Department of Journalism and Strategic Media

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


M. DAVID ARANT, Professor, PhD (1994), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [2025]

MATTHEW J. HAUGHT, Associate Professor, PhD (2014), University of South Carolina [2025]

JOSEPH HAYDEN, Professor, PhD (2002), Indiana University [2028]

THOMAS HRACH, Associate Professor, PhD (2008), Ohio University [2028]

SANDRA H. UTT, Associate Professor (Emeritus), PhD (1983), Ohio University [2023]

RUOXU WANG, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), The Pennsylvania State University [2024]

JIN YANG, Associate Professor, PhD (2004), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale [2023]

ROBERT BYRD, Assistant Professor, PhD (2014), University of Southern Mississippi [2026]

TERI DEL ROSSO, Assistant Professor, PhD (2016), University of Oregon [2026]


JOEL NICHOLS, Assistant Professor, MBA (2003), Union University 

OTIS SANFORD, Professor, BA (1975), University of Mississippi 

TORI CLIFF, Instructor, MA (2010), University of Memphis

KIM MARKS MALONE, MA (2006), San Diego State University 

MICHAEL ROBINSON, Assistant Professor, MA (2018), University of Memphis 

CASEY HILDER, Assistant Professor, MA (2012), University of Memphis 


MARC PERRUSQUIA, BA (1990), University of Minnesota [2025]


 NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets for Full and External only.