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UC Faculty Member Jeremiah Massengale Earns Promotion


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) professor Mr. Jeremiah Massengale has been promoted to assistant professor of Communications as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at UC.

Jeremiah Massengale earned a B.S. in Communication Arts and Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands. He earned his M.S. in Communication and Information with an emphasis in Converging Media from the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

While studying at UT, Massengale was employed as a graduate assistant where his duties included working for the Tennessee High School Press Association and doing research for the compilation, James Agee: Selected Journalism. He has also worked as a research coder as a part of a quantitative academic investigation of offensive language on primetime television.

Massengale has also worked as an editor and online content producer for the Tennessee Journalist. More recently, Massengale has served as a freelance writer and copy editor for sources like Collide Magazine and Demand Studios.

Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at the University of the Cumberlands in 2007, he taught courses in speech communication as an adjunct professor at both UC and Lincoln-Memorial University.

Currently, Massengale serves as the director of UC’s Journalism and Public Relations program. He is also the faculty adviser for The Patriot, the official student newspaper of the University of the Cumberlands.

He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Intercollegiate Online News Network, College Media Advisers, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the IJPC (Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture) Associates.

The requirements for promotion at UC include effective teaching, substantial professional growth and a required number of years of service, among other things. To be tenured, a professor must exhibit evidence of distinction, promise of continued growth and assurance that the faculty will be strengthened far into the future. Tenure is usually given after seven years of full time service at the university, and after having been promoted to Associate Professor.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Tabitha Bradley, University of the Cumberlands Multi-Media and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant