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    From student to professor

    SLIS student services coordinator George Shaw joins the faculty of UNC Charlotte.

July 2018


A Focus on Faculty

When I meet with CIC alumni — which I’ve done a lot of this summer — they inevitably ask me the same thing: “How is Dr. so-and-so? Are they still teaching?”

Our alumni have a special place in their hearts for the faculty who molded them into professionals. (Just ask the folks who still use their “I passed Jay Bender’s Media Law class” mugs.) Clearly, it’s because our faculty are exceptional, the sort of people who inspire others and change lives. And you’re going to start hearing a lot more about them because in the past two years, we’ve hired 18 new faculty. Now, we have more faculty than ever before  more than a third of them are new.

With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment and brag on them, because there’s been a lot to brag about lately.

  • For starters, they’ve been racking up awards. Earlier this year, Dr. Kenneth Campbell and staffer Dr. Sarah Keeling were each honored with the university’s MLK Social Justice Award. The award recognizes individuals who have exemplified the philosophies of Dr. King through community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.
  • In April, we found out that Senior Instructor Lisa Sisk was named one of the university’s 2018 Garnet Apple award recipients. This annual award honors USC’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.
  • Then, Dr. Karen Gavigan won the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children's Literature Fellowship to study at the Reinberger Children's Library Center at Kent State University. She also secured a THIRD year of funding from the Library of Congress for the Teaching with Primary Sources Program. Needless to say, Dr. Gavigan has been busy during her sabbatical.
  • We also learned that our own Dr. Amir Karami, in collaboration with a psychology department professor, was awarded an ASPIRE research grant for his proposal “Knowledge Discovery in Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Experiences.”
  • Most recently, Dr. Kevin Hull was named Promising Professor of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Mass Communication and Society Division. Faculty apply from all over the country for this honor, so Dr. Hull’s win is a big deal and underscores the excellent work he’s doing in the classroom.

These are just a few of the highlights. The full list of accomplishments is obviously much, much longer than this.

And as always, their research is exceptional. We’ve been making an effort to spotlight our faculty and their work by posting feature stories to our website (check them out if you haven’t yet). From Dr. Mo Jang’s research on the surprising way mass shootings influence gun control policy to Dr. Amir Karami’s research on what Twitter can tell us about public opinion on economic issues, our professors dive into timely issues with broad implications.

Clearly, we have a lot to brag on. Be on the lookout — there’s more to come.

Go Gamecocks! 


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Upcoming Events

Media Law School 2019

Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019

Location: Law School 103 - Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom, Law School 101 Perrin Family Event Space

Cost: free

2019 Mentor Match

Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019

Location: School of Journalism & Mass Communications 318

Cost: Free

Media Law School 2019

Friday, Sep. 20, 2019

Location: Law School 103 - Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom, Law School 101 Perrin Family Event Space

Cost: free

CIC Career Series Workshops

Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019

Location: School of Journalism & Mass Communications 318

Cost: $0

CIC Family Weekend Drop-In 2019

Friday, Sep. 27, 2019

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Cost: Free

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