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New faculty join CCI

CCI welcomed six new assistant professors this semester.


DouglassDr. Kimberly Douglass, a new member of the SIS faculty, was a Post-doctoral Research Associate with CCI’s Center for Information and Communication Studies and the DataONE grant before being hired as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science, Comparative Politics, and International Relations from the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include:  environmental and science policy, commodity resource policy, and science and policymaking.


Dr. Yuliya Lutchyn joins the Adv/PR faculty with research interests in automaticity in consumer behaviors, strategic communication and persuasion, implicit information processing, and effects of time frame on Lutchynintent-driven behaviors. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.




Also joining the Adv/PR faculty is Dr. Jin Seong Park. Dr. Park was an assistant professor for two years at Temple University after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His research interests

include: effects of drug advertising, advertising and consumer health, and the unconscious and consumer information processing.



Dr. Devendra Potnis is the second new member of the SIS faculty. He completed his Ph.D. at the State University of New York where his dissertation research examined the role of cell phones in shaping the Potnisinformation behavior of women entrepreneurs from rural India, earning less than a dollar per day. His research interests include:  microfinance, social informatics, digital governance, and information technology and society.



RoessnerDr. Amber Roessner joins the JEM faculty after completing her Ph.D. in mass communications from Grady College at the University of Georgia.  Her research interests include: sports media history; cultural studies; and race, gender, and class in mass media. Dr. Roessner’s professional experience includes covering sports for the Gainesville Times.



whitesideDr. Erin Whiteside also joined the JEM faculty at the beginning of the Fall Semester. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication from Penn State. Her research takes a feminist approach in assessing practices and ethics in sports media. She is particularly interested in sports media workplace cultures. Prior to entering academia, she was an editor of publications for Major League Baseball and a communications director for Penn State athletics.