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C&IS Welcomes New Faculty Members

The College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) is dedicated to fostering collaboration, unity and passion through distinguished faculty and staff. This fall, C&IS welcomes ten new faculty members who bring with them each a notable record of academic achievement. C&IS is proud to introduce the new faculty who will continue the College’s tradition of excellence:

  • Dr. Josh Bramlett, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Dr. Noor Ghazal Aswad, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Kaylin Duncan, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • John Haley, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Creative Media
  • Brent Mitchell, Instructor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Jeonghyun Oh, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Jaclyn Shetterly, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Teresa Tackett, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Caleb Walters, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations

**not pictured: Hailey Allen, Instructor, Journalism and Creative Media

C&IS Alumna Recognized for Work on Viral Dunkin’ Campaign

C&IS alumna Kristin Clark

Kristin Clark, an alumna of the College of Communication & Information Sciences (C&IS), was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Marketing & Advertising. Clark, 28, was recognized alongside creative partner Matthew Low for her success in the creation of the brand partnership between Dunkin’ and TikTok star Charli D’Amelio that generated more than four billion impressions worldwide.

The partnership allowed for the creation of a new iced coffee drink inspired by the influencer’s go-to-order called “The Charli” to hit the menus of Dunkin’ stores nationwide. The campaign sought to incorporate elements that resonated with younger audiences on social media and created a natural partnership between the brand and D’Amelio.

“Working on ‘DunkinXCharli’ was a brand new experience for a lot of my colleagues and our clients. TikTok was a new thing. It was uncharted territory for many brands and creatives as well,” said Clark. “But what made it exciting was that the idea was so clear, authentic and real. No one had to question the authenticity behind our partnership.”

TikTok Influencer Charli D’Amelio

Charli D’Amelio is the most-followed creator on the TikTok app with over 138.4 million followers, and is widely recognized for posting dancing videos to trending songs on the platform with a Dunkin’ iced coffee in hand.

“It was the perfect partnership,” said Clark. “Of course it had its challenges, some clients didn’t even know what TikTok was, or who Charli was, and here we are asking them to put her drink on the menu nationwide. But the data we gathered was undeniable and ended with a stellar campaign that we’re all really proud of,” Clark said when asked about the creative direction of the campaign.

Clark graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and digital art production in 2015. Since then, she has worked for BBDO Worldwide, an advertising agency headquartered in New York City, for over seven years, serving in different roles from intern to creative director. Throughout her time at the agency, Clark has worked on a scope of creative campaigns with brands ranging from M&M’s and Snickers, to pro bono projects with charities to help provide funding for the global education crisis.

She credits much of her success to the guidance she received from her C&IS professors. “My professors, from the start, always focused on teaching me how to operate and see a future for myself when my time at UA was up,” Clark said. “Not only was I supported and given the tools to be the best student I could be, but the best professional once I took those steps out into the real world.”

Clark advises current C&IS students and alumni alike to find what inspires them and chase after it. “You have the tools, knowledge and support around you to achieve anything. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw any current C&IS students on the list in a few years,” said Clark.

To view Kristin’s profile on Forbes, click here.

To view the full Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Marketing and Advertising, click here.

Plank Center Leaders Honored by Ball State University

Two of the University of Alabama’s – and the industry’s – preeminent experts in public relations are being honored this week at the 2022 Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship at Ball State University’s School of Journalism and Strategic Communication in Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Karla Gower, director of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama is keynote and Dr. Bruce Berger, founding director and professor emeritus of the Plank Center, will receive the National Public Relationships Achievement Award. The in-person event is set for 7:30 p.m. March 30 at Ball State’s L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ball Room. It is open to the public.

Founded in 1979, the Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship in Public Relations is the nation’s longest running public relations lectureship and has brought some of the most prominent public relations leaders to campus. Speakers provide insight into public relations trends and create a forum for new ideas among Indiana’s public relations practitioners, faculty and students.

The Ball Corp., located at the time in Muncie, Indiana, home of Ball State University, started the series in 1979 in honor of Schranz, the company’s first public relations officer and an advocate for higher education.

Schranz often shared his expertise with students and endowed an undergraduate public relations scholarship through a gift of Ball Corporation stock. The lectureship has built a reputation for providing content necessary for the growth and development of the public relations field. It offers an examination of the developing status of the public relations profession and creates a forum for the expression of new ideas and concepts. It serves as a professional development opportunity for Indiana public relations practitioners, faculty and students.

Dr. Bruce Berger

Dr. Berger, an author of two books, has focused his research on public relations leadership, employee communications and public policy influence.

Before entering academia, Dr. Berger was a PR professional and executive for 20 years. He worked at the (then) Upjohn Company, a pharmaceutical research and manufacturing company, serving as manager of Public Affairs, based in Brussels, Belgium, and subsequently as director of Worldwide Human Health Public Relations. In 1989, he became the corporate Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Whirlpool Corp. and president of the Whirlpool Foundation.

Dr. Karla Gower

Dr. Gower has authored three books and co-authored another. She is the Behringer Distinguished Professor in the Advertising and Public Relations Department of the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama. She has served as director of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations since 2008, when Dr. Berger retired.

She practiced law in Canada for eight years before moving to Arizona in 1992 to attend Arizona State. She worked in public relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona, during the Clinton administration’s attempts at health care reform, in internal communications and media relations at GateWay Community College and was part of a three-member team of writers in the Office of University Development at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Robin Boylorn Named Holle Endowed Chair in Communication Arts

Dr. Robin Boylorn

C&IS professor Dr. Robin Boylorn has been named the inaugural Holle Endowed Chair in Communication Arts.

In this role, Boylorn will lead the development of a new scholarly center for the College, recruit the affiliation of distinguished national and international scholars, secure external funding and cultivate interdisciplinary communication performance and activities for The Holle Center for Communication Arts.

Both the Center and the endowed position, which were established through a $10 million gift to the College from Brigadier General Everett Hughes Holle, will focus on supporting creative activity and scholarship that advances human dignity, breaks down barriers to understanding, illuminates injustices, and encourages collaboration and empathy.

“Dr. Boylorn has an established record of achievement which includes a strong ability and desire to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, professionals and other college stakeholders,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of C&IS. “I am confident her expertise, her commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, and her collaborative approach to the communication arts will serve our College and the discipline very well.”

Boylorn currently serves as a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her areas of research include communication and culture, diversity and identity studies, representation, autoethnography and narrative inquiry, interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. In addition, she is also the current editor of the Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies journal, a peer-reviewed publication that publishes scholarship for an international readership on communication as a theory, practice, technology and discipline of power.

“Being selected as the inaugural Holle Chair in Communication Arts and the founding director of the Holle Center for Communication Arts is the greatest honor of my career,” Boylorn said. “I look forward to visioning possibilities for facilitating social justice through communication, storytelling and creativity.”

To learn more about the future Holle Center for Communication Arts, click here.

Robin Boylorn Begins Editorship of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Journal

Dr. Robin Boylorn, professor of interpersonal and intercultural communication at The University of Alabama, has been named editor of the Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies journal. The journal is a peer-reviewed publication that publishes scholarship for an international readership on communication as a theory, practice, technology and discipline of power.

Established by the National Communication Association, the journal seeks essays that are relevant and innovative to contribute to the culture of communication. Last year, Boylorn was named editor-elect of the journal allowing her to establish an editorial board, oversee the review process for the journal and make publication decisions.

“It is a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to help shape the conversations in the field and to co-create space for progressive and forward-thinking conversations in communication and critical/cultural studies,” said Boylorn.

Boylorn formally transitioned into the role of editor on January 1, 2022, and will serve in the position until December 31, 2024, while accompanied by her editorial assistant, LaTonya Taylor, a doctoral candidate within the College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS).

“I am honored to be the first black woman editor of an NCA journal, and of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies in particular,” Boylorn said. “It is invigorating to have the opportunity to oversee the review process and engage with scholarship from the beginning to final stages of production.”

Boylorn’s inaugural issue will be published in March 2022 and will be available here.

Radio Alabama — Multimedia Reporter/Producer

LOCATION: Sylacauga, Ala.

DUTIES: Researches, writes, produces, and multipurposes local news and sports stories for our websites, social media channels, and audio and video platforms with focus on accuracy, correct grammar and punctuation, and prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines. Gathers information through research, interviews, or attendance at news, political, cultural, recreational, social, sports, or other functions and arranges and conducts interviews with newsmakers. Establishes and maintains relationships and develops connections as information sources. Evaluates leads and tips to develop story ideas. Discusses issues with news managers to establish priorities. Records and edits video and audio. Interacts on behalf of our stations on social media. Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or work experience; be fluent in English with strong written and oral communication skills; have confident on-air and on-camera presence; be reasonably proficient with or demonstrate an aptitude for editing as well as use of cameras, microphones, lights, and other newsgathering and editing tools; have experience with content publishing platform such as WordPress and metrics dashboards for websites and social media platforms; be reasonably proficient with computers, telephones, and other office equipment; be able to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; project a professional appearance and demeanor; be an organized self-starter able to work effectively without direct supervision; and be flexible in scheduling.

ABOUT US: RadioAlabama, one of the state’s largest local and privately-owned media organizations, is home to six radio brands — MIX 106.5 [WFXO-HD2] (Alabama’s 2017 Radio Station of the Year), FOX Sports Central Alabama [WFXO], 105.1 WRFS [WRFS], KiX 96.3 [WSGN], KiX 100.3 [WYEA], and AU100 [WAUE], along with more multiple digital products and services including SylacaugaNews.com and RadioAlabama Sports. Headquartered in Sylacauga, Ala., our over-the-air signals are focused northwest to southeast from Birmingham through Lake Martin-Alexander City-Dadeville to Auburn-Opelika and north to south from I-20/Pell City through Wetumpka, Prattville, Clanton, and Montgomery. RadioAlabama offers great ongoing training and supportive leadership in a collaborative work environment, along with health insurance options and a generous 401(k) plan. We’re all about quality, integrity, and excellence — delivering great programming, news, entertainment, and sports for the communities we are privileged to serve along with results for our advertisers.

No phone calls, please. RadioAlabama/Marble City Media LLC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation. Our primary website: RadioAlabama.net.

Apply Here! 

C&IS Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

The College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) is dedicated to fostering collaboration, unity and passion through distinguished faculty and staff. This fall, C&IS welcomes six new faculty members who bring with them each a notable record of academic achievement. C&IS is proud to introduce the new faculty who will continue the College’s tradition of excellence:

  • Dr. Xiaoti Fan, Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Dimitrios Latsis, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
  • Dr. Dongjae “Jay” Lim, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Camille DeBose, Instructor, Journalism and Creative Media
  • Nora Stone, Visiting Instructor, Journalism and Creative Media
  • Zachary Tigert, Instructor, Journalism and Creative Media

Lake Homes Realty

PR/JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITES

FOR NATIONAL COMPANY BASED IN HOOVER

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNTIES: Write media releases and content for company website. Work with seasoned marketing professionals who write great recommendations. Build your portfolio with examples from a national company. This in-person, paid internship is in Hoover. We understand academics comes first and are flexible in setting your work schedule. Internships are available throughout the year and we are looking for several positions. For consideration, email your resume, cover letter and writing samples to blang@lakehomes.com.

COMPANY OVERVIEW:  Lake Homes Realty is the nation’s largest lake-focused real estate company. The company provides full service, multi-state real estate brokerage services in 32 states. The website LakeHomes.com features 70,000 lake properties listed, totaling $30 billion, and has more than 6 million views annually. Inc. Magazine has ranked Lake Homes Realty as one of the fastest growing companies for the past four years.  www.lakehomes.com. The company is headquartered in Hoover on Valleydale Road near I-65.

The marketing team at Lake Homes Realty has worked for well-known local, regional, national, and international companies. These award-winning experts focus on marketing, advertising, public relations, video production, social media, and digital marketing. The company and its executives are well respected in the real estate industry and throughout the community.

INTERNSHIP CONTACT:  Bill Lang, Public Relations Specialist, blang@lakehomes.com; 205.218.3561

C&IS Hosts Virtual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

C&IS hosted its biennial Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Feb. 19. The virtual ceremony honored Nancy Parker Boyd, E. Culpepper Clark, Jan Crawford and Bryan Stevenson. C&IS Board of Visitors member Barry Copeland, president of The Copeland Strategies Group, served as emcee. The video produced by the Center for Public Television to honor each of our inductees can be viewed here. Additional information about each inductee is available below.

Nancy Parker Boyd

Nancy Parker Boyd graduated from the College of Communication and Information Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1988 before beginning her television broadcast career with TV stations in Georgia and Alabama. After anchoring the news for several years at WAFB in Baton Rouge, she made New Orleans her home where she covered New Orleans and South Louisiana for three decades. A five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who served as a morning anchor for WVUE FOX 8 in New Orleans, Boyd was a legend in the community and an inspiration to young aspiring journalists. Boyd passed away in a plane crash while reporting a story on August 16, 2019.

E. Culpepper Clark

Culpepper “Cully” Clark is dean emeritus of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a position he held from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to the University of Georgia, Clark worked at The University of Alabama for 27 years, including serving as dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. His published works have focused on the New South Movement and his book, “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama,” was named a Notable Book by the New York Times Book Review.

Jan Crawford

Jan Crawford is the chief legal correspondent for CBS News and a recognized authority on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her 2007 book, “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court” gained critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Crawford is a 1987 graduate of The University of Alabama and a 1993 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. She has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the Court to universities, law schools, legal organizations and civic groups across the country.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated and condemned. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard’s School of Government and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy,” which was recently adapted as a major motion picture.

About the Hall of Fame:

Established by the College’s Board of Visitors in 1998, the Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame was created to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of individuals who have brought lasting fame to the state of Alabama through the application of disciplines taught, researched and practiced in the College.