Marketing and Marketing Management, University of Georgia
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