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April 23, 2010

Inside CCI

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


College announces 2010 Graduate Research and Teaching Awards
CCI’s Graduate Studies Committee has completed the 2010 Graduate Awards selection process. The winners were formally acknowledged at the College’s honors convocation on April 20th.

Teaching Award  
Kitty McClanahan, Communication and Information doctoral student and SIS Graduate Teaching Assistant,

Research Award
Taejun Lee, Communication and Information doctoral student and Adv/PR Graduate Teaching Assistant


Miller wins Top Young Scholar Award
Assistant professor Laura Miller has been awarded the Top Young Scholar Award for her paper entitled, “Uncertainty Management and Information Seeking Among Cancer Survivors,” from the 11th annual Kentucky Conference on Health Communication in Lexington, Kentucky.  Conference participants include the Director of Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Director of Research for Klein Buendel.

Kotowski co-authors book chapter
Assistant Professor Mike Kotowski and Tim Levine (Michigan State University) have published, “Measuring Argumentativeness and Verbal Aggressiveness: Psychometric Concerns and Advances” in T. Avtgis & A. Rancer,  Arguments, aggression, and conflict.
Communication Studies faculty and graduate students presenting at NCA
A total of 13 faculty and graduate students from Communication Studies have had papers competitively accepted for presentation at the 96th annual meeting of the National Communication Association in San Francisco.  In alphabetical order:

  • John Haas, Mike Waltman, & Aaron Sachs, “How Social Cognitive Processes Lay the Foundation for Hate Motivated Speech”
  • Amy Harp & John Haas, “Change Communication in Organizations: Did You Hear the News?”
  • Linda Jurczak & Michelle Violanti, “Role Congruity and Expectation States Theory Meet Leadership: An Analysis of Communication Styles”
  • Lorna Keathley & John Haas, “Law Enforcement & Verbal Judo: A Tactical Communication”
  • Stephanie Kelly & Mike Kotowski,  “An Examination of Computer Mediated Instructional Immediacy:  Scale Development and Validation”
  • Virginia Kupritz & John Haas, “Quantitative Assessment of Architectural Communication Needs across Job Types”
  • Laura Miller, “Couples’ Identity Challenges and Dilemmas after Completing Cancer Treatment”
  • Susie Prentiss, ”Building Bridges between Communication Assessment and Practical Application: Using Technology to Understand the Speech Anxiety Experience” and “Using Technology to Manage Speech Anxiety and Apprehension: Building Bridges between a Comfort Zone and a Land of Fear”
  • Jessica Smith, “Building Bridges/Building Barriers: Mother-Daughter Communication about Body Image”
  • Julie Winkelstein & Ken Levine,  “Anticipatory Socialization and Stereotypes”  
  • Courtney Wright, “Students’ Educational Orientation and Upward Influence Choices during Conversations about Disappointing Grades”
  • Courtney Wright & Michael Roloff, “An Examination of the Influence of Beliefs that a Partner Cannot Change on Responses to Ongoing Provocations in Romantic Relationships”

Levine to be lead speaker at National Communication Association Plenary Session
Associate professor Ken Levine has been invited to be the lead speaker at NCAs Plenary Session in San Francisco focusing on, “Building Bridges to the Broadband Future: Envisioning Communication in a Connected Citizenship and Society.”  Ken’s presentation for this session is entitled: “Opening the Floodgates of Digital Connectivity and Communication: Creating Un-imagined Opportunities for the Communication Scholar.”

Miller and Violanti awarded Summer Undergraduate Internship grants
Assistant professor Laura Miller and associate professor Michelle Violanti each received a $2,000 summer stipend from the Office of Research for their proposals involving Communication Studies undergraduates Adam Dietz and Chris Tepedino.

Levine to speak at IEEE Workshop
Associate professor Ken Levine, a member of a research team with Dr. Carol Tenopir and Dr. Suzie Allard, has been invited to speak about the team’s research findings at the IEEE Workshop on “The Future of Information” to be held in Washington D.C. in May.  The topic of his talk is “The Changing Communication Patterns of Engineers.”

Harmon paper accepted for social change conference
Associate professor Mark D. Harmon had his research paper, “Promoting Social Change: Historical Lessons from Media and the Vietnam Veterans against the War,” accepted for the 11th Annual Conference, “Observing, promoting and resisting social change: Perspectives from the Social Sciences,” taking place May 21-22 in London.

JEM hosts TV managers from Kosovo
A group of five TV managers from Kosovo will be visiting the University of Tennessee for two weeks to learn more about television station management.  The program is sponsored by the International Media Training Office of the Voice of America and the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo.  Sam Swan, professor and director of internationalization and outreach, will conduct the training.  Graduate students Iveta Imre and Ivanka Radovic will assist with interpreting and coordination duties.  The group will visit WBIR-TV, WATE-TV, and WVLT-TV and will meet with media executives to discuss the challenges faced by managers in today’s world.  This is the latest in a series of broadcast management workshops conducted by Dr. Swan.  Other groups that have visited UT were from Slovakia, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Nigeria, Kosovo, and Serbia.  


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

Communication Studies Honors Convocation, April 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m., University Center Ballroom.

Bi-annual McClung Public Speaking Contest, April 27, 8:00 p.m., Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by Communication Studies 217 Honors students and Advanced Public Speaking Majors in Comm. Studies.  The event is open to the public.  Contact Laura Smith at for more info.

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-Boling Arena.

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