Ph.D. – University of Florida
M.S. – Journalism, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
B.A. – English Literature, Cum Laude, CUNY-Brooklyn College
Certificate in Gerontology, U of FL
Dr. Debbie A. Owens is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Journalism and Communications at Murray State University where she has served on the faculty since 2002. Professor Owens conducts seminars in international mass communications, and in media, culture, gender and race. She has taught special topics courses on women in broadcasting, the British media, and the Civil Rights Movement and the press. She has also taught undergraduate courses in newswriting, script writing, television reporting and advanced news production.
Professionally, Owens has worked as a reporter/public affairs producer for WCIA-TV and WPGU-FM (Champaign, Ill.), She has held journalism residencies at WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC), Voice of America, Radio News Division (D.C.), the Department of Defense American Forces Press and Publications Service, and at the Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, and New York Amsterdam newspapers.
She has worked in several leadership positions with the Broadcast Education Association, including its Publications Board member and Gender Issues Division president. She has worked as a consultant on curriculum development and program assessment projects. Additionally, Owens has held fellowships with the International Radio Television Society Foundation, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Poynter Institute.
Professor Owens has represented the College of Business as a Writing Across the Curriculum Ambassador and contributed to the Senate Bill-1Faculty Online Writing Handbook; and has served on numerous committees at Murray State, including the provost search committee, College of Business graduate programs, the tenure and faculty development committees, and the Jesse Stuart Fellowship selection committee. Owens served on the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education dissertation awards committee, 2010-2011. Owens previously served as internship coordinator, sequence head for the electronic media majors, coordinator of the student editorial advisory board for MSU-TV 11, and as co-advisor for MSU’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho. She belongs to several academic honor societies, including Alpha Epsilon Rho, Kappa Tau Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Her research interests include mass media and social construction, audience analysis of race, ethnicity and culture in media, and media portrayals of gender and aging. She presented audience analysis research at the 2008 Oxford Roundtable at Exeter College, England. In 2009, she presented a communications symposium at the University of the Gambia, West Africa, and conducted a journalism workshop for members of the Gambian Press Union.
Dr. Owens participated in the 2013 Time Warner College Professors Leadership Seminar in New York. In 2010, she was a Visiting Scholar appointment at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. In 2008, she was honored for her distinguished serve for contributions to student programs and activities at MSU. A past-vice president of the MSU Black Faculty Staff Association, she received the organization’s 2008 and 2010 Faculty Scholarship and Teaching Award and 2008 Service Award. A recipient of the Key to the City of Murray in 2004, Owens was also recognized for service by the Murray-Calloway County NAACP Branch. She has been honored as a 2003 Advisory Board Member for Black College Radio. She is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who 2006-2007. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
JMC 600-Seminar in International Mass Communications
JMC 601-Media, Culture, Gender and Race
JMC 610-Introduction to Graduate Studies in Mass Communications
JMC 685-Specialized Mass Communication
JMC 690-Comprehensive Project