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CCI Faculty Research Interests

College of Communication & Information
Name Position Research Interests
Suzie Allard CCI Associate Dean for Research,
CCI Director of Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues
Michael J. Palenchar CCI Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
Associate Professor
  • Risk Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Issues Management
  • Community Right to Know & Front Groups
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media and Risk/Crisis Communication
Sam Swan CCI Director of Internationalization and Outreach,
Professor
  • International broadcasting
  • Broadcast journalism
Michael O. Wirth CCI Dean,
Professor
  • Media and telecommunication economics, management, law and policy
School of Advertising & Public Relations
Name Position Research Interests
Robyn Blakeman Associate Professor
  • Advertising and Graphic Design
Courtney Carpenter Childers Associate Professor,
Executive Director, Adam Brown Social Media Command Center
  • Advertising to children
  • Food/beverage marketing
  • Parental responses to advertising
  • Societal issues
  • Social media marketing
  • Influencer marketing
Moonhee Cho Assistant Professor
  • Organization-Public Relationship/Engagement
  • Nonprofit Management; Fundraising
  • Empowerment
  • Strategic Use of Emerging Media
Elizabeth Avery Foster Associate Professor
  • Health Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Public Health Campaigns
Eric Haley Professor
  • Advocacy Advertising
  • Account Planning
  • Health Communication
  • Advertising and Society Issues
Mariea Hoy DeForrest Jackson Professor
  • Advertising Disclosures
  • Online Privacy
  • Advertising & Childhood Obesity
  • DTC Rx Advertising
  • Advergaming/Social Gaming
Michael Lee Kent Professor
  • Public Relations
  • Dialogic Communication
  • New Technology/Social Media/Mediated Communication
  • International Communication
  • Academic Communities
  • Communication Ethics
  • Thanatology/Eschatology
Sally McMillan Professor
  • Interactivity
  • Health communication
  • User generated content
  • Student Success
Michael J. Palenchar CCI Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
Associate Professor
  • Risk Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Issues Management
  • Community Right to Know & Front Groups
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media and Risk/Crisis Communication
Ron Taylor Professor
  • Advertising law and regulation
  • Message strategy
  • Qualitative research
Maureen Taylor Director,
Beaman Professor
  • How Public Relations Contributes to Civil Society
Candace White Professor
  • Comparative global public relations
  • Public relations as a component of public diplomacy (corporate diplomacy)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Perceptions of public relations practices
  • Public diplomacy
  • Corporate social responsibility
School of Communication Studies
Name Position Research Interests
Jenny Crowley Assistant Professor
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Stigma
  • Social Support
John Haas Director,
Associate Professor
  • Organizational communication effectiveness
  • Public communication effectiveness
  • Communication in education and society
Michael R. Kotowski Associate Professor
  • Social Influence
  • Interpersonal/Small Group
  • Research Methodology
Virginia W. Kupritz Associate Director,
Professor,
Inaugural William H. Swain Professor
  • Workplace privacy
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Architectural communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Training transfer in organizations
Laura Miller Associate Professor
  • Interpersonal and health communication
Emily A. Paskewitz Assistant Professor
  • Group Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Applied Communication
Joan R. Rentsch Professor
  • Team member schema similarity
  • Cognitions in organizations
  • Mindfulness
Michelle Violanti Associate Professor
  • Organizational leadership
  • Instructional communication and assessment
  • Culture and language
  • Health and wellness
DaJung (DJ) Woo Assistant Professor
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interorganizational Collaboration
  • Organizational and Vocational Socialization
  • Intra- and Inter-group Communication
Courtney N. Wright Associate Professor
  • Interpersonal/Relational Communication & Theory
  • Interpersonal Conflict & Conflict Management
  • Instructional Communication & Teacher-Training
  • Difficult Dialogues & Incivility
  • Communication Training & Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
School of Information Sciences
Name Position Research Interests
Suzie Allard CCI Associate Dean for Research,
CCI Director of Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues
Dania Bilal Professor
  • Youth informatics
  • Information behavior, child-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, relevance, web search engines
  • Human-computer interaction, interface design and usability
  • iUser information discovery & information literacy
  • STEM data management and curation
  • Library automation
Wade Bishop Associate Professor
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geoweb
  • Geographic Information Librarianship
  • Virtual reference
Rachel Fleming-May SIS Director of Graduate Studies,
Associate Professor
  • Academic libraries, librarianship, and users
  • Conceptual, theoretical, and foundational issues in LIS
  • Information behavior
  • Evaluation and assessment of libraries and information resources
  • Qualitative approaches to LIS research
  • The Intersection of Literature and Information
Carolyn Hank Assistant Professor
  • Digital Curation Curriculum and Training
  • Blog Preservation
  • Informal Scholarly Communication
  • Information Policies and Social Networking
Diane Kelly Director,
Professor
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interactive information search and retrieval
  • Information search behavior
  • Research methods
Bharat Mehra Associate Professor
  • Diversity and intercultural communication.
  • Social justice in library and information science.
  • Information support services for underserved populations.
  • Critical and cultural studies.
  • Community informatics and action research.
  • Public and rural library management.
Devendra Potnis Associate Professor
  • http://web.utk.edu/~dpotnis/RP
  • 1. Information tools and services (mobile apps, personal safety wearable devices,e-Books, social media, & websites) for individuals (students, farmers, disadvantaged women, & youth), organizations (libraries, small businesses, microfinance), & governments
  • 2. Information literacy (financial literacy of disadvantaged communities)
  • 3. Information behavior - seeking, searching, processing, using, and forwarding information
  • 4. Information networks of communities (e.g., farmers in rural India, Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the US, childbirth and motherhood groups)
  • 5. Innovations (e.g., inclusive innovation for unbanked women, sustaining and scaling innovations in libraries)
Vandana Singh SIS Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Associate Professor
  • Human computer interaction
  • User experience
  • Usability
  • Open source software
  • Online customer support
  • Computer supportive cooperative work
Carol Tenopir Chancellor's Professor,
Board of Visitors Professor
  • The information industry
  • Online reference services
  • Information access and retrieval
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Electronic journals
  • Scholarly communication
Peiling Wang Professor
  • Datamining and knowledge discovery
  • User information seeking behaviors
  • Cognitive and affective computing
  • Research methodology and methods
  • Citation analysis
  • Open Peer Review for Scientific Communication
Cindy Welch Clinical Associate Professor,
Coordinator of Youth Services,
Associate Director, The Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature
  • Youth services in public libraries and library history
  • Children's and teens' services in public libraries, YA literature, the history of public libraries
  • Communications technology adoption/use by children's and YA librarians in public libraries
Xiaohua (Awa) Zhu Assistant Professor
  • Intellectual property
  • electronic resources licensing and management
  • information policy
  • open government/open access/open data
  • social informatics
  • academic libraries
School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Name Position Research Interests
Julie Andsager Professor
  • media messages about health, medicine, and science
  • public opinion
Stuart N. Brotman Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law,
Beaman Professor of Communication and Information
  • Telecommunications /electronic mass media law and policy
  • International communications regulation
  • Global broadband development
  • Media management transformation
  • Intellectual property
  • Internet governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Freedom of expression
  • Media ethics
  • Leadership in media industries
Ed Caudill Professor
  • The history of ideas in the press
Nicholas Geidner Associate Professor
  • Effects of Internet technologies on journalism and group formation.
Peter Gross Professor
  • International and comparative mass communication, media, and journalism
  • Media and development, transition, and transformation
  • Politics and media
  • Censorship and press freedom
  • Media and foreign affairs and public diplomacy
  • Foreign-language/ethnic media inthe United States and in East Central and Southeast Europe
Mark Harmon Professor
  • Television news gatekeeping
  • Connections between media and materialistic values
Rob Heller Professor
  • Photojournalism history
  • New technology
  • Newspaper design
  • Typography
Barbara Kaye Professor
  • Users and uses of online political information
  • Profanity on television
  • Media Effects
Bob Legg Associate Professor
  • Media Effects
Mark Littmann Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing,
CCI Board of Visitors Professor
  • Astronomy and the history of astronomy
  • Writing about science for the general public
  • Science writing as literature
  • History of science
  • Teaching science and science writing
Catherine Luther Director,
Professor
  • International communication
  • Press-state relations
  • Intergroup conflict
  • Terrorism and the media
  • Issues involving media and social group representations
Michael T. Martinez Assistant Professor
  • First Amendment Law – Media and the courts
  • Visual Communication – Political coverage
  • History – Journalism practice
Amber Roessner Associate Professor
  • History of media and its intersection with American culture and collective memory
  • The practice of mass communications, in particular sports and politics
  • Race, gender, class & the mass media
  • Critical & cultural studies
Sam Swan CCI Director of Internationalization and Outreach,
Professor
  • International broadcasting
  • Broadcast journalism
Erin Whiteside Associate Professor
  • Sports media
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Media diversity
  • sexuality
  • gender
Michael O. Wirth CCI Dean,
Professor
  • Media and telecommunication economics, management, law and policy
Center for Information & Communication Studies
Name Position Research Interests
Suzie Allard CCI Associate Dean for Research,
CCI Director of Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues