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Roessner Wins National Award for Teaching Excellence

Amber Roessner with AwardThe American Journalism Historians Association’s (AJHA) Education Committee announced JEM Associate Professor Amber Roessner as the winner of the 2017 National Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive the American Journalism Historians Association’s National Award for Excellence in Teaching,” Roessner said. “To be mentioned in the same breath as Betty Winfield, David Sloan, Leonard Teel, Janice Hume, Earnest Perry and the other past recipients, whom I hold in high esteem and count as my pedagogical mentors, is a great privilege and a mark of distinction that I will always treasure. In many respects, I have developed my teaching style based upon the models of these wise pedagogues, who seek to passionately impart to every student that they encounter the influence of the histories of media, journalism, and mass communication on our ways of life.”

Roessner, who joined the University of Tennessee School of Journalism & Electronic Media faculty in 2010, teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of mass communication history, writing and journalism. She’s even taught a seminar on hiking and the history of the Great Smoky Mountains.

“We received excellent nominations for this award, so the selection was not easy,” Dr. Kaylene Armstrong, chair of the education committee, said. “However, we were pleased to select Amber Roessner for this honor. The judges noted the solid support in the letters of recommendation written on her behalf, her integration of experiential learning and her commitment to interdisciplinary work as just a few of the strengths she has as an educator that make her so deserving of this award.”

Click here to view the Daily Beacon story about her award.

Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society. For more information on AJHA, visit