Faculty & Staff Achievements 

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

Summer 2019 Edition  


1984 J-School graduate Mark Mears, (from left) Associate Professor Max Utsler and Dean Ann Brill.

1984 J-School graduate Mark Mears, (from left) Associate Professor Max Utsler and Dean Ann Brill.

Associate Professor Max Utsler received the Bengtson Mentoring Award during William Allen White Day on April 11. The award, which was established by 1984 J-School graduate Mark Mears to honor retired J-School Professor Tim Bengtson, recognizes a faculty member who inspires students to reach their full potential.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen is the recipient of the 2019 John Katich Award for Creativity. The annual Katich Award is given to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications who demonstrates creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas.

At KU Medical Center’s Third Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium on March 26, Associate Professor Mugur Geana shared insights from the school’s Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations (CEHCUP) and his experience in addressing health literacy, cultural tailoring and digital literacy.Associate Professor Crystal Lumpkins was KUMC’s faculty lead for this year’s topic: Health Literacy: From Patient to Practitioner.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford

Assistant Professor Teri Finneman moderated an opening session of the Kansas Press Association convention in February. The discussion examined the role of journalism in covering government, the impact of fake news rhetoric on the industry, how journalists do their jobs in a state lacking in open records/ government transparency, and the role of objectivity in today’s journalism. Finneman also taught two sessions on social media engagement and brought four J-School students to the convention.

The Torch chapter of Mortar Board honored Associate Professor Jerry Crawford as a 2018 Outstanding Educator at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Dec. 4. Mortar Board is a national college senior honors society that values scholarship, leadership and service.

Assistant Professor Hong Vu had a chapter accepted for publication in “Asian Women Leadership: A Cross-National and Cross-Sector Comparison,” to be published by Routledge. The chapter, which is titled “Female Leadership in Vietnam: Traditional Gender Norm, Quota and the Media,” reviews the history of Vietnam’s female leadership and feminism and its current policy in encouraging women to participate in policymaking.

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski delivered the Budig Teaching lecture in March.

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski delivered the Budig Teaching lecture in March.

Associate Professor Peter Bobkowski received the 2018-2019 Gretchen and Gene Budig Teaching Professorship of Writing. The Budig professorship recognizes outstanding faculty instruction, and recipients are asked to deliver a formal lecture. Bobkowski presented his lecture, “Telling Stories: How I Learned to Write and Teach Writing,” on March 5. Bobkowski also was awarded a Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship for the 2019-2020 academic year. He will spend the fall semester working with researchers at KU’s Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) and in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education to advance a project that comprehensively defines data literacy and develops interdisciplinary materials for teaching and assessing data literacy.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation at Harvard Law School on March 5.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation at Harvard Law School on March 5.

Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo gave a presentation at Harvard Law School on March 5 on research from her digital inclusion project, which is an effort to help underserved populations access the internet through hands-on digital literacy courses.

Cal Butcher, director of Media Crossroads, has been awarded the annual Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado High School Activities Association. Butcher has been a public address announcer for Colorado High School State Championship events in track and field, volleyball, basketball and spirit for the past 23 years.The award was presented at the CHSAA Hall of Fame Banquet & Ceremony in Denver on April 23. Butcher is also the voice of the Kansas track and field and cross country teams and recently announced his 10th Kansas Relays.