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April 16, 2010

Inside CCI

The newsletter for College of Communication and Information faculty, staff, and students.


College announces 2010 Faculty Awards
CCI’s Faculty Affairs Committee has completed the 2010 Faculty Awards selection process. The winners will be formally acknowledged at the College’s honors convocation on Tuesday, April 20th from 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

2010 CCI Faculty Award Recipients

Elizabeth Avery, assistant professor, Adv/PR

Courtney Childers, assistant professor, Adv/PR

Mark Harmon, associate professor, JEM

Lecturer Teaching 
Michelle Garland, lecturer, CS
Sharon Toedte, lecturer, Adv/PR

Innovative Technology Teaching

Vandana Singh, assistant professor, SIS

Extraordinary Service Award
Sally McMillan, UTK Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and former CCI associate dean


Avery’s article published in Journal of Public Relations Research
Assistant professor Beth Avery’s article “Health Journalists and Three Levels of Public Information: Issue and Agenda Disparities?” was recently published in the Journal of Public Relations Research.  Ruthann Lariscy of the University of Georgia and YJ Sohn were co-authors on the article.

Freberg to attend doctoral seminar on risk and crisis communications

Karen Freberg, communication and information doctoral student, has received a full scholarship to attend the Risk and Crisis Communications Summer Doctoral Seminar at Wayne State University in June. The title of the seminar is “Thinking dangerously:  Teaching, research, and public scholarship about communication, disaster, and risk.”


JEM program builds first convergence lab in Jordan
The School of Journalism and Electronic Media is completing the fourth and final year of its grant to strengthen journalism education in Jordan. The project, under the direction of Dr. Sam Swan, is completing the construction of the first convergence lab in Jordan. Dr. Bob Legg is in Jordan this week installing more than $80,000 in television studio equipment and multimedia work stations. He is also providing training for faculty and staff at Middle East University of Graduate Studies in Amman. The first phase of this project provided the university with electronic newsgathering equipment and state-of-the-art video editing stations.
UT also worked with Yarmouk University in Jordan to build a newspaper editing lab.  Faculty from UT provided training for faculty and students at Yarmouk University to assist with the production of their campus newspaper.

Bates makes presentations during semester abroad
Ben Bates, professor, presented two papers, co-authored with communication and information doctoral student Rachel Rui, at the University of Westminster’s conference on China’s Soft Power: “China the framer: A  look at soft power through media,” and “Cultural (Soft) Power in China: Social Value and Social Economic Theory.”  

Bates will also be presenting the following papers:

  • “Usability, Utility, Value: How use shapes ICTs social impact,” a public presentation at the University of Salzburg’s Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technology & Society
  • “Measuring Comparative Value through Conjoint Analysis: A Look at Article Characteristics,” co-authored with associate professor Suzie Allard, professor Carol Tenopir and graduate students William Birch and Regina Mays. Presented at the 2nd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, Crete, Greece, May 2010.
  • “Valuing News: Exploring and Exploiting Alternative Sources of Value,” to be presented at Journalism’s Next Top Model conference, University of Westminster, London, June 2010.


ASIS&T Student Chapter presents: DataOne, with Suzie Allard and Carol Tenopir. April 20, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Scripps Convergence Lab. Open to the public.

CCI Honors Convocation
, April 20, 3:00-3:30 p.m., University Center Ballroom.

ADV/PR Honors Convocation, April 20, 3:45-4:15 p.m., University Center Ballroom.

JEM Honors Convocation, April 20, 4:30-5:15 p.m., University Center Ballroom.

4th Annual Communication Studies Alumni Reception, April 24, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Foundry, World’s Fair Park.

Spring Semester Classes End, April 30.

SIS Hooding and Awards Ceremony, May 12, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Center Ballroom.

CCI Commencement Ceremony, May 12, 3:30 p.m., Thompson-Bowling Arena.

UT Graduate Hooding Ceremony, May 13, 4:30 p.m., Thompson-Bowling Arena.