Dr. Debbie Owens
Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Journalism & Mass Communications
114 Wilson Hall
About Dr. Owens

Dr. Debbie A. Owens is the Interim Chair and an Associate Professor 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-1 Faculty Online Writing Handbook. She 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. Dr. Owens previously served as graduate program director, 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 Murray State'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.

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.S., Journalism, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
B.A., English Literature, Cum Laude, CUNY-Brooklyn College
Certificate, Gerontology, University of Florida

Research Interests:
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 at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. In 2008, she was honored for her distinguished serve for contributions to student programs and activities at Murray State. 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 and its Excellence in Service Award for 2008 and 2015. 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

Dr. Bella Ezumah
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Journalism & Mass Communications
210 Wilson Hall
About Dr. Ezumah

Dr. Ezumah joined Murray State University in the fall 2011 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including Mass Media Theories, New Technologies, International Communications, Mass Media Effects, and Contemporary Mass Communication. She received her Ph.D. from Howard University, Washington, DC,; M.S. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; and B.S. from St. John’s University, New York. Her research adopts critical and qualitative methodologies and touches upon race, gender, socio-economic class, and ethnicity interests while transcending national boundaries. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She has equally presented her work at over 15 academic conferences in the US, Greece, Nigeria, and Jamaica. She was named the 2014 Emerging Scholar at Murray State University.

Prior to joining Murray State, Ezumah served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Catholic elementary and High Schools in the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, NY. She is currently working in collaboration with professors at Osun State University, Nigeria, on a funded research that investigates the impact of Opon-Imo (Tablet of Knowledge). The tablet computer initiative puts learning devices in the hands of Nigerian senior secondary school students to prepare for standardized testing. The three year study investigates Opon-Imo impact on student learning and results from standardized testing, social or cultural impact on not only students but their families and the community as a whole. Other areas in which Ezumah has conducted empirical study are audience research with young adults and their social media usage and gratifications; communication policy with reference to Internet security threat and legislation in Africa; media globalization through African newspaper websites; business school accreditation, as well as religion and media.

In addition, she serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Business Research Journal, as the Newsletter Editor for the Minorities and Communication (MAC) Division of the AEJMC, as an Academic Member for the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and reviews Manuscripts and conference papers for several academic organizations including Sage Publications.

In her spare time Ezumah volunteers at her church, St. Leo Catholic Church as a member of the Parish Council, Eucharistic minister, Instructor for the RCIA program, and delivers retreat workshop to Murray State Catholic students.

Here is a link to WKMS Murray State NPR Station interview with Ezumah on her work on Opon-Imo at Osun State: http://wkms.org/post/msu-professor-helps-nigerian-university-put-tablets-hands-students

Faculty vita

Ph.D. Howard University, Washington, DC
M.S. Brooklyn College of The City University of New York
B.S. St. John's University, New York

Dr. Marcie Hinton
Associate Professor - Public Relations,
PRSSA Advisor
Journalism & Mass Communications
209 Wilson Hall
About Dr. Hinton

Dr. Marcie Hinton enlightens students at Murray State University as a professor of public relations. She also taught journalism/public relations classes at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She likes to travel with students in experiential learning environments. Some of the "away" classes and places in which she has participated include "The History of Musical Theater" in New York, "Communication for Communion" in Italy and "International Public Relations" in England.

Academically, she has published public relations case studies regarding Starbucks, Nigerian women protests, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Toms Shoes and others regarding postmodern public relations as well as international and grassroots communication, but also dabbling in cause-related marketing. Professionally, she works with artists to promote their works and shows by writing artist statements, news releases, maintaining social media, ghostwriting and editing books and other publications. She currently presents a workshop about using mobile technology in the classroom as well. Hinton began her career with internships at Southern Living magazine and Baptist Health Systems. After graduation, she served as the assistant editor for the Southern Living food and travel trade publications. She also wrote back book covers and edited books for Schroeder Publishing. She loves to cook and travel and her favorite combination is attending cooking classes in Italy.

Ph.D: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. Area of study: Communications with a concentration in Journalism Secondary: Rhetoric and Composition.
M.A.: Murray State University, Murray, Ky. May 1995 Area of study: Communications with a concentration in Journalism.
B.A.: Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. May 1991 Major: Journalism Mass Communications. Minor: English.

Dr. Allen White
Professor - Advertising
Journalism & Mass Communications
211 Wilson Hall
About Dr. White

Allen White has both B.A. and M.S. degrees from Murray State and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. He's been a member of the faculty in the department since 1991, and teaches research methods for the Advertising and Public Relations undergraduate majors and both research methods and philosophical and ethical concepts in the graduate program.

He is a former Interim Chair of the department and Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Allen holds one of three endowed BB&T Fellowships in the Bauernfeind College of Business.

Dr. Melanie Shemberger
Assistant Professor - Journalism
Journalism & Mass Communications
121B Wilson Hall
About Dr. Shemberger

Dr. Melony Shemberger is assistant professor of journalism at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. From 2005-13, she was the assistant director of communication in the public relations and marketing office at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where she handled external and internal communication for the university, wrote press releases, worked with the news media, edited publications and coordinated other publicity efforts designed to advance APSU in recruitment, retention and fundraising. She also was an adjunct faculty member in the APSU Department of Communication, APSU College of Business and Murray State Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling. Before entering academia, Shemberger had successful, award-winning reporting careers. She was a journalist and copy editor at the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, Ky., and before that, she was the assistant news director at WHOP radio station in Hopkinsville. At both news organizations, she covered the local education and court beats. She also worked as an advertising consultant at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn., in the mid-1990s. She continues to write and work on special projects as a freelance writer and graphic designer for area newspapers.

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration and Supervision, Tennessee State University, Dissertation: "The Presence of Sunshine Laws in Journalism Curriculum: Qualitative Insights"
M.S., Management, Austin Peay State University
M.S., Mass Communication, Murray State University (Outstanding Graduate Student Award)
B.A., double major in Mass Communication, History and Government, Western Kentucky University

Research Interests:
Historical research on the newspaper work of female pioneer journalist Dorothy Dix
Use of open government laws
Development and improvement of journalism curriculum

News Writing
Copy Editing
Feature Writing

Dr. Timothy Vance
Assistant Professor - Public Relations
Journalism & Mass Communications
116A Wilson Hall
About Dr. Vance

Tim Vance joined the faculty ranks at Murray State University for the Fall semester of 2012 having previously taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, and as an adjunct at Tulane University and while working on his doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi where he taught a Reporting class as well as Media writing and an advanced public relations class. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Murray State University.

Prior to choosing to finish out his career in academia, Tim worked in the Public Relations and Advertising industries with non-profit organizations, a medical school and eventually as owner and general manager of an agency in Nashville where he represented a roster of national clients. He has been an invited guest speaker leading discussions about PR strategies and tactics for corporations, Vanderbilt University, and others.

Now back at Murray State, Tim has taught in the Public Relations, advertising, and journalism tracks and even occasionally teaches in the Political Science department. He has been referred to a the “utility player.”

His research area of interest is press and politics and how political institutions, politicians, as well as the electorate use mass media. His academic heroes are Noam Chomsky, Sut Jhally, and Stuart Hall.
Tim is married to his wife of 20+ years, Candace, a medical librarian now also at Murray State, and has three perfect children. Golf IS life.

Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests:
Political Mass Communication