The people who call the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences home – past, present and future; students, faculty and alumni – are truly the best and brightest. This section highlights what some of those people are doing now, and why CIS is so important to them. Simply put, we’d like to put our best and brightest typical student, staff, faculty and alumni into the spotlight.
Turning it Around
With a passion for her students and her teaching, Journalism Department Chair Dr. Jennifer Greer makes a difference every day on the College of Communication and Information Sciences.Keep Reading
Learning in a Digital Age
JN professor George Daniels uses Facebook, Twitter and blogging as tools for teaching the next generation of journalists.Keep Reading
Ph.D. 2011 Graduates
The College of Communication and Information Sciences has seen several recent and upcoming Ph.D. graduates hired to positions at various universities across the United States.
"I think the recent Ph.D. graduates have represented the college very well in the research and teaching they have done for the College, and I am confident they will all go on to do very impressive things in their scholarship," said Dr. Kimberly Bissell, associate dean for research and director of the Institute for Communication and Information Research. "Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Dr. Shuhua Zhou has done tremendous things with the doctoral students, and it is because of his mentorship and leadership and that of his predecessor, Dr. Jennings Bryant, that our current cohort of graduates is so strong."Keep Reading
What’s In A Name?
It's Gonzenbach, not Gozenbach or Gonzebach. And every public relations major at The University of Alabama should know it because it is the answer to the very first test question in his introductory course.
Dr. William Gonzenbach, a public relations professor and former chairman of the department, puts great emphasis on such careful details in his teachings.Keep Reading
A World of Opportunities
Public relations major Caroline Beard says that The University of Alabama has provided her a “world of opportunities.” And she has taken that adage to heart, from exploring the world to saving it.
Caroline received a unique scholarship/internship combination last summer thanks to generous contributions of The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, a grant-giving organization with the goal of conserving natural resources in North America.Keep Reading
A Focus On Students
COM associate professor Dr. Jason Edward Black ‘has a passion for everything he does, everything he teaches and his students.Keep Reading
The Making of A Media Mogul
The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences had everything public relations major Lauren Cuervo was looking for in a college.Keep Reading
There is never a dull moment in the office of the Department of Journalism, at least not when Cecilia Hammond is around.Keep Reading
China-native, Canada resident and University of Alabama student Guikang Jin takes advantage of the real-time distance education classes offered by SLIS.Keep Reading
‘Communication is essential’
Public relations graduate Sara Hood uses communication skills attained at UA and in fashion and in sports event planning PR to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.Keep Reading
Love and Possibilities
Love for writing, love for UA and seeing the instructors' love for teaching led this junior journalism major from Enterprise to Tuscaloosa.Keep Reading
Keeping Up With the Times
Susan Daria, an APR instructor, shows love for students by keeping them updated on the latest advertising methods and tools.Keep Reading
Learning by Autonomy, Flexibility and Experience
Anthony Greer, the first recipient of the UA/Munson Foundation Internship Program, worked with The Nature Conservancy in Birmingham, gaining valuable experience researching the organization’s methods of communication and designing a strategic plan for the organization’s future. “This program was a vital learning experience for me,” Greer said. “I have no doubt this will invariably benefit my personal and professional future.”Keep Reading
Building His Professional and Personal Self
Rising senior Patrick Boardman let his interests in “language and human relationships” guide him to the College of Communication and Information Sciences.Keep Reading
Volunteering Shapes Professor
Dr. Suzanne Horsley, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, is a volunteer American Red Cross spokesperson. She discusses how her role as a Red Cross volunteer makes her a better professor.Keep Reading
‘Enjoy The Journey’
Pamela Sparks, a PR and COM graduate, looks for the learning opportunity in every experience, even when the national media is calling her at 4 a.m.Keep Reading
Moving Up In the Ranks
UA doctoral student, Kenon Brown, knows what it’s like to cross enemy lines. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from a rival Southeastern Conference school.Keep Reading