Faculty & Staff

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Dr. Debbie Owens
Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Journalism & Mass Communications
114 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.6318
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 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.

Education:
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.

Accolades:
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 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 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.

Courses:
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

 
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Dr. Stephanie Anderson
Assistant Professor
Journalism & Mass Communications
The Murray State News Faculty Advisor
111D Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.3937
About Dr. Anderson

​Dr. ​ Stephanie ​Anderson​ earned her degrees from Murray State​. ​She ​wa​s a member of the first cohort in the College of Education’s P20 and community leadership doctoral program ​and graduated in August 2017​. ​

Anderson​ spent six years in television news working as a producer and assignment editor at television stations in Kentucky and New Mexico. She has worked in advertising at newspapers and magazines in Illinois and Kentucky. ​She has also worked in public relations in the casino entertainment and non-profit industries.

She began teaching as an adjunct in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2010. She has taught at both the Paducah Regional Campus as well as the Murray campus. She is a lifelong member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the Delta Omega chapter at MSU.

She was the recipient of the L.J. Horton Journalism Scholarship, which is what origina ​l​ly brought her to Murray State in 2000. In 2015, she was awarded the Broadcast Education Association’s Vincent T. Wasilewski Award. ​Her research interested include trauma journalism and using social media as an educational tool.

​She is the faculty adviser for The Murray State News and teaches two classes in the JMC Department. ​She is married to Robert Anderson and has two stepchildren.

Education:
B.A.: Murray State University, Murray, KY. 2004. Major: Electronic Journalism, Minor: Youth and Non-profit Leadership
M.S.: Murray State University, Murray, Ky. 2008. Area of study: Mass Communications
Ed.D.: Murray State University, Murray, KY. 2017. Area of study: P20 and Community Leadership

Disseration Topic:
Educating collegiate journalists on how to cover and cope with traumatic events.

Courses
Reporting for Broadcast and Online Media
News Writing
Introduction to Advertising
Public Relations Principles

 
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Dr. Bella Ezumah
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Journalism & Mass Communications
210 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.3171
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

Education:
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

 
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Marion Hale
Administrative Assistant
Journalism & Mass Communications
114 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.2387
About Marion

Marion is a lifelong resident of Calloway County.

 
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Chris Haynes
Lecturer
Television Production
801 Fine Arts
E-Mail
270.809.5363
About Chris

Chris Haynes is a 2006 and 2008 honors graduate of Murray State with a B.S. In Electronic Media and an M.S. in Mass Communications. He has nearly 15 years of experience in radio, television, and web production. Beginning with radio in 1999, he has transitioned his professional experience to incorporate the evolving fields of television and the World Wide Web. He has been a full time employee at Murray State University since 2008. He began working with Digital Media Services as a member of the professional staff and joined the Faculty in 2012. He lectures in several courses in the Television Production sequence, and he continues to produce content for Digital Media Services with broadcast and online distribution.

Education:
M.S. - Mass Communications, Murray State University
B.S. - Electronic Media, Murray State University

Courses:
JMC 270 (Basic Audio/Video Production)
JMC 336 (Script Writing)
JMC 358 (Television Studio Production)

 
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Orville Herndon
Staff Member
Journalism & Mass Communications
111E Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.4491
About Orville

Orville Herndon’s relationship with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications started in 1982 when he joined The Murray State News as a staff reporter. He continued working with the student publication throughout his studies, and he moved from the news desk to advertising to business manager and later as a graduate assistant. Herndon received a bachelor of science in business with an area in accounting from Murray State in 1986 and his master’s in business administration in 1988. Herndon worked as the corporate accountant for The Farm Store Inc., a livestock equipment retailer in Cadiz, Ky. He returned to Murray State full-time in 1991. In addition to serving as the department’s publications systems manager, he is the longest continually serving Staff Congress member with 21 years of service. Students look to Herndon when there are computer crises, software bug fixes and printer jams. His experience with technology has saved many students from meltdowns. In his free time, Herndon does volunteer work for his church and enjoys attending classic car shows.

 
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Dr. Marcie Hinton
Associate Professor
Public Relations, PRSSA Advisor
209 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.5308
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.

Education:
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.

 
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Wm. Gross Magee
Lecturer
Graphic Communications Media
104B Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.3512
About Gross

Wm. Gross Magee teaches commercial photography and digital imaging at Murray State. He was born into a publishing family. At 14, he picked up his late father’s camera equipment and reopened his darkroom. Before graduating high school he had become a professional photographer published in books, newspapers, national magazines and other commercial ventures. He went on to study graphic communications with an emphasis on photography in college. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to photojournalism. In the early 1980s, in order to computerize family-owned publications, he began an intensive self-directed study of digital imaging. By the late ‘80s, he not only completed the computerization of the newspapers, but also wrote software for the production of classified ads and marketed the software nationally and internationally.

 
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Brent Norsworthy
Lecturer
Graphic Communications Media
228C Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.6824
About Brent

Brent is an experienced designer, educator and digital enthusiast from Murray, Kentucky. Always interested in creating and in technology, the two interests converged to become his passion. Over the past 15 years, Brent has developed graphic design, websites and promotional materials for several clients. He currently maintains the JMC portion of the Murray State website and serves as technical adviser for TheNews.org.

As an educator, Brent loves sharing his knowledge with students through his experiences in the field. From traditional print to content rich, digital publication, he finds excitement in all facets of the evolving world of graphic communications.

Education:
M.S., Management of Technology - Murray State University
B.S., Graphic Communications Management - Murray State University

Courses:
GCM 151 - Introduction to Graphic Communications
GCM 252 - Digital Image Conversion
GCM 351 - Graphic Communcations Processes
GCM 441 - Desktop Multimedia
GCM 442 - Digital Interactive Technology
GCM 454 - Color Management and Quality Control
GCM 558 - Trends in Graphic Communications


 
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Robert J. Norsworthy
Executive-in-Residence
121A Wilson Hall
E-Mail
203.249.0122
About Nors

“Being a Madman in the late 1960s was interesting. The only problem was that I was so low on the ladder that I didn’t make enough money to enjoy it. As time went by and the ad business became more button-down, I started to reap the rewards of life as an Advertising Executive. Growing from Assistant Account Executive to Executive Vice President working with Global Brands was beneficial in preparing me to offer Murray State’s JMC students a path to lucrative careers. Serving 45 years in three global companies including J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather and Omnicom, was rewarding and fulfilling. But, retiring at the end of 2012, moving to my childhood farm and being associated with Murray State as this department’s Executive-in-Residence is the most fulfilling time of my life.” s

Education:
B.S., Ferris State University

 
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Dr. Kevin Qualls
Associate Professor
Television Production
216B Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.5490
About Dr. Qualls

Kevin Qualls has enjoyed careers in media, law, and higher education. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Kentucky Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Liberty University, a Master's in Journalism from Marshall University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication from the University of Kentucky. In the late 1980's and early 1990's he produced the nationally syndicated outdoor television series, "The Great American Outdoors." He later produced video for corporate and broadcast clients with a company he owned and operated, "Digital Age Recording." He has worked as a trial attorney and expert witness regarding pre-trial publicity. At the U.S. Attorney's office in the Western District of Virginia, he assisted in the prosecution of cases involving false advertising and cases where evidence was media-based. He joined the faculty of Murray State University in 2008. Prior teaching posts were at Francis Marion University, Marshall University, Paducah Community College, and Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts.

Education:
Juris Doctorate – Liberty University
M.A. – Journalism, Marshall University
B.A. – Telecommunication, University of Kentucky

Associations:
Kentucky Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
American Bar Association
Broadcast Education Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Courses:
JMC 336
JMC 448
JMC 455
JMC 590

 
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Dr. Melanie Shemberger
Assistant Professor
Journalism & Mass Communications
211 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.6874
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.

Education:
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

Courses:
News Writing
Copy Editing
Feature Writing

 
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Elizabeth Thomas
Senior Lecturer
Public Relations
208 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.5441
About Elizabeth

Education:
A graduate of Murray State’s master’s degree program in mass communications, Thomas also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida.

Research Interests:
An accomplished author/editor, Thomas’ current research focuses on social media and its changing role within marketing, PR and corporate communications. She is the owner of a Murray-based public relations consultancy specializing in social media management and strategies for businesses and organizations nationwide.

Courses:
PR Principles
Writing for Public Relations
PR Strategies: Tools & Trends
Intro to Advertising

 
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Robert Valentine
Senior Lecturer
Advertising
112 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.6289
About Bob

Born in New York City, raised in the midwest; military service in the Republic of Korea. Have instructed at University of Kentucky, University of Maryland (USAFI), Bethel College (Tenn.) and Murray State University.


Research Interests:
Contemporary Advertising Strategies
Writings of Mark Twain and Thomas Edison
Publishing (publisher, Murray Life Magazine, 2000-present)
Theatre and Storytelling

Accolades:
Coach, National Championship Debate Team, 1980
Director, American Storytelling Tour, National Scouting Museum, 1992-2000
Head of College, Elizabeth Residential College, 2001-2008
Regent's Teacher, 2010

Courses:
JMC 168 Contemporary Mass Media
JMC 394 Introduction to Advertising
JMC 426 Advertising Media Sales
JMC 456 Advertising Campaigns

 
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Dr. Timothy Vance
Assistant Professor
Public Relations
116A Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.4479
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 MSU, and has three perfect children. Golf IS life.

Education:
Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi

Research Interests:
Political Mass Communication

 
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Gill Welch
Senior Lecturer
Advertising, Adivsor - MSU Ads Club
216C Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.3173
About Gill

Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, Gill Welsch has been teaching higher education for nearly 30 years. As a believer in doing whatever it takes to help students succeed, he has been advising student groups since 1984 when he became a member of the board of trustees of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He has also served the national fraternity in a number of positions, including member of the education committee, chair of the Certified Fraternity Consultant certification board, rush coach, district vice president and leadership conference speaker. Not only has he worked with Tau Kappa Epsilon, Welsch has also served as faculty adviser to MSU’s Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., chapter since its founding in 2000 and the Ads Club since its founding in 1992.

Education:
B.S., University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., University of Southern Mississippi
ABD, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Certified Fraternity Consultant, Teke Educational Foundation / Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

Research Interests:
Advertising, public relations, journalism; mass communication curriculum development; professional standards

Courses:
JMC 194 Newswriting
JMC 391 Public Relations Principles
JMC 394 Introduction to Advertising
JMC 417 Advertising Copywriting & Layout
JMC 426 Advertising Media Sales
JMC 439 Advertising Media Planning
JMC 456 Advertising Campaigns
JMC 499 Senior Seminar
JMC 596 Internship

 
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Dr. Allen White
Professor
Advertising
219 Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.4487
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.

 
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Leigh Wright
Assistant Professor
Journalism & Mass Communications
216A Wilson Hall
E-Mail
270.809.4741
About Leigh

Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism, worked as a reporter and section editor for The Paducah (Ky.) Sun for 16 years before teaching at Murray State.

Education:
MFA in creative writing, Murray State 2010
BA in journalism and political science, Murray State 1993
AEJMC/Scripps Howard Social Media Fellow 2013
Kopenhaver Fellow 2013

Research Interests:
Social media usage among journalists
Effects of trauma coverage on reporters
Teaching of writing and reporting in a social media age

Courses:
JMC 194 - Newswriting
JMC 294 - Advanced Newswriting
JMC 397 - Reporting for Print Media
JMC 597 - Advanced Reporting