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SMW 2014 - Carolyn Hank Ph.D, Karen Freberg Ph.D., Nick Bowman Ph.D.

Dr. HankCarolyn Hank, Ph.D.
Social Media Handles:  none that she will share!

Carolyn Hank is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches in the areas of digital curation, human information interactions, and research methods. On the panel, she will share findings from a grant-funded study that examined information and library science faculty and students’ perceptions and practices for informally interacting via Facebook. She is interested in how dual relationships and context collapse influence interactions between faculty and students in social spaces, and implications for policy at institutions of higher education.


Dr. FregergKaren Freberg, Ph.D.

Social Media Handles: Twitter (@kfreberg), Instagram (@kfreberg), Blog (

Karen Freberg is an assistant professor in strategic communications at the University of Louisville. In addition to this teaching experience, Freberg has presented at several U.S. and international research conferences.  Freberg’s research has been published in several book chapters and in academic journals such asPublic Relations Review, Teaching Public Relations, Journal of Contingency & Crisis Management, Journal of Strategic Security, Media Psychology Review, and Health Communication.  She also serves on the editorial board for Psychology for Popular Media Culture and Case Studies in Strategic Communication (CSSC).  


Dr. BowmanNicholas David Bowman, Ph.D.

Social Media Handles:  Twitter (@bowmanspartan)

Dr. Bowman is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Research Associate in the Media and Interaction Lab at West Virginia University. His research centers around the evolving relationship between humans and technology, with a particular focus on the psychology of entertainment and social media. He has published over three dozen studies and a dozen book chapters on the topic, and recently co-authored a textbook “An Introduction to Computer-Mediated Communication: A Functional Approach”.  A native of St. Louis, Nick has worked professionally as a newspaper reporter and editor, and has past experience in public relations, political lobbying and radio broadcasting.