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Lecturer and researcher in journalism with 10+ years of experience teaching courses on the undergraduate level backed by 25+ years of professional newsroom labor (of love). 


Doctor of Philosophy, College of Communication and Information, Kent State University dissertation in progress; expected completion: 2023

Comprehensive exams-qualifying research: “The Only Constant Is Change: Journalism Students’ Perceptions In The Wake of Extraordinary Industry Change” (2020)

Master of Arts, Journalism, Kent State University 

Thesis title: “A Seat at the Table: Exploring the Perceptions of Diversity by Minority Journalists In the Wake of Shrinking Newsroom Staffs”  (2014) Thesis director: Danielle Coombs, Ph.D. 

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Louisiana Tech University (1992)


Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)

Assistant Professor _ (Fall 2021 –

→ Lecturing undergraduate students in editing, graphics of communication

E.W. Scripps Visiting Professional (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021)

→ Lecturing undergraduate students in editing, news and information literacy, graphics of communication

◾  Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)  2006-2007, 2010 – 2021

Adjunct journalism and mass communication instructor 

→ Lecturing undergraduate and graduate journalisms students in editing, multi-platform storytelling, design and ethics


◾  Akron Beacon Journal/ (Akron, Ohio) 1998 – 2019

Executive news editor, Weekend editor, assistant news editor

News-Star (Monroe, Louisiana) 1993-1997

Editor (news and features), Reporter (education, courts)


“Framing Analysis: Where Media Coverage and Fans Meet” in “Handbook of Sports Fans and Fandom” (Routledge, in production)

“Live… from California, it’s Kamala Harris”  in “U.S. Election Analysis 2020:

Media, Voters and the Campaign”


  “Extra. Extra. Read All About It. Early Advertising in Newspapers” (Vol. 1)  and  “Social Consciousness in Advertising: The Crying Indian and More” (Vol. 2) in “We Are What We Sell”. (Praeger, 2014)


John S. Knight Memorial Fund Scholarship Committee, chair 

Kent State University Student Media Board, professional member 


Robert C. Maynard Media Management four-week training program at Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University (Manager Training Center)
Newspaper Association of America’s fellowship for the NAMME (National Association of Minority Media Executives) Leadership Development Institute
Poynter Institute management/leadership training 


Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication member

National Association of Black Journalists member

– Mentor, national convention’s student multimedia project (2014-2016)

Society of Professional Journalists member

American Copy Editors Society member

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