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July 27, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018                                                                           

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Director and Professor Maureen Taylor was named an International Communications Association (ICA) Fellow at the 2018 ICA Annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, May 24 – 28, 2018.


CCI Associate Dean for Research and CICS Director Suzie Allard has been appointed as a UT Chancellor’s Professor. This is in addition to her recent appointment as a CCI Board of Visitor’s Professor.


Dean and Professor Mike Wirth has been elected to a 3-year term to the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) Executive Committee (August 2018 – August 2021).


Director and Professor Diane Kelly has been appointed to the iSchool Board of Directors. She also engaged in the following activities as SIGIR Chair at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) Conference held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 8 – 12, 2018: presented the SIGIR’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Kal Jarvelin at the opening session, participated in a panel about mentoring women in IR, co-organized a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lunch for participants, and mentored students from around the world in the Doctoral Consortium.


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman had the following activity:

  • “5 reasons you should care about net neutrality rollback from UT professor Stuart Brotman,” Knox News, June 13, 2018,
  • Received the Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Contributed to “AT&T and Time Warner merger: 5 things consumers should know,” Knoxville News Sentinel, June 15, 2018,
  • Released “The 2018 Net Vitality Index Highlights Top-Tier Leadership in Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Development” report on June 6, 2018.
  • Inside Sources published articles: “Greater US leadership is needed for global internet freedom,” June 30, 2018; “The Continuing Leadership of the US in global net vitality,” June 6, 2018; “The internet lives on,” June 11, 2018. 
  • Interviewed by David Kaut for Communications Daily article, “Communications Law Fallout From Kennedy Retirement Cloudy.”
  • Interviewed by WUOT on June 21, 2018, “Net Neutrality: What Does It Mean?”
  • Selected to participate in The Cable Center’s Hauser Oral and Video History Project.
  • LA Times opinion, reprinted Inside Sources article, “The internet lives on,” June 15, 2018.

Professor Peter Gross was awarded Professor Honoris Causa (Honorary Degree) by the Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Cluj, Romania on May 18, 2018 where he presented the keynote address at Media Culture Days 2018 and delivered a lecture, “The symbiosis between democratization and media evolutions.”

He also had the following articles published in Transitions Online:

Professor Mark Harmon received the third place award for humorous commentary from the 2018 Green Eyeshade Awards, a contest celebrating the best in journalism in the Southeastern US.   The honor is for his “Not-So-Farfetched File” in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Associate Professor Nick Geidner and Land Grant Films received a $10,000 award from the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and a $7,920 grant from Humanities Tennessee to support its production of 100 Million Stories, a documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

WUTK 90.3 The Rock was voted “Knoxville’s Finest Radio Station” by the readers of Blank Newspaper, a free, monthly, independent paper distributed in Knox and Blount Counties.  This is the fourth year-in-a-row that WUTK has received this recognition and the thirteenth year-in-a-row (2005-2018) the station has been voted Knoxville’s best radio station by Knoxville’s independent publications (Metro Pulse, Knox Mercury, Blank Newspaper).


August 10

Summer Semester Classes End

August 22

Fall Semester Classes Begin

September 3

Labor Day Holiday – UT Closed

September 24-27

CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

September 27

CCI Diversity Festival, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

October 4 – 5

Fall Break – no classes

October 19

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

November 9

Fall CCI Board of Visitors Meeting

November 9

CCI Awards & Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet, Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

November 22 – 23

Thanksgiving Holidays – UT Closed

November 30

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

December 4

Last Day of Classes

December 5

CCI Faculty/Staff Holiday Party (& Study Day)

December 6-7 & 10-13

Final Exams

December 13

UTK Graduate Hooding, Thompson-Boling Arena

December 14

UTK Fall Commencement, Thompson-Boling Arena


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