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Assistant Professors

scottmorton.jpgDr. Scott Morton
Office: KET 317
Phone: (704) 637-4287

  • Assistant Professor of Communication 

Morton is trained as a media historian and has experience in film and video production. His research interests include 20th century propaganda and the history of broadcast radio in the United States. His expertise includes creative writing, sound design, photography, and videography.

He has professional experience with public relations, advertising, and computer-based technical support. He has served as an administrator as the director of one of the largest private scholarship programs in the State of Alabama and in that capacity designed leadership training programs, networking experiences, and revamped organization websites that allowed for the scholarship selection process to be completed entirely online.



joshsmicker.jpgDr. Joshua Smicker
Office: KET 327 
Phone: (704) 645-4554

  • CHAIR, Communication Department
  • Assistant Professor of Communication 

Smicker’s academic research investigates the use of digital media technologies — including video games, virtual reality, and mobile applications — to justify and expand a move towards the self-management of trauma.  His work connects the ways digital technologies are presented as enabling “post-traumatic growth” to changing representations of trauma in film and television, and to shifts in more general discourses of trauma, crisis, and “resilience.”

He has particular interest and expertise in new media, cultural studies, digital cultures, video games/gamer culture, technology and politics, and the horror genre.  His research has been presented and published in numerous national and international conferences (National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Association for Cultural Studies, etc.) and publications (Social Identities, International Journal of Communication, Joystick Soldiers, etc.). 

sarahjackson18.jpgDr. Sarah Jackson
Office: KET 318

  • Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • MA, Louisiana State University
  • BA, Southern Illinois University

Jackson's academic research focuses on experimental use of emerging and obsolete media to critically and aesthetically explore the intersections of memory and place. Jackson specifically focuses on urban and rural landscapes and communities at risk of physical dissolution due to environmental, socioeconomic and cultural factors. She explores how technology can simultaneously preserve and question the permanence of place and the memories and relationships people attach to familiar locations.