MJF gets influx of new faculty members

Media, Journalism & Film welcomed a large group of new faculty members this fall. Besides five new hires who are tenure-track, the department also hired several full-time visiting professors and instructors.

“We were fortunate to get so many new (faculty),” said Richard Campbell, chairman of MJF. “It’s a tribute to the popularity and quality of our majors and new department.”

The new faculty, he said, will make an important contribution to MJF. “It is bringing in a lot of smart, young people who will help us evolve in scholarship and teaching.”

It is a critical time for our department and Campbell said both students and the department will benefit from bringing in people who have new ideas, especially in the Strategic Communication major, which continues to be the most popular and in need of more attention.

Three of the new faculty members were hired in Strategic Communication.

  • Katie Day Good has a doctorate degree in Media, Technology and Society from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the history and politics of emerging, educational and cross-cultural media.
  • Kit Hughes is an assistant professor teaching media history. Her research focus is film and media history. She has her doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in media and cultural studies.
  • Hongmei Li is an assistant professor whose research focus is in advertising and consumer culture, came to Miami from Georgia State University. She has a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.
  • John Tchernev is an assistant professor teaching quantitative research methods. He has his doctorate degree in communication from The Ohio State University.

In Journalism, Rosemary Pennington is an assistant professor whose research examines the representation of minorities in American popular media. She has her doctorate degree in mass communication from Indiana University.

Other full-time new visiting faculty includes:

  • Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian, who has worked in corporate communications for a number of large companies, including Ernst & Young, Fleishman-Hillard and Bank of America, as well as The History Factory, where he served as senior historian.
  • Alison Brzenchek teaches courses for Strategic Communications. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts in communication.
  • Evan Elkins teaches in Media & Culture. He has his doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin. His research looks at how major entertainment industries shape the global distribution of cultural resources like texts, technologies, values and literacies.
  • Jennifer Jackson’s research interest is an intersection of rhetoric, gender, and politics. Jackson has a doctorate degree in communication with a focus in rhetoric from the University of Memphis, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies.
  • Uttara Manohar has her doctorate degree in communication from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the difference and discrimination in interpersonal, intergroup and mediated communication. More specifically, she is interested in understanding ways to overcome prejudice and stereotyping elicited by people’s race, ethnicity, nationality and gender.
  • Mehrnaz Rahimi is a visiting assistant professor who teaches Public Expression and Critical Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methods. Her research interests include cross-cultural and cross-national analysis, community media, the role of social media in social movements, and portrayal of countries and politicians in media. She has her doctorate degree from Texas Tech University in mass communication.