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.
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 (http://www.helpingrestoreability.org/) 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.
“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.
The Department of Communication at UT-Arlington currently has two openings beginning fall 2015, pending approval of funding.
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Students in Carie Kapellusch’s class work on service learning projects. The students are creating reflection journals to record their experiences supporting Heifer International.
Dr. Shelley Wigley hosted a two-part workshop “Dealing with the Media” for UTA’s freshmen student athletes. Part of the October workshop included student athletes manning the UTA News anchor desk and answering questions during a mock media interview.
Austin Robinson assisted UTARadio in covering events at Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 2. Robinson is pictured with Texas Rangers’ pitcher Derek Holland.
Department of Communication Faculty engage in a variety of research projects throughout the year. Here's a round-up of what faculty and staff have been up to this past summer and during the Fall 2014 semester.
Dr. Shelley Wigley traveled to Chicago in June to attend the 2014 Academic Summit Conference “Storytelling at the Speed of Now.” The conference assists Dr. Wigley in her instruction of social media courses.
Dr. Chyng-yang Jang attended the Corporate Communication International Conference in Hong Kong this summer to present a paper entitled “Small Local Business on Facebook: An Initial Survey.”
Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith traveled to Alexandria, VA in July to conduct research on political Journalism in the 19th-century South. Dr. Pribanic-Smith will also travel to St. Paul, MN in October to present an original research paper entitled “Assassination of Jason Clarke Swayze: Libel Press Freedom, and Editorial Civility in 1870s Kansas” at the American Journalism Historians Association. She will also be inducted as president of the organization.
Dr. Pribanic-Smith, Dr. Dustin Harp and Dr. Mark Tremayne traveled to Montreal, Canada in August to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference. The professors presented original research papers.
Dr. Tremayne’s paper, co-authored with Milad Minooie, is entitled “Using Social Media to Analyze Candidate performance and Public Opinion.” Dr. Harp’s paper is entitled “Alternate Spaces for Feminist Voices: Social Media’s Influence on CNN’s Steubenville Rape Coverage.”
Dr. Pribanic-Smith’s paper is entitled “Southern Values and the 1844 Election in the South Carolina Press.” A poster she created also won Best Poster in the History Division at the conference.
Dr. Harp and research collaborators from universities in Chile and the University of Oklahoma conducted new research that examined the presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages. The new research was recently published in the June issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.
Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and 13 students representing UTA and UTA News en Espanol attended the National Association Hispanic Journalist Conference in San Antonio last month.
Dr. Thomas Christie traveled to Nice, France this month to present an original research paper at the World Association of Public Opinion Research Conference. Christie’s paper is entitled “Agenda Setting and Polling during Gun Control Debate- A Study of News Media Reporting of Public Opinion Polling and Social Media Trends during the Sandy Hook Tragedy.”
Dr. Charla Markham Shaw traveled to Austin Sept. 5 to serve as a panelist for the Experienced Chair’s Roundtable for New Department Chair Orientation.
Journalism lecturer Kim Jones traveled to Nashville, TN in Sept. to attend the Society of Professional Journalists’ Conference as a UTA representative and an officer of the Fort Worth chapter of the organization.
Broadcast Lecturer Lance Liguez will travel to Seattle, WA in October to attend the College Broadcasters, Inc. Conference. His panel, Essential Equipment: The Smartphone in News & Social Media, will explore recommended apps and techniques for use in student electronic news gathering. UTA Radio is also a finalist for a CBI award in the category of Best Sportscast.
Dr. Rachel Stohr will travel to Chicago, IL in Nov. to present an original research paper at the National Communication Association.
Department of Communication faculty look forward to UTA Preview Days to provide information to prospective students.
UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day programs provide students with the opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer. Students also have the chance get answers to specific questions about all aspects of the University, and about the Department of Communication in particular.
Find out specifics about each of the Department of Communication's six disciplines: Advertising, Broadcast, Communication Studies, Communication Technology, Journalism and Public Relations. Meet with Department of Communication faculty, staff and current students.
The next UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day is April 5.
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Department of Communication faculty members are not only busy in the classroom, but are active in research projects, attend conferences, and engage in a variety of community and professional projects and organizations.
Dr. Shelley Wigley, Assistant Professor, Public Relations, served as a panelist at the December meeting of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The chapter also awarded scholarships to local Public Relations students during the Dec. 21 meeting, including UTA senior, Christian Nisttáhuz. Nisttáhuz, a double major in Public Relations and Spanish, says her interest in public relations grew into a passion after she volunteered in a congressional campaign and got involved in local politics.
Dr. Wigley also had the opportunity to visit with PREL alum over the holiday break. Emily Suied, PR graduate and past president of UTA’s PRSSA Chapter (left) and PR graduate Yasmine Gila (right) met with Dr. Wigley to share news about their first jobs in the Public Relations field. Suied works as a junior account executive at Jasculca Terman in Chicago, an award-winning strategic communications firm specializing in public affairs. Gila works as an Account Executive at Expose Communications, at boutique agency with offices in London and Dubai. Gila works in the Dubai office.
Graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is serving as an industry judge for the Tulsa AAF ADDY Competition, the first tier of a three-tier system for recognition of excellence in advertising and design. Winners will go on to district competition and, finally, national if they win at the district level. McEuen is also judging the 10th District Small Club ADDY Competition Feb. 1 in Dallas. Smaller AAF chapters from around Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana compete, with advancing teams moving into district competition in District 10.
Dr. Sabrina Habib traveled to Fort Lauderdale, FL Jan. 16-18 to present a paper at the Qualitative Report Conference sponsored by Nova Southeastern University. The paper, entitled, “Grounded Theory: Why, What, and How,” aims to clarify the analysis process and kind of information that results from GT Methodology.”
Dr. Rachel Stohr traveled to Washington, D.C. Nov. 21-24 to serve as a respondent for a panel entitled, “(Dis)connections of Agency, Voice, and Self: Narratives from LGBTQ Students and Allies about Creating Safe Zones and Enacting Civil Disobedience,” at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention
Dr. Karishma Chatterjee, assistant professor, and co-author, Paul Kozar, will be presenting a paper entitled "“Negotiation of competing discourses by primary caregivers of hospice patients." The paper will be presented in May at the ICA International Communication Association's annual conference in Seattle.
The American Journalism Historians Association has awarded Department of Communication Assistant Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith national honors for her research into how women used 19th century magazines to rally support for the preservation of George Washington’s estate.
Pribanic-Smith, who researches political communication in print media in the 19th- and 20th-century American South, was recognized with the 2013 Maurine Beasley Award for Outstanding Paper in Women’s History.
Her paper, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” explores how the Mount Vernon Ladies Association used Godey’s Lady’s Book and the Southern Literary Messenger during their drive to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of the Virginia home of the first president of the United States. She focused on editorials and letters to the editor that were used to disseminate political ideology.
Pribanic-Smith’s paper also received honorable mention for the David Sloan Award for the top faculty paper. Both honors were awarded during the organization’s annual conference in New Orleans in September.
The Department of Communication added several new faculty members this semester. Communication Intern SHONNA JOHNSTONE conducted a Q&A with the new instructors to help students get to know them a bit better.
This is the second in a continuing series.
Welcome Grace Brannon!
Teaching: COMS 1301
1.What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA?
The experience. I have not taught at the university level and so it is all still new. I love the diversity of the campus.
2. Describe your teaching style.
I feel like I focus on being as interactive as I can be in the classroom with the students. I prefer discussion methods when lecturing and activities that strengthen what the lecture’s content covered.
3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.
Academically speaking, I haven’t had teaching experience prior to this semester. I have taught before, but in a different field completely--dance and martial arts are a little different than Communications. I have assisted graduate students with research before, but not on a large scale.
4. What do you see for the future of your field?
Communications is a very broad field, so I see several different things. It will only continue to grow, as the skill of communication (verbal, nonverbal, written, etc.) continues to become more and more valued.
5. What do you love most about what you do?
I love seeing the “lightbulb” turn on when I’m teaching. Knowing that you have just aided a person in their journey of learning is an amazing feeling.
6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?
Communication Department faculty members are actively engaged in research, writing and professional endeavors outside the classroom.
Dr. Eronini Megwa traveled to Nigeria Oct. 16 - 26 to present a paper entitled, "The Changing Mechanisms of Influence: social media & Reporter-source interplay," at the 16th annual conference of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE).
The conference took place at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Dr. Megwa chaired a workshop session on Oct. 18. He also traveled to collect data on a research project he initiated in Summer 2012, examining the effects of social media on the relationship between journalists and news sources in Nigeria. Preliminary data collecting for the project was conducted from Oct. 19-24 at two broadcast stations in Lagos [Radio Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ikeja].
An interview with Communication Lecturer and graphic specialist Roby B. McEuen is included in the Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art & Design Oral History Project. McEuen’s daughter, Laurel McEuen, interviewed her dad as part of her master’s work on the project.
The Bard Graduate Center Craft, Art and Design Oral History Project is an online archive of oral history interviews of contemporary craftspeople, artists and designers. The primary form of the interviews are transcripts, often accompanied by photographs of interviewees and their work; some also feature audio and video clips. These makers come from many fields: studio craft in wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, and metalwork as well as multiple media; architectural, industrial, graphic, fashion, and costume design; and sculpture and installation art. Topics discussed include background and education, aesthetics, goals, career choices, and the marketplace.
The interviews have been conducted by graduate students in the seminar “Craft and Design in the USA, 1940–Present,” taught by Assistant Professor Catherine Whalen, who also directs the project. Bard Graduate Center students have been building this archive since 2007 and are continuing to do so.
McEuen is listed as a graphic designer and educator and the UTA Department of Communication is listed in on McEuen’s interview page. The page also includes a link to McEuen’s Profile page here at UTA.
Broadcast professor Dr. Andrew Clark was interviewed Oct. 28 for a story that aired on CW33 during the station’s 9 p.m. newscast.
The Department of Communication added several new faculty members this semester. Communication Intern SHONNA JOHNSTONE conducted a Q&A with the new instructors to help students get to know them a bit better.
This is the first in a continuing series.
Welcome, Carie Kapellusch!
Teaching: Comm Studies
1. What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA?
Diversity! I've always enjoyed learning from people representing different cultures, and here you have an embarrassment of riches.
2. Describe your teaching style.
I have a very open and hopefully engaging/interactive style. However, my standards are quite high, but if you are clear with expectations, students end up seeing this as a sign of my respect for their intelligence and talents.
3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.
Before teaching I was an executive recruiter. This helps me discuss working in the "real world" especially when I teach interviewing strategies. However, not noted on my resume is that I put myself through college as the assistant manager at a movie theatre. One of the greatest jobs ever...by the way :)
4. What do you see for the future of your field?
I'm hoping that Communication Studies will figure out how to brand itself a bit better. There seems to be an outside perception that we are all just "speech teachers" and that you can learn our discipline from either real life, or several other areas, like English. I'm also hoping that a portion of the practitioners will focus on real-work application of our course objectives. Our students need to make sure that they can get jobs, and succeed in their lives. Not everyone is going to graduate school, so while there is a wonderful and important place for theories, it must balance with practicality.
5. What do you love most about what you do?
The students and the strong belief, real or imagined, that I am providing them with a real take-away that should improve not only their professional lives, but their personal lives as well. It is the beauty of teaching communication, it is always applicable!
6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?
There is such a supportive, warm and accepting environment here. Not only amongst the students, but with the faculty as well. This can be quite rare, so I'm ecstatic to be here, as it already feels like home. I so appreciate the fact that this university not only understands service learning (which is a major learning initiative in all of my courses), but supports it, and is in fact a leader in this area.
Ms. Marti Harvey traveled to Austin Sept. 27-29 to attend the Texas Tribune Event and to serve on a panel discussing the future of journalism.
Ms. Kim Pewitt Jones represented UT Arlington and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the organization’s national convention in Anaheim, CA Sept. 24-27. Ms. Pewitt Jones served as an advisor for UTA SPJ and an officer for the SPJ Fort Worth Chapter.
Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith presented a paper entitled, “For the Fame Which May Be Forgotten: Two Magazines and the Fight to Save Mount Vernon, 1855-1860,” at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Convention in New Orleans Sept. 24-29. The paper was awarded the Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding paper in women's history and was runner-up for the Best Faculty Paper award. Pribanic-Smith also received the Joseph McKerns Research Grant, a $1,250 award to assist with archival research travel and the President's Award for sustained and meritorious service to AJHA.
Pribanic-Smith also presenting research insights on the partisan press on a panel about antebellum journalism and completed various tasks and attended meetings as Second Vice-President of the organization. The professor was sworn into office as First Vice-President at the convention.
UTA Department of Communication students, faculty and staff are mourning the death of long-time lecturer Daniel Rudy Bechtel. Mr. Bechtel died Oct. 15 after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Services were held Oct. 17, at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave. in Fort Worth.
Mr. Bechtel's obituary can be viewed via the following link:
By Shonna Johnstone
Thirty-six UTA student athletes attended a Media Training Workshop conducted by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley on Sept. 11.
“The students learned what types of questions reporters often ask and how to respond to them in the best possible way,” Wigley said.
During the workshop, students learned to never answer hypothetical questions or to speculate on what they think might happen in certain situations. They also learned to avoid saying “no comment” and to look at the cameras, not the reporters when answering questions. The students were taught to always answer the reporter’s question but to link answers back to the message they want to get across.
Following the workshop, the student athletes participated in mock interviews inside the UTA TV Studio in front of cameras.
“Overall the student athletes did a nice job when we went into the studio,” Wigley said.
Wigley said news training for athletes is important because they are often interviewed by members of the media.
“It is important that they present themselves, their team and the university in the best possible light,” Wigley said.
Wigley will be meeting with UTA Athletics to discuss doing more media training workshops in the future, especially for incoming freshmen athletes.
The UTA Department of Communication welcomes several new faculty members for the Fall semester.
Ladonna Aiken, current Department of Communication graduate student, is teaching classes in the department's broadcast sequence.
Grad student Grace Brannon is teaching COMS 1301.
Dr. Sabrina Habib and Jeff Williams are new instructors in the ADVT sequence.
Marti Harvey is teaching Journalism.
Carie Kapellusch and Dr. Rachel Stohr are joining the Communication Studies sequence.
Welcome to our new instructors!
Many Department of Communication faculty members spent the summer months presenting articles and attending conferences.
Several professors have had articles selected for inclusion in a variety of publications in recent weeks.
Dr. Mark Tremayne and Dr. Andrew Clark’s article “New perspectives from the sky: Unmanned aerial vehicles and journalism,” published in May in Digital Journalism, has received national and international media attention.
Dr. Karishma Chatterjee and Dr. Charla Markham Shaw’s article, “Media portrayals of the female condom,” published in the Journal of Health Communication, is the No. 1 article published in the last year in the domain of sexual health according to MEDLINE and BioMedLib.
Julian Rodriguez published a book chapter, “Twitter use among English and Spanish language television stations: A traffic and content analysis of Dallas-Fort Worth local television accounts,” in the edited book Media Management and Economics Research in a Transmedia Environment.
Dr. Mark Tremayne and Milad Minooie (graduate student) will soon see their paper "Opinion leadership on gun control in social networks: Preferential attachment versus reciprocal linking,” in the American Communication Journal. The manuscript was based on a paper presented this summer at ICA.
Faculty and staff also spent summer months making presentations at numerous conferences.
Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith presented her paper, “Partisanship in the Antislavery Press During the 1844 Run of an Abolition Candidate for President,” at this summer’s annual AEJMC conference in Washington, DC—and won the second place faculty paper award in the History Division. Dr. Pribanic-Smith also had an article of original research published in August in the journal American Journalism entitled "Conflict in the South Carolina Partisan Press of 1829."
Julian Rodriguez is conducting a survey of "dreamers" or undocumented immigrants who are over the age of 18 and living in Texas. His research was featured this summer on Univision/KUVN 23.
Dr. Tom Christie traveled to Budapest, Hungary to present a paper, “Democracy vs. Opportunity: Revealing the Nature of Conflict Communication Following the ‘Arab Spring’,” at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict and Aggression.
Dr. Dustin Harp traveled to London to present a co-authored paper, “Where are the women? The presence of female columnists in U.S. opinion pages,” at the International Communication Association. She also presented a co-authored paper, “The double bind of political women: Coverage of Hillary Clinton's performance during the Benghazi Hearings,” at AEJMC that won the top faculty paper award in the Commission on the Status of Women Division.
Dr. Chunke Su presented a co-authored paper, “The combined roles of mastery and performance climates in implementing creative ideas,” at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando.
Dr. Shelley Wigley presented two co-authored papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention in August: “Processing of persuasive messages” and “Subsidizing Sandy: Courage of Hurricane Sandy.”
The UTA Department of Communication is proud of the accomplishments of its faculty and staff and prides itself on the engaged, passionate personalities that make up the department. Several faculty members are the recent recipients of university and college teaching awards this year.
Mindia Whittier, Public Relations senior instructor, is recipient of the University’s 2013 William S. Ward Endowment Award honoring a non-tenure track faculty member for excellence in teaching.
Established to honor the life and contributions of UT Arlington faculty member Bill Ward, this prize recognizes a non-tenure track faculty member “with an exemplary work ethic, who loves working with students, and who makes a significant impact on enhancing the goals of the University.” Whittier received the award April 22 at the Faculty Awards event.
Dr. Andrew Clark is this year’s recipient of the College of Liberal Art’s (COLA) Gertrude Golladay Award. The award is voted on by students to honor a top instructor.
Radio broadcast instructor Lance Liguez received the COLA Dean’s Accolade Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award is presented to educators who inspire students to create work of exceptional merit.
Journalism instructor Geoff Campbell was awarded this year’s COLA Outstanding Adjunct Instructor honor.
Congratulations to our faculty members for these well-deserved honors!
While you were busy passing out candy hearts to your classmates Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne was being interviewed by local media.
Many of our Department of Communication faculty and staff are routinely quoted in media and publications.
Professor Tremayne weighed in on the pros and cons of digital dating in the Star Telegram article. Check out the following link to read the story.
The University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa has invited Associate Professor Eronini Megwa to serve as an external examiner for a doctoral examination of Bevelyn Dube, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Journalism. The title of the dissertation is "Challenges for Journalism Education and Training in a Transforming Society: A Case study of Three Selected Institutions in Post-1994 South Africa".
Dr. Chunke Su recently had a journal article published by IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet. The title of the article is: “Hub” or “Bridge”? The Effects of Social Network Centralities on Expertise Discovery, Information Retrieval And Allocation, and Use of Digital Knowledge Repositories. A previous version of this paper was selected as one of the Best Papers of the "IADIS International Conference on ICT, Human Beings 2012.”
Melyssa Prince, a graduate of the Department of Communication Master's program, has been named the 2012 Communicator of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a San Francisco-based, not-for-profit trade association for business communications professionals with approximately 16,000 members and 100 chapters. The association was founded in 1970.
The Dallas chapter of IABC supports the international organization through conference planning assistance and local recruitment efforts, and serves its members with professional development and networking opportunities. http://dallas.iabc.com/
Chapter membership includes a cross-section of marketing and communication leaders from Fortune 100 corporations,global marketing service firms and boutique agencies.
Department of Communication faculty have been featured in the media in recent weeks.
Department of Communication lecturer Geoff Campbell mused about turning 50 in a Nov. 4 op-ed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He said the only thing he wanted for his birthday was not to have a party.
"I always wanted to live the kind of life that would give me great memories, to have 'fragments I have shored against my ruins,' to take T.S. Eliot out of context," Campbell wrote. "And that's what I have, along with a singular hope of building more. I'm turning 50, an age the commercials tell us is an age of getting things done. As long as those things don't include a party, that's precisely what I intend to do."
The entire article can be found at http://tinyurl.com/bw6sed5
Here's the link to the Christian Science Monitor story:
Broadcast lecturer Julian M. Rodriguez appeared on Channel: Telefutura 49 to promote UTA News en Español and the Department of Communication this morning.
If you missed Rodriguez in action, check out the following link to view the entire story: http://univisiondallas.univision.com/comunidad/videos-de-vive-la-manana/video/2012-09-12/uta-news-en-espanol
While many students take the summer months off from classes, Department of Communication faculty members are busy presenting research papers and attending educational conferences.
Here's a look at what some of our faculty members were up to this summer.
Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark presented their co-authored paper, "Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons" at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression in Budapest, Hungary this summer.
Dr. Sheetal Patel had two co-authored papers accepted for publication. “Parents of children with eating disorders: Developing theory-based health communication messages to promote caregiver wellbeing” was published in Journal of Health Communication. “Teaching Advertising Media Planning in a Changing Media Landscape” was published in Journal of Advertising Education.
Dr. Chunke Su had two co-authored manuscripts accepted for publication in August. One will be published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and one in The Journal for East European Management Studies.
Dr. Eronini Megwa presented a paper in July at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Durban, South Africa. The Paper is titled, "Media and Poverty Index (MAPX): A Framework for Analyzing the Relationship Between Media Access and Poverty Reduction."
Dr. Megwa is also working with Sage Publications as an associate editor this summer. Dr. Megwa will be working with reviewers from all over the world in the social sciences and humanities to review and edit manuscripts for SAGE's online journal, SAGE Open Scholar One Manuscript.
Dr. Brian Horton presented two solo-authored conference papers at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in June 20-23. The papers are entitled “Communication of and about religious/spiritual identity in the workplace” and “Easy to opt-in, hard to opt out: A comparison of subscription and unsubscription messages in e-mails and websites.”
Dr. Dustin Harp presented co-authored papers at several conferences this summer:
“Alternative Media in a Digital Era: Comparing Information Use Among U.S. and Latin American Activists” was presented to the Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Chicago this summer.
“Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity” was presented to the Feminist Media Studies Division, International Communication Association annual conference in Phoenix.
Harp presented the paper “Indian activists’ use of social networking sites (SNS): An exploratory study” to the Division, International Communication Association annual conference.
Broadcast lecturer Lance Liguez put his voice talents to work serving as public service announcer for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs Labor Day weekend. Liguez landed the gig thanks to Journalism student Matt Sneed who runs his own freelance photography and videography company. Check out Matt’s website at http://www.mattsneedcreative.com/.
Communication lecturer Mike Putnam is serving as coach-on-site at the Dallas UT-MBA location at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. Putnam is working with MBA students on oral and written communication skills.
Department of Communication lecturer Geoff Campbell wrote a chapter for a new media writing textbook – “Writing for media audiences: A handbook for multi-platform news” – published in fall 2012 by Kendall Hunt. Campbell’s chapter provides students with guidance on when to attribute information in news articles, advertisements, and public relations literature pieces. Campbell is the author of seven non-fiction books and served as a researcher for Jeff Guinn on his “Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro,” winner of the 2003 Texas Book Award and the TCU Distinguished Award for the best book about Texas. Campbell has extensive professional writing experience that includes work for weekly newsletters, daily newspapers, magazines, a bank trade association, a public relations firm, and a wire service. He has been a full-time lecturer at UT-Arlington since January 2009.
Comm Studies lecturer Melanie Mason lent her directing skills to Theatre Arlington this summer, directing the production Hollywood Arms. Pegasus News’ reviewer Chad Bearden complimented Mason on her vision for the show, noting: “And credit should go to Director Melanie Mason for coaxing very nice performances from a very fine cast. An audience member can never be quite sure how much of an interesting performance is the specific choices of an actor and how much it is the vision of the director. However much direct influence she may have had, Mason pulls together several varied approaches of confronting the material into a cohesive whole.”
Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark presented their co-authored paper entitled "Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons" at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression held June 1 and 2 in Budapest, Hungary.
Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier has been chosen Adjunct Instructor of the Year by the students in the College of Liberal Arts. Whittier was recognized at the College of Liberal Arts Accolades event held April 19 in Irons Recital Hall.
Department of Communication instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony. The event, held April 18 in Hereford University Center, recognized faculty and employees who have worked at UTA for 10, 15 and 20 years. Lecturer Sandie Idziak has taught Speech Communication classes for 20 years. Specialist Roby McEuen has taught at the University for 10 years.
Lecturer Melyssa Prince has earned accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The process entails being accepted as a candidate, presenting a portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to research, plan, execute and measure communication plans, followed by a 4.5-hour exam. The exam is comprised of a four-hour written portion and a 30-minute oral defense.
“I was given a crisis scenario and had to come up with a plan of action and convince a panel of other accredited communicators that the plan was solid. The portfolio and exam are evaluated by members of the international organization,” Ms. Prince explains. “After a lot of waiting, I received the word that I had been granted accreditation status. I am very proud to have achieved the ABC designation.”
Kim Pewitt-Jones, Journalism lecturer, has been awarded a scholarship to the Society of Professional Journalist’s National Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.
Named for Ted Scripps, grandson of the founder of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute provides journalists with tools to make local SPJ chapters stronger and continues to build that network of support for leaders at the local level.
Funding is provided through the Scripps Howard Foundation by Ted's sons, Edward W. Scripps Jr. and William H. Scripps, as a way to honor their father's memory. The institute will be held June 1-3 in Indianapolis.
Department of Communication instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony.
The event, held April 18 in Hereford University Center, recognized faculty and employees who have worked at UTA for 10, 15 and 20 years.
Lecturer Sandie Idziak has taught Speech Communication classes for 20 years. Specialist Roby McEuen has taught graphics classes at the University for 10 years.
Congratulations to the newest members of the Department of Communication family
Department of Communication Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and her husband, Matthew Cox, welcomed their daughter, Schuyler Pamlyn Chatterjee-Cox, at 11:28 a.m. April 15. Schuyler weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
Department of Communication Administrative Assistant Paula Branen and husband. Nick, welcomed Claire Avery Branen to the family March 6. Claire weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
Department of Communication faculty members have had several papers accepted for publication in recent weeks.
Dr. Dustin Harp is first author on a paper titled "The Whole Online World is Watching: Profiling Social Networking Sites and Activists in China, Latin America, and the United States" recently published in the International Journal of Communication 6 (2012). Her co-authors are from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the University of Texas at Austin.
"PR Practitioners' Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning," an article co-authored by Assistant Professor Shelley Wigley, has been selected for presentation at the PRSA International Conference, Oct. 14-16 in San Francisco as part of the professional development session "The Best of PRSA's Public Relations Journal of 2011-2012. Each year a sub-committee of the Journal's Editorial Review Board selects five articles that become part of the annual "Best of Public Relations Journal" competition and are presented at PRSA's International Conference, the world's largest annual gathering of public relations practitioners.
Dr. Wigley also had the paper, "Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona," accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix.
Journalism Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division's research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper was presented in March at the annual southeast colloquium in Blacksburg, Va. The paper is entitled "'Political Demagogues and Overzealous Partisans': Tariff of Abominations and Secession Rhetoric in the 1828 South Carolina Press."
Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne's study "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street," has been selected for the International Communication Association conference this month.
Department of Communication graduate students James Dunning and Michael Agee presented a paper, “When ‘Oops, Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair,” at the University of North Texas Student Conference in March.
Several Department of Communication faculty members have had papers accepted for conference presentation in recent weeks.
Assistant Professor Dr. Mark Tremayne's study "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street," has been selected for the International Communication Association conference in May, 2012.
Dr. Shelley Wigley has had the paper, "Breaking News Coverage: A Comparison of Sources used in the Coverage of the Shootings at Virginia Tech and Tucson, Arizona," accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association 2012 conference in Phoenix.
Journalism Professor Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith won Top Faculty Paper in the History Division's research paper competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper will be presented at the annual southeast colloquium, taking place March 8-10 in Blacksburg, Va. The paper is entitled "'Political Demagogues and Over-zealous Partisans': Tariff of Abominations and Secession Rhetoric in the 1828 South Carolina Press."
Communicaton Department lecturer Melanie Mason will join other UTA alumni, faculty and undergraduates to present The Lion in Winter as part of this year's homecoming activities.
The play, by James Goldman, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in University Center's Rosebud Theatre. There is no admission charge to attend.
Directed by Dr. Dennis Maher, the cast includes Ms, Mason, Michael Prescott, Jessica Dismuke, Brian Prescott, Andras Bodolai, Jackie Pickard and Alan Cooke. The show is stagemanaged by Amanda Halupnik and Cathy Pritchett with lighting design by Roger Owens.
Photos Courtesy of Tracey Davis
Two of Dr. Dustin Harp's research papers have been accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association annual conference, to be held in Phoenix in May.
The titles of the research are: "Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity" (with J. Loke and I. Bachmann) and "Indian activists’ use of social networking sites (SNS): An exploratory study" with (M. Chadha).
Dr. Andrew Clark and Dr. Tom Christie were awarded first place in the open category of the International Division paper competition for the Broadcast Education Association conference.
Dr.’s Clark and Christie will present their paper “Bypassing Traditional Media through Shortwave Radio: Expanding the Model of Value Equivalence” at the BEA conference in Las Vegas in April.
Dr. Shelley Wigley is taking the spring semester away from the classroom to spend time researching several projects. Dr. Wigley is working on a co-authored project about negative Facebook posts on organizational pages and their impact on stakeholder.
“I also will be looking at how social media managers deal with negative posts,” Dr. Wigley explained. “I will be proposing some new ideas on image restoration and how celebrities and politicians can respond to negative situations.”
Dr. Wigley will also continue her research on crisis communication, social media and media relations.
Dr. Wigley also had an article published in the Public Relations Journal. The article is titled "A Study of PR Practitioners’ Use of Social Media in Crisis Planning."
Assistant Professor Dr. Chunke Su’s sole-authored article entitled "Who knows who knows what in the group? The effects of communication network centralities, use of digital knowledge repositories and work remoteness on organizational members' accuracy in expertise recognition" has been accepted for publication in Communication Research.
Communication Research is an internationally peer-reviewed top-tier journal, ranked 6 out of 67 in the field of Communication by ISI 2010 Journal Citation Reports.
Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne submitted a paper entitled "Anatomy of Protest in the Digital Era: A Network Analysis of Twitter and Occupy Wall Street" to the International Communication Association (Communication Technology division).
Tremayne was also quoted in a recent Advertising Age article detailing the declining audience for childrens’ television shows. http://adage.com/article/mediaworks/kids-nets-face-mystery-missing-children/231199/
Shelley Wigley, assistant professor of public relations, recently had an article titled, "The Giffords shootings in Tucson: Exploring citizen-generated versus news media content in crisis management," published in Public Relations Review.
Erika Pribanic-Smith had a paper accepted for publication in the October 2012 issue of Journalism History. It is titled "Rhetoric of Fear: South Carolina Newspapers and the State and National Politics of 1830."
Mike Putnam, full-time Communication lecturer, has been asked to speak before the UTA Honors Engineering Society Pi Tau Sigma at the group’s Oct. 7 noon meeting.
Putnam will be providing honor society members information on job interviewing tips, cover letter and resume writing and general employment advice.
“I was honored to be invited by one of my former students and appreciate the opportunity to share with these bright engineering students,” Putnam said.
Department of Communication Chair Charla Markham Shaw, Professor Andrew Clark and Professor Sasha Grant have been selected as joint recipients of an Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award, made possible through the generosity of Thad and Alicia Smotherman.
The College of Liberal Arts award recognizes faculty whose research expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit which goes beyond the ordinary expectations for class assignments. Examples include creative, community or research projects resulting from teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary criterion is the connection between the faculty member’s scholarly and creative abilities and their impact on the educational and professional development of students at UTA.
The Communication professors were nominated because of their work with students in developing a new master’s level course in Qualitative Research Methods, team-taught in three different qualitative methodologies. This course received an IEngage Seed Grant for Graduate Course Development and provided significant data for the Freshman Retention Initiative.
Recipients of Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards will be recognized on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at an evening event held in the home of Thad and Alicia Smotherman.
Broadcast lecturer Julian Rodriguez and Department of Communication engineer Joseph Carter teamed up to make a special presentation for the local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).
The hour-long presentation, titled “Digital Media Compression, Streaming, and Workflows,” was streamed online for a national audience Sept. 29. Sponsored by ProAudio.com, the presentation was streamed using the NewTek Tricaster TCXD-850 Extreme.
Carter discussed compression and streaming, and Rodriguez shared his knowledge on production workflows, education, and technical issues faced by media professionals.
"It was a pleasure and an honor to be asked to make this presentation and share our experience with broadcast colleagues," Rodriguez added. "Technology plays such an integral role in media today, and it's imperative that we collaborate and find new and innovative ways to share information."
It isn't often that we run into world leaders at local dining spots. This week, Journalism lecturer Kim Pewitt-Jones did just that.
While attending the Sept. 14 meeting of Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth chapter, Journalism lecturer Pewitt-Jones got the opportunity to meet Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico.
"We discovered that the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, was in the restaurant that evening. One one of our guests knew him and his publicist Juan Martin Hernandez," explained Pewitt-Jones, who serves as SPJ chapter president.
Pewitt-Jones and the event panelists posed with Fox and his publicist and have been posting their pics on Facebook.
“The SPJ meeting focused on how to provide better media coverage for ethnic issues—one of those groups being Hispanics,” Pewitt-Jones said. “But, what a surprise--I didn’t expect to meet a famous Hispanic leader such as Vicente Fox that night.”
Panelists for the event, "What are local media missing in coverage of ethnic issues," included NBC-5 reporter Susy Solis, Arlington Businesswoman and Community Leader Cindy Dao, and Eddie Griffin, author and activist for the African-American Community.
For more info on the Fort Worth chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, check out http://www.spjfw.org
When full-time lecturer Allen Sheffield isn’t in the classroom, chances are, you’ll find him with a camera slung around his neck.
The avid photographer loves to travel and often documents his trips with amazing photographs. One of Sheffield’s photographs was recently selected in KERA’s Photo of the Week contest.
“Dallas Farmers Market 2” was chosen as the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week and was featured on KERA’s Art&Seek website. Congratulations!
Dr. Dustin Harp, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, had the following research projects accepted for publication this summer:
Baek, K., Holton, A., Harp, D. & Yaschur, C. (2011). The links that bind: Uncovering novel motivations for linking on Facebook, Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 2243-2248, [Available online, doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.07.003].
Harlow, S. & Harp, D. (2011). Collective action on the web: A cross-cultural study of social networking sites and online and offline activism in the United States and Latin America. Information, Communication & Society, [Available online, doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2011.591411].
Baresch, B., Knight, L, Harp, D. & Yaschur, C. (2011). Friends who choose your news: An analysis of content links on Facebook. ISOJ Journal, 1(2), 65-85.
Correa, T. & Harp, D. (2011). Women matter in newsrooms: How power and critical mass relate to the coverage of the HPV vaccine. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(2), 301-319.
Students in Shelley Wigley's PR Campaigns class will be developing a public relations campaign plan and implementing a portion of it for the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team during Fall '11 semester.
Four groups of students will conduct primary research, develop an in-depth campaign plan and present it to the client. Each group also will implement a project or event on behalf of the Movin' Mavs team, explained Dr. Wigley, assistant professor of public relations. At least one of the student groups will plan and launch a fundraising project for the team.
"This is a service learning course," Dr. Wigley said. "Through this course, PR students get real-world experience working for an actual client while contributing and giving back to the community."
The goal of the project is to increase community awareness about the Movin' Mavs program, increase public understanding of the need for athletic sports programs for the disabled, and increase funding for the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball program.
"By working directly with -- and advising a client -- throughout the semester, students are able to utilize the public relations skills they've learned in previous PR classes," Dr. Wigley added. "The class functions much like an internship and gives students insight into what it will be like to work in the public relations field."
Communication Lecturer Allen Sheffield was invited to speak at the Feb. 24 meeting of Pi Tau Sigma - Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society.
"One of the members of Pi Tau Sigma (a student in my COMS 3302 class) asked me to give a short presentation about how to prepare for and what to expect during an employment interview," Mr. Sheffield said.
Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sheffield served as the regional human resources manager for Toys "R" Us.
"During my last 10 years there, I did all of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training of management personnel," he explained. "I was happy to share my experiences with the students."
John Macejak, Melinda Long and Lynda Arnold, the Department of Communication advisors, have been nominated for this year's Outstanding Advisor Award.
"All three of our incredible advisors were nominated this year," remarked Department Chair Charla L. Markham Shaw. "We're so appreciative of our advisors for their contributions to the success of our students and our department. Congratulations to John, Melinda, and Lynda!"
The Outstanding Academic Advisor Award program, started in the 1984-1985 academic year, recognizes distinguished advisors who strive to uphold the University's pursuit of academic excellence. These individuals develop and nurture relationships and work closely with UTA's student population, and the University and community at large.
Roby B. McEuen, Department of Communication Graphic Specialist, judged the American Advertising Federation 10th District Small Advertising Club ADDY competition on Jan. 22.
The ADDYs are a three-tiered advertising competition that starts at the local level. Gold and sliver ADDY winners are then forwarded on to their district ADDY competition. District winners advance on to the national AAF ADDY competition and compete against other district winners from across the United State.
McEuen has served as a judge for the ADDY awards since 2001. "There are a number of reasons I like judging. It is a fun and easy way to keep up with what is happening in the advertising industry. Judging allows me to see work being created in different parts of the state of Texas and around the country," McEuen said. "This gives me a broader perspective on advertising in general. I get to meet and visit with other professionals in other markets and talk about industry trends, concerns and opportunities. Finally, it is just a lot of fun!"