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Inside CCI: March 8, 2021


Chancellor Donde Plowman and the University of Tennessee have announced plans for spring commencement. CCI’s ceremony will be held at Neyland Stadium on May 8 at 10 a.m. with the College of Architecture and Design, College of Social Work, and Tickle College of Engineering. 

Advisor Lexi Hartley and Sonia D. Hayes’ (Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee) book chapter, “Because they are worth it: Utilizing servant leadership to increase first generation college persistence,” was accepted for publication in Case Studies in Leadership and Adult Development: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Real World Challenges.

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Assistant Professor Matthew Pittman and Emil Steiner’s (Rowan University) article, “Binge-Watching or Cringe-Watching? Planned, Social, and Attentive Viewing Predict Increased Well-Being and Decreased Regret,” was accepted for publication in Convergence.

Information Sciences

PhD student Joseph Winberry and Associate Professor Wade Bishop had their article, “Documenting social justice in library and information science research: a literature review,” published in the Journal of Documentation.

Lauren Mandel (University of Rhode Island), Bishop and MSIS student Ashley Orehek had their paper, “A new decade of uses for geographic information systems (GIS) in library research,” published in Library Hi Tech.

Assistant Professor Brian Dobreski, Jian Qin (Syracuse University), and Melissa Resnick (University at Buffalo) had their paper, “Depicting Historical Persons and Identities: A Faceted Approach,” published in Knowledge Organization.

Journalism & Electronic Media

Anu Garg, world-famous expert on the origin of words, will speak about “Language Myths & Hoaxes: A Humorous Look at Language Misconceptions” when he delivers the 27th Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at the University of Tennessee. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

Assistant Professor Guy Harrison has a virtual speaking engagement with the University of Iowa’s Department of American Studies on April 16 about his upcoming book, On the Sidelines: Gendered Neoliberalism and the American Female Sportscaster, which is scheduled for release this summer. 

Professor Barb Kaye was moderator/session chair for a panel on evaluating teaching during the pandemic. The interactive panel was presented virtually at the National Communication Association annual conference in November 2020).

Kaye and Chang Sup Park (SUNY Albany) had their article, “Doubt Versus Trust: Framing Effects of the News About the 2018 Trump‒Kim Jong Un Summit in Singapore on American College Students,” published in International Journal of Communication. Kaye and Park also virtually presented their paper, “Applying News Values Theory to Liking, Commenting, and Sharing Mainstream News Articles on Facebook,” at the 70th Annual ICA Conference in May 2020. 

Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman has written the following articles: 


All events & meetings are virtual except the in-person commencement ceremonies in Neyland Stadium

March 12: CCI Diversity & Inclusion Workshop I – Dr. Janice Gassam Asare (Noon – 2 p.m.)

March 18-20: AAA Conference

March 23: 27th Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture with Anu Garg (8 p.m.)

March 26-27: Tennessee Communication Association Conference

April 5-9: SSCA Association Annual Conference 

April 9: CCI Experience Diversity Banquet 

April 12-16: BEA Convention 

April 16: CCI BOV Spring Meeting

April 23: CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting

April 23: CCI Diversity & Inclusion Workshop II – Dr. Brenda Allen (Noon – 2 p.m.) 

April 30-May 6: Final Exams

May 7: University-wide Graduate Hooding Ceremony (4 p.m.), Neyland Stadium

May 8: Commencement (10 a.m.), Neyland Stadium