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April 13, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017                                                                          

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Professor Michael Kent and A. Lane’s (Queensland U. of Tech., Australia) article, “A rhizomatous metaphor for dialogic theory,” was published in Public Relations Review.

Professor Candace White, A. Nielsen and C. Valentini’s (both with Aarhus U. Denmark) article, “CSR research in the apparel industry: A quantitative and qualitative review of existing literature,” was published in Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management.

White will present three papers at the International Communication Association Conference in San Diego in May:

With Minsoo Kim (C&I Master’s student), “Exploring the relationship between corporate reputation and country reputation: The effect of corporate brands on nation brands.”

With K. Fitzpatrick (American U.), “Defining the role of private sector corporations in public diplomacy.”

With co-authors D. Ingenhoff (U. of Fribourg), T. Zhang and S. Kiousis (U. of Florida), and A. Buhmann (Norwegian Bus. School),” A multi-cultural measurement instrument for public diplomacy: Analyzing value drivers and effects of country images on stakeholders’ behavior in three countries.”

Associate Professor Courtney Childers made a presentation, “How the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center and experience with Salesforce Social Studio prepares our students for success,” at the Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) Social Media Retreat on Thursday, April 13 in downtown Knoxville. Childers along with ADVT/PBRL 461/561 Social Media course students Hayden Cheek (PR), Danielle Clark (JEM) and Alley Loope (JEM) also served on a panel about current and future social media strategies for the home category at SNI. 

Associate Professor Beth Avery Foster’s article, “Public information officers’ social media monitoring during the Zika virus crisis, a global health threat surrounded by public uncertainty,” is in press at Public Relations Review.



Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz presented the top applied communication paper, “Emotions and organizational citizenship behavior: Exploring the emotional predictors of interpersonal OCB,” at the Southern States Communication Association conference, April 5 – 9, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.



Professor and Director Diane Kelly had the following accepted for presentation to the Association for Computing Machinery’s Information Retrieval (SIGIR) Conference, which will take place in Tokyo, Japan in August 2017:

“Engaged or frustrated? Disambiguating emotional state in search,” co-authored paper with former UNC-CH student, Ashlee Edwards.

Peer-reviewed tutorial with Anita Crescenzi (PhD student)(U NC-CH), “From design to analysis: Conducting controlled laboratory experiments with users.”

Associate Professor Bharat Mehra is invited to present, “Rural libraries and effective broadband implementation and use to boost economic growth and community development in the southern and central Appalachian region,” as part of a webinar on Strategies for Broadband Adoption and Digital Inclusion in Rural Communities sponsored by BroadbandUSA at the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration on April 19, 2017.

As part of the US Diplomacy Lab Program sponsored by the US Department of State, Associate Professor Devendra Potnis is leading a research project titled, “Leveraging the use of WhatsApp to spread the US message,” in collaboration with the US Embassy in Benin (West Africa). Two SIS students – Jaime Cleek and Jeni Trimmer – are working on this project under his guidance. On April 7th, Trimmer presented the team’s work-in-progress research poster at the US Diplomacy Lab Fair in Washington DC (see

Assistant Professor Awa Zhu’s article “The failure of an early episode in the open government data movement: A historical case study” was published in Government Information Quarterly. She also presented a paper, “Perish or flourish?: An investigation of e-book ILL in US academic libraries,” at the Association of College and Research Libraries  conference in Baltimore, MD, March 22-25, 2017.



Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman will present the Aggie Agora marquee lecture, “The pathway to internet freedom,” at Texas A&M University on April 21, 2017.

Lecturer Melanie Faizer will participate in the Poynter Institute’s ‘Teachapalooza,’ June 2-4 in St. Petersburg, FL. 



April 21

CCI BOV Spring Meeting; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

April 28

Last Day of Classes

May 1

Study Day

May 1

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

May 1

Communication Studies Student Awards Ceremony

May 11

CCI Commencement, TBA, 3:30 p.m.

May 11

Commencement Reception, following ceremony on CCI Patio

May 11

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA, 7:00 p.m.

May 12

SIS Hooding Ceremony, Haslam Music Bldg. Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.

May 29

Memorial Day Holiday


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