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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.

PR Campaigns Class in Finals of Competition

Posted May 4, 2015 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

Students in Section 002 of Dr. Shelley Wigley’s PR Campaigns class have made it to the finals of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge through EdVenture Partners and will represent UT Arlington in Houston on May 15. Students were challenged to become ambassadors and advocates for employment in the fuel and petrochemical industries. Students created an on-campus “Petrol Party” where they educated UT-Arlington students on the importance of petrochemicals in everyday life and discussed job opportunities in the fuel and petrochemical fields. The event featured free food, games, a photo booth and lots of social media chatter using the hashtag #comefuelyourself.

Student News for April, 2015

Posted April 22, 2015 by Brian Horton in category students

Two Department of Communication Organizational Communication students were recognized at UTA’s ACES Awards on March 25. Lawanda McKelvy, Dr. Karishma Chatterjee’s McNair mentee, won the Dean’s Award for oral presentations for her research project The Impact of Internet-Based Communication on the Acculturation of Muslim Women in the United States. Nadajalah Bennett, who has been mentored by Dr. Rachel Stohr, won the President’s Award at the event. Bennett co-authored research on mitigation tactics used by homeowners following the Moore, OK tornado with mentors at the University of Oklahoma.
UT Austin’s The Daily Texan reported that UT System Chancellor William McRaven has selected five finalists for the UT System Board of Regents student regent position. The applicants include Erika Long, ADVT and PREL senior, who noted on her application that she would like the UT System to improve experiences for distance learners, provide better health services generally and provide increased financial aid for students and financial support for student organizations.
Communication student Seehum Isa was among those selected to speak at UTA’s TEDx event Mar. 28. Isa’s presentation, entitled Finding Faith When You’re Born Into Two Religions, detailed her experience growing up in a Muslim/Catholic household. Isa is a member of Freshmen Leaders on Campus, Students for Justice of Palestine, the Leadership Honors Program and UTA Film and Video.
BCMN major Shayda Nazifpour has landed a very competitive internship at WFAA. Nazifpour won the position over a very competitive field of applicants.
De'Angela Giles, an ADVT/PREL double major, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from DFW interactive Marketing at FIG: Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas Mar. 19.
BCMN major Cameron Matthew Ray has released his first EP, featuring four songs he wrote and performed. While at UTA, Ray served as music director for UTA Radio and interned at Kirtland Records in Dallas, where he had the opportunity to interact and tour with emerging artists in the indie/folk music scene. His first single, “Lost With You,” is now playing on UTA Radio. For more info, check our ray’s website at

Faculty News Roundup for April, 2015

Posted April 20, 2015 by Brian Horton in category faculty

Communication faculty members Dr. Andrew Clark, Dr. Dustin Harp and Dr. Mark Tremayne hosted a delegation of Russian Journalists Mar. 20. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the group visited UTA to learn how Journalists are being trained in the United States with a particular emphasis on investigative and citizen Journalism.

Dr. Shelley Wigley has been appointed to a new UTA Presidential task force on “Campus Climate for Women.” The task force was organized as part of the university’s strategic plan and to enhance the climate of women on campus. The task force is challenged with evaluating the status of women faculty and staff at UTA; identifying issues affecting them with emphasis on equality, career development and overall climate, including barriers. Recommended actions will be presented to the Department of Human Resources and President Vistasp Karbhari.

Dr. Dustin Harp’s research paper titled "The Gendering of Spectacle: Politics, Pink Shoes and the Texas “Fillybuster” has been accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association’s annual conference in Puerto Rico, May 2015. Dr. Harp and Dr. Kim Pewit Jones will also be attending Teachapalooza in June, a 3-day workshop hosted by the Poynter Institute. The workshop focuses on the latest technology and trends that shape Journalism, and ways to help students prepare for the job market after graduation. “We learn new ways to put social media, mobile phone and mapping tools to work in the classroom,” Harp said.

Dr. Sabrina Habib's article titled: "Teaching Approaches in Advertising: Creativity and Technology" will be published in the Journal of Advertising Education in May. Dr. Habib and Advertising Specialist Jeff Williams presented at the American Academy of Advertising (AAA last month in Chicago. The presentation was titled: "Storyscaping: Creating Immersive Worlds."

Mr. Williams, Dr. Brian Horton and Dr. Habib recently completed work on an interdisciplinary project with the UTA Department of Chemistry to develop the marketing communications for a new collaborative laboratory that investigates anthropogenic processes that affect the environment. The team worked together to create a website, social media presence, content marketing and strategic communication mechanisms to connect community members, national and international researchers and industry to the growing concern about pollution caused by unconventional drilling techniques.

Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez was selected as a NATPE Faculty Development Grant winner for Summer 2015. FDG winners also receive complimentary registration for NATPE 2016 in Miami Beach in January 2016. The National Association of Television Program Executives is a professional association of television and emerging media executives established in 1963. NATPE provides members with education, networking, professional enhancement and technological guidance through year-round activities, directories, and events.

Several faculty and staff members attended the Broadcast Educators Association Conference April 11-15 in Las Vegas. Dr. Tom Ingram will participate on a panel, "Partnering with the Industry: Funding Contingent Sharing and Employment Opportunities.” Dr. Ingram will also assist in searching for new equipment to benefit the Department of Communication. Dr. Thomas Christie will participate as a panel member for "It's the Medium and the Message: The Digital Evolution of International Broadcasting in Revolutionary Times." Dr. Andrew Clark, Vice Chair of Radio and Audio Media Division and Paper Chair, will serve as a greeter and presenter of a panel “It's the Medium and the Message: The Digital Evolution of International Broadcasting in Revolutionary Times.” Clark will also serve as moderator for a second panel. BCMN Lecturer Julian Rodriguez will serve as a panelist and moderator for "Partnering with the Industry: Funding, Content, Sharing, and Employment Opportunities." BCMN Lecturer Lance Liguez will serve as a panelist for two workshops: “Any Way You Run It: College Radio and the Future of the Industry” and “Social Media: The Great Equalizer in Radio.” Technical Operations Manager Joe Carter will serve as a panelist on "Partnering with the Industry: Funding, Content Sharing, and Employment Opportunities.” He will also be attending vendor meetings and researching technology options.

Communication Lecturer Carie Kapellusch recently attended the Gulf South Summit Conference for Service Learning in Little Rock, where she presented a seminar on "Conducting Reflections for Service Learning.” Keynote speaker for the conference was one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown-Trickey.

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