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August 19, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016                                                                      

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“Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addiction in East Tennessee,” a documentary directed by JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner, will be screened at the Knoxville Film Festival on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at Regal Downtown West Cinema. JEM Video Production Specialist Clint Elmore served as director of photography and editor for the film, and JEM students played a major part in the documentary’s production. If you are interested in attending, tickets are available through the following link:



Professor Michael Kent and P. Theunissen (Auckland U.) had their paper, “Elegy for mediated dialogue: Shiva the Destroyer and reclaiming our first principles,” published in the International Journal of Communication, 10, 4040–4054.

Professor Michael Kent and Professor and Director Maureen Taylor had the following book chapter/article published/in press:

“Nation building in the Former Yugoslavia: A twenty-year retrospective to understand how public relations rebuilds relationships in divided societies.” In I. Somerville, O. Hargie, M. Taylor, & M. Toledano (Eds.), Public relations in deeply divided societies: International perspectives.

“Putting the social back in social media: A longitudinal, meta-analysis of social media research.” International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. 

Professor Sally McMillan had her paper, “A comparison of characteristics and cultures of academic disciplinary areas in the context of advertising and public relations,” published in the Journal of Advertising Education, 20(1), 22-31.

McMillan also presented a paper, “Time, space, and digital media: An analysis of trade press depiction of change in practice,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aug. 4 – 7, 2016.

Jae Hee Park (PhD/C&I ’11) (U. of North Florida) and McMillan presented a paper, “Cultural differences in online community motivations: Exploring Korean automobile online brand communities (KABOCs) and American automobile online brand communities (AAOBCs),” at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9 – 13, 2016.

Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho and her co-authors presented two papers at ICA, “The comparison of the effectiveness of sustainability development communication between non-profits and for-profits: An expectancy violation perspective,” (with SY Park (U. Massachusetts) & S. Kim (LSU)); and “Message strategies in crowdfunding: Similarities and differences of crowdfunding messages in the United States and South Korea,” (with Gawon Kim (MS/C&I ’16) and PhD student at LSU)).

Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho had the following co-authored papers presented at AEJMC:

“Extrovert and engaged? Exploring the connection between personality and involvement of stakeholders and the perceived relationship investment of nonprofit organizations,(with G. Auger, Rhode Island C.).

“The effects of media exposure and media attention on sustainability communication” (with C&I doctoral student Jinhee Lee).

“Factors affecting members’ intention to donation and recommendation in professional membership association” (with EJ Ki, U. of Alabama).

“I thought they would do more”: Conflicting expectations, constraints and communication in a university crowdfunding program,” (with A. Levenshus, Butler U., C&I doctoral student Laura Lemon & Associate Professor Courtney Childers).

Cho, L. Furey (California SPU) & T. Mohr’s (doctoral student, U. of Florida) article, “Communicating CSR on social media: Strategies, main actors, and public engagement on corporate Facebook,” was accepted for publication in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.



Associate Professor Bharat Mehra had the following co-authored papers presented/published:

Progressive community action: Critical theory and social justice in library and information science,” (with Kevin Rioux), Library Juice Press (URL:

“Community-engaged public librarians as information bridges to further user-centric service evaluation in an online learning environment,” (with Lisette Hernandez (MS/IS ’15) and Kaurri Williams-Cockfield (director Blount County Public Library)), 8th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2016), London, UK, May 24-27, 2016.

“Global collections of international correction reform and human rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex inmates in Africa and Latin America: A prototype solution of the LGBTI integrated cartographic information system,” (with Master’s students Taylor Hixson and Nicole Wood and 2016 Master’s graduates Christin Burwell, Paul Lemieux, and Robert Partee), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 10-11, 2016.

The Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature expanded its popular summer professional development day, “The Best of the Best,” by adding Martin, Tennessee as a second location. The program, a day of presentations focusing on the newest literature for children and teens, was also offered in Knoxville as it has been for the last eight years. The two workshops attracted more than 120 participants.



Howard Distinguished Professor Stuart N. Brotman has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Information Policy. His blog contribution was posted on July 22, 2016 on The,

Professor Mark Harmon’s “Delegate Diary” was published for six days in the Knoxville News Sentinel as he participated in and covered the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Harmon also has a “Travelogue” series airing every Friday evening at 9:30 p.m. on Community Television of Knoxville ( The August 19 program explores “Glass Blowing.”

Professor Rob Heller had two of his photographs selected for an exhibition entitled “RGB” at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 25 – Sept. 20, 2016. His photograph, “Yellow No. 4,” won an honorable m

Associate Professors Amber Roessner and Erin Whiteside had their paper, “Unmasking Title IX on its 40th birthday: The operation of women’s voices, women’s spaces, and sporting myth narratives in the commemorative coverage of Title IX,” published in Journalism, July 2016, ( Roessner and C. Teresa (Niagara U.) also presented a paper, “Always already hailed: Negotiating memory and identity at the newseum,” at AEJMC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Congratulations to Jaclyn Cameron for successfully defending her dissertation. Thanks to her dissertation chair Assistant Professor Nick Geidner and her other committee members: Professor Suzie Allard, Professor Julie Andsager, and Assistant Professor Garriy Shteynberg (CAS). The title of Dr. Cameron’s dissertation is “The on-screen water cooler:  Effects of televised user-generated comments on cognitive processing, social presence, and viewing experience.”



August 30 – 31

UT Academic Leadership Retreat, 4th Floor, UT Conference Center

September 1

UT Administrative Closing for Thursday night football game,

September 5

Labor Day

September 23

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

October 6 – 7

UT Fall Break

November 11

CCI Board of Visitors Meeting, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 11

CCI Journey to the Top 25 Campaign Kickoff Gala and Awards Ceremony, Knoxville  Convention Center, 6:30 p.m.

November 12

CCI Alumni Tailgate, CCI Lobby/Patio, 3 hours prior to the UT vs. Kentucky kickoff

November 18

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

November 30

CCI Faculty/Staff Holiday Party

December 1

Last day of classes

December 8

UT Graduate Hooding, Thompson-Boling Arena

December 9

UT Fall Commencement, 4 p.m., Thompson-Boling Arena


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