Grady College to recognize its Outstanding Teachers of the Year

Four Grady College faculty members have been chosen by their peers to receive the special distinction of 2013 Teacher of the Year.

They are Keith Herndon (ABJ '82), a visiting professor of journalism; Juan Meng, an assistant professor of public relations; Elli Roushanzamir, an associate professor of advertising; and Chris Shumway, an academic professional of telecommunications.

“In a college renowned for great teaching, this year's recipients earned the praise of their colleagues for their tireless devotion to student learning,” said Dean Charles Davis. “These honored educators pour their heart and soul into teaching, not only in the classroom but in the equally important moments in the hallways and in faculty offices, where their devotion to students really pays off. We are a better college because of them all.”

Herndon teaches media management, media ethics, news writing and reporting. He also directs a media leadership program, a partnership of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership and the Poynter Institute.

“Dr. Herndon is a wonderful teacher, a creative, enthusiastic and energetic colleague,” remarked Janice Hume, Department of Journalism head. “We are lucky to have him here at Grady.”

Tom Reichert, head of the Advertising and Public Relations Department, said both Meng and Roushanzamir “are off the chart when it comes to teaching effectiveness and making a significant difference in the lives of our students.”

Meng teaches public relations courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include strategic leadership in public relations, leadership development process, and multinational corporates' reputation and knowledge management strategies in emerging markets.

“Students appreciate Dr. Meng integrating her leadership research into her courses,” Reichert commented. “Her research informs her teaching and leads to cutting-edge best practices for the students.”

While Roushanzamir's primary teaching interests are advertising and society, message strategy and theory, her research focuses on critical cultural studies, particularly the relationships between media images and media political-economy.

Roushanzamir forms meaningful connections with her students, according to Reichert.

“They appreciate her personal approach and say it enhances their motivation to learn,” he explained. “She is able to effortlessly transition from an introductory undergraduate class to an advanced doctoral course.”

Shumway teaches digital and broadcast news production. He is an Apple Certified Pro and a Certified Instructor for Avid Media Composer. He also serves as the facilities manager for the Department of Telecommunications.

“Professor Shumway is a gifted mentor and teacher at every level,” said Ann Hollifield, head of the Department of Telecommunications. “He draws upon his extensive professional experience in the industry to help students develop their understanding of visual, multi-platform storytelling. He is an innovation leader in a time of change, and our students and his colleagues are grateful for all that he has brought to the Department.”

The Outstanding Teachers of the Year will receive awards during a gathering of faculty and staff on April 29.

Date: April 11, 2014
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  Sarah Freeman,