From Associate Dean Kevin Stoker
The College of Media & Communication will welcome eight new faculty members this fall, including a new Marshall and Sharlene Formby Regents Professor, three assistant professors, one visiting assistant professor, and three professors of practice.
Erik Bucy, Ph.D., the new Regents Professor in Strategic Communication, comes to Texas Tech after a two-year stint in industry. Bucy is vice president of research for SmithGeiger LLC in California, a market research company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He has predominantly worked with media clients and hopes to maintain strong ties to the industry as a Regents Professor. Bucy spent 13 years in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. He is an internationally known researcher in political communication, having published numerous articles in top journals and co-authored an award-winning 2009 book, “Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections,” published by Oxford University Press. Bucy earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1998.
New Assistant Professors of Advertising include: Rebecca Ortiz, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina; Melanie Sarge, Ph.D., from Ohio State University; and Melissa Gottlieb, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joining the college as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Relations is Sun Young Lee, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina.
The two new Professors of Practice are Jerod Foster in Journalism and Electronic Media, and Kent Lowry in Advertising. Foster and Lowry are completing their doctoral degrees in the College of Media & Communication. Another hired Professor of Practice in PR is Jo Grant, who comes to the university with 30 years of experience in the health care industry. The new position of Professor of Practice is designed to attract industry veterans whose primary focus is to teach skills classes, work with industry, and mentor students and student organizations.