I am the faculty adviser for the Lipscomb University SPJ chapter and serve on the board of the Middle Tennessee Pro Chapter; at the national level I am a member of the SPJ Journalism Education Committee. At Lipscomb University I am associate professor of communication and journalism and teach 21st Century Media, Multimedia Storytelling, Broadcast & New Media, Media History and Introduction to Communication. I advise the student news network www.luminationnetwork.com. Since 2009 I have directed the Tennessee High School Press Association, based at Lipscomb University. My professional experience includes reporting/anchoring at WSM Radio News in Nashville.
College students need to connect at the university, local, regional and national levels. As campus adviser-at-large, I will work hard to assist student chapters with growth and with issues with administrators and student-government leaders. As an adviser for a university chapter and board member of a professional chapter, I understand and see the importance of connecting college students locally; my students regularly attend events hosted by the local pro chapter. Each spring they meet professionals and other students at the regional level. And since Fort Worth in 2002, they have accompanied me to the national convention. (We are looking forward to helping with the Excellence in Journalism 14 this fall in our hometown.) As campus adviser-at-large, I will work hard to help campus chapters build bridges with all of their communities.