Current News and Events

Department Events

East Tennessee State University and the Mass Communication divisions want you to think globally. Introducing our semester Study Abroad program at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy .

This is a fully accredited American University. All classes are in English. Get the experience of a lifetime AND BUILD YOUR RESUME. Scholarships are available. Contact for more information!

Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser 

Please come and join the ETSU Forensics and Debate Council for a fundraising event at Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday April 1st 2014, between the times of 4pm and 11pm. Just get a ticket, from a coach or team member, and present it to your server before you order. The Forensics and Debate Council will receive 15% with no extra cost to you. So please come and support the ETSU Forensics and Debate Council and enjoy a wonderful meal at Buffalo Wild Wings in Johnson City.

 Contact or for tickets! 

Faculty Awards, Research & Appearances
  • Laughton Messmer's award for the 2012-2013 Non-Regular Faculty Award in Arts & Sciences was given this May. In directing the ETSU Forensics & Debate Council, he does magnificent work for the department, students, and the university.     
  • Dr. Stephen Marshall's research grant for studies on Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Market Mental Health Services was awarded.  
  • Shara Lange's documentary Banjo Romantika will be screened this November at the Virginia Film Festival. 

  • Dr. Andrew Herrmann's article "Daniel Amos and me: The power of pop culture and autoethnography" is the lead article in the premiere issue of Popular Culture Studies Journal. Dr. Andrew Herrmann, an assistant professor of communication at East Tennessee State University, is a pop culture nut who has been a fan of the zombie-horror-vampire genre for as long as he can remember.

  • Herb Parker's book, Bark like a dog! Outrageous ideas for actors, is featured in the ETSU Accent! 
Other faculty like Dr. Kelly Dorgan, Dr. Andrew Dunn, and Dr. Wesley Buerkle, to name a few, are at varying stages of important research/scholarly projects. Updates coming soon!
Student News, Research & Appearances



Two Professional Communication graduates, Melissa Wilson and Xueyi Li, are featured in this issue of Illuminated!

Division Events


New films & documentaries by ETSU students

Tuesday, April 8th @ 7pm

The Radio/TV/Film Program at East Tennessee State University is pleased to present the second annual MADE IN EAST TENNESSEE screening featuring new films and documentaries. All ticket sales go towards the Tom Headley Student Production Award. Tickets go on sale March 21st at Real to Reel Cinemas. Tickets are $3.00. Seating is limited.

Real to Reel is located at:
130 W. Springbrook Drive (Behind Peerless Restaurant) Johnson City, Tennessee


 Re-Generation, the Johnson City Story Slam, will be held on Fri., Mar. 21, 2014 at Nelson Fine Art Gallery, 324 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN, at 8:00 p.m. Theme: Crossing Borders). Admission is FREE, with a voluntary suggested donation of $5 - $10.

For more information please contact:
ETSU TaleTellers, 423-439-7606,


Forensics Tournament at Northeast State

The ETSU Forensics and Debate Council competed at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, March 22 in a novice debate tournament. Paige Taylor and James Springer advanced to the semi-final round, placing fourth overall in the tournament. Brooke Maynor-Rayfield and Molly Ellson also advanced to the semi-final round, placing third overall.

Awards were also given out to the top individual speakers. Brooke Maynor-Rayfield received 3rd place, Molly Ellson received 5th place, and Paige Taylor received 8th place.

Congratulations to all of our members for having an excellent day of competition!