Title, department and job responsibilities: Instructor in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. I specialize in electronic journalism. My responsibilities include co-supervising the “Butler Beat” TV news and entertainment program, plus the “Bulldog Blitz” TV sports program. I co-supervise both of these shows with Professor Christine Taylor from Creative Media Entertainment. I also advise students, recruit new students and maintain contacts with alumni.
Years at Butler: I have been at Butler since the spring semester 1988 but I have only been teaching at Butler for 15 years. I was full time from 1988 to 1995, resigned full-time employment to stay home with my children, taught one class a semester from fall 1995 to spring 1998, and then left entirely until fall 2006. I taught one or two classes as an adjunct until fall 2010, when I returned to full-time employment. I also served on Butler’s Alumni Board from 2000-2004 (I think those years are correct).
Most memorable experiences at Butler: Working with my students to cover Butler’s march to two consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship appearances. It was a rare opportunity for the students to cover spot news. My students and I were texting and calling each other until 1 or 2 in the morning for two weeks to make sure we had reporters and cameras and story ideas ready to go. It was fast-paced, which is exactly the way a professional TV newsroom can be when reporting spot news. My students had to put into practice the news judgment that we have discussed in class.
What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: Developing the College of Communication Media Group and helping students produce the “Butler Beat” news and “Bulldog Blitz.” The creative question am I thinking about currently is “How are TV newsrooms and newspapers are going to make money from their websites?”
What do you enjoy most about teaching: THE STUDENTS!!!! I enjoy helping the students achieve their goals and encouraging them to try new things. I strongly believe — and our track record of alums bears this out — that Butler has one of the best media programs in the country. Our graduates are prepared for the intellectual and technological challenges of today’s media workplace. Our faculty care about our students and maintain contact with them long after the students graduate.