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August 24, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018                                                                      

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Professor Beth Foster along with Sejin Park (PhD/C&I ’16) had their paper, “The influences of relationship quality with external partners and required levels of approval of messaging on crisis preparedness,” accepted for publication in Public Relations Review.

Emeritus Professor Ron Taylor’s article, “A six-segment strategy wheel,” is being translated into Danish and will appear in Dig. Dansk. Digital dannelse by Johanne Katrine Larsen & Jan Aasbjerg Petersen.  First published in 1999, the strategy wheel has been applied across several cultures to study message strategy in product categories as diverse as tobacco, vodka, prescription drugs, tourism, financial services, cosmetic surgery, and hand hygiene.

Taylor along with Huan Chen (PhD/C&I ‘11) and Hoyoung Ahn (PhD/C&I ‘12) had their paper, “Learning, reflecting, and adjusting: Experiences of Asian scholars in US advertising education,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Intercultural Communication.


Director and Associate Professor John Haas had the following published:

  • Business and Professional Communication in the Information Age (3rd edition), Hayden-McNeil: Plymouth, MI.
  • Public Speaking in a Global Context (3rd edition), Hayden-McNeil: Plymouth, MI.

Associate Professor Michelle Violanti along with S. Kelly (NC A&T SU.), M. Garland (U. of SC)(PhD/C&I ’15) and S. Christen (TN Tech U.)(PhD/C&I ’13) had their paper, “Instructor clarity, humor, immediacy, and student learning: Replication and extension,” published in the Journal of Communication Studies, 69, 251-262.

Associate Professor Laura Miller and Distinguished Lecturer Megan Fields (summer 2018) led the inaugural CMST study abroad trip to Dublin, Ireland.

Assistant Professor Jenny Crowley had the following scholarly activity:

  • Crowley along with co-authors A. High (Penn State U.) & L. Thomas (Illinois State U.) had their paper, “Desired, expected, and received support: How support gaps impact affect improvement and perceived stigma in the context of unintended pregnancy,” published in the Journal of Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1495162.
  • Crowley & High had their paper, “Parents’ information seeking during adolescent career development: A test of the theory of motivated information management,” published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46:3, 348-367, DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2018.1468570.
  • Crowley & High presented their paper, “Effects of provider identity and locus of supportive conversation on coping with a stigmatized trait,”at the annual          International Communication Association conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018.

Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz with S. Beck (ND State U.) had their paper, “Exploring member-leader behaviors and interaction in an online support group,” published in Small Group Research, 49, 452-474.

Assistant Professor DaJung (DJ) Woo had the following scholarly activity:

  • She presented her paper, “Re-conceptualizing interorganizational collaboration as tensile structures,” the 78th annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. 
  • She also presented her paper, “To prevent or to promote tensions in inter-organizational collaboration?,” at the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018.
  • She presented, “Using thick data for uncovering tensions and hidden challenges in cross-sector collaborations,” at the 7th Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research, Seoul, South Korea.
  • She received the Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award from the Organizational Communication and Info. Systems Division of the Academy of Management.


Associate Professor Wade Bishop received $7,000 in funding from the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) for his project, Informing Science Data Help Desk Staffing through Transaction Analysis, to study researcher’s questions about locating and managing data at both the 2018 meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Bishop also presented a paper at ESA, “Data curation profiles—An information science framework for data managers.”

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis had the following scholarly activity:

  • His co-authored research article, “Factors influencing undergraduate use of e-books: A mixed methods study,” was published by the Library & Information Science Research journal. The co-authors are K. Deosthali (U. of Mary Washington), Assistant Professor Awa Zhu, and Rebecca McCusker (MS/IS ’17).
  • Potnis along with current SIS students Jasmin Hilary and Lindsey McLenan presented their 2018 US Diplomacy Lab research, “Digital literacy and  good governance: Challenges and recommendations,” to the US Embassy in Kenya this summer.

Doctoral student Iman Tahamtan had the following scholarly activity:

  • Tahamtan with co-author L. Bornmann (Max Planck Society), had their paper, “Creativity in science and the link to cited references: Is the creative potential of papers reflected in their cited references?,” published in Journal of Informetrics, 12(3): 906-930,
  • Tahamtan with co-authors S. Sedghi and Z. Shormeij (both of Iran U. of Medical Sciences) had their paper, “Exploring the context of visual information seeking,” published in The Electronic Library, Vol. 36 Issue: 3, pp.445-456,

Congratulations to Frank Aviles for the successful defense of his dissertation, “The adoption of children’s mathematics education in public libraries for underserved communities: An exploratory qualitative study from a critical perspective.” Thanks to his dissertation committee members: Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir, Associate Professor Vandana Singh, Professor Bharat Mehra, Associate Professor John Haas, and Associate Professor Lynn Hodge (CEHHS). 


Director and Professor Catherine Luther has been selected as a 2018 Television Academy Foundation Faculty Fellow. Twenty-five professors are selected annually by Television Academy members from colleges and universities nationwide to serve as faculty fellows. She will be travelling to Los Angeles in November to be “immersed into the entertainment industry for a week-long seminar to learn from the industry’s top professionals.”

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman presented his Net Vitality 2.0 research this week at the 17th International Conference on Economy & Business in Elenite, Bulgaria, with representatives from 26 countries attending.

Professor Mark Harmon has been awarded the National Press Club’s Angele Gingras Humor Award for humorous column writing. He and the other National Press Club award winners will be honored August 30 in Washington, DC.


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 8

Mic/Nite, Relix Variety Theatre, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

November 9

Fall CCI Board of Visitors Meeting 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

November 9

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

November 10

CCI Alumni Tailgate, CCI Patio 3 hrs. prior to UT vs. Kentucky kickoff

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

December 24 – 28

Winter Holiday – UT Closed


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