During academic year 2019-20, UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) will host European Union Fellow Dr. Katie Moylan. Moylan is the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) research grant created by the European Union/European Commission to support research in the European Research Area (ERA). Moylan chose to base her research in North America and selected UTA because of the strong focus in the College of Liberal Arts on Native American studies, literature, and communication.
Moylan’s current research explores the impact of both urban and rural Native American radio programs. For decades, these programs have been key communication links in Native communities. Facebook and other social media platforms along with video broadcast portals, such as the weekly reports from “Indian Country Today,” now supplement radio stations. Nevertheless, radio programs that are by and for Native communities remain crucial community builders within a media landscape that routinely omits coverage of Native Americans and very rarely reports on local happenings. “My research focuses on the capacities of community-produced radio for self-representation of groups otherwise marginalized by mainstream media. Radio stations and standalone shows produced by and for tribal communities do important work keeping their communities connected and reinforcing tribal cultures and languages,” Moylan noted.
While at UTA, Moylan will be housed in the Department of English. Her campus-based research supervisor is Distinguished Teaching Professor Dr. Kenneth Roemer, who studies Native American literature. The college has organized a scholarly and community-oriented group to assist Moylan during her stay. “Professor Roemer's expertise and knowledge, the interdisciplinary support of CoLA collaborators and UTA's established links with local American Indian Nations make this an ideal place to base this new research,” Moylan said of the endeavor. The working group consists of faculty, staff, and community members with expertise in Native American communication, broadcasting, gender and culture. Among Moylan’s collaborators in the College of Liberal Arts are Dr. Les Riding-In, Mr. Lance Liguez, Dr. Andrew Clark, Dr. Charla Markham-Shaw, and Dr. Sonja Stephenson Watson.
CoLA collaborators: Associate Dean Dr. Sonja Watson, EU Fellow Dr. Katie Moylan & Assistant Dean Dr. Les Riding-In
CoLA Dean Elisabeth Cawthon remarked, “We are honored to welcome Dr. Moylan as the first European Union Fellow to make UTA her research home. This exceptional award for Dr. Moylan is a commemoration of Madame Curie—a scholar who traveled far from her homeland to engage in trailblazing research. That a researcher of Dr. Moylan’s caliber would select the College of Liberal Arts at UTA as a place to live while on fellowship, is a testament to the critical work in Native American studies and communication being accomplished in our college.”
About the College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) provides expansive courses of study in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Our departments and centers are comprised of highly skilled faculty and students who are dedicated to elevating the human condition through research, scholarship and creative activity. We facilitate the development of our students’ essential skills including: critical thinking and problem-solving, interpretation and analysis, research strategy, and effective communication, through the use of creative, interdisciplinary approaches that address the challenges of a complex, global society. We nurture the Maverick spirit and consistently produce community leaders who impact the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and beyond by elevating the human condition where ever they are.
About the University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 60,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets.