Assistant Professor James Alex Bonus won the Sarah Evans Mattox Faculty Research Award based on articles published during 2018. This endowment provides support on a competitive basis for a faculty member’s research. Specifically, this award is given to a highly productive, innovative faculty member who conducts research on the impact of media on public opinion and/or society.
Aaron Smith, the assistant to the director of the School of Communication, won the College of Arts and Sciences Staff Excellence Award for December 2018. Smith was presented the award by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeir, the interim executive dean and vice provost of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award is to recognize a staff member for their valuable contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences.
Assistant Professor – Clinical Nicole Kraft received a Kappa Tau Alpha Research Grant to study the value of the messaging app Slack on teaching. Slack is available on laptops, desktops and mobile devices and allows students to communicate with each other and faculty. Kraft plans to study the use of Slack as an email replacement in a journalism class.
“Millennials are not inclined to use email, and it creates a barrier to communication between students and faculty,” Kraft said.