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January 26, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018                                                                    

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Associate Professor Bharat Mehra will make the following presentations at the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) conference being held in Denver, Colorado, February 6 – 9, 2018:

A juried paper, “Expanding LIS education in the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab Program: GIS and LGBTI advocacy in Africa and Latin America,” co-authored with Paul Lemieux (MS/IS ’16), Christine Burwell (BS/IS ‘16), Taylor Hixson (MS/IS ‘16), Robert Partee (MS/IS ‘16), Keri Stophel (MS/IS ‘16), and Nicole Wood (MS/IS ‘16).

A juried panel, “Library leadership-in-training as embedded change agents to further social justice in rural communities: Teaching of library management subjects in the ITRL and ITRL2,”co-authored with Associate Professor Vandana Singh.

Reflections as part of a panel entitled, “A critical dialogue: Faculty of color in library and information science.”

A works-in-progress poster co-authored with Singh and Master’s student Everette Scott Sikes, “Assessment of rural library professionals’ role in community engagement in the Southern and Central Appalachian region: Mobilization from change agents to community anchors (CA2CA@SCA-RL).”

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and co-author Professor Suzie Allard had their paper, “Training LIS students as mobile technology consultants for libraries and not-for-profit organizations,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)


Professor Joan Rentsch has been certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Currently, she is the only teacher certified to teach MBSR in Tennessee.  She has presented workshops on mindfulness to groups in the community and on campus including: The University of Tennessee Women’s Leadership Group and the Clayton Global Leadership Scholars. 


Associate Professors Erin Whiteside and Amber Roessner’s article, “Forgotten and left behind: Political apathy and privilege at Title IX’s 40th anniversary,” was published in Communication & Sport. (2018, 6 (1).

Whiteside’s co-authored article with Mirjana Pantic (PhD/C&I ’17) (Pace U.), “Politics, conflict generate more live-blog comments,” was published in Newspaper Research Journal (2017, 38 (3). 

Whiteside has also been appointed to the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society.



February 14

CCI 40th Annual Research Symposium

February 20 -22

UT Social Media Week

February 23

CCI Experience Diversity Banquet

March 2

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

March 12 – 16

Spring Break

March 30

Spring Recess

March 30

Staff Evaluations due to Human Resources

April 13

CCI Board of Visitors Spring Meeting

April 16

CCI, ADPR & JEM Honors Convocation

April 27

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

April 27

Last Day of Classes

April 30

Study Day

April 30

Communication Studies Student Awards Ceremony

May 1 – 4, 7-8

Final Exams, May 1-4, 7-8

May 9

Mini-term begins, May 9

May 10

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

May 11

SIS Hooding Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.

May 12

CCI Spring Commencement, 1:30 p.m., TBA

May 12

CCI Graduation Reception, 3:00 p.m., CCI Patio/Lobby

May 28

Memorial Day Holiday

May 30

Mini-term ends


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