Weekly Meditation at CCI Open to Anyone on Campus
Megan Fields demonstrates how some meditate in the Message Effects room, where a group meets weekly for mindfulness and meditation.
Every Wednesday on the second floor of the Communication and Information building, the lights are dimmed and the voices of a handful of students, staff, and faculty go quiet for 25 minutes. The noises outside of the small, cozy room where they meet continue on, but that’s all part of the point, said Megan Fields, distinguished lecturer for the School of Communication Studies.
“We keep it simple, we don’t want it to be intimidating or scary. It’s not about clearing … Read more “Weekly Meditation at CCI Open to Anyone on Campus”
CCI Faculty, Students Participate at National Communication Association Convention
Several College of Communication and Information faculty and graduate students are participating in the National Communication Association’s 108th Annual Convention this week by presenting papers, sitting on panels, and much more. Besides opportunities to expand professional development and learning, the convention also provides a chance for attendees to connect with other academics in the communication fields as well as with CCI alumni, said School of Communication Studies Associate Professor Michelle Violanti.
Violanti has a whole roster of events in which she will be participating and presenting, including a special presentation centering on one of her passions: accessibility. This presentation, … Read more “CCI Faculty, Students Participate at National Communication Association Convention”
Comm Studies Alum Gives Back to the College That Felt Like Home
As a freshman, School of Communication Studies alumnus Drew Griggs (’12) was ready to follow through with his plan to eventually become a pastor. He figured the combination of communication studies classes plus religious studies would be the right precursor to a master’s in divinity, but the divine guided him in a different direction—and he couldn’t feel more grateful or blessed to have followed that direction.
“I loved UT, but really didn’t love school. Then I got into a couple of comm studies classes and fell in love, honestly, with a person: John Haas,” Griggs explained. “Just his teaching style, … Read more “Comm Studies Alum Gives Back to the College That Felt Like Home”
CCI Summer Global Programs Trips Give Students New Perspectives
Twenty-two years ago, Professor Sam Swan established the very first study abroad program at the College of Communication and Information. That program grew and evolved into what is now Global Programs, which now consists of several trips every year that take students out of their comfort zones and into exciting new places.
Goal 1 of the CCI Strategic Plan is all about finding those unique opportunities to enhance student experiences and learning, and Global Programs is part of that. CCI faculty and staff will continue to build on the existing foundation that was first set more than two decades ago … Read more “CCI Summer Global Programs Trips Give Students New Perspectives”
CCI Welcomes 12 New Faculty Members in Fall 2022
The College of Communication and Information is welcoming 12 new faculty members to its ranks this fall to support its growing student body. These faculty members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to CCI’s four schools and will help CCI to continue achieving its mission and fulfill the goals in its five-year strategic plan. Here’s a little bit more about each of CCI’s new faculty members:
Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations
Assistant Professor Minjie Li
Li brings a passion for social justice issues in advertising to his work, and his research is in the areas of multicultural … Read more “CCI Welcomes 12 New Faculty Members in Fall 2022”
Comm Studies Alum Says CCI Changed Her Life, So She Gives Back
Alexanderia Honeycutt’s (‘03) career has taken her around the world and into the offices of politicians and changemakers. It also allowed her to become a partner at a lobbying agency firm, and finally, to launch her own government relations and consulting firm, Honeycutt Strategies, in 2012. She says none of it would have happened if she hadn’t transferred to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and landed School of Communication Studies Associate Professor John Haas as an advisor.
“I absolutely love what I do and I very well could have had a different trajectory for my path if … Read more “Comm Studies Alum Says CCI Changed Her Life, So She Gives Back”
SCRIPS Grant Funding Supports Innovative Research at CCI
The Research and Innovation Center (RIC) supports College of Communication and Information (CCI) scholarship by offering services to aid researchers throughout the research process, with a particular focus on helping compete for and win grants. This year, the center introduced the Summer CCI Research and Innovation Projects Support (SCRIPS) program. This competitive program provides CCI funding to awardees.
SCRIPS grants promote broad participation from the CCI research community. Tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty can submit a proposal and CCI staff can also team up with faculty for project proposals, said Suzie Allard, director of RIC and Chancellor’s Professor in … Read more “SCRIPS Grant Funding Supports Innovative Research at CCI”
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”
Laura Miller Selected for Swain Professorship
School of Communication Studies Associate Professor Laura Miller has been selected as the second recipient of the William H. Swain Endowed Professorship.
Miller’s scholarship intersects interpersonal and health communication, specifically exploring illness-related uncertainty, identity negotiations, and conversations with close others in various disease contexts. She teaches courses in health communication, communication theory, and qualitative methods.
The Swain Professorship was made possible by a generous gift from CCI Board of Visitors member and former chair Martha S. “Missy” Wallen (BS/CS ’74) in honor of her father, William H. Swain. This endowed professorship was established to reward and recognize an outstanding School … Read more “Laura Miller Selected for Swain Professorship”
2020 ICA Conference – CCI Participants
The 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, originally scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia, was held virtually May 20-27. A number of professors and students from the School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media participated.
Discussion Moderators & Chairs
ADPR Interim Director & Professor Sally McMillan:
- Chair: Virtual Reality: New Methods, Approaches, and Theories
JEM Assistant Professor Joy Jenkins:
- Chair: How Journalists Use Social Media
ADPR Assistant Professor Matthew Pittman:
- Chair: HIGH DENSITY: Messaging for Public Awareness and Social Change
CS Associate Professor Michelle Violanti:… Read more “2020 ICA Conference – CCI Participants”