Tarleton professor of communication studies honored for service

STEPHENVILLE — Dr. Sarah Maben, assistant professor of communication studies at Tarleton State University, was honored for her service with the Southwestern Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication at its annual symposium Oct. 4-5 in New Orleans.

“Dr. Maben remains invaluable to the SWECJMC long after her service as a past-president,” said Dr. Shearon Roberts, the organization’s president and assistant professor at Xavier University of Louisiana. “We are grateful that she has provided us with her expertise as a journal editor and as a past-president in the much-needed work of reviving the organization so that it continues to serve as an academic resource for faculty and graduate students in journalism and mass communication programs in the Southwest region.”

Maben served as president and vice president of the group from 2013-15. This summer she helped the group migrate the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal to an online submission system and updated the group’s bylaws.

“She has provided us with vision and a roadmap on how to take the organization forward for another decade and continues to regularly bring new members into our fold,” Roberts said. “It is rare to have this type of long-standing commitment to a regional organization. Her service is one we wanted to recognize and honor at our 2019 symposium.”

At the conference Maben and colleague, Dr. Ceeon Quiett Smith of Benedict College, presented research on the FAA’s use of Twitter during the Boeing Max 8 crisis. Additionally, Maben presented a pedagogical poster titled “Satellite Student Media: Ideas for Multi-campus Outlets.”

An affiliate of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, SWECJMC promotes the recognition, welfare and progress of journalism and mass communication education in the southwest United States. Each year, it hosts an annual symposium to recognize significant research by faculty and students in journalism and mass communication programs.


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