Assistant Professor Lin, who specialises in broadcast and digital media research, constantly encourages her students to push their boundaries. PHOTO: LU YAWEN
When Assistant Professor Trisha Lin Tsui-Chuan at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information made her maiden submission of two research papers to the Broadcast Education Association in December last year, she never could have imagined how much they would accomplish.
Later this month (April), Lin will receive two awards for her papers at the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Association Conference held in Las Vegas. “It is not easy to receive an award and I got two at the same conference,” said Lin, who added that she was very “surprised” when she received the news.
The BEA is an international academic media organization with a dedicated focus on electronic media research and teaching. Members of BEA include more than 2,500 professors, students and media professionals worldwide.
“I love knowledge and doing research in new areas. That is what I am interested in.”
Assistant Professor Trisha Lin
The submission of Lin’s research paper – “Understanding User Experiences of A Multiscreen Social TV System: A Mix-Method Study” – has earned her the 1st Top Faculty Paper award in the category of Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Division.
Her other research paper titled, “How Sociability and Social Presence Influence Viewers’ Bridging Social Capital and Program Loyalty,” has received the 2nd Top Faculty Paper award in category of Research Division.
Sharing some of the obstacles faced while working on the papers, Lin admitted that there were some areas of the research in which she didn’t initially have adequate knowledge. However, that did not hold her back. “I love knowledge and doing research in new areas. That is what I am interested in,” she said.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan in 1994, Lin went into Taiwan’s broadcasting industry, holding several positions such as producer, reporter and host at various network stations including Formosa TV, Eastern TV, Netwave TV and Hakka Radio.
Later on, Lin made a career switch to became a lecturer at the Department of Radio and Television at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, before joining WKWSCI nine years ago.
Lin, who has a doctorate in Communication Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii at Moana, founded the WKWSCI’s broadcast station - Spectrum TV, which produces television programmes that are broadcasted across the NTU campus.
“The courses that I teach involve new technology, which requires me to stay updated constantly. So when I teach my students, I will learn something from them as well,” she said.
Her advice to all her students? Be daring and “chase your dreams."
“I followed my heart and worked in several positions in the television industry, but I could not see that it was my long-term career and changed direction. I think that every step you take will mean something to you in the future,” she said.