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Faculty News: Harmon, Kupritz, Hoy, Potnis, Whiteside, Allard, Geidner, Douglass, Luther, Haas

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The Society of Professional Journalists announced the recipients of its 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism and JEM Professor Mark Harmon was declared the winner for General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication). He will receive his award on June 20 at a banquet at the National Press Club. A PDF file of his award winning columns is provided at the bottom of this article.

Acting Director of the School of Communication Studies Virginia Kupritz has been selected to the 2014-15 class of the UT Leadership Program. Kupritz is one of ten individuals campus-wide selected for the leadership program. 

Mariea Hoy, AdvPR  professor, Devendra Potnis, SIS assistant professor, and Erin Whiteside, JEM assistant professor, will join faculty colleagues from across campus in the 2014 Grant Writing Institute. Of the 12 participants announced for the UT Office of Research and Engagement institute, three were from CCI.

SIS Associate Professor Suzie Allard will serve as faculty mentor for all three. Each has also selected a graduate student to participate. Working with Dr. Hoy will be C&I doctoral student Ivonne Rameriz; with Dr. Potnis will be SIS master’s student Michelle Schabowski; and Sport Management doctoral student Elizabeth Taylor will work with Dr. Whiteside. The goal of GWI is to help faculty increase their ability to apply for and obtain external funding. Each faculty participant will develop a proposal to submit to a targeted grant program as a final requirement for the GWI.

JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner has been awarded a summer Creative Teaching Award by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center.  The creative teaching grant will help Geidner, Medal of Honor Project director, create a service-learning course in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media that will document the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention being held in Knoxville in mid-September. Students in the course will produce numerous hours of live coverage of the convention and create a documentary summarizing the historic event. The students’ work will be available on the Medal of Honor Project’s website at

SIS Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass and SIS master’s student Samuel Crawford had their photograph selected for the cover of the spring issue of Documents to the People (Dttp) as part of the eighth annual spring cover contest held by the quarterly publication, Documents to the People (DttP). Inspired by recent events, the photograph is titled, “Education for YOUR Environment.” DttP is the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA). In addition to documenting the professional activities of GODORT, DttP features articles on local, state, national, and international government information and activities.

JEM Professor and CCI Associate Dean Catherine Luther was the keynote speaker for the Third International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society in Istanbul, Turkey, April 15-16. The title of her talk was “National Security, Surveillance Technology, and Privacy.” She was also interviewed by several Turkish news media outlets and a governmental agency during her stay.

An article based on one of Luther’s interviews appeared in Today’s Zaman, the most circulated English-language newspaper in Turkey, and it was tweeted by a program (Liberation Tech) at Stanford University. 

Interim AdvPR Director and CS Associate Professor John Haas began his term as President of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA).  It is among the oldest associations in the world for the advancement of study and instruction in communication.  For more information about SSCA, visit