Columbia, Mo. (June 13, 2013) — University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton has recognized the significant contributions of four Missouri School of Journalism professors with promotions in their academic rank, effective Sept. 1.
Davidson teaches communications law and is an adjunct professor at the MU School of Law and the attorney for the Columbia Missourian. Her publications cover a wide range of legal and First Amendment issues, including law review articles on leaking classified information in the age of WikiLeaks and on shield law. Davidson has earned many awards for her teaching.
Rodgers teaches courses on Internet advertising, health and technology, and research methods. Her research examines the effects of interactive communications on audience processing, with an emphasis on how to use the Internet to promote healthy behaviors. Rodgers is nationally ranked as one of the most productive Internet advertising scholars and is among the 10 most cited Internet advertising researchers. In addition, she was the 2010 president of the American Academy of Advertising.
Volz teaches courses on media history and qualitative research methods. Her research concerns the origin and development of journalism both as a discursive practice and a social institution. Volz has published in the areas of colonialism and foreign press, transculturation and foreign correspondents, censorship and propaganda, women journalists and their routes to professional recognition, and journalism awards as symbolical capital. She has been a summer research fellow at City University of Hong Kong and Shih Hsin University of Taiwan. Volz also was awarded a research grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. She will work as an RJI fellow and serve as vice head of the history division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013-14.
Vos teaches courses in American journalism history, principles of journalism, philosophy of journalism and qualitative research methods in journalism. His research involves journalism and democracy, media history, media sociology, and media policy. He focuses on factors that shape journalistic content and journalism as a social institution, paying particular attention to the theoretical issues of historical explanation.