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Associate Professor

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Judith G. Curtis, PhD., is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP).  She earned a BA in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA in political science from Hood College, and a PhD in mass communication from the Union Institute and University.  Prior to beginning her university teaching career, she worked for several decades as a professional journalist, editor, and executive in the newspaper, magazine, and book publishing industries.  She is in her 21st year of higher education teaching and completing her 11th year at UNCP, where she received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education in 2001.  She is the faculty advisor of the student newspaper, which wins yearly awards from the American Scholastic Press Association and the North Carolina College Media Association.  She also oversees the journalism curriculum.   Her research interests focus on journalism pedagogy as well as Agenda Setting Theory and its extension to social issues. She is an active resident of the virtual world Second Life and faculty on the UNCP campus in Second Life. She is a member of the steering committee of the UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference.