Q&A with Recent Master’s Graduate Lily Crosby (MS C&I ’21)
Lily Crosby was drawn to strategic communications after working for the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), a housing non-profit that works with people in Central Appalachia. She returned to school to improve those skills, graduating in May 2021 with her master’s degree in Communication and Information with the concentration in public relations.
Crosby wants to use her enhanced public relations and strategic communication skills to serve the community through nonprofit organizations.
What has it been like juggling an internship while attending graduate school? Do you have any time management tips?
Juggling an internship while in grad school has been one of … Read more “Q&A with Recent Master’s Graduate Lily Crosby (MS C&I ’21)”
Q&A with Recent Graduate Phil Servello (MS, C&I ’21)
After four years of full-time copywriting work, Philip Servello was drawn back to college to pursue a degree that would help him pivot to a sports production career.
He recently completed his master’s degree with a concentration on journalism and electronic media. He took full advantage of student media that CCI offers, serving as sports and news director for WUTK 90.3 the Rock and a news producers and sports director for UT Today. He was also a freelance sportswriter for the Oak Ridger covering college sports.
Before coming to UT, he earned his undergraduate degree in advertising from Temple University.… Read more “Q&A with Recent Graduate Phil Servello (MS, C&I ’21)”
Q&A with PhD Student Jessica Barfield
Jessica Barfield is pursuing her PhD in the College of Communication and Information with a concentration in information sciences and recently completed her first year of studies.
She is an active member of the CCI Graduate Student Association and served as vice president during the spring semester. She is a graduate research assistant working with Professor Dania Bilal and also works in the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center.
What made you pursue your PhD in Information Sciences? What are your previous degrees in?
My path to the PhD program in information sciences has not been direct. My undergraduate degree … Read more “Q&A with PhD Student Jessica Barfield”
Q&A with PhD Graduate Scott Sikes
After being inspired by his wife simultaneously working and earning her Master’s degree, Scott Sikes looked to Rocky Top for his return to higher education. He earned his Master’s degree in Information Sciences in 2018 and recently completed his PhD with a concentration in Information Sciences in 2021.
He successfully defended his dissertation, “In Out Very Blood: The Use of Social Media in the 2018 West Virginia Teachers’ Strike.”
What made you decide to pursue your masters degree and PhD at UT? What made you decide to go back to school?
When I was looking at graduate programs, the … Read more “Q&A with PhD Graduate Scott Sikes”
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”
Joseph Mazer Named Dean of CCI
Joseph Mazer, professor and chair of Clemson University’s Department of Communication, will be the next dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Communication and Information effective July 1. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick made the announcement to the campus community earlier today.
Mazer has over 17 years of experience in higher education. In 2012, he was named the director of the Social Media Listening Center at Clemson University. In 2018, he was selected to serve as the chair of Clemson’s Department of Communication, and in 2019, he was selected as a Faculty Fellow by Clemson’s Office … Read more “Joseph Mazer Named Dean of CCI”
Inside Global Programs: Sarah Ali
Sarah Ali (JEM ’20) participated in the Going on Assignment in Prague program during the summer of 2019 with Professor Mark Harmon. A senior at the time, she has since graduated from UT, but we caught up with her to talk about her first time out of the country.
Learn more about CCI’s Going on Assignment in Prague summer program.
Why did you choose to study abroad through the Going on Assignment in Prague program?
I knew I wanted to study abroad since my freshman year, but the semester long programs made me really anxious because I had never … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Sarah Ali”
Inside Global Programs: Raven Bailey
Raven Bailey (CS ’19) participated in the Communicating Across Cultures in Dublin program led by Associate Professor Laura Miller and Director John Haas during the summer of 2019. Then a senior, she has since graduated from UT, but we caught up with her nonetheless to hear about her first time being abroad.
Learn more about CCI’s Communicating Across Cultures in Dublin summer program.
Did you face any challenges in your decision to study abroad?
One of the biggest challenges was finding aid. Unfortunately, I couldn’t use my HOPE Scholarship toward the program, but that was because I didn’t … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Raven Bailey”
Inside Global Programs: Kensi Juszkiewicz
Public Relations major Kensi Juszkiewicz, a Public Relations major, spent five weeks during the summer of 2019 in Siena, Italy as part of the Public Relations in Siena with Professor Candice White. A sophomore at the time, Lyra sat down with us to talk about her experience in the program and the best summer of her life.
Learn more about CCI’s Public Relations program in Italy.
Did you have any reservations about studying abroad?
I was a little hesitant to study abroad just because it was my first summer after being a freshman at UT. But honestly, I was like, … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Kensi Juszkiewicz”
Inside Global Programs: Liza Cunningham
Liza Cunningham (AD ’20) participated in two study abroad programs: the CCI Global Scholars program in Sydney and the Advertising in Rome program during mini-term with Professor Sally McMillan.
Since graduating from UT, Cunningham is now an account executive with iHeartMedia, but we caught up with her to talk about her second time studying abroad in Italy.
Learn more about CCI’s Advertising in Rome mini-term program.
What did you learn by taking ADVT 480 abroad?
I was challenged by a bunch of situations that I never thought I’d be challenged with. Before going into this program, when I thought … Read more “Inside Global Programs: Liza Cunningham”