CCI Announces New Director of the School of Communication Studies
Dr. Jon Hess has been named the next director of the School of Communication Studies at the College of Communication and Information, effective July 1, 2022. Hess currently serves as associate dean for faculty scholarship, internationalization, and inclusive excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Dayton.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hess join the team as we implement the university’s new strategic vision and craft a new strategic plan for the College of Communication and Information,” said Dean Joseph Mazer. “He brings extensive academic leadership experience and … Read more “CCI Announces New Director of the School of Communication Studies”
CCI Professor Sam Swan Retires after 37 Years of Impacting Students, and the World
“My goal here was to provide opportunities for students to have professional experiences so they could gain the confidence to pursue their dreams,” said Professor Sam Swan, as he explained why Dean Don Hileman hired him 37 years ago to build the Department of Broadcasting at what was then the College of Communications at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As far as purposes go, Swan has fulfilled his, and exponentially more. In his time at what is now the College of Communication and Information (CCI), his efforts have elevated the college, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM), and … Read more “CCI Professor Sam Swan Retires after 37 Years of Impacting Students, and the World”
ESPN Writer and Sports Broadcasting Alum Ryan McGee Visits WUTK
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Homecoming Game weekend took on a personal note for alumnus Ryan McGee (’93), who returned to a place that was like home to him during his time as a student at the College of Communication and Information: WUTK studios.
“It’s awesome, the great thing about being back at the radio station is that I know it’s updated, but it looks exactly the same—maybe the stickers have changed, so as an old dude, it makes me feel good, I know where I’m going,” McGee said with a chuckle.
2021 CCI Scholarship and Awards Banquet
2021 CCI Faculty Awards
- Faculty Teaching Award: Derrick Holland, ADPR
- Faculty Research Award: Vandana Singh, SIS
- Faculty Service/Outreach Award: Eric Haley, ADPR
- Non-Tenure Track Faculty Teaching Award: Melanie Faizer, JEM
- Part-Time Lecturer Teaching Award: Phil Kaplan, JEM
2021 CCI Staff Awards
- Volunteer Spirit Award: Clint Elmore, JEM
- Big Orange Award: Margaret Taylor, CCI Dean’s Office
Denton, Lyle Honored at Annual Alumni Awards Gala
College of Communication and Information alumni James T. Denton (’86) and Courtney Lyle (’12) were among the 23 Volunteers honored at the annual University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Alumni Awards Gala on Sept. 10 in the Student Union’s Pilot Company Ballroom.
Denton, known for his role as Mike Delfino in hit ABC series Desperate Housewives, received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award, and rising sports broadcaster Lyle, who worked her first Olympic Games last month, was awarded with the Alumni Promise Award.
J. Phenise Poole (’95), a member of the CCI Honorary Board of Visitors, led the ceremony as the current president … Read more “Denton, Lyle Honored at Annual Alumni Awards Gala”
CCI Faculty, Graduate Students Present at 2021 AEJMC Conference
Faculty and graduate students from the College of Communication and Information presented eight research papers and a poster at the 2021 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference.
Twelve CCI faculty from the School of Advertising and Public Relations and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media served as panelists, moderators, and discussants.
Faculty serving in AEJMC leadership roles include: CCI dean emeritus Mike Wirth on the Executive Committee, JEM associate professor Amber Roessner on the Standing Committee for Research, and JEM assistant professor Joy Jenkins as head of the Magazine Media Division. ADPR associate professor … Read more “CCI Faculty, Graduate Students Present at 2021 AEJMC Conference”
Harrison Explores Challenges of Female Sportscasters in New Book
Journalism and Electronic Media Assistant Professor Guy Harrison recently published his first scholarly book, On the Sidelines, which explores the systemic sexism and racism that female sportscasters face in the workplace and that gendered neoliberalism maintains this status quo.
Read the book summary below followed by a Q&A with Harrison about the book’s research process and discussing these topics in the classroom:
When sports fans turn on the television or radio today, they undoubtedly find more women on the air than ever before. Nevertheless, women sportscasters are still subjected to gendered and racialized mistreatment in the workplace and online … Read more “Harrison Explores Challenges of Female Sportscasters in New Book”
Researchers, Bread Company Explore Attitudes Toward Ex-Offenders
A multidisciplinary research team from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, investigated how messages about a fresh start might improve public attitudes toward individuals with a criminal background.
Knowing from prior research that the US perspective often associates drug addiction with a blemished character, the team of UT researchers hypothesized that framing a messaging campaign in terms of the fresh start mindset might counteract the blaming attitude that can make people feel less inclined to help addicts and ex-offenders.
To test their theories, the team—marketing doctoral student Tyler Milfeld of Wichita, Kansas, and Dan Flint, Regal Professor of Marketing in UT’s … Read more “Researchers, Bread Company Explore Attitudes Toward Ex-Offenders”
CCI Students Named to 2020-21 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Seventeen students in the College of Communication and Information were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during the 2020-21 academic year.
Among the academic honorees was track and field standout sprinter Maia McCoy, who completed her master’s degree in Communication and Information. This year, she was an All-American and a Southeastern Conference bronze medalist in the 100-meter dash. She also competed at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.
SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
Trevon Flowers – Communication Studies
Cade Mays – Communication Studies
Alontae Taylor – Communication Studies
Cedric Tillman – Communication Studies
Alicia Donley – Communication Studies… Read more “CCI Students Named to 2020-21 SEC Academic Honor Roll”
Broadcasting the Olympics: An Alumna’s Dream Come True
During this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumna Courtney Lyle (’12) of ESPN and the SEC Network will deliver NBC’s play-by-play for men’s and women’s field hockey alongside Olympic ice hockey medalist and analyst A. J. Mleczko. When the announcement was made, Lyle tweeted, “Athletes dream of playing in the Olympics. Announcers dream of calling them. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of NBC’s field hockey coverage this year!!! Dream Come True!!!”
Lyle and Mleczko will broadcast from NBC studios in Stamford, Connecticut, beginning August 1. “We will have a feed of the match from Tokyo … Read more “Broadcasting the Olympics: An Alumna’s Dream Come True”