Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TSMRI Research Fellows Announced for 2013-2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) has announced its research fellows selected for 2013-2014. The 10 fellows for 2013-2014 are
  • Robin Bartoletti, Academic Partnerships
  • Barbara Burke, University of Minnesota - Morris 
  • Lora Helvie-Mason, Tarleton State University
  • Janet Johnson, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jennifer Novak Ladd, Tarleton State University
  • Matt MacVeigh, University of North Texas
  • Randy McCamey, Tarleton State University 
  • Jeton McClinton, Jackson State University
  • Laurie Phillips, University of Oregon
  • Sudarshan Kurwadkar, Tarleton State University
"The fellowships are designed to help faculty and others research their area of interest in the social media/new media fields," said Dr. Credence Baker, co-director of TSMRI. The fellows will present at the TSMRI conference in November and produce a social media oriented research project during the year.

Each of the fellows was selected for the fellowship based on prior research experience and research agenda, Baker said. The selected TSMRI fellows anticipate researching a variety of areas including presidential campaign rhetoric in social media venues, why public educational institutions who were early adopters of social media use have made the decision to discontinue use, dissemination of environmental issues, the impact of social media in college athletics, the roles of social media in higher education, social media and tourism, expectations of privacy, perception, image of those who engage in social networking, and understanding niche social networks.

Applications for fellowships are posted at www.tinyurl.com/tsmrifellow each year, and are due in mid-March.

About TSMRI: The Texas Social Media Research Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration based at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. The institute provides research and training focused on communication technology and social media for K-12 education, higher education, businesses, and non-profit organizations. You can find TSMRI on Facebook and Twitter.

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