The Department Chair is Larry Foley.
Editorial / News Faculty
- Eric Gorder, 575-2450, 575-7682, E-mail
Adjunct instructor, photojournalism. B.A. anthropology, M.Ed. in educational technology, University of Arkansas. Worked in archaeology in Arkansas and Texas and became interested in documentary film and video. Worked in location management in feature films, and helped establish Public Access and Government Access Television in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Worked in public relations (photographer and video producer) for City Manager’s Office in Little Rock, and as photography and video manager for Mass Merchandisers in Harrison. Recruited by UA Computer Services Department to establish MultiMedia Resource Center in 1991. Taught Radio and Television production at Capital City Junior College in Little Rock and Photography at North Arkansas Community College, Harrison, before coming to worked at the U of A. Serves as director of UA MultiMedia Resource Center.
- Gerald Jordan, 575-6306, E-mail
Associate professor, news-editorial journalism. B.A. in journalism, University of Arkansas, 1970; MSJ, Northwestern University, 1971. Nieman Fellow, Harvard, 1982. Jordan joined the department in 1995, from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a Washington correspondent. He became an assigning editor for The Inquirer in 1989 and worked in the suburbs and on the City Desk before he was named North Zone editor, with responsibility for a two-county edition which reached about 110,000 readers. He has also worked for The Kansas City Star, and The Boston Globe. Among his other assignments have been features and sports, editorial writing and TV and radio critic.
- Dr. Raymond McCaffrey, 575-2626, E-mail
Assistant professor, Director of the Center for Ethics. Dr. McCaffrey came to the University of Arkansas in 2014. He worked for more than 25 years as a journalist, including eight years as a staff writer and an editor at The Washington Post. His career also included work as a reporter, columnist and writing coach at the Colorado Springs Gazette. He has taught an array of courses, including news reporting and writing, journalism ethics, and journalism history. He earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Fairfield University and a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He earned his Ph.D. in journalism studies from the University of Maryland. His dissertation, Tributes to Fallen Journalists: The Evolution of the Hero Myth in Journalistic Practice, argued that a hero mythology surrounding journalists who have died on assignment developed in the 1920s, soon after the adoption of state and national journalism ethics codes and the opening of the country’s first journalism schools. He also contended that the perpetuation of this mythology continues despite concerns that journalism’s so-called macho code has been a factor in discouraging journalists from seeking treatment for occupational mental-health risks such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also has been involved in research into how new technology and social media have changed the way news is produced and consumed.
- Ray Minor, 575-3323, E-mail
Instructor, news-editorial journalism. B.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas, 1990. MSJ, Northwestern University, 1992. Minor joined the department in 2012, teaching reporting and writing classes after more than two decades working in newspapers across the country, including Illinois, Texas and Arkansas. He reported for papers in Arkansas and Illinois before being named assistant city editor for the Daily Herald near Chicago. He later joined the Sun-Times Co. as editor of Sun Publications, a chain of 15 suburban Chicago papers. He moved to the San Antonio Express-News, where he helped oversee coverage throughout Texas, Mexico and the Gulf Coast as part of the state desk. He is the former City Editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Northwest Edition. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Dr. Tacy Joffe-Minor and their two daughters.
- Hoyt Purvis, 575-5969, E-mail
Professor, news-editorial journalism. Director of Fulbright Institute of International Relations. B.A. and M.J., University of Texas. Worked as reporter for the Houston Chronicle, author and editor of a number of books and articles. Press secretary and special assistant to Senator J. William Fulbright, foreign and defense policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd. Research interests: international media, media and government/politics, cable and media technology. Joined the University of Arkansas in 1982.
- Bret Schulte, 575-6659, E-mail
Associate professor, news-editorial journalism. B.A. in English literature, University of Nebraska, 1999; M.F.A. in nonfiction creative writing, George Mason University, 2004. Worked as a reporter and associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, 2004 – 2008, covering a number of Washington policy battles and political races, including the 2004 presidential campaign. Schulte wrote for The Washington Post and was a Style editor and writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic News, Columbia Journalism Review, and American Journalism Review. He has won three Green Eyeshade Awards and was a national finalist for a Mirror Award. Schulte joined the University of Arkansas in 2008.
- Gina Holland Shelton, E-mail
Instructor, news-editorial journalism. B.A. in communication/journalism from Mississippi State University, 1989. Shelton joined the department in 2012 after a 17-year career with The Associated Press. She covered politics and legal affairs for the AP, including the U.S. Supreme Court beat. She has discussed legal issues on NPR and NBC’s The Today Show. Her first journalism job was working for her father, Gary Holland, a newspaper editor in Pascagoula, Miss. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband, George, and their two children.
- Katherine Shurlds, 575-6305, E-mail, Web site
Clinical assistant professor, news-editorial journalism, director of online curriculum. Specialties include communications law and journalistic style and usage, but has also taught photojournalism, television documentary, editing for print and public relations campaigns. B.S. in journalism, Arkansas State University, 1969;M.A. in journalism, University of Mississippi, 1986; J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 1994. Licensed attorney in the state of Arkansas. Worked as newspaper reporter, photographer and editor for several Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri newspapers and manager of public access television center. Taught UA journalism in 1990-91 and since 1994.
- Dr. Patsy Watkins, Graduate Committee Chair, 575-5964, E-mail
Professor, news-editorial (magazine) journalism. B.A. and M.A. in journalism, University of Texas; Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Iowa. Worked as magazine editor. Worked at University of Texas information services. Publisher, Picadilly Press. Research interests include computer-assisted graphics, periodical publications, and graphic design. Watkins joined the University of Arkansas in 1984.
Broadcast Radio & TV Faculty
- Larry Foley, Department Chair, 575-6307, E-mail
Professor, broadcast journalism. Foley is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker. His productions have earned five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and 14 Emmy nominations in writing, journalistic enterprise, history, cultural history, special program and community service. His University of Arkansas students have been awarded an additional six Emmys for films produced under Professor’s Foley direction. His films have also received three Best of Festival of Media Arts awards from the international Broadcast Education Association–judged best of the best among his academic peers.Foley’s documentary credits include After the Tsunami (2014 Emmy nomination for Writer-Program/program feature), The Art of Crystal Bridges (BEA Best of Festival Award), Up Among the Hills, narrated by President Bill Clinton, Growing Hope (2012 Mid-America Emmy), Bridge to War Eagle ( 2011 Mid-America Emmy), Sacred Spaces-The Architecture of Fay Jones, The Greatest Coach Ever, Beacon of Hope-The Story of the University of Arkansas, Charles Banks Wilson-Portrait of an American Artist (Mid-America Emmy-Cultural Documentary), The Forgotten Expedition, It Started Here: Early Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase, 22 Straight, Arkansas’ Natural Heritage, Out of the Woods, The Keetoowahs Come Home, The Black Swamp, The Governor from Greasy Creek, Arkansas-A Special Place, Hell on the Border, and Natural, Wild & Free.Foley worked as a reporter, anchor and producer at KATV in Little Rock and spent nine years at Arkansas Educational Television Network. He joined the University of Arkansas, his alma mater, in 1993.
- Dale Carpenter, 575-5216, E-mail
Professor, broadcast journalism. Carpenter is a documentary filmmaker and Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Before joining the journalism faculty in 1994, Carpenter was Senior Producer for the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway where he worked for ten years producing, photographing, and editing documentaries for public television.Carpenter’s work encompasses a variety of topics, from examining the rights of people with disabilities, to following a team of 8-year olds through a season of Little League baseball, to tracing the history of Arkansas during the Civil War.His work has won numerous national awards including Gold Medals from the New York Festivals, a Golden “CINDY” award, the “IRIS” award, and seven regional “Emmy” awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.Carpenter has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s degree from Emory University, and completed a cinematography fellowship at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies.He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his wife, Diane.
- Rick Stockdell, 575-6573/2556, E-mail
Associate professor, broadcast journalism. B.A. in speech, Northwest Missouri State; M.A. in journalism, Kansas State University. Coordinator of broadcast news program, general manager of public radio station KUAF, University of Arkansas. Worked as reporter, radio announcer, manager, and executive in Washington, D.C., Arizona, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas. Joined the University of Arkansas in 1980.
- Robyn Starling-Ledbetter, 575-6420, E-mail
Instructor, broadcast journalism. B.A. and M.A. in journalism, University of Arkansas. Starling-Ledbetter teaches broadcast journalism courses and serves as a faculty advisor for UATV, the student-ran television station. Before coming to the U of A, Starling-Ledbetter worked for several years as a reporter and news anchor. She is also a former high school journalism instructor. Starling-Ledbetter joined University of Arkansas in 2007.
- Rickey Thein, 575-6974, E-mail
Clinical assistant professor, sports journalism, broadcasting and production. B.A. in Radio/TV from University of Central Florida, 1996; M.A. in Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University, 2008. Covered local sports in Florida, Illinois and Mississippi as anchor, reporter, producer and photographer. Covered NFL, MLB, college sports including 2001 Miami Hurricane national championship football team, several NCAA Tournaments and high school sports. Thein joined the University of Arkansas in 2013.
- Hayot Tuychiev, 575-7682, E-mail
Instructor, broadcast journalism. Specializes in videography, non-linear editing and documentary film production. B.A. from Tashkent State University of Economics. M.A. in Journalism from University of Arkansas. Hayot Tuychiev is originally from Uzbekistan. Before coming to the University of Arkansas to pursue his M.A degree in journalism, he worked for international news organizations such as BBC, CNN, Reuters and AP. In 2009, his collaborative documentary film: KURM: Soapbox of the Air won an EMMY award.
Advertising & Public Relations Faculty
- Dr. Jan LeBlanc Wicks, Department Vice Chair, 575-6304, E-mail
Professor, advertising journalism. Coordinates graduate program. B.A. in Radio-TV Broadcasting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University; Ph.D. in Mass Media (Advertising) at Michigan State University. Professional experience at advertising agencies and television stations. Research interests: advertising clearance, management and ethics. Joined the University of Arkansas in 1994.
- Debbie Miller, 575-6796, E-mail
Instructor, public relations. B.S. in Journalism and M.S. in Mass Communications from Arkansas State University. Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. She serves as adviser to the Public Relations Student Society of America. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, she worked in public relations at Arkansas higher education institutions and served as an editor and reporter at various Arkansas daily newspapers. She is an officer in the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and in Arkansas Press Women.
Dr. Jee Young Chung, 575-5213, E-mail
Assistant professor, public relations. Chung earned her MA in Public Relations Studies at the University of Houston, studying the role of public relations in marketing communication. She earned her doctorate in Mass Communication with an emphasis in public relations at the University of Alabama. Her dissertation examined organizational legitimacy and factors affecting the legitimacy such as corporate social responsibility. Dr. Chung has extensive professional experience in marketing communication at LG Household & Healthcare, a leading cosmetic company in South Korea. Her research interests are to expand the scope of public relations to strategic corporate communication. Dr. Chung has developed a competitive research record, presenting in national and international conferences and publishing in such journals as Journal of Business Ethics, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Asian Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, and Computers in Human Behavior. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Chung served as an assistant professor of Strategic Communication in the Department of Communication at Southern Utah University.
- Kim Martin, 575-7700,E-mail, Web site
Instructor, advertising, graphics applications, copywriting, internship coordinator. B.S.Ed. Middle and High School English (1990), M.A. English Literature (1995), University of Arkansas. Professional experience in advertising, publication design, print and radio production. Former editor of two newspapers, designer of several books and monthlies. Former graduate intern at University of Arkansas Press. Former Editorial Assistant of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Compiled Cumulative Index to the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 1942-2000. Nine Addy awards for radio writing, voiceover, and production. Joined the University in 1995.
- Dr. Ignatius Fosu, 575-5215, E-mail
Associate professor, advertising and public relations. Fosu joined the department in 2005, after completing his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from The University of Alabama. He has a masters degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama, a graduate diploma in Communications from the University of Ghana, and a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana.He teaches advertising and public relations courses. His research interests include mass media effects, individual differences in responses to sexual information in advertisements, and effects of risk disclosures on responses to prescription drug advertising. His research has been presented at international conventions and published in reputable journals.He previously worked as a television producer/director for METRO TV in Accra, Ghana, and a disc jockey and talk show host for Radio Univers in Accra, Ghana. He also worked as a Special Projects Manager for the Division of Distance Education of the University of Alabama, where his duties included marketing analysis of distance education programs and developing marketing plans.He is an avid music lover. He plays percussion, drums, and bass guitar.
- Dr. Lucy M. Brown, 575-5965, E-mail
Clinical assistant professor, advertising and public relations. Brown lectures in Media Planning and Creative Strategy and serves as Adviser for the Ad Club and PRSSA. She holds a MA and Ph.D. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSc in Communication Design from Pratt Institute NY. Her teaching experience in Advertising and Marketing Communications spans Jamaica, Korea and the United States. After completing her doctoral studies in 2000, she worked in industry for 10 years in the USA, providing insights and strategic direction for marketing communications for several Fortune 100 clients for institutions such as DDB Worldwide, Synovate now Ipsos, E. Morris Communications and T. Mobile. Her clients included NW Arkansas-based Walmart and Tyson Foods. She joined the University of Arkansas in fall 2013.
- Marti Thomas, Office Manager
Ms. Thomas has been with the journalism department since 2002. She handles the department’s finances, e.g. payroll, travel, scholarships, special funding for student/faculty organizations, workshops and grants. She also does course scheduling and performs a variety of tasks associated with the running of the journalism department. Ms. Thomas is an Arkansas native. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with her kids, and taking long walks. Ms. Thomas has two children: Shanna and Aaron. 575-3602, Marti Thomas’s E-mail
Laura Phillips, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Phillips has been with the University of Arkansas since 2007 and joined the journalism department in Fall 2015. She serves as administrative assistant and works with student records and enrollment. Ms. Phillips is married, has three children and is active in community and campus organizations and events. Her hobbies include politics, activism, reading and naps. 575-3113, Laura Phillips E-mail.