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September 10, 2010

Inside CCI

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


Avery and CCI Graduate Students Publish Article in the Journal of Public Relations Research

Elizabeth Avery, assistant professor, along with CCI graduate students Ellie Amador, Tanya Ickowitz, Charles Primm, and Abbey Taylor, published the article “Diffusion of Social Media among Public Relations Practitioners in Health Departments across Various Community Population Sizes,” in the recent special issue on social media of the Journal of Public Relations Research.

Fall to present at Teaching and Learning Effectiveness Symposium

Lisa Fall, associate professor, will present results from a semester-long study at the 18th Annual Bollinger-Rosado Teaching and Learning Effectiveness Symposium held in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Conference in Orlando. Her study examines motivation, learning strategies, and communication immediacy among online learners. Fall collaborated with Embry-Riddle as well as two other institutions that have prominent online programs with significant military student enrollments. Her presentation, “To Infinity and Beyond: An Empirical Analysis of Communication Immediacy among Online Learners,” compares results among military and civilian undergraduate and graduate students. Lt Col Mike Angle, Commander of UT’s Air Force ROTC program, and Stephanie Kelly, a Communication Studies PhD candidate, were co-authors of the conference paper.


Master Teacher Certificate Training program begins second year
The School of Communication Studies begins the second year of its Master Teacher Certificate Training program for lecturers and GTAs. The first workshop this Fall will be conducted by Connie Briscoe from the Student Counseling Center and will center on distressed student protocols. In spring 2011, an online component will be added for some modules that don’t require hands-on instruction/discussion. This is being developed with the assistance of the Innovative Technology Consulting services of OIT. For more information, contact Suzie Prentiss at

Haas work accepted for The Handbook of Intergroup Communication
John Haas, associate professor and CS director, has had his article, “Hate speech and stereotypic talk,” accepted for publication in Howard Gilles (ed.), The Handbook of Intergroup Communication, to be published by Routledge.


Mehra, Singh, Parris publish in Library Review
Bharat Mehra, associate professor; Vandana Singh, assistant professor; and Hannah Parris, SIS graduate student, have published “Open Source Software Collaborations in Tennessee’s Regional Library System: An Exploratory Study,” in Library Review.

Mehra publishes in LGBTIQ essay collection
Mehra’s chapter, “Integrating LGBTIQ Representations across the Library and Information Science Curriculum: A Strategic Framework for Student-Centered Interventions,” was also published in E. Greenblatt (ed.), Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Service, Collections and Access.


CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting
– Friday, September 17, 9:00-11:00 a.m., CCI Auditorium

SIS International Luncheon for CCI Faculty/Staff
– Friday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. (immediately following the faculty/staff meeting), Black Cultural Center

Diversity Across the Curriculum Lecture – Dr. Lillian Dunlap, Communication Research Enterprises, Friday, September 24, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., CCI Auditorium, all CCI faculty. 

Diversity Across the Curriculum Workshop – Dr. Lillian Dunlap, Communication Research Enterprises, Friday, September 24, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Scripps Convergence Lab, ADV/PR and JEM faculty.

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week
– Monday, September 27 – Friday, October 1, various events and locations around the Communications Building. 

Fall Break – No Classes – Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.