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Inside CCI: Oct. 18, 2019

Advertising and Public Relations

 Professor Elizabeth Avery Foster and Sejin Park’s (C&I MS ’11, PhD ’16; Republic of Korea Army) article, “Development and Validation of a Crisis Self-Efficacy Index,” was published in the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. Read the article here.

Assistant Professor Sifan Xu had four articles published:

  • “Prioritizing Relationships: The Investment Model and Relationship Maintenance Strategies in Organizational Crises,” Public Relations Review. Read the article here.
  • “How Publics’ Active and Passive Communicative Behaviors Affect Their Tornado Responses: An Integration of STOPS and SMCC,” Public Relations Review, with Brooke Fisher Liu (University of Maryland), Jung Kyu Rhys Lim (University of Maryland), and Michael Joseph Egnoto (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research). Read the article here.
  • “Hashtag Homophily in Twitter Network: Examining a Controversial Cause-Related Marketing Campaign,” Computers in Human Behavior, with Alvin Zhou (University of Pennsylvania). Read the article here.
  • “Empowering the Future Practitioner: Postmodernism in the Undergraduate Public Relations Classroom,” the Journal of Public Relations Education, with Stephanie Madden (Penn State University) and Katie Brown (University of Maryland). Read the article here.

Communication Studies

CCI Associate Dean for Academic Programs Virginia Kupritz wrote the research article “Workplace Privacy: How Job Types Matter” for Performance Improvement Quarterly. Read the article here.

Assistant Professor Jenny Crowley and Andrew C. High’s (Penn State University) article, “Validating the Support Gaps Framework: Longitudinal Effects and Moderators of Experiencing Deficits and Surpluses During Supportive Interactions,” was published in Communication Quarterly. Read the paper here. Her chapter, “Taboo Topics,” was also published in the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2019).

Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz and Stephenson J. Beck’s (North Dakota State University) article, “Exploring Perceptions of Multicommunicator Texting during Meetings,” was published in the Journal Computers and Human Behavior and can be read here. She previously presented this paper at the 14th annual Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research in Lisbon, Portugal. Chancellor’s/CS honors student Dara Carney-Nedelman (CS ’19) assisted with the paper.

Assistant Professor DaJung (DJ) Woo has been involved in the following academic pursuits:

  • Invited by senior editors of MIS Quarterly to serve as a discussant at the “Next Generation Information Systems Theory Development Workshop,” University of Maryland, August 2019.
  • Had an article, “Exit Strategies in Interorganizational Collaboration: Setting the Stage for Re-entry,” published in Communication Research that can be read here. She previously presented this paper at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston on August 9-13, 2019.
  • Had an article, “Portrayals of Unethical and Unvirtuous Workplace Behaviors on TV: Implications for Vocational Anticipatory Socialization,” published in the International Journal of Communication, coauthored with Kimberly Walsh McDermott (University of California, Santa Barbara). The paper can be read here.

Information Sciences

The annual and final All Hands Meeting of the NSF DataONE Project was held August 19-23, 2019 at the University of New Mexico. CCI was represented by faculty, staff, students, and alumni including: SIS Chancellor’s Professors Suzie Allard and Carol Tenopir; SIS adjunct professor Mike Frame (USGS); CICS researchers Rachel Volentine, Natalie Rice, Amy Forrester, and John Evans; CCI alumni Josh Borycz (Vanderbilt), Danielle Pollock (Simmons University), Lisa Zolly (USGS); and current MSIS student Leah Cannon.

Associate Professor Wade Bishop served as a facilitator at the USGS FAIR Workshop in Fort Collins, Colorado, September 2019. He also made a presentation at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education to kick off UTK’s collaboration with DU on the IMLS Collaborative Analysis Liaison Librarianship project.

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis’ co-authored article, “What Is Innovative to Public Libraries in the United States? A Perspective of Library Administrators for Classifying Innovations,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Librarianship & Information Science. Article co-authors include: C&I doctoral student Joseph Winberry (MSIS ’19), Bonnie Finn (MSIS ’17 & College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Libraries), and Courtney Hunt (MSIS ’17 & Ohio State University). Their work is based on a summer research project funded by the dean’s office.

Doctoral student Iman Tahamtan and Lutz Bornmann (Max Planck Society) published “What Do Citation Counts Measure? An Updated Review of Studies on Citations in Scientific Documents Published Between 2006 and 2018” in Scientometrics. Read the study here.

Journalism and Electronic Media

Professor Mark Harmon has a new home for his newspaper columns: the Daily Times, which serves Maryville and Blount County. His columns will appear on the second Sunday of each month.

Professor Rob Heller had photographs accepted for juried exhibits at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

In addition, his “Eyes of LaFollette” project, in which Heller’s advance photojournalism students travel to LaFollette, Tennessee, to find and photograph stories in the community, will enter its 27th year in 2020. A website was recently launched to chronicle the history of the project.

Lecturer Maria Fontenot and Assistant Professor Michael Martinez’ article, “FCC’s Indecency Regulation: A Comparative Analysis Between Broadcast and Online Media,” was published in the UCLA Entertainment Law Review, 2019.  It was judged one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing, and/or the arts in the last year and was selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, an annual anthology published by Thomson Reuters (West). Read the article here.

Martinez presented a paper, “Eye Witness to History: President Lyndon Baines Johnson through the Eyes of Yoichi ‘Oke’ Okamoto,” at the 38th annual American Journalism Historians Association Convention in Dallas, Texas, October 3-5, 2019.  Additionally, he will co-author the 15th edition of Law of Mass Communications: Freedom and Control of Print and Broadcast Media with Bill Loving, a retired California Polytechnic State University journalism professor.

Senior Lecturer Melanie Faizer published two sidebars, “The Uncertain Future of Media’s Unicorns” and “Deadlines or Depth? The Model of Slow News Startups” in the textbook Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Professor Emeritus Peter Gross’ article, “Divided We Fall … For Disinformation,” was published in the August issue of Transitions Online. His article, “Repackaged Authoritarian Policies. Kazakhstan’s ‘New’ Version of Media Controls,” was published in the fall issue of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He was also recently named co-editor of the Journal of Romanian Studies, a biannual that examines critical issues in Romanian studies, linking work in the field to wider theoretical debates and issues of current relevance.

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman is spending the 2019-20 academic year in Washington, D.C. as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has also been active in the following academic projects:


The date for the seventh-annual WUTK Beer Dinner fundraiser is Monday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This five-course gourmet meal will be prepared by Sunspot’s chief chef, and each serving will be paired with a different craft beer flavor from Sierra Nevada Brewing. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the WUTK Gift Fund, and reservations can be made by calling Sunspot at 865-637-4663.  There will be drawings for valuable raffle prizes between each course.

Mark Your Calendar


Oct. 25 CCI Vision/Mission Leaders Retreat
Nov. 22 CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Patrick Auditorium
Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving
Dec. 4 Classes End
Dec. 5 Study Day
Dec. 5 CCI Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Scripps Lab
Dec. 12 Graduate Hooding
Dec. 13 Commencement Ceremony