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Department of Mass Communication

Department of Mass Communication

Faculty Research

Our faculty has a wide array of interests and engages in significant research and creative activities including documentaries, books, research grants, publication in leading academic journals, and conference presentations around the world. Faculty are also engaged in undergraduate research and mentoring students. Last year the department held its first undergraduate research symposium. 

Here is a small sample of recent faculty work:

  • Nathaniel Frederick presented research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference (2014) titled, “Hoyt W. Fuller, Cultural Nationalism, and Black World Magazine, 1970-1973.”
    He also co-authored research presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference titled, “Hegemonic Masculinity and Stunted Expectations in Everybody Loves Raymond.”
     
  • Mark Nortz served as producer, photographer, video editor, and writer for a seven minute testimonial video for the South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner. The video was shown at the Association’s annual award ceremony. He served as co-producer and chief video editor for “24 Hours @ Winthrop”. The video documented activities on the campus over the course of a 24 hour day.
     
  • Padmini Patwardhan had a global research grant on Leadership in Communication Management funded by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, University of Alabama. In 2013-14, she authored or co-authored two book chapters, a journal article, and two conference papers. Topics were public relations leadership in global settings (based on grant data), account planning, reverse product placement, and global learning in mass communication. Dr. Patwardhan also mentored four undergraduate research teams in her theory and research class on projects that were presented in the department’s first undergraduate research symposium.
     
  • Guy Reel published Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals (Washington: CQ Press, 2013), as co-editor. Reel’s recent paper and chapter publications include: “Richard Fox and the Modernization of the Squared Circle in the Late Nineteenth Century,” in Major Problems in American Sport History, 2nd Edition, Ed. Steven A. Riess (Stamford, Conn.: Cengage, 2015); “This Wicked World: Masculinities and the Portrayals of Sex, Crime, and Sports in the National Police Gazette, 1879–1906”, Taylor and Francis online; “Sensitivity and Professionalism: The Case of the Perils of Facebook,” Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals. Eds. Lee Anne Peck and Guy Reel, (Washington: Sage, 2013); and “Of Tabloids, Detectives and Gentlemen: How depictions of policing helped define American masculinities at the turn of the twentieth century,” A History of Police and Masculinities 1700-2010, Eds. David G. Barrie and Susan Broomhall (New York: Routledge, 2012).
     
  • Marilyn Sarow is co-author of a book chapter, “La Plus Que Ça Change…? Cancer Activism: Lessons Learned from the Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Movements,” in the forthcoming book Cancer and Health Policy: Advancements and Opportunities, published by the Oncology Nursing Society.
     
  • William Schulte is the author of “Newsroom Resistance: An Ethnographic Study of the Modern News Worker, Policies, & Organizational Dissatisfaction,” in The Journal of Media Communication & Film, (2014) and “Newsroom Social Controls: An Ethnographic Study of the Modern News Worker and Organizational Dynamics,” in The 11th International Symposium Communication in the Millennium, (2014).
     
  • Aimee Meader has presented several papers at AEJMC including the Impact of the Internet on Moral Reasoning (2013) and Propagandistic Appeals in Partisan Programming (2013). Her most recent work examining the motivations of aspiring journalism students won the Laurence Campbell Award for Outstanding research (Scholastic Division).