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Faculty/Staff News: Caudill, Haley, Hoy, Legg, Fall, Nelson, Smith

February Faculty NewsJEM Professor Ed Caudill was a panelist on a Darwin Day 2015 Evolution Panel.  Darwin Day began at UT in 1997 as a volunteer-run organization committed to providing a safe and accepting environment for evolution and science questions to be discussed with subject matter experts and researchers. Caudill is the author of the award winning book, Darwinism in the Press: The Evolution of an Idea.


The American Academy of Advertising (AAA) funded three research projects in a 2015 competition.  Two of the three went to School of Advertising and Public Relations Professors Eric Haley and Mariea Hoy.  Haley’s project will study the type of knowledge that is needed for voters to be able to interpret and understand political front group advertising.  The other award was to Nate Evans (PhD/C&I ’13), Bart Wojdynksi (both U. of Georgia) along with Hoy.  Their study continues a stream of research based on Evans’ thesis and dissertation work on advergaming.  Eye tracking data collection will take place at Georgia and UT. The project is titled, “Changing the game of how we view persuasion: An eye tracking investigation of advergames.”

Bob Legg with KhrushchevJEM Associate Professor Bob Legg recently interviewed Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev.  The interview took place in Providence, Rhode Island, where Khrushchev teaches at Brown University.  With Legg on the shoot was Dr. Charlie Gee (PhD/C&I ’08) who currently teaches at Duquesne University.

The interview will be part of a documentary titled: “The Farmer Who Helped Stop World War III,” which centers on Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to a corn farm in Coon Creek, Iowa, of which Sergei was a part.

One of the things that Legg learned during the interview is that Sergei Khrushchev disputes the long-held belief his father pounded his shoe on the podium at the UN.

School of Advertising and Public Relations Associate Professor Lisa Fall was featured in the February newsletter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Educators Academy. Fall wrote a short piece on best practices for online education using the formula of MAP: motivation, accountability and participation: “Teaching online: MAP-ing your way to success.”


CCI Academic Adviser and Lecturer Rochelle Nelson was recently interviewed by Lori Tucker, WATE-TV news anchor regarding Nelson’s volunteer work with the American Heart Association.  The interview can be seen at


Benny Smith, WUTK general manager and program director, was recently featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel.  The article can be seen at WUTK was also recently featured on the main page of UT Knoxville’s website.