Howdy! Hope your week is off to a great start.
You will read this twice – the Texas Association of Broadcasters event is this Saturday. Today (Thursday is the deadline!) You can register here! This is really a unique opportunity. Please try and take advantage!
I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about “professors” for a moment. When I arrived at Texas Tech as a freshman in the fall of 1984, I knew classes were taught by “professors” but I didn’t really know what a “professor” did outside of class. In the, gulp, 30 years since then, I’ve learned that being a professor is so much more than just teaching a class. Here in the College of Media & Communication and Texas Tech University, our professors strive for excellence in three different areas: teaching, research and service. I would suggest that our faculty in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media are the best in the state! This week, three of our professors received some great news that needs to be shared!
- Dr. Kent Wilkinson was notified that he had earned the rank of Full Professor – this is the ‘top’ academic rank a faculty member can achieve. It’s an honor to earn this type of promotion. Here at Texas Tech, Dr. Wilkinson has served as Regent’s Professor and Director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for International and Hispanic Communication. He is an internationally-known (and respected) scholar who exemplifies excellence.
- Dr. Robert Peaslee was notified that he had achieved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. Since 2008, Dr. Peaslee has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service. In addition, he has championed visual communication and international film. Our students, department, college and university have definitely benefited from Dr. Peaslee’s leadership in bringing film series such as the Global Lens to campus. In addition to earning tenure and promotion, he has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award!
- Dr. Kelly Kaufhold received notification that he has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award! Dr. Kaufhold teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in journalism, media theory and digital media.
Feel free to send each and/or all of these faculty a note of congratulations! At the very least, the next time you see them in the hallway — tell them “Congrats!”
TAB is this Saturday!
Don’t forget that the Texas Association of Broadcasters is hosting its Regional Newsroom Workshop here in the College of Media & Communication this Saturday! You must register to attend. Deadline is today! Don’t miss this opportunity! You can register here! There is a $40 fee. You will get lunch and have a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn with some of the best in the broadcast television industry!
Speaking of broadcasting and teaching excellence…
So how does someone make the decision to teach at the college level? In the College of Media & Communication, we offer two graduate degrees — a Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Here at Texas Tech, we have several excellent Ph.D. students who are researching issues and problems related to media and communication and teaching courses for one of the academic departments. For Journalism & Electronic Media, Desiree Markham is a Ph.D. student who has professional experience in broadcast television. She has taught EMC 3300, Electronic Media & Society in fall 2014 and is teaching JOUR 4350, Multiplatform Journalism this semester. Ms. Markham is from New Mexico and has experience in beauty pageants! I asked her a few questions about how and why she decided to come and get the Ph.D. degree:
Why did you come to Texas Tech for your Ph.D.?
I am from eastern New Mexico and I wanted to stay close to home and I knew that the College of Media and Communication had a very competitive and prestigious Ph.D. program.
I love that I have “real world” experience to bring to the classroom. Students are more engaged when they know someone has “been there.” I like to give my students the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions and also contribute to the curriculum because they are the largest media consumers and can learn from each other.Journalism and electronic media are continually evolving so the students have a lot to contribute and discussions can get very exciting in class
I want to obtain the highest education possible in my field and be able to teach at the university level. My goal is to graduate and pursue a career teaching in the communication field at a small university or community college, where I can also pursue my administrative goals and continue my research interests.
Yes, absolutely! I have taught Public Speaking and Professional Communication courses and I have my students participate in an “onstage question” assignment for part of their impromptu speaking skills grade. The media certainly has shown examples of pageant contestants who completely fall from grace during the onstage question portion of competition, but it is no easy task and the questions are typically challenging. I believe students can learn impromptu speaking skills as well as poise and grace! In addition, I have been judged competitively in interviews by judges from across the country and there are certainly some learning aspects from those experiences to share with my students. Additionally, I know what it is like to be “on camera” for hours at a time; I understand the production aspects of a live show and how to be professional in the industry.
Check out this cool contest. Driving the Message (look at the prizes!). Deadline coming up quick!