Jessica Smith

Dr. Jessica Smith

Assistant Professor
Department of EM&C

About Me

  • I'm a native Texan who loves it here, but I'd hop on a plane tomorrow to travel anywhere. I like cheese enchiladas and chai lattes, but not together. I enjoy reading and word games, but I'll drop those to go outside as often as I can.

Classes Taught

  • EMC 3300 - Electronic Media and Society
  • EMC 3315 - Principles of Digital Media
  • EMC 3370 - Writing for Electronic Media
  • EMC 4320 - Electronic Media Operations
  • EMC 6315 - Web Design and Interaction


  • Dr. Smith is the co-author of two journal articles and author of several other articles under revision, in addition to 13 conference papers. Her research interests include online communication, communication technologies, media psychology, and social media.

Main Methodological Approaches

  • Experimental
  • Content Analysis


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Mass Communication
  • M.A., University of South Florida, Mass Communication
  • B.S., Abilene Christian University, Journalism


  • Dr. Smith worked for three years as a newspaper copy editor in a converged newsroom, which sparked an interest in multimedia news and communication technology. She has taught as an adjunct or graduate instructor at three other universites.


  • Dr. Smith is the professional freedom & responsibility chair for the Communication Technology Division of AEJMC in 2012-13

Publications in Last 5 Years

  • Bajkiewicz, T. & Smith, J. (2007). When the in-box breaks: An exploratory content analysis of online network breaking news e-mail alerts. Electronic News, 1(4), 197-210.