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2009 Speaker Archive

Keynote Speaker

Reggie Murphy
Director of Research Services
Gannett, Co., Inc.

Reginald “Reggie” Murphy is currently the director of research services for Gannett Co., Inc. In this position he’s charged with managing consumer research projects for Gannett’s 90 daily newspapers and nearly 1,000 non-daily publications and websites, with projects focused on strategic plan development for increased readership, circulation and advertising revenue as well as marketing of broadcast, print, online and mobile products and services. He’s responsible for designing and implementing research projects that test new concepts, ideas and products for Gannett’s Newspaper, Broadcast and Digital divisions as well as company’s innovation arm – the Gannett Center for Design and Innovation. He leads strategic research projects utilizing quantitative and qualitative research methods; analyze research data, organize results and present recommendations to company executives. He’s been awarded Gannett’s Chairman’s Award for the past two years for his job performance and overall contributions made to the company.
Murphy received his master’s and doctoral degrees in communications from UT in 1994 and 1998 respectively.

Panel Participants

David E. Sumner
Professor of Journalism
Ball State University

David E. Sumner has achieved distinction in journalism education as the co-author of two popular textbooks while building one of 18 nationally recognized programs in magazine journalism at Ball State University. In 2007, he received the “Educator of the Year” award from the AEJMC Magazine Division. He is currently professor of journalism and coordinator of the Magazine Journalism major in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University, a position he has held since 1990.
Sumner is the co-author of Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry (Peter Lang, 2006), co-author of Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes (Blackwell, 2005), and author of Graduate Programs in Journalism and Mass Communication (Iowa State Press, 1996). He has presented 17 refereed papers at AEJMC conventions and has published dozens of articles in publications such as Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Advertising Research Journal, Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook, Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Encyclopedia of American Journalism History, Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, and the Encyclopedia of Mass Media History.
Prior to coming to Ball State in 1990, he earned a PhD in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1989 where he received the Graduate Research Award. He earned a Master of Theology in church history from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1983 and the Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 1979. He earned the BA from Stetson University in his native Florida in 1969. Prior to commencing doctoral work, he was director of communications and editor for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio in Cincinnati from 1981-86.

Debbie Treise
Professor of Advertising and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida

Debbie Treise is a professor in the Department of Advertising and serves as associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She is also the coordinator of the Science/Health Master’s track in the college.
Treise has raised more than $1.2 million in grants from NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center to study science communications. She was the college’s first recipient of the University of Florida’s Research Faculty Fellowship in 1998, based on her research in science and health communication. She is the author of several book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations and national and international invited talks on science and health communications.
Treise regularly reviews grant proposals for NIH and NSF. She serves on numerous industry, university, college and department committees. Her community service work includes programs for at risk youths, and volunteer pilot for Angel Flight Southeast.
Treise is a member of many professional organizations, including the National Association of Science Writers, American Academy of Advertising, Association for Consumer Research, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, International Communications Association, Society for Consumer Psychology, Advances in Marketing and Health Care Research (treasurer), American Academy for the Advancement of Science, Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Association of Environmental Journalists.
She received her PhD in advertising in 1992 from the University of Tennessee.

Kandi Walker, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
University of Louisville

Kandi Walker is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Louisville. She regularly teaches courses in health communication, interpersonal communication, family communication, and intercultural communication, especially as it relates to health issues. She earned a PhD in communication from the University of Denver in 2000, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Memphis in 1998, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee in 1994.
Walker conducts research in the areas of health communication and interpersonal communication and has a special interest on how the two areas intersect. Some of her recent research focuses on communicative issues related to tobacco marketing and issues surrounding the definition of a smoker and nonsmoker.  She has also studied the intersection between marital communication and health communication, looking at how couples talk and behave when an illness is present.
Walker is an advocate for experiential education, such as service learning, and has taken students to Belize, Central America for the last 7 years. Along with her students, she participated in an interdisciplinary health team that provides free medical, dental, and nursing care as well as health information to the residents of two small communities in Belize.

John Price Wilkin
Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and for Technical and Access Services
University of Michigan Library

John P. Wilkin is the associate university librarian for Library Information Technology and for Technical and Access Services at the University of Michigan Library.
Wilkin has a long history with the University of Michigan. He previously served as the university’s head of the Digital Library Production Service, a position he held from its inception in 1996. Among the units in the DLPS is the University of Michigan’s Humanities Text Initiative, an organization responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that Wilkin founded in 1994.
In 1988 he assumed responsibility for the University of Michigan’s English and American language and literature collection development, as well as library research support for English faculty and graduate students. Soon after, he implemented a campus-wide service for the analysis of electronic text and encoding text in SGML.
Outside of the University of Michigan, Wilkin served as the systems librarian for information services at the University of Virginia from 1992 to 1994. There, he shaped the library’s plan for establishing a group of electronic centers, led and provided technical support for those centers, and consulted for the University’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) in textual issues.
Wilkin earned a graduate degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1980. He earned a master’s in library science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1986.