Community & Industry Partnerships

Featured Partnerships

Herb Kossover, Professor of Practice – Director of Creative Media Industries Institute

The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) has formed a partnership with Panasonic. Georgia State University is the first university to partner with the technology company. Herbert Kossover, Professor of Practice, helped CMII connect to Panasonic through his personal connections within the company. This award-winning Producer/Director has over 25 years experience Producing, Directing and image consulting. Herb’s aerials of Atlanta can be seen on every local Atlanta television station and is used to promote the City of Atlanta by The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. His latest images are for Disney’s WABC and Good Morning America and in the feature Fifty Shades of Grey. Herb serves on the Board of Directors for “Curing Kids Cancer.” His documentaries have won both National and Regional Emmys and First Place in The Houston Film Festival.

Herb Kossover explained that, beyond the core craft training that has long been a strength of the university’s arts and media programming, the CMII model is to organize faculty-led teams that put advanced students to work on contracted work. “CMII is like a beehive full of ‘maker space,’ where students can augment their classroom experience with self-directed film projects, or actually work for local businesses that will be renting out these spaces complete with Panasonic cameras,” he said. “The corporate or nonprofit organization receives a professional work product and students gain invaluable real-world experience.”

Ongoing Partnerships

For information about launching community or industry partnerships, or to learn more about existing partnerships, contact Associate Dean John Augusto (

Religious Studies Partners with Wellstar Learn more.

The Department of Religious Studies has partnered with WellStar Health System to launch the WellStar Religion and Public Life Fellowship, a $12,000 yearly award for one M.A. student.

Geospatial Stem Academy Introduces Local Students to GIS Technology Learn more.

The Geospatial STEM Academy is funded by a $75,000 grant awarded by the Verizon Foundation.

Georgia State Partners with WestEd and Atlanta Public Schools Learn more.

Georgia State University, in partnership with WestEd and Atlanta Public Schools, has received a nearly $7.5M National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant led by WestEd to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive school safety initiative in Atlanta Public Schools.