Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Mass Communication, The University of Southern Mississippi, December 2014
“The (Not So) New Normal: A Queer Critique of LGBT Characters and Themes in Primetime Network Television Situational Comedies.”
Successfully defended October 8, 2014
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Campbell
 
M.A. Communication, University of South Alabama, May 2011
“‘When The Pretending’ Stopped? AIDS Coverage In New Orleans’ Mainstream, Gay And Alternative Presses From 1981-1991”
Successfully defended March 22, 2011
Advisor: Dr. Vanessa Murphree
Received the University of South Alabama Top Thesis Award for 2011
 
B.A. Communication, Mississippi State University, May 2002 
 

TEACHING

University of Memphis
Assistant professor (Fall 2015-present)
  • JOUR 3900 Visual Communication
  • JOUR 4998 Multimedia News Lab
University of Southern Mississippi School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Visiting Instructor (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
  • MCJ 102 Introduction to Media Writing (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
  • MCJ 300 Multimedia Storytelling (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
  • MCJ 303 Investigative Strategies for Journalists (Fall 2014)
  • MCJ 301 Feature Writing (Spring 2015)
  • Advise 48 journalism undergraduates
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Fall 2011-Summer 2014)
  • Instructor of record, MCJ 102 Introduction to Media Writing (Spring 2014)
  • Instructor of record, MCJ 200 Introduction to Digital Media Production (Spring 2012-Fall 2013 and Summer 2012 -2014)
  • Teaching assistant, MCJ 200 Introduction to Digital Media Production (Fall 2011)
University of South Alabama
Graduate Assistant (Spring 2009-Fall 2011)
  • Department of Continuing Education, Computer Applications Instructor. Courses consist of instruction in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 applications (Spring 2011 – Fall 2013)
  • Graduate Assistant, Online Public Speaking, Department of Communication, University of South Alabama (Summer 2010 – Fall 2010)
  • Graduate Assistant, Public Speaking, Department of Communication, University of South Alabama (Spring 2009 – Spring 2010)

 Professional

  • Editor, The Covington News and Alcovy Magazine, Covington, Ga. (January 2008 – September 2008)
  • General Manager, For both The Amory Advertiser and Aberdeen Examiner, Amory, Miss. and Aberdeen, Miss. respectively (October 2005 – January 2008)
  • Assistant Sports Editor, The Meridian Star, Meridian, Miss.(July 2005 – October 2005)
  • Sports Editor/News Reporter, The North Jefferson News, Gardendale, Ala. (December 2003 – July 2005)
  • Sports Writer, The Amory Advertiser, Amory, Miss. (October 2002 – June 2003)
  • Professional work samples (2006-2014)

PUBLICATIONS

Book chapters

Byrd Jr., Robert D. (2015) Intersection of race and sexuality. In C. P. Campbell (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Race and Media. New York: Routledge (Forthcoming).

Non-peer reviewed

Byrd Jr., Robert D. (2013). Don’t Be a Tool . . . Dress Like a Guy: Denotative and Connotative Readings of Old Navy’s Süpar Tool Advertisement, Synergy 4 (1), 73-80.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

National Academic Peer-Review Conferences

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Good Gay, Bad Queer: Heteronormtive Shaming and Homonormative Love in Network Television Situational Comedies.” To be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference (Cultural and Critical Studies Division) in San Francisco August 2015.

Byrd Jr. Robert D. “Rich and Fabulous: The Marginalizing Power of Television Situational Comedies and the Contrived Gay Market.” To be presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Entertainment Studies Interest Group) in San Francisco, August 2015.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “’We Knew Them as People’: Local Media Coverage and the National Commemoration of the New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge Fire Victims Since 1973.” Presented at the 2013 American Journalism Historians Association’s annual convention in New Orleans, LA September 2013.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Creating A Narrative Of (Im)Possibility: Outsports.com’s Declaration of a Gay-friendly Sports World.” Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Interest Group) in Washington, D.C. August 2013.

Sipocz, Daniel & Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Did #NBCFail? Twitter and User-Generated Critiques of 2012 Olympic Coverage in a Post-Broadcast World.” Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Graduate Student Interest Group) in Washington, D.C. August 2013. Third place paper award for interest group.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Queer As A Football Bat: Hegemonic Gayness And Homophobic Narrative In Out Magazine’s ‘Sports Issue.’” Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Cultural and Critical Studies Division) in Chicago, Illinois August 2012. Top poster award for division.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “From Outsider To Martyr: The Advocate’s Coverage Of Harvey Milk From 1977 To 1979.” Accepted for presentation at the AEJMC National Conference (History Division) in St. Louis, Missouri, August 10, 2011.

Regional/State Academic Peer-Review Conferences

Byrd Jr., Robert D., Hollingsworth, Jared & Warnick, Josey. “Responding To The Enemy: Identity Construction And Selective Exposure In Huffington Post’s Blogs And Reader’s Comments.” Presented at the Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference (Mass Communication Division) in Louisville, Kentucky on April 11, 2013.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Just Another ‘Snark’ Piece? Outsports.Com’s Queering Of Tim Tebow Through The Scope Of A Homophobic ‘Gaydar.’” Presented at the Alabama Communication Association annual convention in Mobile, Alabama, July 28, 2012. Top graduate student paper.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “From Outsider To Martyr: The Advocate’s Coverage Of Harvey Milk From 1977 To 1979.” Presented at the AEJMC Southeastern Colloquium in Columbia, South Carolina, March 18, 2011. Top student paper in history division.

Panel Presentations

Byrd Jr. Robert D. “Media History and Minorities: A Literature Review.” Presented as part of panel during the 2015 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium at University of Tennessee at Knoxville, March 2015.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “‘Housewives With Balls’: Hegemonic Masculinity And Heterosexist Narrative In Logo TV’s A-List Dallas.” Presented at the SSCA annual conference (Popular Communication Division) in Louisville, Kentucky on April 13, 2013.

Byrd Jr., Robert D.“In Their Opinions: Establishing A Counternarrative During The AIDS Epidemic In The Conservative South.” Presented at the SSCA annual conference (Gender Studies Division) in Louisville, Kentucky on April 11, 2013.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Is ‘Milk Still Fresh’: Harvey Milk, The Advocate, And Public Memory.”Presented at the SSCA annual conference (Public Address Division) in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 21, 2011.

Other Conference Presentations

Sipocz, Daniel & Byrd Jr., Robert D. “#Nbcfail? A Textual Analysis Of Viewer Generated Twitter Critiques During NBC’s 2012 Olympic Coverage.” Presented at the Broadcast Educators Association District II Conference at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, October 5, 2012.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “Queer As A Football Bat: Hegemonic Gayness And Homophobic Narrative In Out Magazine’s ‘Sports Issue’” Presented at the AEJMC Midwinter Conference (Cultural and Critical Division) in Norman, Oklahoma, March 2, 2012. Top paper in division.

Byrd Jr., Robert D. “The ‘Gays’ Disease’: The Times-Picayune’s AIDS Coverage From 1981-1985.” Presented at the American Journalism Historians Association Southeast Colloquium in Panama City, Florida, February 5, 2011.

GUEST LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

“Queer As A Football Bat: Hegemonic Gayness And Homophobic Narrative In Out Magazine’s ‘Sports Issue.’” Presented to USM undergraduate honors class, April 9, 2013.

“‘Housewives With Balls’: Hegemonic Masculinity And Heterosexist Narrative In Logo TV’s A-List Dallas.” Presented to USM Mass Communication Graduate Student Research Forum, April 4, 2013.

“When The Pretending Stopped?: AIDS Coverage In New Orleans’ Press From 1981-1991.” Presented to Media History class University of South Alabama, April 2011.

“Getting Your Press Release Published.” Presented to Public Relations Management Class, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., Spring 2010.

“From outsider to martyr: The Advocate’s Coverage of Harvey Milk from 1977 to 1979.” Presented at the USA Communication Department Fall Colloquium, September 2010.

“Getting Your Press Release Published.” Presented to Public Relations Writing Class, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., Fall 2010.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“Building a Community: Motivations, Behaviors, and Engagement Practices of LGBTQ Bloggers.” I am currently in the process of collecting qualitative survey data.

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Assisted with coding qualitative questionnaires from participants in the Blue Star Families “2013 Military Family Lifestyles Survey.” The research was presented during a panel event cohosted by the Senate and Congressional Military Family Caucuses in Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2013.

ACADEMIC HONORS

  • Recipient of a 2013 AEJMC Graduate Student Travel Grant to attend the national conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Third place paper award for co-authored paper in Graduate Student Interest Group at the 2013 AEJMC National Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Top PhD Student for 2012-2013. Presented by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
  • Recipient of the 2013 Dr. Robert Gene Wiggins Fellowship from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Received $750 to travel to a national conference to present research.
  • Top Poster Award for the Cultural and Critical Studies Division (AEJMC) at the 2012 AEJMC National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Top Graduate Student Paper at the 2012 Alabama Communication Association Annual Convention
  • Top Paper in Cultural and Critical Studies Division at 2012 AEJMC Midwinter Conference
  • Top Thesis Award for 2011 at the University of South Alabama
  • Top Student Paper in the History Division at AEJMC 2011 Southeast Colloquium
  • Exceptional Graduate Teaching Award, University of South Alabama 2010-2011
  • Outstanding Scholarly Paper Award, University of South Alabama 2011 for “From Outsider to Martyr: The Advocate’s coverage of Harvey Milk from 1977 to 1979”

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Director of the 2015 Remembering Hurricane Katrina USM High School Multimedia Journalism Workshop (June 2015)
    • Received a $6,000 grant from the Dow Jones News Fund to support the workshop.
  • Research chair Newspaper and Online News Division 2015 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium (2014-2015)
  • Instructor Mississippi Scholastic Press Association training workshop (September 2014)
  • Assistant director for the 2014 “Remembering Freedom Summer” USM High School Multimedia Journalism Workshop (June 2014)
  • University of Southern Mississippi Gay Straight Alliance, LGBTQ+ allies training class (October 2013)
  • Paper reviewer for Rhetoric and Public Address Division Southern States Communication Association (2012)
  • Graduate Student Liaison, Cultural and Critical Studies Division (AEJMC) (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Student Representative, USA Communication Graduate Faculty Committee (August 2009 – Spring 2011)
  • Judge, University of South Alabama High School Public Speaking Contest (April 2010)

ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011-present

  • Divisions: History and Cultural Critical Studies
  • Interest Groups: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered and Graduate Student

Alabama Communication Association, 2012-present

Southern States Communication Association, 2011, 2013

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

2008 Georgia Press Association

  • First Place General Excellence
  • Second Place Best Graphic

2006 Mississippi Press Association

  • First place General Excellence,
  • First place Best Design, Best Front Page,
  • First place Best In-depth/Investigative Story
  • First place Personality Portrait
  • Third place Editorial Writing

2005 Mississippi Press Association

  • First Place Best Special Section
  • Second place weekly sports column

2004 Alabama Press Association:

  • Third place Weekly Sports Photographer of the Year
  • Third place Sports Feature Story of the Year

2004 Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

  • Weekly Photographer of the Year Finalist

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Volunteer photographer and race T-shirt designer for 2015 USM Counseling Psychology Student Government’s Voodoo 5K Run (April 2015)
  • Volunteer photographer and course attendant for 2014 USM Counseling Psychology Student Government’s Voodoo 5K Run (April 2014)
  • Volunteer Public Relations Coordinator, The Learning Tree, Inc., The Little Tree, and Woody’s Song Preschool, Mobile, Ala., May 2009 – May 2010
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