Anthony Hatcher

Associate Professor of Communications
McEwen - Comm. 203D
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
ahatcher@elon.edu (336) 278-5774

Professional Expertise

Journalist and journalism educator.

Brief Biography

I teach in the Journalism major at Elon University, and my research areas are Journalism History & Media and Religion. 

Education

Ph.D. in mass communication research, 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dissertation: Smashing Idols: Opening The Door to Religious Criticism.

M.Ed. in speech communication, 1982, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

B.A. in English, 1979, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Employment History

TEACHING AND REPORTING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor of Communications, Elon University, Elon, NC (August 2002 – present)

                  As an associate professor in the journalism sequence of Elon University’s School of Communications, I teach a variety of courses including Communications in a Global Society, Media History, Media Writing, Public Speaking, and the senior Capstone Course. In my first year at Elon, I created a course entitled Religion and Media, which is now part of the curriculum. I am adviser to the Elon Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the interfaith group Better Together. In 2008, I was the recipient of the School of Communications teaching award. I advise students, present workshops, coordinate speech courses, serve on departmental and university committees, and perform research in the areas of Journalism History and Religion, Media, and Popular Culture.

 

Associate Professor of Communication, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC

(August 2000 – 2002)

                  I played a leading role in creating the Department of Communication Studies in my first year at Pfeiffer, and was named its chairman. I helped design new majors for both the traditional program and for the Adult Studies curriculum. I obtained an $8,500 grant from the Hurley Foundation to upgrade computer equipment and software for the student-run campus newspaper. Courses taught included Introduction to Mass Media, Media Law, Telecommunications, Public Relations, News Writing, Public Speaking, Film and Literature.

 

Religion and Feature Writer, The Herald-Sun, Durham, NC (June-July 2008).

I covered the religion beat and wrote features for the daily Herald-Sun as part of a professional development summer fellowship experience.

 

Religion Writer, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC (June-July 2001).

                  I was a correspondent for the Faith & Values section of North Carolina’s largest paper.

 

Associate Professor of English, Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, NC

(1987-2000; on graduate educational leave 1995-1997)

                  Taught reporting, film, public speaking, composition, and literature. I was also adviser to the college newspaper. In 1994, I received a $1,000 college-wide award for excellence in teaching.

 

Assistantships, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996-1997)

                  I assisted with teaching and research for classes in Marketing and International Communication in the UNC School of Journalism while completing my Ph.D.

 

Correspondent, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC; The Morning Star, Wilmington, NC (1996)

                  I wrote news and feature stories during summer 1996 for both of these daily newspapers. Major stories: student reaction to China-Taiwan tensions; Hurricane Fran damage to the NC coast.

 

Instructor, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC (1996-1997)

                  I taught English composition as an adjunct while in graduate school.

 

Instructor, Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC (1996)

                  I taught public speaking as an adjunct while in graduate school.

 

Instructor, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC (1996)

                  I taught English composition as an adjunct while in graduate school.

 

Instructor, Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC (1993-1994)

                  I taught English composition as an adjunct while on the faculty at Mount Olive College.

 

Instructor, James Sprunt Community College, Kenansville, NC (1987-1994)

                  I taught public speaking as an adjunct while on the faculty at Mount Olive College.

 

Reporter, The Daily News, Jacksonville, NC (June-December 1987)

                  I covered the education and police beats and wrote feature stories for The Daily News. Major stories: profiled a witness to the PTL scandal; ocean pier safety.

 

Teacher, English & Journalism, Vance High School, Henderson, NC (8/85-6/87)

                  I advised publications and taught journalism, yearbook, and senior-level English literature. 

Courses Taught

Since arriving at Elon in 2002, I have taught the following classes:

  • COM 100 Communications in a Global Age
  • COM 110 Media Writing
  • COM 230 Media History, Media Today
  • COM 310 Reporting for the Public Good
  • COM 333 Religion and Media (I created this course in 2003)
  • COM 495 Capstone in Communications
  • COM 499 Research and Creative Activity
  • Gutenberg to the Web (Winter Term Study Abroad)
  • The Call of South Africa (Winter Term Study Abroad)
  • Elon 101 First Year Orientation
  • GST 115 Public Speaking

 

Leadership Positions

ELON UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

Chair (2013-14), Board/Advisory Committee, Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, & Society, 2012-2014

Promotion and Tenure Committee, 2012-2014

Multifaith Advisory committee, 2012-Present

Academic Council, 2009-2012

General Studies Review Committee, 2010-2012

Multifaith Center Building Committee, 2009-2011

Chair (2008-09), Graduate Council, 2007-2009

Chair, Chaplain Search Committee, 2008-2009

Chair (2006-07), Religious & Spiritual Life Committee, 2006-2008

Academic Summit Planning Ad Hoc Committee, 2006

Greek Housing Committee, 2006

General Studies Council, 2003-2005

Lyceum Committee, 2003-2005

Online Exchange Ad Hoc Committee, 2004-2005

Foreign Language Ad Hoc Committee, 2004-2005

I also advise three student organizations:

The Society of Professional Journalists

Better Together/ICE Interfaith Community

Elon Car Club

 

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Journal article, “‘It didn’t sell much’: The Publishing Struggles of Novelist Turned Newspaperman James Ross,” North Carolina Literary Review, no. 22, Summer 2013.

 

Essay, “Let’s Do Away with Anonymous Posting.” Published online in The Huffington Post, June 27, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-hatcher/lets-do-away-with-anonymous-posting_b_3499521.html

 

Essay, “Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us.” Published online in The Huffington Post, Odyssey Network’s On Scripture, and Sojourners, June 12, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-hatcher/religious-liberty-for-the-rest-of-us_b_3424072.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

 

Essay, “My Search for James Ross, One-Hit Wonder.” Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing, Online, September 11, 2012. http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/sep/11/essay-james-ross/

 

Book review, When Religion Meets New Media, by Heidi A. Campbell. Journal of Media and Religion, 11:1, 51-53, 2012.

 

Book chapter on Oral History methods for media textbook, Research Methods in Communication, eds. David Sloan and Shuhua Zhou, Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2008; revised and updated chapter for 2nd ed. of text, 2011.

 

Book review, Beyond the Yellow Badge: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture, by M.B. Merback. Journal of Media and Religion, 9:125–127, 2010.

 

Journal article, “Adding God: Religious and secular press framing in response to the insertion of ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Journal of Media and Religion, July 2008.

 

Co-editor with David Copeland of media textbook, Mass Communication in the Global Age, Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2004, 2nd Revised Ed., 2007. This textbook has been used by introductory media classes at Elon University and by other universities around the nation.

 

Encyclopedia entry. Authored four-page entry, “Magazines,” for the Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media, ed. Daniel A. Stout. New York: Routledge, 2006.

 

Book review, The Cognitive Semiotics of Film, by Warren Buckland. American Journal of Semiotics, vol. 21, nos.1-4, 2005.

 

Book review, Sex, Religion, & Media, ed. Dane Claussen, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, vol. 80, no. 1, Spring 2003.

 

Contributed two topical essays on religious issues in the news to two quarterly issues of Center on Religion in the South Newsletter, Fall 2002 and Winter 2002-03.

 

Published 14 op-ed columns in newspapers since coming to Elon in 2002: The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC); The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC); The News & Record (Greensboro, NC); The Winston-Salem Journal, The Star-News (Wilmington, NC); The Salisbury Post (Salisbury, NC); The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC); The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC); The Times-News (Burlington, NC) and The Gaston Gazette (Gastonia, NC) 2002-2012. Such publications are relevant to my professional news background and faculty development as a teacher of journalism.

 

Book review, On Record: Rock, Pop, & the Written Word, eds. Simon Frith and Andrew Goodwin. American Communication Journal vol. 4, no. 3, Spring 2001.

 

Encyclopedia entries. Authored two entries on “Motion Picture Awards” and “Motion Picture Trade Press” for History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia, ed. Margaret A. Blanchard. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

 

 

Presentations

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

 

Presenter, “Neither Fish nor Fowl: Covering the Private/Religious Campus,” College Media Advisers Conference, New York City, March 2013.

 

Invited panelist for live Webcast on “Internet Censorship” at DEKRA Hochschule, Berlin, Germany, January 2013. Moderated by German documentary filmmaker John Kantara, the other panelists were Elon student Jeffrey Stern and Ben Scott, former State Department technology advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Panelist and presenter for panel entitled “Amusing Ourselves to Death?: The Merging of Information and Entertainment in the Age of Infotainment,” to the Religion & Media Interest Group and Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, St. Louis, MO, August 2011. Presented research on student attitudes toward religions outside their faith and experience.

 

Discussant for eight research papers in Scholar-to-Scholar Session for the Religion & Media Interest Group and Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, St. Louis, MO, August 2011.

 

Moderator and discussant for panel on “Why People Hate the Media,” Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Boston, MA, August 2009.

 

Panelist and presenter, Oral History panel, American Journalism Historians Association annual conference, Seattle, WA, October 2008.

 

Panelist and presenter, “How to Teach the ‘Religion and Media’ Course,” to the Religion & Media Interest Group and Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL, August 2008.

 

Panelist and presenter with Elon Communications colleagues Vic Costello and Lee Bush, “Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and Communications: Utilizing Media to Build Awareness of Community-Based Organizations and Issues,” Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education, Nashville, TN, March 2008.

 

Presented paper, “God is Still Speaking, but the Television Networks Aren’t Listening: The United Church of Christ ‘Bouncer Ad’ Controversy,” to the Religion & Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, DC, August 2007.

 

Panelist and presenter, "One Session and You're Done: Challenges in Teaching Public Speaking Workshops," 2007 Excellence at the Center Mini-Conference of the National Association of Communication Centers, Greensboro, NC, April 2007.

 

Presented paper, “The Gospel According to The Gospel According to . . . Books,” to the National Faculty Leadership Conference, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Alexandria, VA, June 2006.

 

Panelist and presenter, “Reflections From the Experienced:  Lessons Learned About the Challenges and Rewards that Faculty and Staff Experienced When They Were New and Junior,” Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) Summer Institute 2006, North Central College, Naperville, IL, June 2006.

 

Presented paper, “Getting Nailed to The Wittenburg Door: The Use of Humor and Satire in Religious Discourse,” to The Art & Soul 2005 Conference, sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University, Waco, TX, April 2005.

 

Presented paper, “Images and Uses of Religion in the Humor of Garrison Keillor,” to the inaugural Conference on Communication and Faith, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, May 2004. The paper was chosen by peer review to be published in the conference proceedings.

 

Panelist and presenter, “When You’re the Department,” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2003.

 

Panelist and presenter, “The Media and the Message: Effective Communications for Religious Leaders,” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Sponsored by The Lilly Endowment, The South Carolina Humanities Council, and the USC College of Journalism and Mass Communications. May 2002.

 

Panelist and presenter, “Advice to Advisors,” 2001 Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Columbia, SC. March 2001.

 

Presented paper, “Smashing Idols: Opening The Door to Religious Satire,” to the History Division of the 1999 Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Lexington, KY, March 1999.

 

Presented paper, “Wage Stabilization and the Daily Newspaper Commission in World War II,” with Mary Alice Shaver, to Media Management and Economics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL, July-August 1997.

 

Presented paper, “Adding God: Newspaper Response to the New Pledge of Allegiance,” to the Newspaper Division of the 1997 Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Knoxville, TN, March 1997.

 

Presented paper, “Results of and Reactions to the Censorship of Drug Lyrics in Rock Music, 1960-1972,” to the History Division of the 1996 Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Roanoke, VA, March 1996.

 

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Invited panelist for “Religion and Objectivity,” a discussion on how to balance personal faith commitments and remain objective in your profession, with biology professor Srikripa Chandrasekaran and philosophy lecturer Martin Fowler. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life. Elon University, April 2013.

 

First speaker to present a weekly Thursday morning reflection in Elon University’s newly opened Numen Lumen Multifaith Center, March, 2013.

 

Attended two conferences sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Core. Received training as advisor to student group Better Together as part the interfaith initiative at Elon University. Georgetown University, Washington, DC. July 2011; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, July 2012.

 

Attended the national Muslim Student Association (MSA) conference, Washington, DC, April 2012. I participated in educational sessions and chaperoned students from Elon University’s MSA.

 

Attended seminar, “Multimedia Tools for Journalism Educators,” The Poynter Institute,

St. Petersburg, FL. February 2011. Selection process for Poynter seminars is competitive.

 

Invited panelist for “Mosques, Muslims, and the Media,” an examination of portrayals of Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” Panelists responded to anti-Muslim sentiment amid the proposed Islamic Community Center in Manhattan near the former site of the World Trade Center. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life. Elon University, September 2010.

 

Faculty Writing Residency, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Writing Across the Curriculum, Elon University, June 2007. I completed and submitted a scholarly journal article as a result of this summer residency.

 

Attended seminar, “Reporting on Faith, Values, and Religion,” The Poynter Institute,

St. Petersburg, FL. November 2003. Selection process for Poynter seminars is competitive.

 

Attended seminar, “Reporting with the Internet for College Educators,” The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL. May 2002. Selection process for Poynter seminars is competitive.

 

Attended conference on media and religion, University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Columbia, SC. Sponsored by Interreligious Information Center. May 2001.

 

Attended seminars on assessment of the First-Year Experience, Elon University, Elon, NC. Sponsored by The Policy Center on the First Year of College and the Pew Charitable Trusts. January and November 2000.

 

Attended conference on media and religion, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC. Co-sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association. October 1998.