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ADAM MAKSL, PH.D.

Academic Appointments

Indiana University Southeast, School of Social Sciences
2018 – present, Associate Professor of Journalism & Media
2016 – present, Journalism & Media Program Coordinator
2012 – present, Director of Student Media
2012 – 2018, Assistant Professor of Journalism & Media

University of Missouri, School of Journalism
2009 – 2012, Graduate Instructor

Ball State University, Department of Journalism
2007 – 2009, Instructor of Journalism
2007 – 2009, Assistant Director of Journalism Workshops

Education

2012, Ph.D. in Journalism
University of Missouri, School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri
Dissertation title: On parents, peers, administrators, and advisers: Developing a system to understand self-censorship of controversial topics in the high school press.
Committee: Dr. Charles N. Davis (chair and advisor), Dr. Stephanie L. Craft, Dr. Esther L. Thorson, Dr. Tim Vos, and Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr (Psychology Dept.)

2007, Master of Arts in Journalism
Ball State University
, Department of Journalism, Muncie, Indiana
Thesis title: The road to scholastic press freedom: A survey of Midwestern high school newspaper advisers to determine the effects adviser backgrounds and school demographics have on student press freedom.
Committee: Prof. Marilyn Weaver (chair), Prof. Brian Hayes, Dr. Mark Popovich

2005, Bachelor of Science in Education
Focus: Journalism Education (major) and English Education (minor)
Licensed to teach secondary journalism and English in Indiana

Teaching

Indiana University Southeast

Courses Taught

Writing for Publication/Advising the Horizon student newspaper
I teach the required course for journalism majors in which students are staff members of the weekly student newspaper. Additionally, I serve as adviser to the larger newspaper staff, which includes paid editors and student contributors taking other journalism courses. [Horizon website]

Audio Storytelling/Advising Horizon Radio
Elective course for students interested in audio journalism. Students produce stories for airing on the campus Internet radio station. I also serve as the adviser to the radio station, which includes both students in the Audio Storytelling class as well as student volunteer radio personalities. [Horizon Radio website]

Online Journalism
Required course for journalism majors in which students produce stories using digital tools, including video, audio, interactive infographics, and social media.

Social Media Strategies
Upper-level required course for journalism majors focused on strategic use of social media for journalism and mass communication professions. In addition to studying social media’s impact on society and various professions, students evaluate and develop strategies for real-world community clients using contemporary social media tools. Have taught in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.

Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
Capstone course for journalism majors in which students are challenged to work in groups to create unified multimedia projects that cover large community-oriented issues. The course focuses on producing large-scale, collaborative multimedia journalism projects. [Example 1, Example 2]

Communications Law
Upper-level course designed to teach students concepts in journalism and communications law. Course focuses on discussing contemporary issues and challenging students to apply knowledge of communications law and the U.S. legal system to new situations.

Reporting, Writing & Editing I
Introductory undergraduate course designed to teach fundamentals of news writing. Lectures, discussions and laboratory work provided training under deadline pressure in writing basic news stories. Have taught in face-to-face and fully online formats.

Introduction to Mass Communications
Introductory media literacy course designed to teach students — journalism majors and non-majors — about the role media plays in their daily lives. Course emphasized critical media literacy. Have taught in face-to-face and online formats.

Graduate Advising

Thesis Committee Chair, Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies
Diane Hawkins (2016), Carol Branson (current), Kim Rice (current), Leann McClain (current), Jose Aponte (current), Jennifer McNelly (current) 

Thesis Committee Member, Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies
Lesa Varie (2012), Hannah Waller (2014)

Dissertation Committee Member, Kent State College of Communication and Information (as an outside member)
Margaret Coger (current)

University of Missouri

Courses Taught

News Reporting and Writing for the High School Adviser (Graduate Course)
Online graduate course designed to teach basics of news reporting and writing to high school journalism teachers enrolled in M.Ed. program in journalism education. Asynchronous online course taught entirely through Blackboard. In addition to basics, course introduced students to multimedia storytelling techniques. 

Principles of American Journalism
Introductory large-lecture (300+ students) undergraduate course designed to acquaint students with concepts and functions of journalism in American society. Course stressed basic issues and problems facing journalists and mass media. Also coordinated and supervised three teaching assistants. 

Graduate Pro-seminar for the High School Adviser (Graduate Course)
Online graduate course designed to teach mass communication theory to high school journalism teachers enrolled in M.Ed. program in journalism education. Asynchronous online course taught through Blackboard. Course stressed epistemological foundations of different mass communication research paradigms, as well as provided an introduction to major theories within the discipline.  

Solving Practical Problems in Journalism (course later renamed Understanding Audiences)
Undergraduate junior- and senior-level course designed to teach journalism majors the basics of audience research and analytics. Course stressed methods of conducting both qualitative and quantitative audience research, as well as techniques for reading and reporting on research results.

Ball State University

Courses Taught

Media Editing
Undergraduate junior- and senior-level course designed to teach copy-editing skills. Course stressed knowledge of prescriptive grammar and style guidelines, as well as writing coaching.

Journalism Writing Skills
Introductory undergraduate course designed to teach fundamentals of news writing. Lectures, discussions and laboratory work provided training under deadline pressure in writing basic news stories.

 

Research & Scholarly Activities

Books

Ashley, S., Roberts, J., & Maksl, A. (In Press; to be published in December 2018). American journalism and fake news: Examining the facts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Refereed Journal Articles

Craft, S., Ashley, S., & Maksl, A. (2017). News media literacy and conspiracy theory endorsement. Communication and the Public, 2(4), 388-401, DOI:10.1177/2057047317725539. [PDF]

Ashley, S., Maksl, A., & Craft, S. (2017). News media literacy and political engagement: What’s the connection? Journal of Media Literacy Education, 9(1), 79 -98. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Ashley, S., Craft, S., & Miller, D. (2017). The usefulness of a news media literacy measure in evaluating a news literacy curriculum. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 72(2), 228-241, DOI: 10.1177/1077695816651970. [PDF]

Craft, S., Ashley, S., & Maksl, A. (2016). Elements of news literacy: A focus group study of how teenagers define news and why they consume it. Electronic News, 10(3), 143-160.DOI: 10.1177/1931243116656716. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Ashley, S., & Craft, S. (2015). Measuring news media literacy. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 6(3), 29-45. [PDF]

Maksl, A. & Young, R. (2013). Affording to exchange: Social capital and online information sharing. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16(8), 588-592. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0430. [PDF]

Ashley, S., Maksl, A., & Craft, S. (2013). Developing a news media literacy scale. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 68(1), 7-21. DOI: 10.1177/1077695812469802. [PDF]

Maksl, A., & Schraum, B. (2012). Protecting the “impressionable minds” from the “impressionable minds”: The third-person effect and student speech. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 67(4), 362-374. DOI: 10.1177/1077695812465257. [PDF]

Filak, V., Reinardy, S., & Maksl, A. (2009). Expanding and validating applications of the willingness to self-censor scale: Self-censorship and media advisers’ comfort level with controversial topics. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 86(3), 368-382. [PDF]

Reinardy, S., Maksl, A., & Filak, V. (2009). A study of burnout and job satisfaction among high school journalism advisers. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 63(4), 345-356. [PDF]

Edited Book Chapters

Maksl, A., & Anderson, T. (2015). High school journalism’s value goes well beyond training for journalism careers. In R. Tallent, K. Fox, B. Cain, & M. McKerral (Eds.), Still captive: History, law and the teaching of high school journalism (pp. 137-147). Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, Inc. [PDF]

Refereed Encyclopedia Entries

Maksl, A. (In Press). Digital News. In R. Hobbs & P. Mihailidis (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Published Research Reports

Maksl, A., & Liu, Y. (2017). American Society of News Editors 2017 Newsroom Employment Survey. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/diversity-survey-2017.

Maksl, A., & Liu, Y. (2016). American Society of News Editors 2016 Newsroom Employment Survey. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/content.asp?contentid=447.

Maksl, A., & Liu, Y. (2015). American Society of News Editors 2015 Newsroom Employment Census. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/content.asp?contentid=415.

Maksl, A. (2014). American Society of News Editors 2014 Newsroom Employment Census. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/content.asp?contentid=387.

Craft, S., Maksl, A., & Ashley, S. (2013). Measuring news media literacy: How knowledge and motivations combine to create news-literate teens. Chicago, IL: Robert R. McCormick Foundation. [PDF]

Fleming, K., & Maksl, A. (2013). American Society of News Editors 2013 Newsroom Employment Census. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/content.asp?contentid=284.

Fleming, K., & Maksl, A. (2012). American Society of News Editors 2012 Newsroom Employment Census. Columbia, MO: American Society of News Editors. Retrieved from http://asne.org/content.asp?contentid=122.

 

Refereed Conference Presentations

Maksl, A. (2015, August). Self-Censorship in the High School Press: How principals, advisers, and peers influence comfort with controversial topics. Paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Craft, S., & Ashley, S. (2015, August). The usefulness of a news media literacy measure in evaluating a news literacy curriculum. Paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA. [PDF]

Ashley, S., Craft, S., & Maksl, A. (2015, August). News media literacy and political engagement: What’s the connection? Paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Ashley, S., & Craft, S. (2013, August). Measuring news media literacy. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Thorson, E., Kim, S., & Swasy, A (2013, August). Is Internet accessibility a complement or a substitute for other forms of communication in rural America? Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, D.C. [PDF]

Maksl, A. & Young, R. (2012, November). Affording to exchange: Social capital and online information sharing. Paper presented at the National Communication Association annual conference, Orlando, FL. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Thorson, E., & Swasy, A. (2012, August). Internet access effects in low and high-income rural residents in middle America. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL. [PDF]

Maksl, A., Swasy, A., & Thorson, E. (2012, August). Some effects of Internet access among rural and small-town respondents. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL. [PDF]

Ferrucci, P., Tandoc, E. C., & Maksl, A. (2012, August). The gates around the book: Applying gatekeeping theory to Facebook. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Maksl, A. (2012, August). Describing the shared experiences of being a high school journalist: A phenomenological study. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL. [PDF]

Maksl, A. (2011, August). The student journalist: Roles of the scholastic press in the 21st century. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, St. Louis, MO. [PDF]

Ashley, S., Maksl, A., & Craft, S. (2011, August). Exploring media literacy: Developing new measures of literacy and knowledge. Paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, St. Louis, MO. [PDF]

Poepsel, M., Ashley, S., Ferrucci, P., & Maksl, A. (2011, May). A picture of “Sanity”? Knowledge, engagement and identity at the Rally to Restore Sanity. Paper presented at the International Communication Association annual conference, Boston, MA. [PDF]

Maksl, A., & Schraum, B. (2010, August). Protecting the “impressionable minds” from the “impressionable minds”: The third-person effect and student speech. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Denver, CO. (Paper was top student paper in the Scholastic Journalism Division). [PDF]

Schraum, B., & Maksl, A. (2010, August). Authoritarians in the front office? Personality and support for expression rights among high school principals. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Denver, CO. [PDF]

Maksl, A. (2010, January). The road to scholastic press freedom: A survey of Midwestern newspaper advisers. Paper presented at the annual midwinter meeting of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Petersburg, FL. [PDF]

Filak, V., Watson, W., & Maksl, A. (2009, August). Certain Restrictions May Apply: A Comparison of High School Principals’ Attitudes Regarding Free Expression Between 2004 and 2009. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Boston, MA.

Maksl, A., Filak, V, & Reinardy, S. (2008, August) An examination of high-school media advisers’ reactions to controversial news topics: A developmental and confirmatory analysis. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Reinardy, S., Maksl, A., & Filak, V. (2008, August). Satisfied: The Maslach Burnout Inventory measures job satisfaction and lack of burnout among high school journalism advisers. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Filak, V., Reinardy, S., & Maksl, A. (2008, August). Expanding and validating applications of the willingness to self-censor scale: Self-censorship and media advisers’ comfort level with controversial topics. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Filak, V. & Maksl, A. (2007, August). An examination of the comfort levels of high school principals and newspaper advisers in regard to controversial topics. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Washington, DC. (Lawrence Campbell top faculty paper award runner-up.)

Bulla, D. Hall, C., Maksl, A., & Owens, J. (2006, August). High school advisers’ perception of scholastic press freedom in a state with a projective law versus one without a protective law: A comparison of Iowa and Indiana. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, San Francisco, CA. (Lawrence Campbell top faculty paper award winner.)

 

Non-Refereed Publications

Maksl, A. (2016) Why you should (still) major in journalism. Society of Professional Journalists Quill Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2257 

Maksl, A. & Fromm, M. (2014) More than yearbooks or newspapers: High school journalism is about the process. PBS MediaShift/EdShift. Retrieved from http://mediashift.org/2014/07/more-than-yearbooks-or-newspapers-high-school-journalism-is-about-the-process/

Maksl, A. (2012) A trio of student media roles. Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Adviser Update.

Filak, V. & Maksl, A. (2008) “Controversial” definition unclear: If a school paper deals with sex or administrative criticism, chances are someone will be upset. Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Adviser Update.

Maksl, A. (2008). Performance boost: Journalism adviser preparation helps pave the road to scholastic press freedom. Quill & Scroll.

Maksl, A. & Filak, V. (2008) Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll: Controversial topics that most often land high school journalists on the hot seat are identified. Quill & Scroll.

Invited Research Presentations

Craft, S., Maksl, A., & Ashley, S. (2014, September). Measuring news media literacy. Presentation given at the Poynter Institute/McCormick Foundation News Literacy Summit, Chicago. 

Maksl, A. (2013, April). Measuring news media literacy. Presentation given at the Southern States Communication Association annual conference, Louisville, KY.

Maksl, A. (2013, March). Measuring news media literacy. Presentation given at the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Invited Panel Presentations

Goodman, M., Maksl, A., Wagstaff, A., & Perkins-Bowen, C. (2016, August). Student Journalists and the [Self-Censorship] Influence Environment. Presentation for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Media Ethics Division and Scholastic Journalism Division, Minneapolis, MN.

Ling-Sha, B., Ashley, S., Fleming, J., & Maksl, A. (2016, August). Media Literacy and Context: Breaking Through the Noise. Presentation for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Media Ethics Division and Scholastic Journalism Division, Minneapolis, MN.

Maksl, A., Carponelli, L., Simoneau, C., & Bruhn, K.  (2016, August). Much Ado About Something: Getting Your Small Program Noticed. Presentation for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Small Programs Interest Group, Minneapolis, MN.

Painter, C., Maksl, A., Reimold, D., Warren, H., & Williams, J. (2015, August). Teaching ethics through campus media. Presentation for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Media Ethics Division and Scholastic Journalism Division, San Francisco, CA.

Maksl, A., Ashley, S., Kiesa, A., & Hobbs, R. (2015, August). Mapping the fields: Media, news, information, and civic literacy. Presentation for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Scholastic Journalism Division and AEJMC Council of Affiliates, San Francisco, CA.

Other Research Experience

Researcher, American Society of News Editors, Fall 2011 – Present

  • Principally involved in all stages of data collection, analysis, and presentation for the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 American Society of News Editors’ annual Newsroom Diversity Survey, which tracks diversity in employment in American daily newspaper newsrooms.
  • Analyzed assessment data for ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute; currently designing new ongoing assessment plan for the program.

Research Assistant, Reynolds Journalism Institute/School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Fall 2009 – Spring 2012

  • Primarily using data from a random-sample mail survey of four rural counties in the State of Missouri, we produced several research reports exploring disparities among those with and without broadband Internet access.
  • Developing and conducting surveys to explore how iPad owners are using the devices for news and other media consumption. Presented research at multiple conferences organized by the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
  • Gathered information about pretrial prejudicial publicity.
  • Gathered information for Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow about local community news websites. Project included content analysis of more than 1,000 community news sites, as well as a survey of both site operators and site users. Presented results at “Block by block” conference, Chicago, IL, Sept. 23-24, 2010.

Service

Teaching-related Service

2016 – 2017, Developed the Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Media and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Media

2016 – present, Service Learning and Community Engagement Council, preparing IUS to apply for Carnegie Classification as a service learning campus.

2016 – present, Quality Matters online course peer reviewer

2016 – present, University-wide Canvas Priorities Committee

2016 – present, University-wide FLAGS Advisory Board

2015 – present, Developed reference and communications material to help students and advisers understand the purpose and value of majoring in journalism and media

2014 – 2015, Developed new journalism major tracks and minors in Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations, including several new classes.

 

School, Campus, and University Service

2017 – present, Research and Grants Committee

2017 – 2018, Faculty Senate Budgetary Affairs Committee

2016 – 2017, Chair, Faculty Senate Information Technology Committee

2016, Search Committee, Business Management Search, hired John Ross

2016, Search Committee, School of Social Sciences Dean Search Committee

2015 – 2016, Search Committee, English Writing Search, hired Mariana Grohowski
and Susan Popham

2015 – 2016, School of Social Sciences Advancement Committee

2015, Chancellor’s Medallion Scholarship Selection Committee

2015, Search Committee, Communications Specialist Search, hired Rachel Terlep

2015, Student Recruitment events – Manual High School visit and table at Kentucky High School Press Association

2014, Search Committee, Vice Chancellor for Advancement Search, hired Betty Russo

2014, Search Committee Chair, Public Relations Faculty Search, hired Jane Dailey

2014 – present, Senator, IU Southeast Faculty Senate

2014, School of Social Sciences Strategic Planning Committee

2014 – 2015, Campus Budgetary Advisory Group

2013 – 2015, Faculty Senate Improvement of Writing Committee

2013 – 2016, Faculty advisor for New Student Orientation

2013 – 2017, IU Southeast School of Education Council on Preparing Education Professionals

2013, 2014, IU Southeast Outreach at Kentucky State Fair

2013, Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies Digital Media Concentration Development Committee

2012 – 2015, School of Social Sciences Forum Committee

2012 – present, Co-Director, IU Southeast High School Media Day annual event

 

Professional Service

2018, Convention Program Coordinator, Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention, Louisville, Kentucky.

2017 – present, Reviewer, Journalism & Mass Communications Educator

2017, Textbook Proposal Reviewer, Routledge

2016 – present, Executive Director, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2016, Reviewer, Cognition and Instruction

2016, Reviewer, Communication Theory

2015 – 2016, Reviewer, Annual Research Competition in the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2015 – 2016, National High School Journalism Convention Indianapolis Planning Committee

2015 – present, Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair, Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2015 – present, Board Member, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2015 – present, Reviewer, Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly

2015 – present, Reviewer, Mass Communications & Society

2014, Reviewer, Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication

2014, Reviewer, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

2014, Reviewer, International Journal of Communication

2014, Textbook Reviewer, SAGE

2013 – present, Board Member and Treasurer, Society of Professional Journalists Louisville Pro Chapter

2013 – present, Society of Professional National Education Committee

2013, Reviewer, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking

2012 – 2014, Research Chair, Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2009 – 2011, Judge, National Scholastic Press Association newspaper and website critique service

2008 – present, Member, Journalism Education Association Digital Media Committee

2008 – 2013, Webmaster, Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2007 – present, Student Press Law Center Advisory Council

Outreach Service: Invited Talks, Panels, and Workshops

2018, Instructor of Arts & Entertainment Newsroom and Web Packaging,
Indiana University Bloomington High School Journalism Institute

2018, “Engaging students using eTexts,” Indiana University Teaching with Technology Faculty Showcase Webinar Series

2018, “How to be an informed citizen in the era of fake news,” The Villages at Historic Silvercrest retirement community

2018, “How to be an informed citizen in the era of fake news,” Social Sciences on Tap, Indiana University Southeast

2017, Instructor of Multimedia Journalism and Web Packaging, Indiana University Bloomington High School Journalism Institute

2017, “What’s the Real Scoop on Fake News,” Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Clarksville Branch

2017, “Fake News: The Death of Truth?” Panelist, Social Sciences Forum, Indiana University Southeast

2017, “How to be a Social Storyteller,” IU Southeast Digital Marketing Conference

2016, “Journalists’ toolbox: New apps and tools,” JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention

2016, “Using Infographics in Teaching,” IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence

2016, “Telling Local Stories and History through Journalism at IU Southeast,” Indiana University Council of University Historians meeting

2016, Guest speaker, Indiana University Bloomington High School Journalism Institute

2016, Instructor of “Branding Your Publication,” Media Now high school journalism workshop

2015, Social Media Training, Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center

2015, Instructor of web journalism and journalism teacher sessions, Media Now high school journalism workshop

2015, “Digital Storytelling Tools and Tips Workshop,” Society of Professional Journalists – Louisville Pro Chapter

2015, “Using infographics in teaching,” IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence

2015, “Tips for teaching online,” IU Southeast Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence

2015, “10 Tips and Tools to Improve Your Online Storytelling,” Indiana High School Press Association annual convention

2014, “Building your Storytelling Toolbox,” Indiana High School Press Association annual convention

2014, Instructor of editorial leadership, Media Now high school journalism workshop

2013, “Sticks and stones: Bullying in American Schools,” Social Sciences Forum, Indiana University Southeast

2013, “Building your Storytelling Toolbox,” Indiana High School Press Association annual convention

2013, Organizer for Tinker Tour event at IU Southeast that welcomed First Amendment advocate and former Supreme Court plaintiff Mary Beth Tinker

2012-2015, Co-director and lead instructor, Reynolds High School Journalism Institute (University of Missouri 2012-2015; University of Texas at Austin, 2015)

Awards and Grants

Awards and Honors

2018, Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Indiana University Southeast

2017, Honor Roll 4-year Newspaper Adviser Award, College Media Association

2017, Ginger Rudeseal Carter Miller Teacher of the Year Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Small Programs Interest Group
Only one award is given per year.

2017, Second Place, IU Southeast Service Learning and Community Engagement Commitment Award, Indiana University Southeast

2016 – 2017, Faculty Innovation Award Nominee, Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence. Eight such nominees were featured on the IUS website – I was featured Feb. 2017.

2016, Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Indiana University Southeast

2016, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Ball State University Department of Journalism

2015, Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, Indiana University Southeast

2015, Distinguished Research & Creativity Award for Junior Faculty, Indiana University Southeast. Only one junior faculty member receives this award per year.

2015, Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University Southeast

2015, Chancellor’s Diversity Award Nominee, Indiana University Southeast

2015, Excellence in Teaching Award, Indiana University Southeast Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success

2014, Office of Campus Life Commitment to Innovation Award Nominee, Indiana University Southeast

2014, Trustees’ Teaching Award, Indiana University Southeast

2010, Top Student Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholastic Journalism Division during 2010 AEJMC conference

2009, Frank L. Martin Freedom of Information Scholarship, University of Missouri

2009, Virginia McElroy Schwartz and Robert P. Schwartz Scholarship, University of Missouri

2008, Core Competency Award for Outstanding Community Connections, Ball State University College of Communication, Information, and Media

2007, Runner-up for Top Faculty Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholastic Journalism Division during 2007 AEJMC conference

2007, Kappa Tau Alpha journalism honorary society, Ball State University chapter

2006, Top Faculty Paper, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Scholastic Journalism Division during 2006 AEJMC conference

2006, Certified Journalism Educator, Journalism Education Association

2006, Graduate Student Scholarship, Ball State University Department of Journalism

2005, Future Journalism Teacher Scholarship, Journalism Education Association

Selected Journalism Awards Presented to Students

2018, 2018 Newspaper Pacemaker Award Finalist, Associated Collegiate Press
Considered to be the Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism

2018, 16 awards presented to 15 students, Louisville Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

2018, 35 awards presented to 20 students, including first place overall newspaper and second place online publication of the year, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2017, Best Opinion/Editorial, Hoosier State Press Association

2017, 15 awards presented to 11 students, Louisville Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

2017, 26 awards presented to 12 students, including second place overall newspaper and third place online publication of the year, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2016, 38 awards presented to 28 students, more than all other colleges who entered the competition, Louisville Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

2016, 34 awards presented to 20 students, including second place overall newspaper, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2016, Regional Mark of Excellence Award, Society of Professional Journalists

2015, Newspaper Pacemaker Award, Associated Collegiate Press
Considered to be the Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism

2015, First Place Newspaper Pinnacle Award, College Media Association

2015, One national and three regional Mark of Excellence Awards presented to two different students, Society of Professional Journalists

2015, 22 awards presented to 18 students, more than all other colleges who entered the competition, Louisville Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

2015, 14 awards presented to 8 students, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

2014, 15 awards presented to 13 students, more than all other colleges who entered the competition, Louisville Pro Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

2014, 6 awards presented to 4 students, Indiana Collegiate Press Association

 

Grants and Fellowships

2018, Strategic Excellence Course Grant, Indiana University Southeast, $3,500

2017, Mosaic Fellowship (Active Learning Initiative), Indiana University, $1,000

2016, E-Learning Technology Teaching Fellow, Indiana University Southeast, $3,500

2015, Strategic Online Course Development Grant for Reporting, Writing and Editing course, Indiana University Southeast, $3,500

2015, Strategic Online Course Development Grant for Social Media Strategies course, Indiana University Southeast, $3,500

2015, Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Indiana University Southeast, $4,000

2015, E-Learning Technology Teaching Fellow, Indiana University Southeast, $3,500

2014, Regional Research and Creativity Award, Indiana University Southeast, $2,500

2014, Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Indiana University Southeast, $4,000

2013, Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Indiana University Southeast, $8,000

2013, Reynolds Journalism Institute, to create educational material for online textbook, $4,000

2011, Developing a news media literacy measurement (in collaboration with S. Craft and S. Ashley), Robert R. McCormick Foundation, $50,000

2009, Emerging Media Summer Workshop for High School Journalism Advisers, Newspaper Association of America Foundation, $15,000

 

Selected Media Coverage

2018, News and Tribune (Jeffersonville/New Albany), “IUS cuts ribbon on new radio station

2017, News and Tribune (Jeffersonville/New Albany), “Bill would limit administrator’s ability to censor school publications

2017, The Ringer, quoted in “Decoding Facebook’s Solution to Fake News

2016, Times Union (Albany, New York), quoted in “Teens cover games their way

2016, Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, quoted in “U.S. newsrooms seem to be getting a little more diverse. But minority journalists are still, well, a minority” related to newsroom diversity research.

2016, Columbia Journalism Review, quoted in “Newsrooms getting more diverse but still don’t reflect communities they serve” related to newsroom diversity research.

2015, WFPL (Louisville), Interviewed and broadcast in a story about the Indiana state government starting a news service

2014, The Ann Arbor (Michigan) Independent, quoted in “Huron High Among Growing Number of American High Schools Without Student Newspaper

2013, News and Tribune (Jeffersonville/New Albany), “Tinkering with freedom

2013, Poynter Institute, quoted in “ASNE census finds 2,600 newsroom jobs were lost in 2012” related to newsroom diversity research.

2013, The Atlantic,  quoted in “Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism’s Financial Crisis” related to newsroom diversity research.

 

Other Work Experience

2010 – 2015, Co-Director, ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute,
University of Missouri (2010 – 2015) and University of Texas at Austin (2015)

2010, Faculty member, Missouri Scholars Academy, University of Missouri

2005 – 2009, Assistant Director of Workshops, Department of Journalism, Ball State University

2005, Journalism and English Teacher, Zionsville (Ind.) Community High School

2004, Weekly Opinion Columnist, Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University

2002, Promotions Intern, Salem Communication, Eagan, MN

2002 – 2005, Apprentice Teacher and Journalism Teaching Assistant
Columbus (Ind.) North High School

Professional Membership

2013 – present, Society of Professional Journalists

2012 – present, College Media Association

2007 – present, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2003 – present, Journalism Education Association