|B.S.:Journalism/English, Memphis State University
M.A.: Journalism, University of Mississippi
Ph.D.: Journalism/mass communication, Ohio University
|B.S.:Journalism, West Virginia University
M.A.: Journalism, West Virginia University
Ph.D.: Mass communication, Ohio University
Dr. Elinor Kelley Grusin worked as a reporter for The Commercial Appeal as the only female hard news reporter for five years. She received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award as Journalism Teacher of the Year and the Charles E. Scripps Award in 2007. She has also received The University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award, the Dean's Outstanding Research Award for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Outstanding Advising Award for the college twice and the Outstanding Journalism Alumni Award at The University of Memphis.
She completed her 20th year at The University of Memphis in 2008 and retired from full-time teaching in the Department of Journalism in May 2008. She was awarded professor emeritus status by the Tennessee State Board of Regents in spring 2008. She was project director 12 years for the Scripps Howard Citywide High School Newspaper Program, which she started in 1997. The program produces The Teen Appeal, a unique citywide high school newspaper published by The Commercial Appeal, Memphis' Scripps Howard daily.
Her teaching areas are law and writing. She has published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Monographs, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Grassroots Editor and Newspaper Research Journal. She is co-editor of Media in an American Crisis: Studies of September 11, 2001, with Dr. Sandra Utt.
Dr. Sandra Utt has worked as an advertising/marketing research consultant, a graphics/advertising consultant and a research/marketing consultant in her more than 25 years in the advertising field. She has received the Dean's Outstanding Research Award, Communication Educator of the Year, Donald Hileman Award for Excellence in Advertising Education and Outstanding Faculty Adviser for the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
Dr. Utt has been at the University of Memphis where she is a professor in the Department of Journalism since 1984. Since 2000, she had been the assistant chair in the department, and in 2005, she acted as the interim department chair. Beginning in fall 2008, Utt will be a visiting professor in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
She has also made several site visits for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is very active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Her teaching areas are theories of mass communication, advertising practices and integrated communication. She has published in Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism Quarterly and Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is co-editor of Media in an American Crisis: Studies of September 11, 2001, with Dr. Elinor Kelley Grusin.
Newspaper Research Journal