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Faculty Openings for Broadcast Specialist and Communication Studies Instructor

Posted February 9, 2015 by Brian Horton in category faculty

The Department of Communication at UT-Arlington currently has two openings beginning fall 2015, pending approval of funding.

For job credentials and requirements, please visit our employment page for more information.

Alumni News Roundup for March 16th, 2015

Posted March 15, 2015 by Brian Horton in category alumni

Nealy Mincher, a 2010 PREL alum, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 19 PRSSA meeting. Mincher, who works as a Senior Account Executive with FleishmanHillard and is part of the digital campaign for Chevrolet, discussed the importance of internships.

MA grad Amy Shields recently started a new job as manager of internal communications with Providence Health Care in Spokane, WA.

Student News Roundup for the Week of March 16th, 2015

Posted March 15, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

ADVT major Kim Nguyen designed two posters for Women's History Month for UTA's Gender Studies program.

Several Department of Communication grad students have had abstracts selected for presentation at the upcoming ACES Symposium, The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students.

Anna Prieto and Karen McAlister, partnering with Amanda Morse and Michael Magnus, respectively, will present at this year's March 25 Symposium. Prieto's abstract is entitled "Is Facebook Ruining Your Love Life?" McAlister's abstract is entitled "The Power of Social Media Communication during the 2014 Arlington, Texas Storm." Graduate advisor Dr. Tom Christie is the students' faculty mentor.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide event showcasing the best of students’ research and creativity. Students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium. Judges utilize a rubric to evaluate presentations and posters. The highest rated presentations and posters are selected to receive awards which are presented on the evening of the symposium.

PREL major Alvaro Lopez has been working with the Kimbell Art Museum's Public Relations division in the museum’s new exhibition, The collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass. Lopez's contributions include preparation efforts for the museum's press preview on Feb. 26.

Department Going Social

Posted March 2, 2015 by Brian Horton in category other

The Department of Communication is increasing efforts to improve communication. Social media is a prominent tool to communicate with faculty, staff and current and prospective students.

In addition to the in-progress redesign of the Department of Communication's website, the Department is also utilizing social media tools to share up-to-date, departmental information. Check out the following for more info.

Creation of New Student Organization, CREO

Posted March 2, 2015 by Chyng-Yang Jang in category students

Creo is a new graphic and web design organization focused on creating websites/graphics for businesses and competitions. The group will host weekly meetings throughout the semester. Creo’s first project will be developing the TEDxUTA website, logos, and social media graphics. Interested students should fill out a membership application and pay $15 dues. For more information, e-mail or call 214-695-7176. Check out the group’s facebook page at

Faculty News Roundup for March 2, 2015

Posted March 2, 2015 by Barrie Hill in category newsbrief

Assistant professor Mark Tremayne has been named one of eight finalists for AEJMC's Scholarsourcing book proposal competition for a project titled "Accelerating Cultural Change: The Role of Mass Communication in Equality Movements." Winners will be announced in June and will receive book contracts from Peter Lang publishing.

Penn State News reported on a new study by Dr. Shelley Wigley, a UT Arlington assistant professor of communication, and Michel Haigh, Pennsylvania State University associate professor of advertising/public relations, that found negative Facebook posts about an organization erodes trust in the institution and diminishes its reputation. Efforts to “inoculate” readers against damaging messages, however, do appear to mitigate the harm somewhat. The study is published online in Corporate Communications: An International Journal.

Dr. Sabrina Habib-Williams and Communication Specialist Jeff Williams are traveling to Chicago, IL March 25-29. to present an original joint research paper titled "Storytelling: Creating Immersive Worlds."

Dr. Habib-Williams also served as a guest speaker for the LINK Research Lab Speakers Series on Feb. 27. She discussed “Qualitative Video Analysis and Video Data Collection."

Communication Lecturer Carie Kapellusch is traveling to the Gulf Coast Summit in Little Rock, AR Mar 11-15 to present a seminar on "Conducting Reflections for Service Learning.” As an engaged department, Kapellusch’s efforts support this initiative and elevate the department’s reputation as a leader in service learning opportunities.

Communication specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the SkillsUSA 4th District Advertising Design competition for local high school students enrolled in advertising and graphic design classes.

Faculty Excelling in the Community

Posted February 11, 2015 by Brian Horton in category faculty

Communication lecturer Austin Robinson has had a piece of photographic art accepted in Arlington Visual Arts Association juried show. The show runs though the month of February at Arlington’s Bob Duncan Community Center.

Students in Dr. Karishma Chatterjee’s COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations are collaborating with the non-profit Helping Restore Ability ( as part of the class’ service learning efforts.

Fall 2014 COMM GTA LaDonna Aiken traveled to Okinawa, Japan in Jan. to conduct research. Aiken, who serves as a part-time lecturer for BCMN, was awarded a Dean’s Award for Research Travel for $1,000 to make the trip. Aiken’s research focuses predominately on military broadcasting, specifically, the first 50 years of the Far East Network Okinawa.

  • ladonna aiken with the people of okinawa japan
  • the beautiful scenery of okinawa, japan

“I was able to travel to Japan and interview people that grew up listening to FEN Okinawa, and record their stories and experiences,” Aiken said. “I was incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to conduct this research. I was able to visit Okinawa's prefectural archives as well as getting the interviews I needed.”

Communication lecturer Melanie Mason and UTA Theatre and Jour Alum Steven Morris are sharing the stage in a production of the farce, Rumors, at Onstage in Bedford at the Bedford Boys Ranch. The show runs through Feb. 15.

Communication specialist Roby Mceuen served as a judge at the Corpus Christi American Advertising Awards (previously ADDY competition) as part of the AAF 10th District Small Club Advertising Competition judging.

NABC chapter reforming at UTA

Posted January 28, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

A student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is in the process of being reactivated at UTA. Founded in 1975, the NABJ is an organization committed to strengthening ties among, expanding job opportunities for, and fostering excellence for black media-professionals, according to the organization’s national website.

The organization awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and provides professional development and technical training across the country.

For more information, contact Reginald Adetula at