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CCI Faculty Retirements: Bates, Stovall, and Hufford

Ben BatesJEM Professor Ben Bates will retire this summer after 22 years of distinguished service. Upon his retirement, Bates will become a Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

His internationally renowned research has examined the economics of broadcast policy, traditional media and the Internet, the development of new media world-wide, and communication and information policy issues affecting that development. Recent work has focused on broadcasting & new media, particularly the Internet & World Wide Web, and information economics and policy, particularly copyright.

His work has led to appointments as an Adjunct in the UT School of Information Sciences, as well as the Sir David Beattie/Ericsson Professorial Research Fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Widely published, Bates has been an active member of AEJMC (where he is past head of the Communication Technology & Policy division), ICA, MAPOR, and BEA (where he is past head of the Research Division). He also helped found the Association of Internet Researchers where he served as its first Treasurer.

Bates continues to be an active blogger. His capstone class blog was recognized by the International Journal of Media Management as one of the top blogs in the field.  He’s also curating several Flipboard magazines: JEMS, Media & Audience Research Reports, JEMS@CES2014, The Esoteric Bits, and Serendipitous Video.

Bates received a BS in math and economics from Pomona College, a Master’s from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in statistics, a Master’s in communication from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and his PhD in communications from the University of Michigan.

He previously taught at the University of Salzburg (on faculty exchange), the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere in Finland (as a Fulbright Senior Scholar), and was on the faculty of Texas Tech University (where he also served as Director of the Institute for Communication Research), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Michigan State University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Rutgers University. He also worked for a broadcast management consulting firm and held positions at several college radio stations.

Jim StovallEdward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor Jim Stovall joined UT’s faculty in 2006 and will retire this summer after ten years of outatanding service to JEM and CCI. Upon his retirement Stovall will become a Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, a distinction he also holds from the University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism.

Prior to joining UT, Stovall was a visiting professor of mass communication at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He was also co-director of Southern Opinion Research, a private survey public opinion firm specializing in legal, political and media research for more than 20 years.

Stovall began teaching at the University of Alabama in 1978. During his time at Alabama he served as: director of the Communication Research and Service Center, co-director of the Capstone Poll, and assistant dean in the College of Communication. He is the author of the popular journalism Web site JPROF.com.

Stovall is the author of two books, The Writing Wright and Kill the Quarterback and co-author of: Journalism: Who, What, Where, Why and How; Writing for the Mass Media (6th edition); Web Journalism: Practice and Promise of a New Medium; Alabama Political Almanac, second edition; Infographics: A Journalist’s Guide; The Complete Editor, revised edition; and Watergate: A Crisis for the World.

Stovall has also edited a text on mass communication history and an introduction to mass communication. As a survey researcher, Stovall has conducted more than 200 public opinion surveys on a wide variety of topics.

As co-director of Southern Opinion Research, he worked with clients such as the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Alabama Press Association, WBRC-Channel 6 in Birmingham, and a number of newspapers and news organizations.

During his time at UT, Stovall brought a number of innovations to CCI by starting TNJN.com/The Tennessee Journalist and JEM’s e-book project, The Tennessee Journalism Series.

He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and received his bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He received his master’s degree in political science from American University in 1973 and his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Tennessee in 1978. From 1970 to 1974, he served on active duty in the United States Navy. During much of that time he was a staff writer for All Hands magazine.

His reporting and editing experience includes stints with the Bristol (Tenn.-Va.) Herald Courier, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Birmingham News and the Tuscaloosa News.

Bonnie HuffordJEM Instructor Bonnie Hufford will retire from UT on July 31, 2016 after 31 years of distinguished service. She served as director of the Tennessee High School Press Association for 21 years.

She received a bachelor’s and Master’s in education from Bowling Green State University and an ABD in mass communications/journalism from Ohio University.

Her professional editing and writing experience includes the Associated Press, Whittle Communications, WKYC-TV, several daily newspapers, and advertising and public relations agencies. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and the Society of Professional Journalists, and served as the advisor for the UT student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hufford was selected as the College’s Outstanding Faculty Member for 1986-1987 and 1994-1995. In fall 1987, she was named the College’s Favorite Professor in awards sponsored by the College of Education. Hufford won the SPJ President’s Award for public service in 1986-87 and 1993-94.

In 2013, Hufford received three notable honors. She was the 35th annual Front Page Follies honoree, the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Community Service Award honoree, and a 2013 Knoxville YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree.