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April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

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Assistant Professor Laura Miller, along with second author John Caughlin (Univ. of Illinois), published “We’re Going to be Survivors: Couples’ Identity Challenges During and After Cancer Treatment” in Communication Monographs, vol. 80, pp. 63-82.

Assistant Professor Catherine Westerman, along with second author David Westerman (West Virginia Univ.), published, “What’s Fair? Public and Private Delivery of Project Feedback” in Journal of Business Communication, vol. 50,pp. 190-207.  

Five faculty members and five communication and information doctoral students participated in the 83th annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) held in Louisville, Ky., Apr. 10-14.  

  • Assistant Professor Courtney Wright’s paper, “A Typology of Students’ Reasons for Not Discussing Disappointing Grades with Instructors,” appeared on the “Top Paper” panel.  Wright was presented with the “Top Paper” award from SSCA’s Instructional Development Division. 
  • Associate Professor Ken Levine presented “Socialization and Assimilation in Organizations: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going” and co-authored a second paper with CCI PhD student Martijn Van Kelegom titled “Expectancy Violations and Physical Attractiveness.”  
  • Assistant Professor Laura Miller presented two papers:  “Learning Health Communication through Interdisciplinary Text” and “Young Breast Cancer Survivors’ Experiences: Implications for Education and Practice.” 
  • CCI PhD student Rick Curry presented “Online Social Networking Applications:  Diminished Anxiety and Increased Awareness of Self Among Gay and Bi-Sexual Men.” 
  • CCI PhD Students Rick Curry, Rebecca Davis, Michelle Garland, and Missy Graham presented two papers:  “Glee Saved My Life: Exploring an Episode as a Catalyst for Change as Demonstrated through Public Personal Narratives” and “Don’t Say ‘Gay’: An Examination of Anti-Gay Practices towards Bullying and Classroom Discussion of Homosexuality.” 
  • Associate Professor John Haas became the Vice-President of the Southern States Communication Association.  He will become President of the Association at the 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans. 
  • Associate Professor Michelle Violanti became the SSCA representative on the National Communication Association Legislative Council. 



Professor Dania Bilal and CCI Doctoral Student Reid Boehm’s paper, “Towards New Methodologies for Assessing Relevance of Information Retrieval from Web Search Engines on Children’s Queries,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Libraries. March issue.

Associate Professor Bharat Mehra will serve as Guest Editor of a special issue of Library Trends entitled, “Social Justice in Library and Information Science and Services” to be published in February 2015 [63(3)]. He is the lead author of a paper entitled “The Social Justice Framework in the Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program: Bridging the Rural Digital Divides” that will be published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. Mehra has organized a session entitled “Methods and Approaches to Integrate Social Justice in Library and Information Science” to be held at the 5th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference in Rome, Italy, June 4-7, during which he will present a paper he co-authored with Assistant Professor Vandana Singh, entitled “Recruitment and Retention in the Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program (Part I and Part II): Implications of Social Justice in the Southern and Central Appalachian Region.”



Professor Barb Kaye and her co-author, Tom Johnson (U. Texas-Austin), published “The Dark Side of the Boon? Credibility, Selective Exposure and the Proliferation of Online Sources of Political Information,” in Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 29, pp. 1862-1871.

Kaye, Johnson and Aimee Meader (U. Texas – Austin) presented “No Substitutes, Please: Online Political Information, Credibility and Media Substitution,” to the International Symposium for Online Journalism. The piece has also been accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

Professor Rob Heller had his work accepted for exhibition at the sixth annual Onward Compé International Photography Competition in Philadelphia. The 56 photographers selected to present their work were chosen from more than 2,000 submissions from 29 countries.




Apr. 26

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting

Apr. 26

Last Day of Classes

Apr. 29

CS Student Awards Ceremony

May 3

CCI International Lunch hosted by SIS, Scripps Theater (This is a new date – please revise your calendars!)

May 9

CCI Spring Commencement

May 9

UTK Graduate Hooding Ceremony

May 10

SIS Hooding Ceremony


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