Summer harvest is a
bountiful one for faculty


School of Communications faculty members had one of their most prolific summers ever in 2004, producing books, articles and presentations, working on research projects and traveling all over North America and the world in service to their scholarship and teaching - all this in addition to teaching summer school sessions at Elon University.

Kenn Gaither served as a field office coordinator in the Institute for Shipboard Education's Semester at Sea program. His ship, the Explorer, served as a floating university for more than 500 college students and visited eight countries. The itinerary included Russia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China. Kenn was responsible for overseeing a shipboard field office that planned, organized and implemented field practica in each of the ports of call; these included university exchanges, homestays and visits to attractions such as the Great Wall in China and Hiroshima in Japan. A book proposal he co-prepared with Pat Curtin at UNC-Chapel Hill was accepted by Sage Publishers. The book, tentatively titled "Public Relations Theory: Culture, Power, and Difference," is slated for completion in 2006.

David Copeland completed his book on the press and the War of 1812, part of the Greenwood series "U.S. Wars and Media," for which he is series editor. He also edited 12 other books in the series this summer, including a volume on World War II in the Pacific by Brad Hamm and one on War from the Persian Gulf through the Iraq war by Brooke Barnett. At AEJMC in Toronto, Copeland presented a paper in a myth and media history session on setting the record straight on the colonial press. Copeland also moderated the research session "Images, Criticism and Reporting from the 19th Century." He served on an AEJMC panel on how to publish your research in books. a book on the Press and the War of 1812.

Jala Anderson and George Padgett attended the UNITY Conference in Washington, D.C., which included speaking appearances by President Bush, John Kerry, Colin Powell and Jesse Jackson. Among the 8,000 attendees, they met up with School of Communications Advisory Board members Angel Hawthorne of HGTV and Bill Warren of Disney. Padgett has a contract to produce a book on diversity.

Frances Ward-Johnson attended an American Press Institute seminar in June. She served as a discussant at the AEJMC conference in Toronto in the research session "Let's Talk about Race: News, Health and Community." She also moderated a teaching session on instituting diversity in the curriculum.

Connie Book's "Digital Television: DTV and the Consumer" was introduced at AEJMC by Blackwell Publishing (formerly Iowa State University Press). She also completed field research examining the impact of high-definition video on news package construction at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, with funding from a summer research fellowship.

Harlen Makemson presented an AEJMC-Toronto research paper on the weapons of character assassination, specifically the anti-Blaine political cartoons during the 1884 presidential campaign. He also spent a week in Columbia, S.C., at the University of South Carolina's Newsplex, attending a workshop on converged media.

Tom Nelson traveled across the United States - the typical wandering, inquisitive Tom Nelson summer. He spent a good chunk of his time in Utah, and he was a guest lecturer at Brigham Young University in Provo, working with two classes focusing on television news reporting and producing. He also wrote a guest column about the demise of a Greyhound bus lines route that ran in a Sunday edition of the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune.

Paul Parsons and Don Grady completed book chapters about indirect measures of Assessment for the new title "Assessing Media Education," edited by William G. Christ. Grady and Parsons, along with Brad Hamm, led a large delegation of Elon faculty members to the annual AEJMC conference in Toronto. Parsons and Grady helped lead a half-day workshop on assessment at AEJMC. Parsons led a session for teaching chairs of AEJMC divisions and interest groups and introduced the Administrator of the Year award. Hamm participated in a panel discussion on media coverage of immigration and moderated a History Division research session on legacies of World War II. Grady and Ray Johnson wrote and produced two videos for an awards ceremony highlighting the National Journalism Teacher of the Year and the National Journalism Administrator of the Year.

This summer, Grady moved his office to the main School of Communications suite and began new responsibilities as Department Chair. This is the second time he has held this position. He also moved his home to Burlington after 19 years of commuting to Elon from the Research Triangle Park.

Ray Johnson and former Elon faculty member Betty Hatch began work on a documentary film about David Rhodes, California's deputy attorney general, a quadriplegic with an uplifting personal story.

Glenn Scott presented a paper titled, "Who Broke Up These Two Families? Transnational Coverage of a Japanese Abductee and Her American Husband" at the International Communication Association annual conference in New Orleans. His paper examines press coverage of Hitomi Soga and her husband, Charles Robert Jenkins. Soga was one of at least a dozen Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s by North Korean agents. Five finally returned to Japan in late 2002. While in North Korea, she met and married Jenkins, who the Army lists as a 1965 deserter. Their story remains in the news as the U.S. and Japanese governments continue to sort out the status of Jenkins after he and their two daughters joined Soga in Japan this summer. Scott also served as a lecturer and judge for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association's summer institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Frontani worked on a research project at the Museum of Television and Radio in Manhattan, in part thanks to a grant from Elon's Faculty Research and Development fund. Frontani's study of the depiction of the Beatles in the 1960s will be spun into a book to be published by University Press of Mississippi.

Ocek Eke traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Summer Institute on International Affairs. The workshops covering global issues were taped and have been run as programming on CSPAN.

Mark Fox served as a judge at a national speech conference in Lynchburg, Va. He traveled to Kenya for the fourth time over the past several years, to spend several days training pastors. He spoke at a home-schooling conference in Winston-Salem. He taught Interpersonal Communications at Verity College in Michigan. He revised and expanded a book he wrote in 1998 entitled "Who's Afraid of Public Speaking?" (It's aimed at homeschoolers, but others have used it). He also started writing a weekly column for the religion page of the Daily Times-News.

Kelli Burns attended AEJMC in Toronto, where she co-presented a paper. She helped set up and run focus-group research sessions for the Pew Internet & American Life Project in July at Elon. She also created marketing materials as a volunteer for an exhibit called "A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans" at the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in Winston-Salem.

Vic Costello presented a paper at the AEJMC conference co-authored with Barbara Moore of Tennessee. It examined online fandom and audience activity.

Anthony Hatcher participated in events at AEJMC in Toronto in August. On the drive to Toronto, he gathered research for his Media History class from the Women's Rights Museum in Seneca Falls, N.Y., site of the first summit organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and attended by Frederick Douglass and other 19th century notables. Hatcher also wrote an article on religious magazines for the Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media, slated for publication in 2005.

Janna Anderson worked with Evans Witt of Princeton Survey Research Associates and Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life project to produce a survey of internet luminaries gauging their projections for the future of digital communications. The survey results will be publicized along with the unveiling of the Elon/Pew Internet Predictions Database sometime later this year. Anderson also worked on "Imagining the Internet," a book based on the Elon/Pew predictions research. In addition, she spent 18 days traveling across Europe, visiting Italy, Croatia, Greece, France and Spain.



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