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August 21, 2015

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AEJMC Conference – San Francisco, CA, August 6 – 9, 2015

Professor and Director Maureen Taylor –

“Public relations role in the global media ecology: Connecting the world as network managers,” co-authors:  A. Yang and W. Liu (U. of Southern California).

“Sourcing resources: Helping students help themselves,” co-author A. Saffer (U. of North Carolina).

“Positioning journalism within networks: Conceptualizing and operationalizing ‘Connective Journalism’ through Syrian citizen journalists,” co-author M. Yousuf (U. of Oklahoma).

Associate Professor Lisa Fall –

“The scarecrow does indeed have a brain: How one nonprofit group stages entertainment events to fund community projects.”

“Considering cultural concepts: Using Anholt’s good country index and Hofstede’s model of national cultural dimensions to examine culture as predictors of effective tourism marketing,” Public Diplomacy pre-conference.

Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho –

“Making social media work: Modeling the antecedents and outcomes of perceived relationship investment of nonprofit organizations,” First Place PR Paper Award, co-author G. Auger (Duquesne University).

“Application of expectancy violation theory,” co-authors S.Park (Rowan University) and S. Kim (U. of Florida).

C&I Doctoral Student Laura Lemon –

“Reputation from the inside out: Examining how nonprofit employees perceive the top leader influencing reputation.”  

C&I Doctoral Student Jinhee Lee –

“I am willing to pay more for green products: An application of extended norm activation model,” co-author I. Ju (PhD/C&I ’14, St. Louis U.).  

Associate Professor Lisa Fall has been awarded a full scholarship from the UT Academic Outreach and Engagement Council (AOEC) to attend the upcoming 16th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference at Penn State University in September.  This year’s theme is: Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact. Fall has also been appointed to serve on the AOEC for the upcoming academic year.



CICS Research Associate Betsy Dalton and Associate Professor Laura Miller’s paper, “Peers, stereotypes, and health communication through the cultural lens of adolescent Appalachian mothers,” has been accepted for publication in Culture, Health, and Sexuality,



Adjunct Professor David Nicholas, Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, CICS Research Coordinator Rachel Volentine, Professor & CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard and CS Associate Professor Ken Levine’s article, “Peer review: Still king in the Digital Age,” was published in Learned Publishing, 28(1), 15-21 (2015). DOI: Co-authors included: Watkinson, A., Jamali, H.R., and Herman, E.  

Professor and CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard and Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir –

Thompson, C. A., Mayernik, M. S., Palmer, C. L., Allard, S., & Tenopir, C. “LIS programs and data centers: Integrating expertise.” Paper accepted for presentation, 2015 iConference, Newport Beach, CA.

Mayernik, M., Thompson, C. A., Williams, V., Allard, S., Palmer, C. L. & Tenopir, C.  (2015), “Enriching education with exemplars in practice: Iterative development of data curation internships. 10th International Digital Curation Conference, London, UK (2015).

Allard, “Cyberinfrastructure teams and developing the virtual team workforce.” Juried Panel presentation. Association of Library and Information Science Educators (2015).

Assistant Professor Wade Bishop –

“Geographic information organization: Critical cataloging and place-names in the geoweb,” in Knowledge organization with co-authors H. Moulaison (U. of Missouri) and SIS MS student Christin Burwell (2015).

“Developing a curriculum for the earth science data scientist,” paper presented at the Earth Science Information Partners Summer Meeting in Monterey, CA (2015).

“Geographic information in information science and librarianship,” paper presented at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Education GIS Conference in San Diego, CA (2015).

“Education on organization, access, and use of geographic information,” paper presented at the 100th National Conference on Geography Education in Washington, DC (2015).

Assistant Professor Kimberly Douglass’ paper, “What do you give the undergraduate researcher who has everything? An academic librarian,” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Academic Librarianship. Her co-author is Hodges Library Professor Thura Mack.  

Assistant Professor Devendra Potnis –

“Addressing data collection challenges in ICT for development projects,” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of ICT and Human Development.

 “e-Book adoption by students across the world: A diffusion of innovation perspective,” was accepted for presentation at the Charleston Conference to be held in November 2015. His co-authors are: SIS MS student Patricia Bao and Sarah Fesmire (MS/IS ‘14) (U. of Chicago).

The Journal of Information Science and Technology has invited Potnis to serve on its editorial board.

Congratulations to Rebecca Davis for successfully defending her dissertation. Thanks to her dissertation committee chair Professor Eric Haley, and her other committee members: Professor Ed Cortez, Professor Suzie Allard, and Professor Barbara Thayer-Bacon (EHHS). The title of Dr. Davis’s dissertation is “Undergraduate women in the STEM fields and the use of academic library resources and services.”



AEJMC Conference – San Francisco, CA, August 6 – 9, 2015

Awards –

Professor Julie Andsager received the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award from AEJMC’s Commission on the Status of Women.


Professor Mark Harmon received the Edward J. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education from AEJMC’s Electronic News Division.


Assistant Professor Nick Geidner won the Great Ideas in Teaching Award for his presentation, “Data journalism: It’s all in the name.”



Professor Julie Andsager –

“Social representation
of cyberbullying and adolescent suicide: A mixed-methods analysis of news stories,” with co-authors R. Young, R. Subramanian, S. Miles (U. of Iowa) and A. Hinnant (U. of Missouri).

 “The Meaning of Metrics” panel discussion with Professors David Perlmutter (Texas Tech) and Linda Steiner (U. of Maryland).

Professor Mark Harmon and doctoral student Abhijit Mazumdar presented, “The press complaints commission is dead: Long live the IPSO?”

Professor Rob Heller discussed his long-running student photojournalism project, Eyes on LaFollette, during the Visual Communication Division’s Creative Works Competition panel.

Professor Barb Kaye with co-author T. Johnson (U. of Texas) presented, “An APPetite for political information: Characteristics and media habits of mobile news app users.”

Doctoral student Mirjana Pantic and Associate Professor Erin Whiteside, with co-author Ivana Cvetkovic (U. of New Mexico) presented, “Employing transparency in live-blogs.”

Ivanka Pjesivac (PhD/C&I ’14) (U. of Georgia), Assistant Professor Nick Geidner and CS Associate Professor Laura Miller presented their paper, “Using infographics in television news: Effects of TV graphics on information recall about sexually transmitted diseases among young Americans.”

Geidner participated in a panel discussion, “Teaching newsroom math: Demystifying data skills in the journalism classroom,” with K. Culver (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), S. Doig (Arizona State) and D. Finch (Elon).

Heller’s invited commentary appears in the current issue of Journalism & Communication Monographs. He writes about “Rebuffing refugee journalists: The profession’s failure to help Jews persecuted by Nazi Germany” by Laurel Leff, Northeastern University School of Journalism (

Assistant Professor Amber Roessner and doctoral student Jackie Cameron presented their refereed poster, “Jimmy Carter & the coming of the national malaise: Letters to the editor and the ‘Loss of Confidence’ in America’s political system,” at the International Communication Association, May 2015.

Lecturer Melanie Faizer authored a digital-only textbook, Multimedia storytelling: From research to realization (Great River Learning, June 2015), which includes multimedia resources, online activities, tutorials and quizzes. 

Congratulations to Dzmitry Yuran for successfully completing and defending his dissertation. Thanks to his dissertation chair Professor Peter Gross and his other committee members: Professor Paul Ashdown, Professor Catherine Luther, and Professor Michael Fitzgerald (Political Science). The title of Dr. Yuran’s dissertation is “An exploratory study of the presence and direction of agenda-setting effects between leading U.S. foreign policy think tanks and U.S. newspapers.” Yuran will soon begin his position as Assistant Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL.



September 7

Labor Day

September 11

SIS Faculty/Staff Retreat

September 25

UTK Future Faculty Event

September 28 – October 1

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week

October 9

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

October 15 – 16

Fall Break

November 6

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting

November 6

CCI Awards & Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

November 7

CCI Tailgate (3 hours prior to kickoff)

November 13

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

November 26


December 1

Last Day of Classes

December 2

Study Day/CCI Holiday Party

December 10

Graduate Hooding

December 11

Fall Commencement


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