C&IS PhD candidates named SEC Emerging Scholars

May 5, 2023

22-23 SEC Emerging Scholars, LaTonya Taylor and Joshua JacksonTuscaloosa, Ala. – C&IS doctoral students Joshua Jackson and LaTonya Taylor have been named as SEC Emerging Scholars Program Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year.   

In being named an SEC Emerging Scholars Program Fellows, Jackson and Taylor join a cohort of exemplary doctoral and post-doctoral students from across the Southeastern Conference. 

“To say receiving this award is an honor is an understatement,” said Jackson. “I’ve spent my entire life in the SEC working toward my goals. To have that work pay off, stand alongside other future scholars and advance in my career is exciting. I plan to use this funding to pay for my dissertation research, as well as attending a conference in my field.” 

“I’m honored to be recognized among this group and proud to represent the College of Communication and Information Sciences and the University,” said Taylor. “I appreciate this affirmation of my scholarship and investment in my professional future. As I seek to continue my academic career, I’m particularly energized by the opportunity to network with scholars at [The University of Alabama] and other SEC institutions. This recognition is an encouraging boost as I work toward completion of my doctoral studies.” 

The SEC Emerging Scholars Program was established in 2021 with the goal of encouraging top scholars, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, to seek out employment and mentorship at SEC institutions.