Charlotte Norsworthy (ABJ ’19, MA ’20) is a part-time instructor at Grady College and serves as program coordinator for the Cox Institute’s News Literacy Certificate. Norsworthy is also newsroom adviser for The Red & Black Publishing, Co., an independent student media nonprofit that publishes the largest student newspaper in Georgia, provides journalism training, produces year-round daily online news and publishes a family of specialty publications including “UGA 101” and the 50,000-circulation “University of Georgia Visitors Guide.” Prior to joining The Red & Black in 2021, Norsworthy worked for journalistic outfits such as The Outlaw Ocean Project, Bloomberg TV & Radio, National Public Radio and Turner. Norsworthy earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and political science in 2019, and her master’s degree in journalism in 2020.


Tyler was first acquainted with the New Media Institute as an Entertainment and Media Studies student. In order to explore his growing interest in user experience design, development, and all things NMI, he became a member of the inaugural Emerging Media Double Dawg class earning his Emerging Media Masters in 2021. Now Tyler can be found roaming the fourth floor as an NMI admin and the faculty advisor to incoming and returning undergraduate and graduate students in the New Media Certificate. He’s also teaching a variety of New Media courses and helping expand the NMI through the cultivation of industry relations.


Kyla Sterling began her New Media Institute journey in 2018 as an Emerging Media Master’s student. Now, as faculty advisor for the New Media Certificate program, she oversees students’ journeys all the way from recruitment to graduation. In addition, she teaches certificate courses and continues to grow the NMI network by working closely with alumni and corporate partners. Prior to moving to Athens, Sterling taught college writing and literature in the English department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.


Leah Moss serves as the Emerging Media faculty advisor in the New Media Institute. An alumna of the first cohort of the Emerging Media Master’s concentration, Moss now leads the efforts to further develop the rapidly growing program by designing curriculum to match the fast-paced industry and cultivating a culture of innovation. Additionally, Moss plays a valuable role in the New Media Certificate program by teaching a variety of certificate courses and leading communication efforts. Before returning to Grady College, Moss worked at UGA Public Service and Outreach to elevate UGA’s reputation as the state’s flagship, land-grant institution through writing articles, developing project management strategies and coordinating web development. 



Originally from the United Kingdom, Tom Cullen specializes in teaching public relations writing and communication. Cullen also serves as Program Manager to the Crisis Communication Coalition (CCC).

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MFA, Narrative Media Writing, University of Georgia, 2021

M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, 2018

B.A. (Hons), 1st Class, History, University of Liverpool, 2015

Teaching Specialties

As instructor-of-record for ADPR5920: Public Relations Communication, Cullen specializes in teaching students real-world writing skills. Known for taking a holistic approach to student development, Cullen frequently mentors students applying to internships, jobs and graduate school.

In 2021, the College of Journalism and Mass Communication recognized him as its “Public Relations Teacher of the Year.”


About: Chris Gerlach joined the NMI squad as a Graduate Assistant back in 2013 after getting his New Media Certificate during his undergrad. Diving in deep, he took on an array of tasks from web and graphic design to stage prop construction. After graduation, Chris remained on board as an Instructor, and today, he teaches New Media Design, New Media Production, New Media Capstone, and an array of courses in the Emerging Media Master’s concentration! When he’s not in the office or classroom, you can find him in the woods hunting (or can you?), at the IM fields/Ramsey trying to ball, or on his couch beating you in Call of Duty (#nerd).

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