As the 2010 fall semester begins, SOC welcomes not only new students but also new faculty.
Journalism professor Carolyn Brown moved from a temporary to a tenure-track position this year. “Districtwirenews.com,” an online video newscast featuring student-produced broadcasts, is a prime example of the work that earned her a permanent place on the SOC faculty. She brings experience in both multimedia and converging media and in production at both network and local news levels (MSNBC, Fox News Channel and NewsChannel8 in Washington, and KRON Bay TV in San Francisco).
Joining Brown in the journalism division is professor Declan Fahy, whose position focuses on Health, Science, and Environmental Journalism. Fahy is a veteran journalist and scholar in both arenas. He’s covered the science/health beat for three newspapers in Ireland (Irish Daily Mirror, Irish Times, and Longford Leader) and has conducted health and science research on celebrity scientists, such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking.
SOC’s public communication division will also gain new faces this semester. Professor Sol Hart brings a focus on risk and environmental communication, including strategic messaging related to global climate change. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and Institute for Social Sciences, and has written or co-authored more than 20 journal articles and papers.
Professor Caty Borum Chattoo comes to SOC from Fleishman-Hillard International, where she created the communication strategy, supervised production and directed all aspects of traditional and online media and partnership outreach for a White House National Drug Control Policy campaign. Borum Chattoo has worked for many non-profits, including Declare Yourself, The Norman Lear Center, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She co-produced the feature documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and the TV series Sierra Club Chronicles (Link TV and Sundance Channel).
The third public communication addition is professor Scott Talan. Talan comes from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs, where he was Director of Communication & Public Affairs. He has been a writer, producer, and reporter for numerous media organizations, including ABC News/Good Morning America, and he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.
In welcoming the new faculty members, SOC Dean Larry Kirkman said, “These additions to our faculty bring new knowledge and experience to our programs and advance our ability to address major issues facing our country and the world, including climate change, immigration, and health care. The new faculty share SOC’s dedication to teaching, research, and professional excellence and innovation.”