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August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017                                                                      

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Associate Professor Courtney Childers presented, “#Sponsored #Ad: An agency perspective on influencer marketing campaigns,” on behalf of co-authors Laura Lemon (PhD/C&I ‘17) and Professor Mariea Hoy at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Chicago, August 9-12. The paper was selected as the Advertising Division’s top special topics paper..


Associate Professor Michael J. Palenchar, along with co-authors H. Sisco and J. Willis (Quinnipiac U.), and John Brummette (PhD/CCI ’08) (Radford U.) presented their paper,

“Experiential learning and crisis simulations: Leadership, decision making, and communication competencies,”at the AEJMC conference.



Professor Joan Rentsch’s 1990 article, “Climate and culture:  Interaction and qualitative differences in organizational meanings,” was selected as one of the 12 most influential articles on climate and culture published in the history of the Journal of Applied Psychology.



AEJMC conference papers and participation were as follows:


Doctoral student Dawn Corwin and Associate Professor Erin Whiteside presented their paper, “Empowerment in the information age: How usable are college campus websites for sexual assault survivors?”


Ioana Coman (PhD/C&I ’14) (U. Wisconsin) and Director and Professor Catherine Luther presented their paper, “Expressions of international solidarity via online newspaper stories and public comments during times of terror.”


Amanda Martin (MS/C&I ‘17) and Professors Mark Harmon and Barbara Kaye received the top paper award in the cultural and critical studies James Murphy faculty paper competition for their paper, “Silly meets serious: Discursive integration and the Stewart/Colbert era.”


Mirjana Pantic (PhD/C&I ‘17) received the top paper award in participatory journalism for her paper, “Half-opening the gates: Adoption of user-generated content in the newsrooms.”


Associate Professor Amber Roessner presented her paper, “The media’s verdict of Jimmy Carter’s Transition Act: An administration in disarray.”


Doctoral student Xu “James” Zhang received 1st place in the international communication Markham student paper competition for his paper, “Unique storytellers – freelancers in international news production.”


Doctoral student Xu “James” Zhang and Director and Professor Catherine Luther received 3rd place in the international communication Stevenson faculty paper competition for their paper, “Transnational news media coverage of distant suffering in the Syrian Civil War: An analysis of CNN, Al-Jazeera English and Sputnik.”


Professor Julie Andsager was a panel member during a session on the scholarly implications of data sharing in the medical publication community.


Lecturer Maria Fontenot and Professor Mark Harmon were panel members during a session on the risks of incorporating social media in the news.


Lecturer Maria Fontenot was elected the PF&R (professional freedom and responsibility) chair for the Electronic News Division of AEJMC.


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman had his article, “Could consumer internet privacy legislation show potent populist appeal,” in Brookings’ Tech Tank


Professor Peter Gross has been asked to serve as a reviewer for the ACLS Fellowship program. The central ACLS Fellowship program enables faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to devote six to 12 continuous months to full-time research and writing. The 71 fellows selected this year emerged from an extremely competitive pool of nearly 1,200 applications.


Gross had his article, “Through the looking glass,” published in Transitions Online on July 10, 2017. His article, “Hungarian minority’s demands for autonomy in Romania: Brushfire or prelude to full-fledged blaze?” was published in Eurasia Daily Monitor on July 17, 2017. His article, “The real battle: Good vs. Bad Journalism,” (in Romanian) in Sinteza Magazine, July-August 2017. His article on the Szeklers published in the Eurasian Daily Monitor was republished on the website of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UN High Commissioner for Refugees – refworld, July 27, 2017.


His book chapter, “Romania’s ongoing fight against corruption: Growing civil society attempts to wake up all Romanians,” was published in “#rezist – Romania’s 2017 anti-corruption protests: causes, development and implications,” edited by Darren G. Lilleker and Ana Adi.


Professor Mark Littmann was invited to speak to the UT Chancellor’s cabinet on July 17 about the upcoming total eclipse and how UT students, staff and facility might be encouraged to view the event. He also conducted numerous community presentations about preparing and experiencing the total solar eclipse.  


Associate Professor Amber Roessner became a Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Fellow at the AEJMC conference in Chicago.


In October, Roessner will be honored with the American Journalism Historians Association’s (AJHA) National Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will present her research in progress at the conference, “L’affaire Lance: Investigative journalism and political crisis management in a post-Watergate world.”



Senior Lecturer Melanie Faizer had her article, “Bringing Buddha to the newsroom: Media with mindfulness,”published in the Columbia Journalism Review,





August 23

First day of classes

September 4

Labor Day

September 14 – 16

UT Future Faculty Event

September 25 – 28

CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

October 2

CCI Flu Shot Clinic, Purcell Reading Room, 4th floor, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

October 5 & 6

Fall Break

October 13

Board of Visitors Fall Meeting, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

October 13

Chancellor Davenport’s Investiture, Cox Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.

October 13

CCI Awards and Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet, Knoxville Marriott Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

October 14

CCI Alumni Tailgate, 3 hours prior to UT vs South Carolina kickoff

October 20

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9 – 11 a.m.

November 23 & 24

Thanksgiving Break

December 1

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9 – 11 a.m.

December 5

Last day of classes

December 6

CCI Faculty/Staff Holiday Party

December 7 – 14


December 14

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA

December 15

UT Fall Commencement, TBA


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