Sybril M. Bennett, Ph.D.
135 Canton Court
Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072
(615) 460-6383 office
(615) 945-8675 cell



2007                                    Harvard University: Management Development Program Fellow. Studied In-depth case studies focused on financial management, diversity, planning, innovation, leadership and change.

1999                                    Vanderbilt University: Peabody College of Education, Nashville, TN

Ph.D., Education and Human Development in Higher Education Administration

1996-1997                        Western Kentucky University: Department of Communication, Bowling Green, KY

Graduate Course work includes: Nonverbal Communication, Quantitative Research in Communication & Theories of Communication

1993                                    Loyola University of Chicago: Graduate School of Education, Chicago, IL

M.Ed., College Student Personnel; Minor: Counseling Psychology

1990                                    Marquette University: College of Communication, Milwaukee, WI

B.A., Communication, Journalism, and Performing Arts

Major: Broadcast and Electronic Journalism; Minor: Philosophy

Teaching Experience:

2007-Present                        Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Tenured Associate Professor of Journalism

2003-2007            Assistant Professor of Journalism

Courses: Teach Journalism Across Multiple Platforms, Business of News Social Media, Online Practicum, Mass Media & Society,  Media & Diversity, Electronic News Gathering  & Freshman First Year Seminar, Broadcast News

  • Advising: Advise approximately 20 students in the program and more than a dozen non-majors
  • Former Internship Coordinator: Coordinate the student internships, maintain contact with media professionals and evaluate student performance
  • Student Development: Took students to Tampa, Florida and New York, NY to visit media properties for Spring Break and take students to professional conferences including the Online News Association and Radio Television Digital News Association Conference.

2006                                    Study Abroad Instructor, Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA)

  • Taught BBC and You Course in London, England, Summer Session

1999-2000                        Tenure-Track Assistant Professor-Electronic Media Journalism

College of Mass Communications-Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

  • Teach Introduction to Mass Media and Radio & TV Newswriting courses
  • Serve on University, College & Department committees

Summer 1996                        Teaching Assistant-Minority Educators’ Development Collaborative

Vanderbilt University/Nashville State Technical Institute, Nashville, TN

  • Encourage members of under-represented groups to teach
  • Co-Instructor for an introductory summer course

1995-1998                        Adjunct Professor-Humanities

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

  • Teach Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Work with adult learners to ensure successful back-to-school transition
  • Advise and counsel students

1995-1997                        Adjunct Professor-Communications

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

  • Teach introductory broadcast journalism and public speaking courses
  • Assist students with obtaining jobs and internships
  • Secure industry professionals to enhance students learning experience

Administrative Experience:

2003-2008            Executive Director, New Century Journalism Program

Belmont University, Nashville, TN

  • Manage budget and resources, secure financial opportunities via fundraising and grant writing, study and conduct research and attend training opportunities on Convergent Media
  • Spokesperson for program in charge of engineering a national campaign to help raise program visibility
  • Act as a liaison between University Departments; civic, government, local and national agencies and media
  • Identify & Recruit Students for Program
  • Manage New Century Journalism Speaker’s Series

2007-2008                        Assistant Director, Teaching Center

One year appointment to assist the Director with faculty lunch discussions, workshops, midcourse reviews and teaching time out grant recipient selection

1998-1999                        Senior Public Affairs Officer &

Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor of Media Relations

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Executive producer for one-hour radio talk show, Teddy Bart Round table &

Commodore Report radio spots           

  • Speech writer for Chancellor & other senior university officials
  • Produce public service announcements & video news releases
  • Write and edit faculty/staff newspaper and other publications
  • Worked with Tipper Gore’s staff on logistics, content and media team for mental health forum/Family ReUnion 8 Planning Committee, Represent Vice Chancellor on university committees
  • Manage special projects, media events, conferences & additional duties as assigned

1997-1999                        Research Associate, MARC Program, Biological Sciences

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

  • Part of research grant to evaluate Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
  • Help create and implement qualitative research design
  • Code and analyze data

1995-1997                        Research Assistant, Peabody Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Contributed to grant proposals, articles, and monographs
  • Worked on Race Related initiatives including Diversity Summit

Summer 1997                        Research Fellow, College of Education

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

  • Create Doctoral Fellows Manual
  • Conduct literature reviews and extensive library research

Media Experience:

2003-2008                        Freelance Reporter

2000-2003                        General Assignment Reporter/Fill-In Anchor

The News Channel 5 Network, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Reporter for daily newscasts
  • Handle live and breaking news, enterprise story ideas,

2003-2007                        Telethon Volunteer Host

1999-2000                        Producer/Reporter-Tennessee Crossroads

WNPT-PBS affiliate, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Generate stories for on-air purposes
  • Produce and write segments
  • Act as on-air host for different shows including telethons & specials

1999-2000 Freelance News Writer/Assignment Editor (CBS)

WTVF-News Channel 5, Nashville Tennessee

  • Write for all newscasts & provide editorial assistance
  • Assign & dispatch crews, monitor scanners
  • Train interns and associate producers           

1999-2001                        Freelance Writer-The Black Collegian & Music & Ministry Magazines

1995-1998 Freelance News Writer/Assignment Editor (CBS)

WTVF-News Channel 5, Nashville Tennessee

  • Write for all newscasts & provide editorial assistance
  • Assign & dispatch crews, monitor scanners
  • Train interns and associate producers                       

1994-1995                        Associate Producer/Weekend Assignment Editor-News Channel 5 (CBS)

WTVF-News Channel 5, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Enterprise story ideas & write for all shows
  • Produce news cut-ins/manage special projects as assigned                       
  • Fill-in producer

1993-1994                        Desk Assistant/Fill-In Assignment Editor (CBS)

WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois

  • Organize ENG/SNG live remotes
  • Train and supervise interns

1991                        Associate Producer (ABC)

WISN-TV, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1989-1990                        Assignment Desk News Trainee (ABC)

WISN-TV, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Professional Development/Fellowships:

2010                                    Convention Program Chair, National Association of Black Journalists, Philadelphia, PA August 3-7.

2010                                    Teagle Teaching Fellow, Part of grant team on Reflective Learning, Wagner College Workshop, Staten, Island, NY, May.

2010            McCormick Foundation Fellow, Associated Press Managing Editors Nashville NewsTrain Workshop

2010                                    Freedom Forum Multimedia Bootcamp, August, 2010

2010                                    Seminar, Online News Association, Smart Phones for Smart Journalists, Freedom Forum, Diversity Institute, Nashville, TN

2010                                    Chair-News Division, Broadcast Education Association

2009                                    Vice Chair-News Division, Broadcast Education Association

2008                                    Coordinator/Presenter, National Association of Black Journalists, Media Institute: Facilitating Change, Two-Day Multimedia Training in Nashville, Tennessee Hosted 22 participants, facilitated speakers, etc.

2008                                    Chair, Online News Association Student Newsroom, Washington, DC

Participated in 9 month planning process and on site execution of newsroom

2008                                    Disney/International Radio Television Society Fellow

Digital Media Summit, Burbank, California

2007                                    American Press Institute, Journalism Educator’s Fellow

Leadership in Disruptive Times, Reston, Virginia

2007                                    Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Fellow

Participated in an intense Leadership training seminar hosted by the faculty at

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana

2005                                    Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship

Radio Television News Directors Foundation/Knight Foundation

4 week Online Producer/On-Air Reporter, CBS, Nashville, Tennessee 5/23-6/18

2005                                    Seminar, Grantwriting, Dr. Bernard Turner, Temple Baptist Church

2004                                    American Press Institute Fellow, Authenticity Retreat for Women Media Executives

2004                                    Poynter Institute, Convergence Educator Fellow

St. Petersburg, Florida

2003                                    Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Digital Story Master Class, American Press Institute

Nashville, Tennessee

2003                                    Faculty Fellow

University of South Carolina Newsplex-Convergent Media Seminar

2000                                    Faculty Fellow-Educational Foundation

National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE)

National Conference, New Orleans, LA January 24-27, 2000

1998                                    Seminar, Introduction to Web Page Construction, Volunteer State Community College,

Gallatin, TN

1998            Selected Participant, AERA Extended Professional Development Course: Embracing the Minority Scholar: Mentoring Publishing and Developing a Research Agenda,

San Diego, CA

1998                                    Selected Participant, AERA Grants Program’s Institute on Statistical

Analysis for Education Policy, San Diego, CA.

2003                                    Faculty Participant

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Convergence Seminar

2003                                    Seminar, Microsoft Power Point Certification, Belmont University,

Nashville, TN


2010                                    The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Marriott Hotel Franklin, TN

Presenter, Innovating Freedom Thriving in Virtual World

2010                                    National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention, San Diego, CA

  • Panelist, Plenary Session with Google VP, David Drummond
  • Panelist, Brand Yourself, Secure Your Survival
  • Producer, Plenary Google Panel and Brown Bag Lunch Session
  • Coordinator & Panelist, Mindset Adjustment, Navigating Multimedia Madness

2010            Presenter, American Association of Colleges & Universities Summer Institute, “Same Messages, Different Audiences: Communicating Your Action Plan in Different Modalities” Vanderbilt University.

2010                                    Presenter, Newspaper Association of America Foundation News Challenge Program, Reno, NV

2010                                    Presenter, New American Colleges & Universities, Summer Institute, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

2010            Keynote Speaker, Minority Writers Seminar, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, Nashville, TN

2010            Webinar Presenter, Radio Television Digital News Foundation & High School Broadcast Journalism, February

2010                                    Panelist, National Association of Black Journalists, Digital Journalism Task Force, Social Media Day,  BlogTalkRadio

2010                                    Broadcast  Education Association, Las Vegas, NV

  • Social Media Seminar with Dr. Barbara Iverson, Columbia College
  • Global Panel addressing Convergence and Curriculum

2009                                    Broadcast  Education Association, Las Vegas, NV

  • Panelist, Second Shift: The Ethics of Retooling the Teacher

Topic: Let’s Use What’s In Our Heads and Hands

  • Moderator, The World is Flat: Diversity, Demographics and Newsroom Dynamics
  • Moderator, The 2008 Disney/IRTS Digital Summit: Faculty Fellows Report

2008                                    Panelist,

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Black Management Association, Creating a Voice: Impact of Minority Owned and Themed Media Properties on the Industry Bottom Line, March 7-9, 2008

2008                                    Presenter, Center for Innovation in College Media, Video Story Tips from a Pro

Vanderbilt University, March 7, 2008

2007            Panelist, Express Yourself!: Branding by Using Current Digital Media Tools National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, August, 2007

2007            Panelist, Digital Journalism Education. National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, August, 2007

2007            Panelist, Journalism Values in a Multimedia World, Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2007

2007                                    Panelist, Southern States Communication Association Conference, Louisville, KY, Changing Technologies and Teaching TV News

2006                                    Panelist, Broadcast Education Association, Annual Convention

Do as I say, not as THEY do!, Las Vegas, Nevada, April, 2006

2005                                    Invited Presenter, Blog South, The Business of Blogging, October, 2005

2005                                    Moderator/Co-Organizer, Blog Nashville, helped host national event for bloggers and moderated panel which included Glenn Reynolds of

2005                                    Panelist, AEJMC Pre-Conference Workshop, Show Me the Money, San Antonio, Texas

2005                                    Moderator/Organizer Online Storytelling: It’s Virtually Everywhere, Presented at National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia

2005                                    Panelist, Airchecks:  Who is Doing What, Where and How in Student Newscasts?

Panelist, Reaching Ethnic Audiences: Strategies for Struggling With Strangers, Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas, Nevada

2004                                    Moderator/Organizer Convergence Seminar, National Association of Black Journalists, Washington, DC UNITY Conference

2003                                    Panelist

Media Use in a Changing Information Environment, Expanding Convergence

University of South Carolina, November

2003                                       Presenter/Facilitator

Digital Dilemma:Colorless Convergence, National Association of Black Journalists Professional Development Seminar,  Sponsored by: Microsoft and Belo


Book Chapters & Book Reviews:

Bennett, S. M. (1999).  Self-segregation: an oxymoron in Black and White.

In K. Freeman (Ed.), The African American Culture and Heritage in Research and Practice. Westport, CT.:Greenwood Publishers. 

Bennett, S. M. (March-April, 1998).  The Education and careers of Black teachers. By A. Osler. (1997). In ACCESS: Improving Diversity in Student Recruiting and Retention.

Magazines: Bennett, S. (August, 2007) Converging Curriculum: Finding the Niche,,

Bennett, S. (April, 2007). Participatory Journalism: Are the Voices of Underrepresented Citizens Being Heard? The Convergence Newsletter, Newsplex at the University of South Carolina.

Bennett, S.M. (Summer, 2006) Living in a Virtual World, Center for Non Profit Management, CNM front & center

Bennett, S.M. (February, 2005) Keeping Up with Convergence.   The RTNDA Communicator

Bennett, S.M. (January, 2005)     Does Metro’s Public Policy Support Ethnic Diversity? Culture Magazine

Bennett, S. M. (July, 2003).  Staking a Claim in the Converged Media World. Black Issues in Higher Education

Bennett, S. M. (February, 2000). CeCe Winans. The Black Collegian Magazine.

Bennett, S. M. (Summer, 2000) Wendy Raquel Robinson. The Black Collegian Magazine

Newspapers, Monographs, Technical Reports & Other Publications:

Bennett, S. Other World Citizens are Multilingual; Why Aren’t We? The Tennessean, Column ran on April 6, 2007.

Bennett, S. M. & Coaxum, J. (2000).  Diversity on Campus: Reports from the field.

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Washington, DC. 

Bennett, S. M. (March, 1999).  Multipurposing.  PR Tactics

Bennett, S. M. (1997).  1998 Summer Doctoral Fellows Manual. Washington State University, Pullman, WA.


2005                                    Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Child Learning Center

Secured Gannett Foundation Grant  $14,600

2005                                    Belmont University, New Century Journalism Program

Ethics and Excellence Foundation, $75,000
To equip broadcast studio

2005                                    Belmont University, New Century Journalism Program

Scripps Howard Foundation, Shop At Home Network, $54,000

Three year project-Summer High School Journalism Camp & Scholarships

2005                                    Belmont University, College of Arts and Sciences

CAS Faculty Development Grant to prepare summer teaching in London, $800

2004                                    Belmont University, New Century Journalism Program

Gannett Foundation, equipment grant for Media Center, $20,000

2004                                    Belmont University, Teaching Center Travel Grant, $500

1998                                    Vanderbilt University, Dissertation Enhancement Grant, $1,793

1998 NASPA/Ford Foundation Diversity Initiative

Principal Investigator, Received $11,500 to conduct research on patterns of Black                                                 student intra- and inter-group interactions.

1998                                       Vanderbilt University,

Dissertation Improvement Grant funded dissertation pilot study, $1,000

Consulting Projects:

2009-Present            Social Media Consultant, Radio Television Digital News Association Foundation, The Oklahoma Multimedia for High School Teachers, July

2008-Present            Social Media Consultant, Harpeth Hall, All-Girls High School, Nashville, TN, 3 Week Winterim Session on Multimedia

2009            Keynote Facilitator-McCormick Tribune

2009            Facilitator, Social Media for National Association of County Officials, July, Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN

2006-Present                    Facilitator, Center for Non Profit Management, Social Media Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, March, 2009

2008                                    Consultant, United Methodist Communications News Service, Nashville, Tennessee

2008                                    Presenter, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Growth Series

2008                                    Presenter, Center for Non-Profit Management, Facilitating Change: Lessons from the

Multimedia Battlefield March 5, 2008.

2007                                    Consultant, Regent University Journalism Faculty, Virginia Beach, VA.

2007                                    Facilitator, The College Student Experience, Meharry Medical College Nashville, TN

2007                                         Consultant, Journal Communications, Inc. Staff Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park

2006                                    Visiting Faculty, Diversity Institute at the First Amendment Center, Taught Multimedia course for Diversity fellows at the Freedom Forum, Nashville, TN

2003                                  Facilitator, Converging Curriculum Meeting, Western Kentucky University Faculty, Bowling Green, Kentucky

1998-2001                        Affiliated Scholar, African American College Choices and Educational Success Study (ACCESS)

1996-1997                        Community Coordinator, Young Kids Literacy Project Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1997                                    Academic Writing Consultant, Graduate Student Retention Project, Speech Pathology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN



Senator-At-Large, Belmont University Faculty Senate, 2010-Present

Chair, Belmont University, Appointments Committee, 2010-Present

Belmont University, Journalism Faculty Search Committee, 2010-Present

Belmont University First Year Seminar, Book Selection Committee 2007-Present

Belmont University School of Social Sciences, Associate Dean Search Committee, 2009-2010

Belmont University, Provost Search Committee, 2009

Belmont University, University-wide TRIAD Committee 2005-2009

Belmont University, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, 2003-2009

Belmont University, Entrepreneurship Faculty Search Committee 2007-08

Belmont University First Year Seminar, Film Selection Committee 2007

Belmont University Honors Program Faculty Search Committee 2007

Belmont University, Media Studies Faculty Search Committee 2007

Belmont University, Minority Task Force, 2003-2007

Belmont University, College of Arts and Sciences, External Resources Committee, 2004-2008

Belmont University, College of Arts and Sciences, Web Implementation Committee, 2005-06

Department of Radio-TV/Photography Chair Selection Committee, MTSU, 1999-2000

Department of Radio-TV/Photography Faculty Search Committee, MTSU, 1999-2000

MTSU Faculty Senate Committee on Student Affairs, 1999-2000

Women’s Center Advisory Board, Vanderbilt University, 1999-2000

Co-Chair Speakers Committee, MTSU African American History Month Committee, 1999-2000

MTSU African American History Month & Unity Luncheon Committees, 1999-2000

Chair, PR Committee, Southeastern Higher Education Student Symposium, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Member & Presenter, Committee for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, 1997

Vanderbilt Campus Coordinator, ISM Multimedia Diversity Summit, 1996

Presenter, Vanderbilt University Student Leaders Conference, 1996

Additional Professional Service:

Member, Tennessee State University Advisory Board, Nashville, TN

Committee Member, Online News Association, 2008 & 2009, Conference Planning Committee

Board of Directors, Vanderbilt University Student Communications, Inc. 2003-Present

Test Monitor, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, 2003-Present

Paper Reviewer, Broadcast Education Association, News Division 2008

Judge, Mid-South Emmy Awards, WZTV (FOX) Affiliate, 2007

Moderator, Tennessee College Public Relations Association, April, 2006 New Media Panel.

Research Paper Reviewer, Radio Division, Broadcast Education Association, April, 2006

Research Paper Reviewer, MAC Division, AEJMC Spring 2005

Planning Committee, Preview Forum, National think tank initiative funded by the Ford Foundation.  This year’s focus is on news. 2005

Tape Analyst Critiqued tapes for students and professionals for RTNDF at  NABJ Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005

Facilitator/Committee Member Preview Forum, Scarritt Bennett National Event to Raise Media Awareness

funded by the Ford Foundation 2005

Presenter, Journalism Camp, David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, 2004

Moderator, Middle Tennessee State Minority Internship Workshop, Freedom Forum, Diversity Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, 2003

Coordinator, Belmont-Nashville Association of Black Journalists-Maplewood High School Project 2004-2005

Grant Committee, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church Child Learning Center, 2003-2005

Facilitator, Media Training and Placement Strategies,  Living Word Church, Brentwood, Tennessee 2000

Discussant, ASHE Annual Conference, San, Antonio Texas 1999

Facilitator, Family Re-Union 8-Family and Community, Hosted by: Vice President Al Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore


Manuscript Review, Focal Press Broadcast Announcing Text, 1999

Proposal Reviewer, Association for the Study of Higher Education Symposia, 1999

Proposal Reviewer, ASHE Research/Scholarly Papers, 1999

Proposal Reviewer, American Educational Research Association Division J, 1999

Proposal Reviewer, Doctoral Student Panel, Black Caucus of AAHE, 1998 & 1999

Chair, Graduate Student Higher Education Faculty Search Committee, 1998

Proposal Reviewer, AERA Division G, 1998

Proposal Reviewer, Focused Dialogue, ASHE, 1997


Judge, Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee, 2009, 2010

Judge, Nashville Area Chapter NAACP-ACTSO Awards, 2007

Volunteer, Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee, Belmont University, 2007

Emcee, Nashville Area Chapter NAACP, Officer Installation Ceremony 2007

Co-Emcee, Little Miss AKA Pageant, Nashville, Tennessee, 2006

Member, Leadership Nashville Alumni Association and Help with new class, 2006-present

Member, The Women’s Fund, The Community Foundation, 2006-Present

Member, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, Public Relations Committee, 2006-Present

Member, R. H. Boyd Leadership Society, The United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Mentor student at W.A. Bass Middle School 2005- Present

Member, Rotary Club, Program Committee, 2006

Advisory Board, The Greater Nashville Chapter of the MBA Association 2005

Member, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Technology Committee, I was selected to sit on this committee to help Nashville be better prepared to serve visitor’s technological needs. After several meetings and e-mail exchanges, our team made recommendations to the NCVB board.

Member, Technology & Research Committee, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2004

V.I.P Speaker, CEO Academy, 2004

Cluster Leader, YMCA Black Achievers Program, 1999-2000

Committee Member, Public Relations, Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1999-2000

Board Member, Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1995-97

Other Selected Presentations:

Bennett, S. M. (2000). Media Training for Student Affairs 101. Presented at

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.  Indianapolis, IN.

Bennett, S. M. (1999).  The more things change, the more they stay the same: Black

student experiences on predominantly White campuses. Presented at The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, New Orleans, LA.

Bennett, S. M. (1998).  Summer minority doctoral fellowship programs: experiential

Accounts. Presented at the Keeping Our Faculties Conference, Minneapolis, MN. 

Bennett, S. M. (1998).  ASHE newcomer’s session & graduate student Round table: The

transition from course work to dissertation. Presented at the Association for the Study

of Higher Education, Miami, Florida.

Bennett, S. M. & Coaxum, J. (1998).  Black student patterns of intra- & inter-group

patterns on a predominantly White campus: On fertile ground for empirical inquiry.

Presented at National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Philadelphia, PA.

Bennett, S. M. (1997).  An in-depth analysis of self-segregation on predominantly White

campuses: toward a conceptual framework to improve race relations. Poster session presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bennett, S. M. (1997).  You can’t speak for me, I have a voice of my own: an

ethnographic research project on the Black student experience. 90 minute session

presented at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, Orlando, FL.

Bennett, S. M. (1997).  Being Black on a predominantly White campus: an identity

crisis in progress. Poster session presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Alexander-Snow, M. D., Bennett, S. M., Coaxum, J., Cohen, R., Freeman, K., &

McGruder, J. A. (1995).  The African American culture in research and practice.

Round table presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Orlando, FL.

Keynote Lectures/Presentations:

2010                        Keynote Speaker, Social Media for Women, Fisk University, Nashville, TN

2008                        Presenter, Urban League Young Professionals, Nashville, Tennessee

2006            Keynote Speaker, Statewide, International Assn. of Administrative Professionals, Murfreesboro, TN

2005                        Keynote Speaker, Reading is the Foundation for Learning, Lee Chapel A.M.E. Nashville, TN

2005                        Keynote Speaker, International Assn. of Administrative Professionals, Murfreesboro, TN

2005                        Presenter, Black MBA Association

2005                    Keynote Speaker, YMCA Black Achievers Banquet, Middle Tennessee YMCA

2004 Keynote Speaker at Tennessee State University, Ethics Conference for students

2004                    Featured Speaker for TSU at the Administrative Professionals Day

2004-2006            Featured Presenter, Middle Tennessee Scholastic Press Association for 400 high school students Television News Reporting/Convergence Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

2004                        Pastor’s Anniversary Banquet Speaker, Elevated Baptist Church, Franklin, KY

2004                        Black History Month Speaker, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Grove, KY

2003                        Black History Month Speaker, Elevated Baptist Church, Franklin, KY

2002                        Preparing to be a Broadcaster. National Broadcasting Society.

Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

2002                        Diversity in the Newsroom. Student Journalism Conference.

The Tennessean Newspaper, Nashville, TN

2000                        Black on Black Crime in the Academy. African American Studies Lecture Series,

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 

1999                        Blackness in the 21st Century. African American Studies Lecture Series,

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

1998                        Diversity Week Speaker, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Honors and Awards:

2005, Selected for Leadership Nashville, a prestigious civic organization

2005 The Tennessean (Gannett-owned Nashville local daily) Top 40 under 40 Leadership Recognition

2002 NATAS Emmy Award Spot News Coverage-Metro Police Officer Standoff

2001 NATAS Emmy Award The News Channel 5 Weekend Report-Tornado Coverage

Summer Research Fellow, Washington State University, 1997

Student Leadership Development Scholar, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, 1997

Doctoral Panelist, Black Caucus of the American Association for Higher Education, 1997

Service Award, Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1997

Presenter, Graduate Student Research Day, Vanderbilt University, 1997

Service Award, Committee on Ethnic Participation, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 1996

Service Award, NAACP, Murfreesboro, TN, 1995

Senior Award, Marquette University, Office of Student Affairs, 1990

Outstanding Senior Award, Marquette University, Multicultural Center, 1990

Student Leadership Award, Marquette University, Multicultural Center, 1987-1989

Creative Productions:

Producer, YMCA Black Achievers, Communications Cluster, Video Project

Telethon Host, WNPT Annual Membership Drive, PBS, Nashville, TN

Producer, The 14th-17th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards Pre-Show

Host, Seeking Solutions, One-time Community Show for PBS affiliate, Nashville, TN

Executive Producer, Vanderbilt University PSA “A Special Place” Nationally Televised Commercial

Producer, Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, “Something to Believe In” Fundraising Video

Producer, Vanderbilt University, Peabody Campus, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Historical Video

Professional Affiliations:

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
Radio & Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Online News Association (ONA)

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