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New Faculty Join CCI

This fall CCI welcomes five new full-time faculty members: JEM Professor Julie Andsager, AdvPR Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho and three Communication Studies lecturers – Andrew Garland, Michelle Epstein Garland and Melissa Weaver.

A brief biographical sketch of each new faculty member is provided below.  Adding talented faculty members brings new energy, ideas and collaborative possibilities to the college,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth, “It’s great to welcome Julie, Moonhee, Andrew, Michelle and Melissa to the CCI family!”

Dr. Julie Andsager

Julie Andsager has a Ph.D. in Communications from UT Knoxville (1993). She comes to us from the University of Iowa where she served as a full professor from 2008-2014 and as interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication during FY 2014. She has received many awards for her research, teaching and service including AEJMC’s Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award in 2003. She is an expert in media and health and public opinion research.

Dr. Moonhee Cho

Moonhee Cho has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida (2012). She comes to us from the University of South Florida where she served as an assistant professor from 2012-14. The title of her dissertation is: “Donor empowerment: Enhancing nonprofit-donor relationships and supportive behavior.” She has worked professionally as a fundraiser/foundation coordinator for the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.


Andrew Garland has an M.S. in sports administration from UTK (1997) and an M.A. in teaching from Carson-Neman University (2013). His teaching assignment for the fall consists of 5 sections of CMST 240. He has worked in a variety of professional settings including: as a social studies teacher at Knoxville Catholic High School and as a team mentor/tutor for UTK’s Thornton Center.

Michelle Epstein Garland has an M.S. in communication studies from UTK (2006) and is working on a Ph.D. in communication and information at UTK. Her teaching assignment for the fall includes CMST 312 and CMST 352. Her research work focuses on communication competence, college student identity and hate speech vs. free speech on college campuses. She has worked professionally in the Office of Adult Admissions at Berkeley College (NYC) and the Office of Admissions at College of Charleston (Charleston, SC).

Melissa Weaver has an M.S. in communication (focused on speech communication) from UTK (2003). Her teaching assignment for the fall is 4 online sections of CMST 210. She has taught classes at a variety of institutions including: Southern Polytechnic State University, Corinthian Colleges – Everest Online, Capella University and Kennesaw State University. Her research focuses on the scholarship of pedagogy and leadership/communication competence. She has worked professionally as the Chief Marketing Officer for Wellness One of Duluth, the Marketing Director for Georgia Spinal Health and Wellness, and as a PR Representative for Crochet Physical Therapy.