School of Communication & Journalism

Graduate Faculty

 The Department features a highly qualified academic and professional faculty whose credentials include books, textbooks, journal articles, monographs, professional association presentations, national and regional affiliations, offices in national associations, professional and industry experience, plus many service-oriented contributions to the fields of Communication, Broadcasting, Journalism and Public Relations.

To serve as a member of graduate faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism, a faculty member must have a terminal degree, typically a Ph.D. or M.F.A., and hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor or higher. Graduate faculty members have an established record of creative works, scholarly publication, or professional publication. They must also maintain high teaching standards and serve on graduate advisory committees. Graduate faculty appointments are for a term of seven years, at which time faculty members undergo a review process for reappointment.

Below is a current listing of graduate faculty and a brief description of their research interests.

Current Graduate Faculty & Research Interests

Jennifer Wood Adams

Jennifer Wood Adams

Director
(Ph.D., University of South Carolina): Focuses on journalism education, print and online journalism and the marketing, management and convergence issues associated with the fields
adamsj1@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2751
232 Tichenor Hall
Robert Agne

Robert Agne

Associate Professor
(Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder): Studies language and social interaction, usually in the form of everyday talking and how it shapes who we are and how we regard others
agnerob@auburn.edu
(334) 844-7237
112 Tichenor Hall
Justin C. Blankenship

Justin C. Blankenship

Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): is interested in the evolving nature of journalism from a technological and economic perspective, journalism education, and the role of media in politics
jzb0124@auburn.edu
Tichenor 105
Brigitta Brunner

Brigitta Brunner

Professor
(Ph.D., University of Florida) Explores public relations and diversity issues as well as the role and impact of community engagement
brunnbr@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2755
116 Tichenor Hall
John Carvalho

John Carvalho

Professor and Associate Director for Journalism
(Ph.D., University of North Carolina): Explores sports media history and media framing
carvajp@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4454
220 Tichenor Hall
Eunji Chung

Eunji Chung

Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., Syracuse University): Focuses on corporate social responsibility, strategic communication, organizational communication, crisis communication and multicultural public relations.
ezc0033@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2768
232H Tichenor Hall
Andrea Kelley

Andrea Kelley

Assistant Professor
U.S. cinema and screen culture, media history and criticism, critical race theory, and cultural studies
ajk0037@auburn.edu
(334) 844-0230
106 Tichenor Hall
Hollie Lavenstein

Hollie Lavenstein

Associate Professor
(MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago): Studies and produces narrative and experimental films
lavenho@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2727
113 Tichenor Hall
Mike Milford

Mike Milford

Associate Professor
(Ph.D., University of Kansas ): Focuses on rhetoric that uses popular culture such as sports and other media outlets to impart political and ideological messages
msm0019@auburn.edu
(334) 844-8735
229 Tichenor Hall
George Plasketes

George Plasketes

Professor and Associate Director for Media Studies
(Ph.D., Bowling Green State University): Concentrates on the intersection of popular culture, music, and mass media
plaskgm@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2760
226 Tichenor Hall
Diana Sisson

Diana Sisson

Assistant Professor, Public Relations
(Ph.D., University of South Carolina): Focuses on organization-public relationships, relationship management, social media, and ethics
dcs0016@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2887
235 Tichenor Hall
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Associate Professor
(MFA., Louisiana Tech University ): Researches visual communication, with an emphasis on motion design and historical methods of letterpress printing
kds0013@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2752
120 Tichenor Hall
Michail Vafeiadis

Michail Vafeiadis

Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University): Focuses on storytelling, social media, and health communication
mzv0042@auburn.edu
225 Tichenor Hall
Elizabeth Wilhoit

Elizabeth Wilhoit

Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., Purdue University): Studies how materiality affects organizations and communication, particularly organizational space.
edw0031@auburn.edu
(334) 844-4000
Tichenor 106
Debra Worthington

Debra Worthington

Professor and Associate Director for Communication
(Ph.D., University of Kansas): Focuses on the effects of psycho-social and communication processes on juror decision-making, listening and information processing
worthdl@auburn.edu
(334) 844-2756
219 Tichenor Hall
Dr. Ed Youngblood

Dr. Ed Youngblood

Associate Professor
(Ph.D., Texas Tech): Researches website usability, electronic media history, and the adoption of electronic communication technologies
ney0002@auburn.edu
(334) 844-0257
223 Tichenor Hall

For more information

Debra Worthington

Debra Worthington
Graduate Program Officer
219 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2756
worthdl@auburn.edu

Last Updated: April 05, 2016