LUBBOCK, Texas– Even though I am here for the 12th Engagement Scholarship Consortium on the Texas Tech campus this week, my visit to the new College of Media and Communication building for a lecture Monday is probably what I will remember most.
My brown bag lecture, “Researching Sports Media When You’re Not a Sports Fan,” drew a nice crowd of faculty and students interested in sports and media diversity, two topics that have claimed a lot of my scholarly attention this year.
I am so grateful to Drs. Kent Wilkinson and Weiwu Zhang for inviting me over to talk about my research, even while I’m in town to dialogue on community engagement projects.
What great questions from the doctoral students in the audience Monday! In the process, I learned about a new NFL rule on hiring that would inform my research. Another student who graduated from an HBCU has become a new colleague.
And, I got a chance to catch up with two of our Alabama grads– Glenn Cummins and Kevin Stoker while getting acquainted with a Florida graduate, Trent Seltzer, who chairs the Public Relations and Advertising unit here. Did I mention, I also re-connected with a fellow UGA grad, Geoffrey Graybeal, who’s the media entrepreneurship guru at Texas Tech.
Even though Texas Tech is one of the original Big 12 schools, there’s a whole lot of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) sown into the faculty just in the College of Media and Communication alone.
I will recap some of the points of my talk over on the Alabama SportsCom blog a little later.