Faculty / Staff

Dr. Greg Pitts, Director of MTSU School of Journalism

Dr. Gregory Pitts, Director
615.494.8925
Greg.Pitts@mtsu.edu

Denise Cathey, Executive Aide

Denise Cathey, Executive Aide
615.898.2141
pcathey@mtsu.edu

Journalism office: Bragg 249

Information: 615.898.2814

John Bodle

John Bodle
Mass Comm 112A
615.898.5871
jbodle@mtsu.edu

John Bodle, professor of advertising, teaches courses in creative advertising and other journalism specialties. He holds degrees from San Jose State University and Ohio University. Dr. Bodle worked three years as director of information for a public relations firm and published weekly newspapers for nine years in northern California and southern Oregon. He has sold advertising space, designed ads and newspaper pages, written news articles, operated an offset press and managed personnel. He has won awards for his writing and photography.

Dr. Bodle has presented papers to academic conferences and has had articles published in Journalism Educator and Journalism Quarterly. He has also written for Newspaper Research Journal and College Media Review, and he is the past head of the Media Managment and Economics Division of AEJMC.

Tricia Farwell

Tricia Farwell
Mass Comm 214
615.898.2987
tfarwell@mtsu.edu

Tricia M. Farwell, associate professor of advertising, joined the School of Journalism in 2008 to teach media writing, advertising campaigns, public relations principles and related courses. She is the past teaching co-chair of the public relations division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and co-secretary of the Entertainment and Sports Section for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Dr. Farwell holds a bachelor of arts degree, concurrent master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Professionally, she has worked in small corporate communications for more than 17 years.

Prior to arriving at MTSU, Dr. Farwell taught public relations at Arizona State University and advertising and public relations at Morehead State University. Research interests include product placement, branded entertainment, media depictions of practitioners in advertising and public relations and impact of technology in advertising and public relations. She has presented her research at several conferences including the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Her book reviews have appeared in Journal of Advertising Education and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Additionally, Dr. Farwell has authored the book Love and Death in Edith Wharton’s Fiction.

Leon Alligood

Leon Alligood
Mass Comm 229D
615.898.2205
alligood@mtsu.edu

Leon Alligood, associate professor, joined the MTSU faculty in the fall of 2008 following a 29-year career as a print reporter. For 22 years he was based in Nashville, first at the Nashville Banner, then The Tennessean. While at The Tennessean, he primarily wrote human interest and narrative stories on a variety of beats. He also was an embedded reporter covering the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests. He currently teaches Reporting, Feature Writing, Interactive Media, and Immersion Journalism. He is married to Bertie, an elementary school principal. They have two grown sons and one granddaughter.

Kenneth Blake

Kenneth Blake
Mass Comm 224
615.898.2226
kblake@mtsu.edu
Website: www.mtsu.edu/~kblake

Dr. Ken Blake, associate professor of journalism, earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses in writing, reporting and quantitative research methods. Additionally, he is operations director for the MTSU Poll, a once-a-semester telephone poll measuring the opinions of residents living in the 39 counties that constitute Middle Tennessee. The poll is funded by the Office of Communication Research, the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellend in First Amendment Studies, and the MTSU School of Journalism. Dr. Blake’s research interests include mass media and society, public opinion theory and methodology, and Internet-based instruction. A former newspaper reporter, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Larry Burriss

Larry Burriss
Mass Comm 204
615.898.2983
lburriss@mtsu.edu
Website: www.mtsu.edu/~lburriss

Dr. Larry Burriss, professor of journalism, teaches introductory and media law courses. At the graduate level he teaches quantitative research methods and media law. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University (B.A. in broadcast journalism, M.A. in journalism), the University of Oklahoma (M.A. in human relations), Ohio University (Ph.D. in journalism) and Concord Law School (J.D.). He has worked in print and broadcast news and public relations, and has published extensively in both academic and popular publications. He has won first place in the Tennessee Associated Press Radio Contest nine times. Dr. Burriss’ publications and presentations include studies of presidential press conferences, NASA photography, radio news, legal issues related to adolescent use of social networking sites, legal research, and Middle Earth.

Dr. Burriss has served as director of the School of Journalism, dean of the College of Mass Communication and president of the MTSU Faculty Senate. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty in Somalia, Bosnia, Central America, Europe and the Pentagon.

Christine Eschenfelder

Christine Eschenfelder
Mass Comm 262
615.898.5301
Christine.Eschenfelder@mtsu.edu

Dr. Christine Eschenfelder began teaching at the MTSU School of Journalism in the fall of 2015, bringing to the classroom years of professional experience in television news. She worked for more than a dozen years in television news as a reporter, anchor, assignment manager, and producer in local television markets. She is dedicated to diversity and generating stories with viewer benefit. Christine also believes in the power of great storytelling; bringing an issue to life through exceptional writing and captivating images. She has been honored with several industry awards including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

Dr. Eschenfelder earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. She is passionate about teaching the skills, theories, and ethics of the profession to young journalists. Dr. Eschenfelder is strongly focused on the future of journalism and has a commitment to excellence in teaching. The courses she teaches at MTSU include Media Ethics and Electronic News Writing. Dr. Eschenfelder taught broadcast journalism courses at the University of Florida before joining the journalism faculty at MTSU.

Her research focuses on newsroom diversity, women in television news, work-life balance, and broadcast journalism educational.

Dan Eschenfelder>

Dan Eschenfelder
Mass Comm 271A
615.898.2704
Daniel.Eschenfelder@mtsu.edu

Dan Eschenfelder is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with nearly twenty years of experience in broadcast news and production. He has worked as a news Photojournalist, Bureau Chief, Chief Videographer, and News Director in television markets in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.

Prior to his current appointment as Lecturer at Middle Tennessee State University, he held the executive position of News Director for GTN News, the CBS/NBC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Eschenfelder also worked for more than eight years as the Chief Videographer at the University of Florida, UF News Bureau.

He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for excellence. He has also been honored with numerous Tellys, a Communicator, an Addy, and the Golden CASE award.

His work has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Good Morning America, ESPN, CNN, Fox News, and many more. Dan has been a member of the National Press Photographers Association, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Radio Television Digital News Association. Dan also served for six years in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of Sergeant.

Katherine Foss

Katherine Foss
Mass Comm 216
615.494.7747
Katie.Foss@mtsu.edu

Dr. Katherine Foss, associate professor, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her teaching interests include health communication, gender and media, cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television), constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss. Her past research projects have examined gender and victimization in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds, the discourse of television theme songs, pioneer medicine in television and portrayals of journalists in comic book films.

Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Disability Studies Quarterly, Women & Health, International Breastfeeding Journal, Communication Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals, along with book chapters in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities and The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes.  She was an invited speaker at the 2012 Great Nurse-In, a breastfeeding advocacy event held on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She also won the 2012 James W. Carey Media Research Award for her co-authored article (with Dr. Kathy Forde), entitled “‘The Facts—the Color!—the Facts’: The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910,” published in Book History.

Edward Kimbrell

Edward Kimbrell
Mass Comm 264
615.898.2814
ekimbrel@mtsu.edu

Dr. Edward Kimbrell, professor emeritus of journalism, holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri. Dr. Kimbrell is the founding chair of MTSU’s Department of Mass Communication and served as dean of the College of Mass Communication from 1989 through 1991. He has received MTSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Gamma Beta Phi’s Teacher of the Year Award twice, the MTSU Public Service Award, and the MTSU Foundation’s Career Achievement Award (2005). Prior to his retirement in 2016, he taught Freedom of Expression, Mass Media Law, and American Media and Social Institutions. Dr. Kimbrell has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the Chicago City News Bureau and other newspapers, radio and television stations, and he has also worked in higher-education public relations. He is the winner of four Emmys for his weekly media commentary on WSMV-TV Nashville, and he hosted the bimonthly interview show “Metro Journal,” for which he won a national TELLY Award in 1995.

Jane Marcellus

Jane Marcellus
COE 345
615.898.5282
jmarcell@mtsu.edu

Dr. Jane Marcellus, professor, earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Society (Media Studies) at the University of Oregon, where her research examined representation of employed women in early twentieth-century magazines. She also holds a bachelor’s in English from Wesleyan University, a master’s in journalism from Medill at Northwestern, and a second master’s in English from the University of Arizona. Dr. Marcellus’s classes include media history, feature writing, and cultural studies theory.

She is the author of Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (Hampton Press, 2011). She is also co-author, with Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, and Kimberly Wilmot Voss, of Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014), which was named to Teen Vogue magazines “most epic feminist reading list ever” in 2015. (See teenvogue.com/gallery/feminist-literature-womens-equality-day/25.) Her work has also been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies—An Interdisciplinary Journal, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community: Everything I Know About Relationships I Learned from Television, Prison Narratives From Boethius to Zana, and Bad Men and Damaged Women: Gender, Violence and 21st Century Television. She is on the editorial board for Journalism History and the “Women in American Political History” series from Lexington Books. Her research has received several national awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). She has served on the AEJMC Publications Committee, which she chairs in 2015-2016, as head of the Cultural and Critical Studies division, and on the selection committee for AJHA’s Blanchard Dissertation Prize.

whitney matheson

Whitney Matheson
COE 346
615.494.8676
Whitney.Matheson@mtsu.edu

Whitney Matheson joined the School as its Journalist in Residence in Spring 2015. Previously, she spent 15 years covering entertainment for USA Today, where she founded and wrote the award-winning blog Pop Candy. She has contributed pop-culture commentary to several TV and radio outlets, including MSNBC, BBC America, VH1 and NPR. She continues to write for several publications, including Slate, Mental Floss, Playboy and ETonline.

whitney matheson

Rhyne Piggott
Mass Comm 229E
615.904.8331
Rhyne.Piggott@mtsu.edu

Rhyne Piggott is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. At USA Today he helped launch one of the first multimedia and video departments in the industry. He also served on the team that built and launched Al Jazeera America, where he was an executive in the digital department. His teams have won awards from the Online News Association, SPJ, the Society for News Design, the Webby Awards and many others. In 2015 and 2016 he was a judge for the Online News Association awards. He received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Currently, he’s an assistant professor of journalism at Middle Tennessee State University.

Greg Pitts

Gregory Pitts
Mass Comm 249
615.615.494.8925
Greg.Pitts@mtsu.edu

Gregory Pitts is a professor and director of the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. He has been a mass communication faculty member at both public and private universities for more than 20 years. He previously chaired the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama, where he led the mass communication program to earn its initial accreditation review by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Other leadership roles include: Director of Faculty and Student Programs for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation and media management trainer for the International Broadcasting Bureau, a unit of the U.S. Department of State.

He is an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and completed the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) Fellowship through AEJMC. He is also a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and is a past board member.

Dr. Pitts is the recipient of two Fulbright appointments (Zambia and Montenegro) and two Fulbright Specialist appointments (Ukraine). He is co-author of The Radio Broadcasting Industry (with Alan Albarran) and has published in Communication Technology Update, Communication Law & Policy, Journal of Radio Studies, Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, Ecquid Novi and Feedback. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Jan Quarles

Jan Quarles
Mass Comm 229D
615.898.5482
Jan.Quarles@mtsu.edu

Dr. Jan Quarles, professor, earned her doctoral degree in Mass Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She teaches courses in global news and world media cultures and masters courses in media management and has an extensive background in public relations. She first worked in Washington D.C. in health care public relations and subsequently earned her doctorate at the University of Tennessee in 1986 while working part time as a copy editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. She has taught for more than 30 years in universities in the United States. She also taught at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, where she directed a degree program in Public Relations and worked with graduate students. She has served as Associate Dean, Director of the School of Journalism and Director of the Masters program at various times during her tenure at MTSU.

Dr. Quarles is the author, along with Bill Rowlings of Australia, of Practising Public Relations: A Case Studies Approach, the first case studies text for Australian students. She is a lifetime member of the Public Relations Institute and worked on the initial accreditation structure for Australian public relations programs. She is actively involved in ACEJMC and with its accreditation process.

She has published in Media Asia and has a chapter on Cambodia in Alozie’s Advertising in Developing and Emerging Economies. Her current research focuses of the flow of cultural products around the world, cultural policy and the impact of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity.

Dr. Quarles has received two Fulbright grants, a post-doctoral grant to study Australian reporters and newsrooms in Melbourne, and a Senior Specialist Grant to the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She has traveled widely and worked on projects in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Australia and New Zealand and across Southeast Asia. She is a Salzburg Fellow, a graduate of the Journalism Leadership in Diversity program and a graduate of the HERS program at Bryn Mawr. She was an initial founder of the group Tennesseans Against Genocide.

Jason Reineke

Jason Reineke
Mass Comm 266
615.494.7746
jreineke@mtsu.edu

Dr. Jason Reineke, associate professor, holds masters and doctoral degrees in Journalism and Communication from The Ohio Sate University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Miami University. His research and teaching interests are focused mainly on public opinion and political communication, especially involving freedom of expression and support for censorship, as well as research methods and statistical analysis.

Dr. Reineke is the associate director of the MTSU Poll, a statewide survey conducted twice each year to assess Tennessee residents’ opinions on a variety of issues. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, and Mass Communication and Society.

Jennifer Woodard

Jennifer Woodard
Mass Comm 205
615.898.2766
Jennifer.Woodard@mtsu.edu

Jennifer Bailey Woodard was trained and educated in journalism as an undergraduate at MTSU. She joined the faculty of the School of Journalism after graduating from the University of Georgia with an M.A. in mass communication. She received her Ph.D. at Indiana University—Bloomington in mass communication. While at IU, she concentrated on scholarship that would enhance her ability to teach students the value of a diversified newsroom and the role that technology would play in their future job opportunities.

She currently teaches courses on convergence, digital writing, podcasting, audio journalism, women in the media and race, class and gender. Dr. Woodard has published articles and reviews in such journals as Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Communication, and The Communicator. She is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication where she has served on numerous committees including chairing the Minorities and Communication division. She is also a member of the Broadcast Education Association.

Sanjay Asthana

Sanjay Asthana
Mass Comm 264
615.898.5274
sanjay.asthana@mtsu.edu

Sanjay Asthana, professor in Journalism, earned his Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2003 from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an MPhil degree in Philosophy and an MA Communication from the University of Hyderabad in India. Dr. Asthana teaches courses in visual communication, globalization, communication technologies, and cultural studies. He worked as a radio broadcaster at the All India Radio (state-regulated network) in India, where he scripted and produced current affairs programs and numerous documentaries on social and political themes.

Dr. Asthana’s major research areas include media globalization, youth media, cultural and postcolonial studies. His research appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Media, Culture & Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and essays in several other journals and books. Dr. Asthana is the author of Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World (Peter Lang, 2012); Innovative Practices of Youth Participation in Media (UNESCO, 2006); and a co-author of the report, Media Information Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines (UNESCO, 2013).
Curriculum vitae: (.pdf)

Kenneth Blake

Kenneth Blake
Mass Comm 224
615.898.2226
kblake@mtsu.edu
Website: www.mtsu.edu/~kblake

Dr. Ken Blake, associate professor of journalism, earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses in writing, reporting and quantitative research methods. Additionally, he is operations director for the MTSU Poll, a once-a-semester telephone poll measuring the opinions of residents living in the 39 counties that constitute Middle Tennessee. The poll is funded by the Office of Communication Research, the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellend in First Amendment Studies, and the MTSU School of Journalism. Dr. Blake’s research interests include mass media and society, public opinion theory and methodology, and Internet-based instruction. A former newspaper reporter, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Katherine Foss

Katherine Foss
Mass Comm 216
615.494.7747

Dr. Katherine Foss, associate professor, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her teaching interests include health communication, gender and media, cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television), constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss. Her past research projects have examined gender and victimization in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds, the discourse of television theme songs, pioneer medicine in television and portrayals of journalists in comic book films.

Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Disability Studies Quarterly, Women & Health, International Breastfeeding Journal, Communication Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals, along with book chapters in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities and The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes.  She was an invited speaker at the 2012 Great Nurse-In, a breastfeeding advocacy event held on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She also won the 2012 James W. Carey Media Research Award for her co-authored article (with Dr. Kathy Forde), entitled “‘The Facts—the Color!—the Facts’: The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910,” published in Book History.

Jane Marcellus

Jane Marcellus
COE 345
615.898.5282
jmarcell@mtsu.edu

Dr. Jane Marcellus, professor, earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Society (Media Studies) at the University of Oregon, where her research examined representation of employed women in early twentieth-century magazines. She also holds a bachelor’s in English from Wesleyan University, a master’s in journalism from Medill at Northwestern, and a second master’s in English from the University of Arizona. Dr. Marcellus’s classes include media history, feature writing, and cultural studies theory.

She is the author of Business Girls and Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (Hampton Press, 2011). She is also co-author, with Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, and Kimberly Wilmot Voss, of Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness (Peter Lang, 2014), which was named to Teen Vogue magazines “most epic feminist reading list ever” in 2015. (See teenvogue.com/gallery/feminist-literature-womens-equality-day/25.) Her work has also been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies—An Interdisciplinary Journal, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community: Everything I Know About Relationships I Learned from Television, Prison Narratives From Boethius to Zana, and Bad Men and Damaged Women: Gender, Violence and 21st Century Television. She is on the editorial board for Journalism History and the “Women in American Political History” series from Lexington Books. Her research has received several national awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). She has served on the AEJMC Publications Committee, which she chairs in 2015-2016, as head of the Cultural and Critical Studies division, and on the selection committee for AJHA’s Blanchard Dissertation Prize.

Jason Reineke

Jason Reineke
Mass Comm 266
615.494.7746
jreineke@mtsu.edu

Dr. Jason Reineke, associate professor, holds masters and doctoral degrees in Journalism and Communication from The Ohio Sate University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Miami University. His research and teaching interests are focused mainly on public opinion and political communication, especially involving freedom of expression and support for censorship, as well as research methods and statistical analysis.

Dr. Reineke is the associate director of the MTSU Poll, a statewide survey conducted twice each year to assess Tennessee residents’ opinions on a variety of issues. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, and Mass Communication and Society.

Zeny Panol

Zeny Panol
Mass Comm 247D
615.898.2695
Zeny.Panol@mtsu.edu

Dr. Zeny Sarabia-Panol is a full professor and associate dean in the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the immediate past editor of the International Communication Research Journal. An alumna of the HERS Bryn Mawr Leadership Institute and the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity, she served as interim director of the School of Journalism in 2008-09. She has been on accreditation visiting teams and has served as external examiner for public relations degree programs. Her teaching areas are in public relations communication/writing, public relations campaigns and international public relations at the undergraduate level and applied research at the graduate level.

Dr. Sarabia-Panol holds degrees from Silliman University (magna cum laude), University of the Philippines and Oklahoma State University.

Her research has been published in Journalism Studies, Public Relations Review, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, Disability Studies Quarterly and Media Asia. She has authored a number of book chapters and presented research at conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Relations Society of America-Academy, Research Colloquium of the World Public Relations Forum, International Communication Association, International Association for Media and Communication Research and the International History of Public Relations.
Curriculum Vitae: Panol_cv2016.docx

sharon fitzgerald

Sharon H. Fitzgerald
Mass Comm 249
615.898.2814
Sharon.Fitzgerald@mtsu.edu

Sharon H. Fitzgerald has taught in MTSU’s School of Journalism since 1999, bringing to the classroom more than 30 years of journalism and public relations experience. For several years, she was a reporter on both weekly and daily newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer.

On the PR front, Prof. Fitzgerald has been press secretary for a U.S. congressman and run PR operations for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies. At the University of Tennessee, she was the communications consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service. She followed that position with a stint as communications director of the Tennessee Municipal League.

In 1996, Lect. Fitzgerald founded her own business, Sharon Fitzgerald Communications, handling client PR and writing for publications as varied as American Profile magazine, Medical News Inc., Business Xpansion Journal and Forbes. Through the years, her clients have included the Tennessee Valley Authority, Vanderbilt University and Journal Communications. She continues to write in the health care and economic development fields. Lect. Fitzgerald has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

She holds a master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.

Cary Greenwood

Cary Greenwood
Mass Comm 229A
615.898.7748
Cary.Greenwood@mtsu.edu

Cary. A. Greenwood, APR, Fellow PRSA, (Ph.D. University of Oregon), is an assistant professor. She teaches crisis communication and public relations campaigns. She has more than 30 years experience in public relations, including eight years in corporate communications management for a Fortune 500 utility, seven years as public affairs director for a state natural resource agency, and two years in transportation management. She is an experienced public relations strategist, speechwriter, and public speaker, and she brings that background into the classroom. Her research interests are whistleblowing, corporate social responsibility, and evolutionary theory.

She has presented her research on whistleblowing among public relations practitioners at the Public Relations Society of America International Conference, the PRSA/GA regional conference, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2009 and 2012, and has also presented her whistleblowing research at the International Communication Association Conference in London in June 2013. Her research in corporate social responsibility led to her being named Arthur W. Page Legacy Scholar 2012-2013 in conjunction with Dr. Joon Soo Lim.

Hanna Park

Hanna Park
Mass Comm 229B
615.904.8553
Hanna.Park@mtsu.edu

Dr. Hanna Park is an assistant professor at MTSU, teaching courses in public relations. She has taught Public Relations Principles, Case Studies in Public Relations, and Public Relations Research since 2012. Before joining the MTSU School of Journalism faculty, she taught public relations and mass communication courses at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea).

She received her bachelor’s degree with top honors and her master’s degree in Mass Communication from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. She also received another master’s degree with distinction in Public Relations and a doctoral degree in Mass Communication from the University of Florida.

Her research interests include corporate social responsibility, crisis communication, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, relationship management, and social media. Her research work has appeared in the Korean Journal of Advertising, Korea Observer, PRism, and Korea Press Foundation’s reports. She also presented her research papers in national conferences in the U.S. and South Korea. Her recent publications include Second-level agenda setting effects (2015), Engaging youth in philanthropy (2013) and Associations among relationship maintenance strategies, organization-public relationships, and support for organizations (2010). She also has consulted Korea Scout Association’s Youth Philanthropy campaign.

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips
Mass Comm 271E
615.904.8410
Andrea.Phillips@mtsu.edu

Andrea Phillips came to MTSU as assistant professor in public relations in 2014 after completing her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. She came to academia after 20 years of professional experience in corporate, agency, and nonprofit settings doing work in the areas of public relations, corporate communication, marketing promotions, event planning, administration and education.

She began her professional life after graduating from Texas Christian University with a BS in Radio-TV-Film production and a minor in journalism. She entered the summer camp/conference center industry where she advanced through a number of positions, including video director and program director. While pursuing her first master’s degree, she was lured into a corporate communications and promotions agency where she was an account executive and creative director serving Fortune 1000 companies, including Texas Instruments, HP, Verizon, Travelocity and its parent company Sabre Holdings.

Dr. Phillips’ first professional experience in academia came when she took on the director of university communications position at John Brown University in Arkansas. There she led the team responsible for all the university’s PR efforts, the university website, brand development, creative design and print production, some of the university’s advertising, and a variety of other internal and external communication efforts. While at JBU, she had the opportunity to teach a PR class, and soon after began pursuing a path that would lead her to full time teaching.

Dr. Phillips now holds an MA (Biblical Studies) from Dallas Theological Seminary and an MS in Public Relations and Advertising from TCU in addition to her PhD from Texas Tech. She is a member of PRSA and is accredited in public relations (APR) by that organization.

Sanjay Asthana

Sanjay Asthana
Mass Comm 264
615.898.5274
sanjay.asthana@mtsu.edu

Sanjay Asthana, professor in Journalism, earned his Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2003 from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an MPhil degree in Philosophy and an MA Communication from the University of Hyderabad in India. Dr. Asthana teaches courses in visual communication, globalization, communication technologies, and cultural studies. He worked as a radio broadcaster at the All India Radio (state-regulated network) in India, where he scripted and produced current affairs programs and numerous documentaries on social and political themes.

Dr. Asthana’s major research areas include media globalization, youth media, cultural and postcolonial studies. His research appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Media, Culture & Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and essays in several other journals and books. Dr. Asthana is the author of Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World (Peter Lang, 2012); Innovative Practices of Youth Participation in Media (UNESCO, 2006); and a co-author of the report, Media Information Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines (UNESCO, 2013).
Curriculum vitae: sanjay_asthana_cv.doc

Leslie Haines

Leslie Haines
Mass Comm 271
615.904.8239
leslie.haines@mtsu.edu

Leslie Haines, associate professor, earned an MFA in graphic design at Marywood University and an MA in advertising design at Syracuse University. She comes to MTSU from the Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville, where she was academic director of the graphic and web design and advertising programs. She also served in administrative and teaching roles at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film.

Prior to becoming an educator, Haines worked in upstate New York at The Syracuse Newspapers and in Nashville at The Tennessean in the marketing and advertising departments. For over a decade, Haines ran her own advertising and design business where she worked with a roster of local and national clients including musicians, hospitals, retail, film and newspaper-industry publications. Two of her hat designs were sold at Target stores nationwide and she designed the most recent arts license plate for the state of Tennessee. Haines has been the recipient of 19 ADDY awards, the American Advertising Federation “Teacher of the Year” for 7th District and serves as a judge for ADDY competitions across the country. Her personal design work, a digital collage series called “Animal Abecedary” has been selected for juried exhibitions in local and regional art shows and museums including Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Artclectic at University School, the Harding Art Show, the Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Exhibition and Nashville International Airport. Her work was also selected for exhibition in a juried show in Cairns, Queensland.
Curriculum Vitae: Haines.L_CV_2016.pdf

Philip Loubere

Philip Loubere
Mass Comm 218
615.494.7749
phil.loubere@mtsu.edu

Philip Loubere, associate professor, teaches applications and advanced classes in the visual communication sequence, including Information Web Design. Prior to joining the School, he worked as a news artist at three West Coast newspapers—The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News and The Orange County Register—over a period of 12 years from 1996 to 2008. Before that, he taught art and design classes at Pierce College and at the University of Puget Sound, both in Tacoma, Wash.

Prof. Loubere has an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, an M.A. from Eastern Illinois University, and a B.F.A. from SUNY College at Buffalo, N.Y. He has received or shared in eight awards from AEJMC, the Society for News Design, Best of the West, Greater Bay Area Journalism and News Artist Organization and, prior to his newspaper career, had his artwork in six solo shows, twenty-one juried group shows and ten invitational shows, earning six awards, including Best of Show, Patron and Purchase.
Curriculum vitae: loubere_cv.2016.pdf
Website: ploubere.com

Bob F. Dowd

Bob F. Dowd
Bobby.Dowd@mtsu.edu

Bob Dowd is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University. While working on his master’s degree, Mr. Dowd was a Graduate Teacher in the Electronic Media Communication department, and was the program’s first graduate in 1995.

His 17-year professional career began working as a television account executive for WMTS TV-27 in Murfreesboro, and WOWL TV-15 (NBC) in Florence, Ala. Mr. Dowd then advanced into management working as a marketing/advertising and promotion manager for WAAY TV-31 (ABC) in Huntsville, Ala. He has also worked as a television producer for WSMV TV-4 (NBC) in Nashville. While in the television business, Mr. Dowd won several national ADDY and Telly awards for advertising excellence and is an Emmy nominated producer and director. He is also iMBD credited as a film and video compositor and holds a certificate in Avid video compositing.

Mr. Dowd moved into academia as The University of Tennessee’s marketing/advertising and public relations manager, where he implemented The Center for Industrial Service’s statewide public and corporate outreach program advancing manufacturing in Tennessee. While at UT he was responsible for managing the $236 million economic impact image of the program. His duties included implementing UT’s website, publishing a statewide quarterly newsletter, publishing the program’s annual course catalog and coordinating the program’s event efforts.

Bob Dowd has been a faculty member of Middle Tennessee State University since 1998. He teaches in both the School of Journalism and the Electronic Media Communication programs. For EMC, Mr. Dowd concentrates on management and programming courses, as well as teaching new media and electronic media courses. For Journalism, he concentrates on media writing, public relations and visual communication courses. Mr. Dowd holds certificates in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, as well as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

Andrew Oppmann

Andrew Oppmann
Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu

Andrew Oppmann is MTSU’s vice president for marketing and communications and chief spokesman. He joined MTSU in 2010 as associate vice president and led a strategic restructuring of the University’s marketing and communications operations, including the creation of MTSUNews.com and the relaunch of MTSU Magazine. He became vice president in 2013.

Oppmann also teaches Media Writing as an adjunct professor of journalism in MTSU’s College of Mass Communication and, in that role, serves as editor of APME News, the quarterly magazine of the Associated Press Media Editors.

Oppmann was honored as best columnist in 2004 by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Gannett’s national journalism competition. He was named one of Gannett’s top 15 newsroom supervisors in 1995 and 2000; 10 top executive editors in 2005; and top three publishers in 2008. He was among the inaugural class of honorees in the Nashville Business Journal’s Chief Marketing Officer Awards in 2013 and was again recognized by NBJ in 2014. He serves on advisory boards for UK’s journalism alumni association, MTSU’s College of Mass Communication and MTSU’s Confucius Institute.

He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Elise, and their three daughters. He serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force (2014-present), and was chairman of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties (2011) and a vice president and executive board member of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2008-10).

Stephan Foust
tdowd@mtsu.edu

Stephan teaches Media Writing.

Laura Hudgens
Laura.Hudgens@mtsu.edu

Laura teaches Media Writing.

Paul McAdoo
Paul.McAdoo@mtsu.edu

Paul teaches Mass Media Law.

Mike Osborne
Mike.Osborne@mtsu.edu

Mike teaches Electronic Media News Writing.

Audrey Weddington
tdowd@mtsu.edu

Audrey teaches Media Strategy and Buying.

Joseph White
tdowd@mtsu.edu

Joseph teaches Media Writing.

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