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Faculty/Staff News: Caudill, Tenopir, Allard, Heller, Swan, Roessner, Faizer, Powell

Faculty News January 2015

JEM Professor Ed Caudill’s book, Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution (University of Illinois Press), was selected by the editorial staff of Choice magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. This year’s Outstanding Academic Title list includes 651 print books and 39 electronic resources chosen by the Choice editorial staff “for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important—often the first—treatment of their subject.”

SIS Chancellor’s Professor and CCI Board of Visitors Professor Carol Tenopir and CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard are among the top 100 highest funded faculty members at UT Knoxville over the last five years.  Tenopir was #98 on the funding list and Allard was #39.  

JEM Professor Rob Heller has received much deserved recognition for his 20 years of teaching and coaching students on the Eyes on LaFollette photojournalism project. In addition to the Carnegie Community Engagement recognition, the project was highlighted in UT President Joe DiPietro’s Annual Report to the General Assembly, and in the New York Times Lens Blog, https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/telling-stories-in-a-tennessee-coal-town/?_r=0.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Washington, DC has asked JEM Professor Sam Swan to present two workshops in Nigeria in the coming months for radio and television reporters from Voice of America affiliates in the northern part of the country.  He will be conducting workshops on business reporting using new media.  BBG is buying Smart Phones for all participants as part of a grant they received from the State Department and they have purchased audio/video editing equipment for Bayero University in Kano where the workshops will take place. 

JEM Assistant Professor Amber Roessner has received two important awards for her research work on Jimmy Carter. Her project, “Jimmy Who?: Negotiating Jimmy Carter’s Image in the Age of the Credibility Gap,” received a $1,000 fellowship from the Emory University Modern Political and Historical Collections Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The fellowship requires a minimum one week residency to undertake research in the manuscript and rare book collections. Roessner’s second award is for $3,000 from the UT Graduate School’s Professional Development Awards Committee for her proposal, “Jimmy Who? Jimmy Carter and the Practice of Presidential Press and Promotion in the First Post-Watergate Election.”

JEM Lecturer Melanie Faizer will serve as a judge for this year’s National Journalism Awards. Judging will take place at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida at the end of February. 

Patrick Powell, CCI director of development, has been named to the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s list of “40 Under Forty.”