Faculty and staff achievements


Associate Professor Barbara Barnett was featured in a KU Today story about her book, "Motherhood in the Media: Infanticide, Journalism and the Digital Age." The book examines media coverage of cases of women who have killed their children, presents interviews with journalists who have covered the stories, and takes a look at how motherhood blogs cover the issue. Read the KU News story.

Associate Dean Scott Reinardy published a new book "Journalism's Lost Generation: The Undoing of U.S. Newspaper Newsrooms," now available on Amazon. Read a Columbia Journalism Review story.


Associate Professor Genelle Belmas' entry in the Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication's Teaching Ideas Competition, "Eating the Flag: How to Teach about Flag Desecration (Without Threats on Your Life)," received a second-place award.

Belmas took her JOUR 177 class ("45 Words: The Five Rights of the First Amendment"), above, to the Douglas County Courthouse on Sept. 19. Judge James McCabria talked with them about the rule of law and how the justice system works in Douglas County.

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen

Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen

A study co-written by Associate Professor Yvonnes Chen shows that an intervention aimed at educating adults about the dangers of sugary beverages and improving their health and media literacy is effective at improving their health, knowledge and helping reduce the amount of beverages they drink. Read the KU News story.

Chen, Assistant Professor Joseph Erba and doctoral student Hannah Kang's paper won the top faculty paper award in the Minorities and Communication Division at the 2016 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. Their paper is titled "Using media literacy to counter stereotypical images of blacks and Latinos." Read the KU News story.

Associate Professor Jerry Crawford has been selected to participate in the 2016-17 class of AEJMC's Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication.

Bremner Center Coordinator Lisa McLendon is now affiliated faculty with the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

Julie Petr

Julie Petr

Assistant Professor Jonathan Peters was appointed by the national president of the Society of Professional Journalists to serve on its Freedom of Information Committee, and he was re-elected Teaching Chair of AEJMC's Law & Policy Division.

Julie Petr of KU Libraries retired Aug. 26. Petr has been a longtime liaison between libraries and the J-School. She was instrumental in helping create a role for libraries in the Digital Content Strategy online master's program.


Associate Professor Hyunjin Seo offered two social media workshops in August. The first was for military officers participating in the Army Strategic Broadening Program (Mount Oread Leadership Series) covering social media and network analysis in foreign affairs. The second, focused on social media and integrated communications, was for KU Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellows. The Self Fellowship program is aimed at identifying, recruiting and providing development opportunities for "exceptional Ph.D. students" at KU.

Matt Tidwell has a new position as education program manager for the Integrated Marketing Communications program at the KU Edwards Campus. Read Tidwell's bio.

Associate Dean Tom Volek, Professor Chuck Marsh, instructor Eileen Hawley and Ph.D. student Matt Tidwell served as the faculty for the KU School of Business, Mount Oread Leadership Series, on July 27-29. They led sessions on strategic communications for participants, mostly comprised of senior personnel from the U.S. Army.

Associate Professor Mike Williams has been appointed as the KU liaison to the Transfer and Articulation Council of the Board of Regents. The council reviews and accepts courses that will transfer between any Kansas university or community college.

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Associate Professor Doug Ward represented KU at the Arizona State University Global Silicon Valley summit in San Diego. The summit brings together entrepreneurs, investors and educators to explore evolving technology and ways that technology can be used in teaching and learning. Ward also led a workshop for Edwards Campus faculty and staff on "How Active Learning Changes Your Classroom."

The new master's program in Digital Content Strategy began this summer with 29 students. Doug Ward is teaching the program's first class, Information Insight I.