Faculty

Dr. Keith Semmel Professor / Department Chair / General Manager, WCCR 94.5 FM (Campus Radio)
Office:GCR 110
Phone:606.539.4494
Email:keith.semmel@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Keith Semmel joined the University of the Cumberlands’ faculty in 1990 and was named Chairman of the newly formed Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in 1998.

He earned his B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Mansfield University in 1976. At Bowling Green State University, he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D in Interpersonal and Public Communication in 1977 and 1980, respectively.
Dr. Semmel’s particular interests and areas of research include mass media, film, radio broadcasting, animation, and popular culture.

Since 2004, Dr. Semmel has served as the faculty advisor and general manager of WCCR, the university’s radio station.

Courses Taught

COMM 131 Introduction to Mass Media
COMM 338 Radio Broadcasting
COMM 431 Film I: The Silent Era
COMM 435 Film II: The Golden Age
COMM 438 Film III: The Modern Age
COMM 439 Film IV: Contemporary Film
COMM 490 Religion and Film
COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: Animation
COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: The Beatles
Publications

“The Beatles,” entry in Dictionary of Literary Influences. Greenwood Press, 2004.

"Harold Lloyd," entry in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska, 2004.

"Steven Spielberg" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark,” entries in The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Bowling Green Popular Press, 2001.

"American Popular Music and the 1980s: Coming to Terms with Vietnam." Upsilonian. Vol. 6, 1994

Honors and Awards

2006 “A Teacher Who Made a Difference,” presented by University of Kentucky College of Education.

2005 “Excellence In Teaching Award,” University of the Cumberlands.

2001 “John Broome Honored Professor Award,” for dedication and support of the student body at the University of the Cumberlands.


Mr. Jay Bourne Associate Professor, Director of Forensics (Debate & Individual Events)
Office:GCR 113
Phone:606.539.4458
Email:jay.bourne@ucumberlands.edu

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Jay Bourne earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and Philosophy, and a minor in Baptist Studies (Oxford Program), from Carson Newman College in 1993. This was followed by a master of arts in communications with a speech emphasis from Morehead State University in 1996. He was also recognized as the Outstanding Graduate in Communication Arts. His thesis was entitled “Accounts and self image: A pilot study.” Jay joined the faculty at University of the Cumberlands in 2004, and is currently an associate professor and Director of the Speech and Debate team.

Jay Bourne received over 80 awards in speech and debate as a student, including multiple state and national championships. As a coach, Jay has coached students that received over 1,000 awards collectively, and 14 national champions. He was chosen as the Kentucky Forensics Association coach of the year in 2005. He has also served multiple positions with the Kentucky Forensics Association, National Parliamentary Debate Association, National Forensics Association, and National Christian College Forensics Association. Currently, he is province governor for Southeast United States for Pi Kappa Delta, the oldest national speech honorary organization.

Jay's research interests include the usage and types of accounts employed in remedial situation, the effects of gender on participation in speech and debate, and communication skills used with and taught to disabled students, in particular those with Down Syndrome.

Courses Taught

COMM 230. Introduction to Public Speaking
COMM 232. Interviewing
COMM 333. Argumentation and Debate
COMM 412. Forensics (Competitive Speech and Debate)
COMM 436. Coaching and Managing Forensics Programs
Publications and Papers

“Eddie Myers and his influence on forensics: a colleague perspective”, Southern states communication Association annual conference (Baton Rouge, April 2005)

“An old dog with new tricks: Campus debates and the potential to increase visibility of forensics programs”, Southern states communication association annual conference (Birmingham, April 2003).

“The use of delayed audio feedback response as innovation in forensics”, National communication association annual conference (New Orleans, November 2002).

“Using the media ideology analysis paper in the basic communication course” Kentucky communication association annual conference (Carrolton, September 2002).

“Gary Condit and Chandra Levy: A case study of conflict and the conversational dilemma”, Southern states communication association annual conference (Winston Salem, April 2002).

“Gaining a foothold on the future: Assessing the state association’s role in developing and promoting on line communication courses” National communication association annual conference (Atlanta, November 2001).

“Debating the debates: Assessing the value of televised presidential debates in producing an informed electorate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (Lexington, April 2001).

“Debating the merits of distance learning in the communication classroom.” Southern states communication association conference (Lexington, April 2001).

“Experimental ideas in tournament scheduling.” Southern states communication association annual conference (New Orleans, April 2000).

“Conservative radio and campaign 2000.” Southern states communication association annual conference (New Orleans, April 2000).

“Gender communication in the classroom.” National communication association annual conference (Chicago, November 1999).

“Coaching forensics and maintaining close outside relationships: Reality or fantasy?” Southern states communication association annual conference (St. Louis, April 1999).

“Experimental events for forensic tournaments.” Southern states communication association annual conference (St. Louis, April 1999).

“More than Mars and Venus? An examination of masculinity and femininity in extemporaneous speaking.” National communication association annual conference (New York City, November 1998).

“Teaching interpersonal communication with film: A look at In the Company of Men.” Kentucky communication association annual conference (Jenny Wiley State Park, September 1998).

“A marriage made in heaven: examining the topic selection process for national forensic association Lincoln Douglas debate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“Going it alone: Identifying methods used to encourage growth in NFA Lincoln Douglas debate.” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North: Voices more conservative than Rush Limbaugh?” Southern states communication association annual conference (San Antonio, April 1998).

“Examining issues of relational transition in Ransom.” Kentucky communication association conference (Pennyrile State Park, September 1997).

“The clock is ticking: Issues of race and discrimination in A Time to Kill.” Kentucky communication conference (Pennyrile State Park, September 1997).

“To speak or not to speak: Using prepared speeches in the communication classroom.” Southern states communication association annual conference (Savannah, April 1997).

“Square pegs in round holes: The role of expanding criteria and rewarding creativity in balancing the mission and practice of prepared speeches.” Pi Kappa Delta national professional development conference (Cincinnati, March 1997).

“Creating forceful public speakers through classroom training in debate and forensics.” Kentucky communication association conference (Lake Cumberland, September 1996).

“Icebreakers: Traveling the arctic without getting frostbite.” Kentucky communication association conference (Lake Cumberland, September 1996) [published in proceedings]

“The teaching portfolio: How to get the most out of the graduate teaching assistant experience.” Kentucky communication association conference (Frankfurt, September 1995).

Other Invited Presentations
“Using CPS (classroom performance system) technology equipment in the classroom.” Asbury college teaching and learning technology roundtable presentation (April 2004).

“A tradition of excellence: The history of speech and debate at Asbury College.” Asbury college brown bag series presentation (October 2003).

“You can do it: Judging at middle school speech tournaments.” Beaumont middle school (Lexington, October 2003).

“Coaching limited preparation and speaking events for middle and high school forensic programs.” Kentucky education speech and drama association (Lexington, September 2003).

“William Rushbrooke: A vision of the future for world Baptists.” Asbury college brown bag series presentation (March 2003).


Ms. Jordyne Carmack Assistant Professor
Office:GCR 204-C
Phone:606.539.4528
Email:jordyne.carmack@ucumberlands.edu

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Jordyne Carmack earned her B.S. in Communication Arts and Theatre Arts at University of the Cumberlands in 2008, followed by an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University in 2014. She joined the faculty of University of the Cumberlands in 2015, after teaching adjunct for two years. Her specialties and passions include digital communication, social media, print marketing, graphic design, and advertising.
 

Courses Taught:

COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
IDC131 Introduction to Integrated Digital Communication
IDC 230 Audience Insight
IDC 231 Creative Strategy in Advertising
IDC 330 21st Century Communication: Social Media

Dr. Michael Dickman Professor
Office:GCR 112
Phone:606.539.4442
Email:michael.dickman@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Michael Dickman earned a B.S. in General Studies at Southeast Missouri State University in 1982, followed by an M.A. in Speech Communication at Wichita State University in 1985. He joined the faculty of Cumberland College in 1993 and, while teaching full time and directing the Forensics Team, he began work on a doctorate in Philosophy of Communication at Southern Illinois University, successfully defending his thesis in 1997.

Dr. Dickman has been honored with awards for his work with students in competitive debate. In 1988, he was named Top Debate Coach at Duke University, and in 1996 he was recognized as Top Debate Critic at a tournament at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has served as Vice President for the Kentucky Forensics Association and is presently a member of the National Communication Association.

Courses Taught

COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
COMM 232 Interviewing
COMM 332 Small Group Communication
COMM 333 Argumentation and Debate
COMM 412, 413, 414 Forensics (Competitive Speech and Debate)
COMM 434 Communication Theory


Mr. Jeremiah Massengale Assistant Professor, Director of Journalism, Faculty Advisor for The Patriot (Campus Newspaper)
Office:GCR 109
Phone:606.539.4527
Email:jeremiah.massengale@ucumberlands.edu

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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 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.
Additionally, he has 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.
Courses Taught

COMM 131 Introduction to Mass Media
COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
COMM 231 Print and Web Journalism
COMM 233 Communication Graphics
COMM 336 Writing for the Mass Media
COMM 339 Media Law
COMM 416 Journalism Practicum
JOUR 130 Introduction to Journalism and Public Relations
JOUR 330 Editing and Layout for Print
JOUR 430 Media, Technology, and Society
JOUR 431 New Media and Online Content
Publications and Presentations

"Obesity in the News: A Multi-Year Framing Analysis in Three News Magazines." By Cheryl Ann Lambert, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Waylon Marcum, Jeremiah Massengale, and Scott Wells. International Communication Association Annual Meeting, May 2007.


Dr. Kimberly Miller Associate Professor, Artistic Director of UC Theatre
Office:
Phone:606.539.4443
Email:kim.miller@ucumberlands.edu

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Ms. Jamey Temple Associate Professor
Office:Bennett Building
Phone:606.539.4603
Email:jamey.temple@ucumberlands.edu

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Jamey Temple joined the department of English and Modern Foreign Languages full time in 2008 after having taught in the department on an adjunct basis. Prior to joining the English faculty, Ms. Temple worked in the University’s offices of Media Relations and Sports Information. In addition to teaching various English classes, Ms. Temple is the managing editor of the student and alumni journal Pensworth.

Ms. Temple earned her BS in Communication Arts at University of the Cumberlands in 2003 and her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University in 2007.

Courses Taught

ENGL 130 - Fundamentals of College Writing
ENGL 131 - English Composition I
ENGL 132 - English Composition II
ENGL 239 – Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 339 – Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 340—Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 341—Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 404 – Integrated Studies: The Wounded Storyteller
ENGL 440—Advanced Fiction Writing
ENGL 441—Advanced Poetry
ENOL 550 – Creative Writing

Publications

Ms. Temple’s prose and poetry have appeared in several publications including Kudzu, Still: The Journal, Kentucky Monthly, The Path, and Repurposed Magazine.  Her chapbook was a finalist for Newfound Journal’s Prose Prize in 2016, and her short story “Keeping House” was nominated for Best of the Net.


Ms. Marianne Worthington Associate Professor
Office:GCR 111
Phone:606.539.4471
Email:marianne.worthington@ucumberlands.edu

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Ms. Marianne Worthington, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, is an alumna of Carson-Newman College, having earned a B.A. in Communication Arts in 1984. She completed an M.A. in Speech Communication at Ball State University in 1985 and joined the faculty of Cumberland College in 1990.

Ms. Worthington is an active scholar of Appalachian studies and is presently the Reviews Editor of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. She chairs the Advisory Board for the Center for Educational Service to Appalachia, based at Carson-Newman College. Her professional memberships reflect her multiple areas of interest: she is a member of the Appalachian Studies Association, the Appalachian Writers Association, the Kentucky Communication Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the Southern Humanities Council, and Popular Culture in the South.

Courses Taught

COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 230 Introduction to Public Speaking
COMM 332 Small Group Communication
COMM 337 Communication Criticism
COMM 432 Theories of Persuasion
COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: Communication, Culture, and Gender

Publications and Presentations

"Constancy and Change: The Appalachian Community in the Short Stories of Chris Holbrook and Elaine Fowler Palencia," Appalachian Studies Association, March 2001.

Organizer and Moderator: "Listening to the Voices of the Mountains: Readings by Four Appalachian Authors," Appalachian Studies Association, March 2001.

"Home Schooling," Mossy Creek Reader 10 (2001): 18-24.

Review of Among Believers, by Ron Rash. Appalachian Heritage 28.4 (2000): 61-64.

"Chronicle." Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 17.3 (2000): 21.

Review of Brier Country: Stories from Blue Valley, by Elaine Fowler Palencia. Appalachian Heritage 28.2. (2000): 66-70.

"Setting Kentucky Straight: The Short Fiction of Chris Offutt and Chris Holbrook." Mossy Creek Reader 9 (2000): 41-49.

Review of Creeker: A Woman’s Journey, by Linda Scott DeRosier. Appalachian Heritage 28.1 (2000): 61-64.

"’Pleasure Out of Telling’: The Use and Function of Voice Poems in the Adult Fiction of George Ella Lyon," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2000.

"Interview with Scott Russell Sanders, 9th Annual Palmer Lecturer at Cumberland College," Television Interview produced for TV-3 Williamsburg, Ky, October 2000.

"Women and Appalachian Literature," Lecture presented to Appalachian Culture Class, Cumberland College, September 2000.

Review of To Leave My Heart at Cattletsburg, by Billy C. Clark. Appalachian Heritage 27.4 (1999): 74-75.

Review of The Chinese Poet Awakens, by Jeff Daniel Marion. Appalachian Heritage 27.1 (1999): 50-54.

Review of Home Fires, by Linda Parsons. Appalachian Heritage 25.3 (1997): 68-70.

"Junk Mail, MTV, Soap Operas and the Contemporary Persuasion Class." Building for the Future: Proceedings of the 1996 Kentucky Communication Association Annual Conference, September 20-21, 1996. Ed. Kevin T. Jones. Azusa, CA: Azusa Pacific University, January 1997. 4-9.