TTU COMC Finds Success At AEJMC Midwinter Conference
College of Media & Communication faculty and graduate students will feature prominently at the upcoming AEJMC Midwinter Conference to be held at the University of Oklahoma, March 3-4.
In addition to numerous presentations across a variety of sessions and divisions, a team of doctoral students including Derrick Holland, Travis Loof, and Amber Krause were honored with a Top Paper Abstract award from the Communication Technology Division.
- Jessica Foumena & Oluseyi Adegbola. What has changed? An analysis of the New York Timesâ€™ coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election.
- Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D., & Oluseyi Adegbola. Hydraulic fracturing on U.S. cable news.
- Nicole Brown. Situational communication apprehension, avoidance and willingness to communicate with those experiencing homelessness.
- Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D., & Oluseyi Adegbola. Commenting on news stories via social media.
- Derrick Holland, Travis Loof, & Amber Krause. Short-circuited: An analysis of source credibility and artificial intelligence. TOP PAPER ABSTRACT, Communication Technology Division.
- Alexander Moe & Sadia Cheema. Applying meta-analysis in mass communication research
The panel of judges for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will include Robert Peaslee, chair of the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media in the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication.
Peaslee is one of six judges chosen for the event, which is hosted by Comic-Con International. He described the news as "an unexpected but welcome honor."
"To be considered alongside my fellow judges, some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, is truly humbling," Peaslee said. "I plan to work very hard with them to compile the best possible list of nominees. The best part of being asked to judge the Eisner's is that you must read a ton of great sequential artâ€”that's my kind of homework!"
In addition to working as a professor and leading the JEM department at Texas Tech, Peaslee is the co-editor of works such asÂ "Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s" and "The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime."
The 2017 Eisner Awards will be held on July 21 at Comic-Con in San Diego.
College Of Media & Communication Seeking Assistant Professors For Waco, D/FW
The assistant professors will administer 2-plus-2 programs at community colleges.
The Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication is creating two full-time faculty positions for assistant professors of practice based in Waco and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
College of Media & Communication dean David Perlmutter said the new faculty members will be an integral part of the college's mission to grow and to create a network that extends beyond the Lubbock area.
"This is the beginning of a new and exciting transformative chapter for our college," Perlmutter said. "We can now reach students who, because of personal, family, financial and other circumstances, could not matriculate in Lubbock. In addition, the growing and stronger ties with the business, government, nonprofit and alumni communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco areas, and beyond, will be of great benefit to all our students for their studies and their future."
The professors of practice will be based at community colleges in Dallas and Waco to administer the "2-plus-2 degree" program. This includes teaching online in the college's undergraduate and professional Master's of Arts programs and on site in hybrid classes. They will be based at existing offices on site and will also help the college recruit for programs there and in Lubbock.
Texas Tech Interim Provost Michael Galyean said he thinks the process of establishing the college's faculty members in Dallas and Waco will serve as a benefit for the students at each campus.
"We are excited that the College of Media & Communication will be expanding Texas Tech's footprint by offering new degree programs at regional sites," Galyean said. "Placing faculty members at these locations will be a great way to ensure the success of the programs and provide the quality student-faculty interaction that is a hallmark of a Texas Tech degree."
Lewis Snell, director of the Texas Tech University at Waco program, said he hopes the additional faculty will help facilitate students who want to pursue bachelor's degrees in Waco, followed by online graduate degrees from Texas Tech.
"We feel fortunate that Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. (Todd) Chambers, and Dr. (Kevin) Stoker have selected Waco as one of the regional sites to expand," Snell said. "We have seen a recent increase in enrollment and think any new degree options will help maintain the growth in central Texas."
Melanie Hart, vice provost for Worldwide eLearning at Texas Tech, said she sees this addition as a way to strengthen the partnerships between community colleges and Texas Tech.
"They allow excellent students to receive a high-quality Texas Tech degree without having to relocate to Lubbock," Hart said. "Many of the students at our regional sites have other responsibilities, such as families and jobs, and they often would not be able to continue their education if it were not for these partnerships. I am very appreciative of the College of Media & Communication's willingness to offer new degree programs for these students."
For more information on specific qualifications and details on how to apply, please visit the program's website.
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Texas Tech Student Part Of Delegation Visiting White House Today
WASHINGTON D.C. - A Texas Tech student has been invited as part of a college radio delegation visiting the White House today.
Amy Olivarez, a senior electronic media and communications major from Lubbock, is representing Texas Tech University and its college radio station KTXT-FM as part of an 18-member delegation of students from across the country to meet with White House officials to discuss college radio.
The college radio delegation will have the unique opportunity to be credentialed members of the White House press corps and to interview with President Obama's top domestic policy advisers about college affordability as well as other issues of interest to students. The students may also have the opportunity to interview with other high-ranking officials in discussing the importance of college radio.
The visit comes in anticipation of the upcoming College Radio Day on Nov. 4, where college radio stations across the country will unite and use the day to promote the benefits, opportunities and importance of college radio in the 21st Century.
Olivarez works at KTXT-FM as the stationâ€™s social media director. She was also invited by Rob Quicke, College Radio Day founder, to serve on the national board to help promote College Radio Day via its social media platforms.
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The Texas Tech Debate Team kicked off the 2016-27 season by winning multiple awards at the Georgia Bowman Classic in Kansas City, Mo, and at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Pueblo, Colo.
The Georgia Bowman Classic was held at William Jewell College in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 16-18. Director of Forensics Adam Testerman received special recognition as the "2016 Coach of the Year." He said the award recognizes coaches who have achieved competitive success and whose work is recognized as contributing to the growth and development of parliamentary debate.
In addition to individual awards, Testerman said the students also won awards as teams. The team of William Harper, a freshman public relations major from Talco, Texas, and Carlton Crowe, a freshman political science major from Gainesville, Texas, won the novice championship.
Harper said he hopes his and Croweâ€™s win is a sign of the success and achievement to come for the debate team this season.
"The atmosphere of a collegiate forensics tournament is one of intense competition, but also one of community and friendship since everyone is there for an event that they love," Harper said. "This sense of community was heightened within William Jewell since there were multiple break sessions focused on creating a uniquely inclusive environment. It was within this space that the TTU debate team achieved its first material measure of success this season."
Logan Kelley, a sophomore communication studies major from Abernathy, Texas, and Cody Gustafson, a freshman English major from Lubbock, advanced to the open quarterfinal round, finishing in the top eight teams at the tournament. Testerman noted that Kelley and Gustafson were one ballot away from the semifinals and managed to push the top seed of the tournament to the brink of elimination.
"We currently have one of the youngest teams in the nation," Testerman said. "We travelled eight debaters to this tournament; one junior, two sophomores, and five first years. All five of our first year debaters finished in the top 10 first-year individual speaking awards, including the individual champion Cody Gustafson."
Gustafson said it was an honor to be named "top speaker" at the tournament.
"It was a nice kick-off to my collegiate career and was especially nice to be named a top speaker at a collegiate level since I was never quite able to snag that at a national-circuit tournament in high school," Gustafson said.
Kelley said the tournament was an exciting start to the season for the entire team, and finishing in the top eight with Gustafson made him look forward to future tournaments.
"The season opener is always a really long one because itâ€™s the first tournament of the year and it is three days long," Kelley said. "The team, however, has been working really hard and it makes me so happy to get to work with everyone."
The Rocky Mountain Classic was held at Colorado State University Pueblo in Pueblo, Colo., on Sept. 24-25.
"Texas Tech finished with three of the top 10 individual speaking awards and cleared four of our six teams to elimination rounds," Testerman said. "We are proud of top 14 finishes in the open division of the tournament."
Testerman said Texas Tech gave another strong performance, where Aron Rios, a junior political science major from Big Spring, Texas, and Fiker Tesfaye, a sophomore sociology major from Corinth, Texas, advanced all the way to the semifinal round of the tournament. Gustafson and Kelley, and Crowe and Harper were also finalists.
Testerman noted that this tournamnent was the first one for Ana Ortiz, a sophomore political science/accounting major from Dallas, and Brad Parrish, a junior political science major from Caddo Mills, Texas, and they cleared to elimintation rounds in the junior division of the tournament.
"Two tournaments down to begin the season and we like where we are sitting," Testerman said. "Weâ€™ve cleared multiple teams at each tournament and put together strong outround performances. Next up is the Lewis & Clark tournament in Portland, Oregon, over the Oct. 8 weekend. Guns up from the Red Raider Debaters!"