Faculty News Roundup for April, 2015

Posted 4-20-2015 by Brian Horton

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.