Faculty / Staff
Mass Comm 232C
Leon Alligood joined the MTSU faculty in the fall of 2008 following a 29-year career as a print reporter. For 22 years he was based in Nashville, first at the Nashville Banner, then The Tennessean. While at The Tennessean, he primarily wrote human interest and narrative stories on a variety of beats. He also was an embedded reporter covering the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests. He currently teaches Reporting, Feature Writing, Interactive Media, and Immersion Journalism. He is married to Bertie, an elementary school principal. They have two grown sons and one granddaughter.
Mass Comm 266
Dr. David Badger, professor of journalism, teaches Magazine Writing, Feature Writing, Reviewing & Criticism, Introduction to Motion Pictures and other courses. He holds academic degrees from Duke University, Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and has taught at Western Illinois University and the University of Tennessee-Nashville. In 1980, he was appointed MTSU coordinator of student publications and later joined the Journalism Department to teach full-time. Dr. Badger reviewed films for WPLN-FM Public Radio in Nashville for 12 years and wrote book reviews and columns for the Nashville Tennessean for 16 years. He is the author of “Celebrate the First Amendment” for the American Society of Newspaper Editors; co-author with Larry Burriss of NewsCraft: A Media Writing Workbook; a contributor to the 1991 survey-research volume Free Expression and the American Public; and co-author with Robert Wyatt of articles in Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Educator, Newspaper Research Journal and Current Research in Film.
Dr. Badger has written five natural history books: Frogs (Voyageur Press, 1995); Snakes (1999); Frogs WorldLife Library (2000); Lizards: A Natural History of Some Uncommon Creatures (2002); and Butterflies (2006)—all illustrated with photographs by the late John Netherton, except the last, which is illustrated by photos by Brian Kenney. He has also edited 12 natural history books by Netherton.
Dr. Ken Blake, associate professor of journalism, earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses in writing, reporting and quantitative research methods. Additionally, he is operations director for the MTSU Poll, a once-a-semester telephone poll measuring the opinions of residents living in the 39 counties that constitute Middle Tennessee. The poll is funded by the Office of Communication Research, the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellend in First Amendment Studies, and the MTSU School of Journalism. Dr. Blake’s research interests include mass media and society, public opinion theory and methodology, and Internet-based instruction. A former newspaper reporter, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
Mass Comm 249
Dr. Dwight E. Brooks joined the School of Journalism as Professor and Director in July 2009. Before coming to MTSU, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Jackson State University (Mississippi) from 2005-07. Dr. Brooks also was a faculty member of the Department of Telecommunications at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications (1997-2007). He is an alumnus of the Journalism Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) and serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals.
Dr. Brooks’ research has been published in journals that include Journalism and Communication Monographs, The Howard Journal of Communications, Journalism and Mass Communications Educator, and The Journal of Radio Studies. Brooks’ scholarship and teaching are in the areas of media diversity; media literacy; race, class and gender in media; electronic media program management; and media representations of sports and popular culture. Dr. Brooks earned a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa, an MA in communication from The Ohio State University, and a BA in speech communication from East Stroudsburg University.
Larry Burriss, professor of journalism, teaches introductory and media law courses. At the graduate level he teaches quantitative research methods and media law. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University (B.A. in broadcast journalism, M.A. in journalism), the University of Oklahoma (M.A. in human relations), Ohio University (Ph.D. in journalism) and Concord Law School (J.D.). He has worked in print and broadcast news and public relations, and has published extensively in both academic and popular publications. He has won first place in the Tennessee Associated Press Radio Contest nine times. Dr. Burriss’ publications and presentations include studies of presidential press conferences, NASA photography, radio news, legal issues related to adolescent use of social networking sites, legal research, and Middle Earth.
Dr. Burriss has served as director of the School of Journalism, dean of the College of Mass Communication and president of the MTSU Faculty Senate. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Board of Regents. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty in Somalia, Bosnia, Central America, Europe and the Pentagon.
Mass Comm 231A
Dr. Katherine Foss, assistant professor, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her teaching interests include health communication, gender and media, cultural studies approaches to media and qualitative methods. Her current research focuses on breastfeeding discourse in media (from advertising to entertainment television), constructions of health responsibility and representations of deafness and hearing loss. Her past research projects have examined gender and victimization in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds, the discourse of television theme songs, pioneer medicine in television and portrayals of journalists in comic book films.
Her work has appeared in Health Communication, Disability Studies Quarterly, Women & Health, International Breastfeeding Journal, Communication Quarterly and other peer-reviewed journals, along with book chapters in Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities and The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and Class Stereotypes. She was an invited speaker at the 2012 Great Nurse-In, a breastfeeding advocacy event held on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She also won the 2012 James W. Carey Media Research Award for her co-authored article (with Dr. Kathy Forde), entitled “‘The Facts—the Color!—the Facts’: The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910,” published in Book History.
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Mass Comm 231A
Val Hoeppner, journalist in residence starting Fall 2013, joins the School of Journalism after serving as Director of Education, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute since 2008. She will teach courses in multi-platform storytelling, digital, social and mobile media.
Mass Comm 229D
Edward Kimbrell, professor of journalism, holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri. Dr. Kimbrell is the founding chair of MTSU’s Department of Mass Communication and served as dean of the College of Mass Communication from 1989 through 1991. He has received MTSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Gamma Beta Phi’s Teacher of the Year Award twice, the MTSU Public Service Award, and the MTSU Foundation’s Career Achievement Award (2005). He teaches Freedom of Expression, Mass Media Law, and American Media and Social Institutions. Dr. Kimbrell has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the Chicago City News Bureau and other newspapers, radio and television stations, and he has also worked in higher-education public relations. He is the winner of four Emmys for his weekly media commentary on WSMV-TV Nashville, and he hosted the bimonthly interview show “Metro Journal,” for which he won a national TELLY Award in 1995.
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Mass Comm 271B
Associate professor Jane Marcellus teaches media history, feature writing, and graduate seminars including qualitative research methods and cultural studies. Her research focuses on media history and gender, with a particular interest in representation of employed women in the 1920s and 1930s. Her work has been published in Journalism Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Women’s Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, and Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and Northwestern, and a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a former journalist. Curriculum vitae (PDF)
Roy L. Moore
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Roy L. Moore is a professor and former Dean of the College of Mass Communication. Prior to coming to MTSU in September 2008, he was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mass Communication at Georgia College & State University, and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kentucky. He is also the former Executive Director of the UK First Amendment Center and former Associate Dean in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies. Dr. Moore earned his B.A. in English from Berea College, M.A. in Communication from the University of Kentucky, Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and J.D. from Georgia State University. He is a licensed attorney in Georgia and Kentucky and has served as an expert witness in several media law cases.
In 1998, Dr. Moore was selected for a Great Teacher Award by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is the co-author (with Michael D. Murray) of the third edition of Media Law and Ethics (2008) and author (with Erik L. Collins) of the second edition of Media Law and Ethics: A Casebook (2008). He is the former Chair of both the Law Division and the Mass Communications and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. During 2004-2006 he served as a faculty trustee on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including serving as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. In 2001-2002 he was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Georgia. He frequently speaks to community groups and is often interviewed in the mass media on First Amendment topics.
Mass Comm 231C
Wendell Rawls has been a professor in the School of Journalism since 2000. In summer 2005, he took a leave of absence during which he joined the Center for Public Integrity in Washington as Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). In November 2005 he was named Managing Director and from June 2006 to January 2007 he served as Interim Executive Director. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and editor. His career spans more than 35 years in journalism and media, beginning in 1967 at The Nashville Tennessean.
Prof. Rawls was the first national correspondent at The Philadelphia Inquirer (where he won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1977 and was a finalist two other times); was a Washington correspondent and then Southern Bureau chief of The New York Times; and assistant managing editor for news at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also won the National Headliner Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award Grand Prize, the Heywood Broun Journalism Award and several other awards. While he was an editor in Atlanta, his staff produced a Pulitzer Prize winner and four additional Pulitzer Prize finalists in two years. He is the author of one book, Cold Storage (1980), has written for magazines, motion pictures and episodic television “Law & Order” and produced several television movies.
Prof. Rawls came to MTSU as a visiting professor in 1999. He occupied the Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies at MTSU in 2001. From 2001-2005 he was publisher and adviser of Sidelines. In spring 2007 he was a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He recently resigned as the Director of ICIJ in Washington and returned to a full-time position on the faculty of MTSU, where he teaches courses in reporting and newswriting, investigative reporting, ethics and mass communications, sports writing, advanced reporting, and political reporting.
Mass Comm 264
Jason Reineke, assistant professor, holds masters and doctoral degrees in Journalism and Communication from The Ohio Sate University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Miami University. His research and teaching interests are focused mainly on public opinion and political communication, especially involving freedom of expression and support for censorship, as well as research methods and statistical analysis.
Dr. Reineke is the associate director of the MTSU Poll, a statewide survey conducted twice each year to assess Tennessee residents’ opinions on a variety of issues. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, and Mass Communication and Society.