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other academic work


  • Virtual Teacher Program, a 5-course specialization by the University of California, Irvine, on Coursera. Specialization certificate earned Feb. 3, 2016.


  • The Mommy Factor: A new survey of mothers employed in television newsrooms
    • By Jessica Kerman, Megan Trent and Nancy B. Carlson
    • PDF available here: The Mommy Factor
    • Won 1st place in debut research category at BEA 2010
    • Article about study published in Making Waves, the magazine for the American Women in Radio and Television


  • Troll-Slayers: An analysis of women’s responses to online trolls
    • By Jessica Sparks
    • PowerPoint available here: Troll-Slayers
    • Presented at the Georgia Regents University Women’s and Gender Studies Department Biannual Symposium 2015
    • March 2015
  • Broadcast Education Association Conference 2010
    • Presented award-winning paper during Gender Issues Paper Session
  • Communication + Culture Student Kaleidoscope Symposium (February 2010)
    • Symposium designed to showcase student work that explores diversity in ideas, cultures and perspectives.


  • College E-learning Standards Committee, member (August 2015 – present)
  • Plagiarism Task Force, member (August 2015 – present)
  • Graduate Education Committee (August 2009 – May 2010)
  • CCIM Symposium Interest Group (August 2009 – May 2010)
  • CCIM Health Communications Interest Group (August 2009 – May 2010)