COMM faculty engaged in research projects

Posted 9-18-2014 by Brian Horton

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.