2018-2019 Faculty Accomplishments

Media Arts and Design

SMAD faculty are highly productive and routinely submit their creative work and research to competitions and conferences for adjudication. Following are the accomplishments and honors that have accrued for peer-reviewed work during 2018-2019:

  • Dr. Steve Anderson received a Best of Competition award for his website design in the Broadcast Education Association's CSS Grid Layout Category.
  • Professor Nefin Dinc is a producer of the documentary Jiyan: Inside the Women’s Army, which screened on television in Portugal, Austria, and Germany during 2018-19.
  • Dr. Dolores Flamiano presented "'You Shudder at the Picture’: Anti-Lynching Graphics in the Richmond Planet, 1891-1917" to the American Journalism Historians Association.
  • Professor Mike Grundmann's 2018 documentary Breaking Free received a Bronze in the Telly Awards, a Silver from the Mindfield Film Festival, and an Award of Recognition in the IndieFEST Film Awards.
  • Dr. Chen Guo's manuscript "Cognitive Processing of Information Visualization" was published in the Springer Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games. She also is lead author of "A User Study to Examine the Different Approaches in the Computer-aided Design Process," a paper to be presented at the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in July 2019. In addition, she has applied for a patent on technology she has developed.A data visualization project developed with Dr. Nan Zheng has received a second-place award in the Creative Research Competition, Visual Communication Division, at the 2019 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Racial Undertones in Advertising: Lack of Diversity Divides Us, an interactive website developed by Professor Shelly Hokanson and Dr. Tale' Mitchell received an Award of Excellence from both the Communicator Awards and the Broadcast Education Association.
  • Professor Adrienne Hooker's SMAD branding work received a Communicator Award of Distinction as well as three honorable mentions in the Indigo Awards competition. In addition, in collaboration with Professor David Wang, who designed websites for these projects, Professor Hooker's design work on a jewelry brand received a bronze in the Communicator Awards and two honorable mentions in the Indigo Awards, and a project titled "For HHS2: Future of Rocktown" received a Communicator Award of Distinction.
  • Dr. Gwyneth Mellinger published “An Idea Before Its Time: Charles S. Johnson, Negro Columnist” in the Journal of Human and Civil Rights 4, 2 (Fall 2018). The article received the 2019 Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Award for Media & Civil Rights History from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mellinger also received two top faculty paper awards for “The AP and the Negro Identifier: An Ideological Battle for Journalism Standards," presented to the American Journalism Historians Association, and won a second-place faculty paper award for a paper accepted to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's 2019 conference.
  • A screenplay by Professor Imelda O'Reilly, We're the Kids in America, won Best of Competition from the Broadcast Education Association and an honorable mention from the Stowe Story Labs. In addition, her screenplay Rosemary was nominated for Best Short Screenplay at the Genre Celebration Film Festival.
  • Professor Shaun Wright's 2018 documentary Valley Girl is an official peer-reviewed selection for the 2019 University Film and Video Conference’s media competition.

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Published: Monday, September 2, 2019

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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