Debra VanTuyll

Professor

Debra VanTuyll

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Communication

Bio

Van Tuyll holds the Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of South Carolina. Her teaching and research interests extend from journalism history to how music communicates through cultural filters and can be used in healing.

  • (706) 729-2183
  • AH E119

Education

  • Ph.D., Journalism University of South Carolina -, 2000

  • MA, Journalism University of Alabama, 1980

  • BA, English Language and Literatur University of Montevallo, 1978

Certifications

  • Healthy Congregations Healthy Congregations, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History American Journalism Historians Association, 2019

  • Honorable Mention, William David Sloan Award for Outstanding Faculty Research Paper American journalism Historians Association, 2018

  • Palmegiano Award for Outstanding International/Transnational Journalism History Research American journalism Historians Association, 2018

  • Award of Excellence Symposium on the 19th Century Press, Civil War and Free Expression, 2017

  • Award of Excellence Augusta University/Center for Teaching and Learning, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • COMM 4950

    Adv Spec Topics in Comm
  • COMM 3020

    Adv Media Writing
  • COMM 4970

    Capstone
  • INQR 1000

    Fund. of Academic Inquiry
  • COMM 3600

    Public Relations Practices
  • COMM 4000

    Communication Law and Ethics
  • COMM 3060

    History of Mass Media
  • COMM 4990

    Undergraduate Student Research: Undergraduate Research

Teaching Interests

Journalism history, media law and ethics, public relations, graphic design, photography, research, writing.

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Opening New Doors: Researching Unfamiliar or Under-Studied Areas of Journalism History, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • “’Wild Irishmen,’ The Alien and Sedition Acts and America’s First ‘Wall’,”, 2019
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • “The ‘Irrepressible Conflict’ and the Press in the Late Antebellum Period,, 2019
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • “The Fire-Eating Charleston Mercury: Stoking the Flames of Secession and Civil War, 2019
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • True Facts in a Post-Truth Era, 2019
    Journal Article, In-House Journal

Research Interests

Journalism history, media law and ethics, public relations history, music and communciations

Department Service

  • Comm Department J-Day 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Search Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Chair search committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Pamplin College Faculty Council 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2018 - Present

College Service

  • Curriculum and Academic Policies 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Invitation from Dean Clark 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Humanities Revision Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pamplin College P&T Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • 3MT 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Innovative Teaching Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Intrafaculty Communication Subcommittee/Faculty Senate 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Information Technology 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • 3MT 2019 - Present

    Role: Other

Professional Service

  • Transnational Journalism History Conference 2020 - Present

    Role: Workshop Organizer
  • 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Book
  • 2019 - Present

Public Service

  • Southeastern AJHA Colloquium 2019 - Present

    Role: Session Chair
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans Richmond County Camp 2019 - Present

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • St. Andrews Society of Aiken 2018 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans - Edisto Island Chapter 2018 - Present

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • Grovetown High School 2017 - Present

    Role: Other