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JEM Names New Director

Professor Catherine LutherCatherine Luther, who served as CCI associate dean for academic programs (January 2010 – July 2015), has been appointed as the new director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media. She will assume her new position on July 1, 2016 when current JEM Director Peter Gross returns to the faculty after serving ten years as director. 

Luther, an award-winning full professor in the school and a Fulbright Scholar, is an internationally known scholar/teacher who has published two books, several book chapters and numerous refereed journal articles. Her books include: Press Images, National Identity, and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2002) and Diversity in U.S. Mass Media (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012 with a second edition expected in 2016).  She teaches in the areas of international journalism, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods. Her research interests include: press freedom; security and surveillance; media and foreign policy decision-making; and media-related issues concerning gender, ethnicity and race.

Awards won by Luther include: the 2012 University of Tennessee (UT) Notable Woman Award recognizing excellence in administration, research and teaching; the American Press Institute’s John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Fellowship Award; the Radio Television News Directors Foundation/Knight Foundation's Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship Award; the International Radio and Television Society Faculty/Industry Award; the UT College of Communication and Information (CCI) Bud Minkel International/Intercultural Award; and the UT CCI Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Luther received a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Japan in 2007; and she was selected: as a 2012-2013 Fellow for the SECAC Academic Leadership Development program, for the UTK Women’s Leadership Program (2011-12) and for the UT Leadership Institute (2015).

Luther came to UT as an assistant professor in 1998. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in mass communication and a Master’s from the University of Maryland in radio, television, film. Prior to returning to the academic world for her PhD, Luther worked in both the United States and Japan as a television news producer including three years with the ABC News Tokyo Bureau.

“Catherine Luther brings a wealth of experience as an academic administrator, a scholar/teacher and an industry practitioner to her new role as director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “I look forward to working with her and the faculty as we take advantage of the many opportunities we have to evolve, innovate and grow our programs on our journey to the Top 25.”  

Details of Catherine Luther’s academic work can be found at http://www.cci.utk.edu/sites/default/files/cvs/LutherCV-Updated2-1-16_0.pdf. You can follow her on Twitter using @UTLuther.