Faculty and Staff Achievements


Highlights of the research and other recent professional activities going on at the J-School.

Three faculty members received promotions in the spring semester: Barbara Barnett to full professor; Peter Bobkowski to associate professor with tenure; and Tien Lee (not pictured) to full professor. 

Three faculty members received promotions in the spring semester: Barbara Barnett to full professor; Peter Bobkowski to associate professor with tenure; and Tien Lee (not pictured) to full professor. 

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen is the newly elected board member of Kansas Action for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to shaping policies to improve the well-being of Kansas children. Chen also has been awarded a visiting professor program fellowship from the Advertising Educational Foundation. The VPP is a seven-day fellowship that allows professors and the industry to develop a mutually beneficial relationship and to share research. Chen also received the Keeler Intra-University Professorship, in which she will explore interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty in the Religious Studies Department in spring 2018.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been asked by the American Council on Education (ACE) to be an ACE faculty evaluator. Crawford will work as part of an accrediting team to provide academic institutions with a basis for recognizing military and corporate educational experiences in terms of civilian academic credit. Crawford also has been nominated to run for the 2017 AEJMC Elected Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility and has been elected to a three-year term on the Faculty Senate.  

Associate Professor Mugur Geana is the co-investigator (and KU-Lawrence principal investigator) of a multidisciplinary grant award from the Brown Foundation aimed at engaging rural urology clinics in the state of Kansas with recruitment for cancer clinical trials. The $56,000 award represents the funding for phase two of a three-phase project involving researchers from KU Medical Center and the main KU campus.

Assistant Professor Joseph Erba and Geana have been working with the Health Communication Research Shared Resource Center of the KU Cancer Center and the Midwest Cancer Alliance to produce messaging to boost participation in cancer clinical trials among minority populations that are historically underserved in the fight against cancer. The series of videos, posters, fliers and more will feature patients' own doctors and nurses while addressing the concerns and questions they most often have about such trials. Read the KU News story.

Associate Professor David Guth's book, "Bridging the Chesapeake - A 'Fool Idea' That Unified Maryland" has been accepted for re-publication by Archway Publishers of Indianapolis, a division of Simon and Schuster. 

Associate Professor Carol Holstead judged the General Excellence: Service and Lifestyle category of the National Magazine Awards on Jan. 11-12 at Columbia University in New York. 

Professor Pam Fine will serve as academic advisor for KU's Evans Scholars, 11 students from the Chicago area who are receiving full scholarships to KU from the Western Golf Association (WGA). Read the story here.

Jammie Johnson, graduate advisor and administrative assistant for Graduate Studies, received the university's Outstanding Graduate Support Staff Award. Johnson also was invited to serve on the 2016-2017 Diversity Leadership Council Workgroup. 

By Lisa McLendon

Associate Professor Tien Lee was appointed to the editorial board of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and
Mass Communication. 

Advisor Dan McCarthy and recruiter Vicky Reyes were selected to participate in the Office of Multicultural Affairs' Social Justice Fellows Program. The program provides intensive direction to faculty and staff to expand their understanding and application of social justice education especially as it relates to a higher education setting.

Lisa McLendon, Bremner Editing Center coordinator, has published a book, "The Perfect English Grammar Workbook." The book uses examples, exercises and lessons that help demystify grammar to help people use it with confidence and accuracy. The book is available for $13.99 at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon. McLendon also served as a judge in the American Copy Editors Society headline contest for the category of newspapers 100,000-200,000 circulation. Read the KU News story.

Assistant Professor Jonathan Peters participated in a one-day conference, "Covering Trump: What Happens When Journalism, Politics and Fake News Collide," which was live-streamed in March from Columbia Journalism School. For the event, Peters wrote a report, "Politics and the Press: Covering the Democrats' Hacked Emails During the 2016 Election: Legal and Ethical Issues" about legal/ethical propriety of covering Democrats' hacked emails. Read the column.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo was named chair of the master's program in East Asian Studies led by the KU Center for East Asian Studies for the 2017-18 academic year. Seo also was selected as a participant in the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility Faculty Seminar in spring 2017. The group explores enhancing students' service learning experiences at KU. 

Associate Professor Mike Williams was appointed to a three-year term on the Kansas Memorial Union Board of Directors.