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April 6, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018                                                                           

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Professor and Director Maureen Taylor served as a Scholar in Residence in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Australia in March. She also made a presentation, “Everything you wanted to know about publishing but are too scared to ask.”

CCI Associate Dean and Associate Professor Michael Palenchar and Laura Lemon (PhD/C&I ‘18) had their chapter, “Engagement, rhetoric and right to know: Explicating the infrastructural approach to risk communication,” published in O. Ihlen & R. L. Heath (Eds.), The handbook of organizational rhetoric and communication. 

Associate Professor Courtney Childers received a 2018 CITE Grant of $5,000 for her project, “A Study in Student Engagement and Experiential Learning by Doing.” The project will incorporate open educational resource (OER) experiences into her Social Media course, ADV 461, and will allow her to bring four class modules online. The support includes OIT assistance with the online module development and summer support to work on a research project measuring student engagement and experiential learning. She plans to pilot the online modules in Fall 2018 and collect baseline data.

The Office of Research and Engagement and the 2018 Faculty Senate Research Council Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Committee awarded Assistant Professor Moonhee Cho $3,600 to provide CCI doctoral student Ying Xiong with a summer stipend to work on research project with Professor Cho.  

At the American Academy of Advertising Conference held March 22 – 25, 2018 in New York City, faculty members were elected/selected to serve AAA and a number of papers were presented.

  • Professor Eric Haley was elected Vice President of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA). He also serves as editor of the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising.
  • Professor Sally McMillan was selected as the AAA Finance Committee chair.
  • Associate Professor Courtney Childers, Haley, and McMillan presented their paper, “Achieving strategic digital integration: Views from experienced New York City advertising professionals.”
  • Professor Mariea Hoy, Childers, and Nate Evans (PhD/C&I ’13, U. of Georgia) presented their paper, “Unboxing parents’ understanding of unboxing videos.”
  • Professor Ron Taylor presented his paper, “The legal status of commodity promotion programs.”
  • Hoy and Childers moderated a panel discussion, “Disclosing paid influencers: Self-regulatory and industry perspectives.” Included on the panel were Amanda Gillentine (BS/AD ’08), with Harper’s Bazaar USA and Lynne Jansons (BS/AD ’06), with Digital Lens.


Associate Professor Devendra Potnis had his co-authored research poster, “Challenges to deploying library services in the cloud: Data issues influencing IT, people, costs, and policy challenges,” accepted for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2018 to be held in Dallas, Texas in June. The co-authors are Reynard Regenstreif-Harms (MS/IS ’16), project archivist at UTC, and Dwight Hunter (MS/IS ’16), assistant librarian at Chattanooga State Community College.



Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman will be making three presentations at the annual Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada April 7 – 10, 2018. His topics will cover current issues in communications law and policy; media education reform; and global broadband development. 

Professor Peter Gross had his paper, “Wanted: New gardeners,” published in Transitions Online, April 3, 2018.

The Office of Research and Engagement and the 2018 Faculty Senate Research Council Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Committee awarded Associate Professor Erin Whiteside $3,600 to provide CCI doctoral student Charli Kerns with a summer stipend to work on a research project with Professor Whiteside.

Congratulations to Abhijit Mazumdar for successfully defending his dissertation. Thanks to his dissertation chair Professor and Director Catherine Luther and his other committee members: Professor Mark Harmon, Professor Ron Taylor, and Professor Michael R. Fitzgerald (Political Science). The title of Dr. Mazumdar’s dissertation is “India’s portrayal in the US press during and after the Cold War.”



April 10

Hill Lecture – College of Nursing Auditorium, 8 p.m.

April 13

CCI Board of Visitors Spring Meeting, Scripps Lab, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

April 13

CS Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society Induction, 2 p.m. Patrick Auditorium

April 16

CCI, ADPR & JEM Honors Convocation, Patrick Auditorium, 3-4:30 p.m.

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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