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Department Comm/Journ
Rowland Hall 108
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
17257-2299

Phone: (717) 477-1521
Fax: (717) 477-4013
Email: commjour@ship.edu

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Dr. Kim Garris


Assoc. Prof, SUTV Adviser
Phone: (717) 477-1523
Email: kdgar@ship.edu
Office: Rowland Hall 127

"My hope is our students leave us understanding the magnitude of the responsibility the mass media have to our society. To ensure effective and respected democracy, those who choose a career in mass communication must be willing to accept that responsibility and promise to do all within their power to uphold and further the rights of all citizens."


Dr. Kim Garris brings 16 years of experience in television news to her position on the Communication/Journalism faculty. Dr. Garris' professional experience includes work as a news reporter at ABC, NBC and CBS television affiliates from Alabama to Maine. Along the way, she has worked for a large regional cable network in New England and even reported on the space and science industry through her work for the Sci-Fi Channel. Her most recent stop was a 10-year stint in Harrisburg at the ABC affiliate as a reporter and the morning anchor. She landed her first job in broadcast news in AM radio. Her professional career has not been limited to news reporting. She has been a producer, weather anchor, sports anchor and even videographer and editor.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama


Courses Taught

Electronic Newsgathering (TV Reporting), Electronic Media Producing and Performance, Electronic Media Basic Production, Radio and TV News, Media Sales, Introduction to Mass Communication, Senior Capstone & Press and Public Affairs


Publications

  • Garris, K., Guillory, J. & Sundar, S. S. (2010). Does Interactivity serve the Public Interest? The Role of Political Blogs in Deliberative Democracy. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Interactive Communications Systems and Technologies.
  • Hardin, M., Simpson, S., Whiteside, E. & Garris, K. (2006). The “gender war” in U.S. sport: Winners and losers in news coverage of Title IX, Mass Communication & Society 10(2), 211-233.


Awards

Dr. Garris was recognized on for her excellence in academics by being awarded the Doug and Claudia Anderson Scholarship and the Froke Scholarship by the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Her professional television work has been recognized by the Associated Press and by numerous community and government agencies.


Research Interest

Dr. Garris' completed her dissertation at the Pennsylvania State University in March of 2009. It and most of her current research focuses on the work structures of television newsrooms and how those structures impact the workers, particularly women and workers with family responsibilities.