Assistant Professor Receives Research Award for Emerging Scholars

Apr 18, 2023

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Dr. Jessica Maddox, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Creative Media, will be honored with the 2023 President’s Faculty Research Award for Emerging Scholars. The ceremony will take place at the Bryant Conference Center at 4:45 P.M. on Wednesday, April 19.  

Dr. Maddox’s research focuses on social media platforms, internet culture and how content and trends are created, circulated and amplified in digital spaces. “I spend a lot of time studying influencers, content creators, and the decisions that go into how and why they make posts and videos in certain, specific ways,” she said.  

Dr. Maddox is also the co-director of the office of Politics, Communication and Media and a graduate faculty affiliate in the College of Communication and Information Science’s doctoral program.  

Sponsored by the offices of the President and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the President’s Faculty Research award goes to outstanding researchers within the faculty of The University of Alabama. The awards span across the focuses of Arts and Humanities, Physical and Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Social and Behavioral sciences. For each category, there are awards presented to emerging, a mid-career and a senior scholars.  

“The faculty at UA do incredible things and make highly valuable contributions to better society and to advance the flagship. We are so grateful to them and the work they do,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, UA’s vice president for Research & Economic Development. 

The awards ceremony is the cornerstone of UA’s Faculty Research Day, a showcase that celebrates excellence in research, creativity and scholarship; recognizes leaders at the University and inspires the next generation of faculty researchers.