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Nancy A Jennings

Title: Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director, and Director of the Children's Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab
Office: 120CA McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-4456
Email: nancy.jennings@uc.edu
Web: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/communication/research/mediacluster/cheer-lab.html

Dr. Jennings studies the impact of media on the lives of children and their families and public policies and practices involved with children’s media.  Her research focuses on children's cognitive and social development and their use of media.  She employs experimental design as well as qualitative methodologies to explore children’s relationships with media characters.  She has also conducted evaluation research on educational media and outreach programs and content analyses and textual analyses of media content.  She has authored Tween Girls and Their Mediated Friends (2014) and co-edited 20 Questions about Youth and the Media with Sharon Mazzarella (2018).  Dr. Jennings has published on other topics including virtual environments, children’s advertising, families and media, and media violence. She provides parent education programs on children’s media use, directs the Children’s Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab, and has published peer-reviewed journals articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Children and Media, and Learning, Media and Technology.  She has also published book chapters in the Handbook of Family Communication, the Handbook of Children and Media, and 20 Questions about Children and Media.

Education

  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2000 (Radio-Television-Film).
  • MBA, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1996 (Marketing).
  • BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 1992 (Media Studies).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Jennings, N., Faculty Development Research Council Individual Grant, University of Cincinnati. $2,103. 06-2011 to 06-2012. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Jennings, N., Jacquez, F., Wilson, B., Breit-Smith, A., & Downing, K., Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $150,000. 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2012. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Jennings, N., Jacquez, F., & Gilman, R., Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active, University of Cincinnati, CDOC. $50,000. 01/15/2011 to 06/30/2011. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Jennings, N., Caplovitz, A., Jacquez, F., & Murnan, J., Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. $150,000. 2010 to 2011. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Jennings, N. A., Murnan, J., Jacquez, F. M., Doing It! Healthy Habits for Kids: A School-Based Intervention to Improve Children’s Physical Activity and Eating Habits , University of Cincinnati - University Research Council. $25,000. 06-2009 to 12-2010. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Jennings, N., Ready to Learn Children and Media, subcontract from the University of Pennsylvania (via Corporation for Public Broadcasting/US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences). $275,000. 09-2007 to 09-2010. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Jennings, N., Characters and Learning Outcomes, subcontract from the University of Pennsylvania via Corporation for Public Broadcasting/US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences. $50,000. 01-2007 to 03-2008. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Jennings, N., Children’s television programs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. $900. 09-2003 to 05-2004. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Jennings, N., Children’s television advertising, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. $900. 09-2003 to 05-2004. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-Principal Investigator), Jennings, N., Mental illness stigma, television and children, Hogg Foundation. $36,500. 09-2002 to 06-2004. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Jennings, Nancy, Mediated Minds: An undergraduate research conference, National Communication Association. $5,000. 01/01/2012 to 09/30/2012. Status: Denied.
  • (Co-PI), Jennings, N.A. & Jennings, W.P., Ohio American Trustees: Inspiring a Nation Through Civic Literacy, Seasongood Good Government Foundation. $20,000. 05-2012 to 05-2013. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Jennings, Nancy, Characters and Learning Outcomes, Department of Education. (5-45800-B), $101,629.00. 01/01/2007 to 03/14/2008. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Jennings, Nancy, Ready to Learn: Educational Media and Children, Department of Education. (545800-D / 9300-71000), $194,091.00. 09/15/2007 to 09/14/2010. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Calfano, Brian; Jennings, Nancy, The Common Ground Project, Scripps Howard Foundation. (Common Ground), $10,000.00. 06/30/2017 to 12/31/2018. Status: Active.
  • (Co-Principal Investigator), Jennings, Nancy, Sharp, Michael, and Blevins, Jeff, Digital Media and App Production and Media Literacy, UC Forward Community Collaborative Grant. $6,000. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Jennings, Nancy, Identity in Children’s Educational Media. $3,000. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-Principal Investigator), Jennings, Nancy and Jennings, William, Reaching the Audience: Outreach for the Ohio American Trustees Project, Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation . $7,875. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Jennings, Nancy, UC International Program Development Faculty Award, UC International. $3,015. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Banjo, O., & Jennings, N. (2016). Content Analysis of the Portrayal of White Characters in Black Films Across Two Decades. Mass Communication and Society 20(2), 281-309.
  • Haas, S., Irr, M., Jennings, N., and Wagner, L. (2011).  "Communicating Thin: Stigma and the Co-Construction of Online Enabling Support Groups in the Pro-Anorexia Movement." New Media & Society, 13(1), 40-57.
  • Jennings, N. A.  (2013). And Now a Click from Our Sponsors:  Changes in Children’s Advertising in the United States. In A. N. Valdivia (Gen. Ed.) & S. R. Mazzarella (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of media studies. Vol. 3: Content and representation (pp. 54-73). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Jennings, N. A., & Alper, M. (2016).  Young Children’s Positive and Negative Parasocial Relationships with Media Characters.  Communication Research Reports, 33(2), 96-102.
  • Jennings, N. A., and Walker, B. "Experiential Mediation: Making meaningful differences with the “Other Parent."" Journal of Family Communication 9 (2009): 3-22.
  • Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., and Linebarger, D. L. "Educational Television as Mediated Literacy Environments for Preschoolers." Learning, Media and Technology 34 (2009): 229, 242.
  • Jennings, N., and Collins, C. "Virtual or virtually U: Educational institutions in Second Life." International Journal of Social Sciences 2 (2008): 180-186.
  • Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Brod, R., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., & Sallee, T.  (2014).  How an Educational Television Program Depicts Literacy and How its Messages Affect Young Children’s Literacy Attitudes.  NHSA Dialog:  The Research to Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 17(1), 93-97Available online:  https://journals.uncc.edu/dialog/article/view/146[Link]
  • Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Brod, R., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., & Sallee, T.  (2014).  The Effects of Literacy Messages in an Educational Television program:  A Content Analysis and Experiment.  NHSA Dialog:  The Research to Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 17(1) (online:  https://journals.uncc.edu/dialog/article/view/208).[Link]
  • Pike, J., and Jennings, N. "The effects of commercials on children's perceptions of gender appropriate toy use." Sex Roles (2005): 83-91.
  • Piotrowski, J. T., Jennings, N. A., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2012).  Extending the Lessons of Educational Television with Young American Children.  Journal of Children and Media, iFirst.[Link]
  • Seo, K. K., Curran, A., Jennings, N., & Collins, C.  (2010). Creating a new mobile learning community with podcasting. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 20(1), 103-114.
  • Stout, P. A., Staiger, J., and Jennings, N. A. "Affective Stories: Understanding the Lack of Progress of Women Faculty." NWSA Journal 19 (2007): 124-144.
  • Stout, P. A., Villegas, J., and Jennings, N. "Images of mental illness in the media: Identifying gaps in the research." Schizophrenia Bulletin 30 (2004): 543-561.
  • Wartella, E., and Jennings, N. "New members of the family: The digital revolution in the home." Journal of family communication 1 (2001): 59-69.
  • Wartella, E., and Jennings. N. "The role of computers in children's lives." The Future of children: Children and computer technology 10 (2001): 31-43.

Books

  • Jennings, N. A. (2014).  Tween Girls and their Mediated Friends.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing. [Link]
  • Jennings, N.A. & Mazzarella, S. (Eds.)  (2018).  20 Questions about Youth and the Media (2nd Edition).  NY:  Peter Lang Publishing.

Book Chapter

  • Collins, C., and Jennings, N. "Emerging “Best Practices” for Campus Builds in Second Life." Proceedings of the Second Life Education Workshop 2007: Part of the Second Life Community Convention 2007. Ed. D. Livingston and J. Kemp. Available from: http://cis.paisley.ac.uk/livi-ci0/slccedu2007rev2.doc, 2007. 78-81.
  • Jennings, N. & Wartella, E.  (2004).  Technology and the family.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), The handbook of family communication, (pp. 593-608).  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Jennings, N. & Wartella, E.  (2013).  Technology and the family.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), The handbook of family communication, 2ndEdition(pp. 448-462)  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Jennings, N. "Children – Consumption, advertising, and media." Advertising, branding, and consuming – The ABC's of marketing in American schools. Ed. F. Hansen, J. Rasmussen, A. Martensen, & L.B. Christensen. Denmark: Samfundslitteratur, 2002. 283-298.
  • Jennings, N. "Kid stuff: 20 questions about youth and the media." Advertising and consumer development: In the driver's seat or being taken for a ride?. Ed. S. R. Mazzarella. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 103-116.
  • Jennings, N. A.  (2017).  One Choice, Many Petals: Reading the Female Voice of Tris in the Divergent series.  In T. Classen & H. Hassel (Eds.), Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature (pp. 102-116).  New York:  Routledge.
  • Jennings, N. A., and Wartella, E.A. "Children and television: 50 Years of research." Advertising and consumer development. Ed. N. Pecora, J. P. Murray, and E. A. Wartella. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. 149-182.
  • Jennings, N., & Wartella, E.  (2012).  Hazards and possibilities of commercial media in the schools.  In D.G. Singer & J.L. Singer (Eds.),  Handbook of children and the media, 2nd Edition.  (pp. 553-66).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.
  • Jennings, N.A. (2017).  Teen Drama and Gender in the US: Two Moms, a Transgender Teen, and One Family on The Fosters.  In D. Lemish & M. Götz (Eds.), Beyond the Stereotypes? Images of Boys and Girls, and their Consequences (pp. 43-51).  Göteborg: Nordicom. 
  • Jennings, N.A.  (2018).  Why do kids think Dora the Explorer is their friend? In S. R. Mazzarella (Ed.), 20 questions about youth and the media, 2nd Edition (pp. 125-135).  New York:  Peter Lang. 
  • Wartella, E., and Jennings, N. "Handbook of children and the media." Hazards and possibilities of commercial TV in the schools. Ed. D.G. Singer & J.L. Singer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001. 557-570.
  • Wartella, E., Olivarez, A., and Jennings, N. "Children and media violence." Children and television violence in the United States. Ed. U. Carlsson & C. von Feilitzen. Kungälv, Sweden: Livréna Grafiska AB, 1998. 55-62.
  • Wartella, E., Whitney, C., Lasorsa, D., Danielson, W., Olivarez, A., Lopez, R., Jennings, N. and Klijn, M. "National television violence study, Volume 2." Television violence in "reality" programming: University of Texas at Austin Study. Ed. Center for Communication and Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998. 205-266.
  • Whitney, C., Wartella, E., Lasorsa, D., Danielson, W., Olivarez, A., Jennings, N., and Lopez, R. "National television violence study, Volume 3." Television violence in "reality" (non-fictional) programming: University of Texas at Austin Study. Ed. Center for Communication and Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998. 221-284.

Encyclopedia Article

  • Jennings, N. "Advertising, Deceptive practices in." Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.
  • Jennings, N. "Advertising, Viewer age and." Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.

Other Publications

Invited Publication

  • Jennings, N. A.  (2017).  Media and Families:  Looking Ahead.  Journal of Family Communication, 17(3), 203-207.

Technical Report

  • Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2010). Children’s Response to Interactive TV:  An Observational Study of Super WHY!  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jennings, N. A., Hunt, K. P., Altenau, M. L., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Examining Interactive Educational Television:  A Content Analysis of Super WHY!  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., Sallee, T. J., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2010).  “With the Power to Read”:  The effects of consistent, positive literacy messages in an educational television program.  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jennings, N. A. (2018).  Evaluation of REACH program:  Observations and Parent Surveys.  Cincinnati, OH:  University of Cincinnati.
  • Jennings, N. A.  (2013).  Super Readers at CET/ThinkTV:  An Evaluation of Super WHY! Reading Camps.  Cincinnati, OH:  University of Cincinnati.  Available:  http://www.cincy-americangraduate.org/docs/SuperWhy_Full_Report_FINAL_042913.pdf[Link]
  • Jennings, N., Hooker, S. and Linebarger, D. L. "A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting." Observing the “Ins” and “Outs” of Between the Lions: Educational Television and Emergent Literacy in Preschoolers. (2008). Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jennings, N., Hooker, S., Hunt, K., Altenau, M. & Linebarger, D.L.  (2009, April). Television’s Impact on Children’s Reading Skills: A Longitudinal Study.  Research Brief 20 prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Jennings, N., Hunt, K., Altenau, M. and Linebarger, D. L. "A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting." Electronic Company: Children’s Parasocial Relationships and Loneliness. (2008). Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Linebarger, D.L., Jennings, N., & Piotrowski, J.T. (2008). Between the Lions and Literacy Outcomes: The Role of Literacy Manipulatives and Parasocial Relationships.  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Piotrowski, J.T., Linebarger, D.L., & Jennings, N.A. (2009). Assessing the Impact of Between the Lions and Literacy Manipulatives on the Literacy Skills of Young Children. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Jennings, N. (05-2011). Couch potatoes into jumping beans: New understandings of children, media use, and obesity. Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center Research Retreat, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, N. (11-2005). Tough times: Helping young children process the media messages they see and hear Mercy Montessori Center, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, N. (07-2002). Stigma, Mental Illness, and the Media. National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, D.C..
  • Jennings, N. (03-2012). Challenges of research involving online social networks Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Forum, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Social Media Mentoring: Families and Their Devices Social Media Week, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Teens, Fake News, and Social Media Social Media Week., Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Changing the Norm: Transgender Teens and Lesbian Parents in Youth Media Kunz Center for Social Research, Family and Gender Workshop, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Gotta catch ‘em all: Uses and Abuses of Pokemon Go An Academic Primer on Pokémon Go panel for the Center for Film and Media Studies, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Top 5 things to do to give a good speech Design Based Information Technology Leadership Experience (DITLE), Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy News and Public Policy Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Jennings, Nancy Qualitative Research Methods Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
  • Jennings, Nancy Identity Night at Prix Jeunesse Prix Jeunesse, Munich, Germany.
  • Jennings, Nancy Parenting in a Digital Age Workshop BeechAcres, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Fandom on Facebook: The Social Television Experience Social Media Week, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Youth Communication and Culture askmewhoIam Conference on Youth Culture, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy and Dell, Laura Media Literacy BeechAcres, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Parenting in the Digital Age Parents Association of Seven Hills Middle School, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Living in a Digital Age: Benefits and Pitfalls October Meeting of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Highland Heights, KY.
  • Jennings, Nancy Youth Living in a Digital Age: Benefits and Pitfalls Division of Home Care Services conference entitled “Pediatric healthcare in the community: Professionals helping children cope in today’s world.” , Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, Nancy Media and early childhood: What parents should know A Parenting Symposium, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.

Paper Presentations

  • Jennings, N., & Collins, C. (11-2008). To speak or not to speak: Use of voice in Second Life.. Presentation in the Human Communication and Technology Division for the National Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Seo, K, Curran, A., Jennings, N., & Collins, C. (11-2008). Lesson on Demand!: Mobilizing Classroom Learning with Podcasts. Presentation at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2008 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Collins, C., Jennings, N., Duke, C., & Roosa, K. (04-2008). Second Life Bootcamp. Preconference workshop for the US Distance Learning Association Annual National Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Duke, C., Roosa, K., Collins, C., & Jennings, N. (03-2008). Second Life Bootcamp. Preconference workshop for the Texas Distance Learning Association Annual National Conference, Galveston Island, TX.
  • Collins, C., Anderson, E., & Jennings, N. (03-2008). Second Life Bootcamp. Preconference workshop for the Ohio Digital Commons for Education, Columbus, OH.
  • Jennings, N. (11-2007). And Now a Click from our Sponsors: Websites and Marketing for the Child Audience. Mass Communication Division for the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, N. (11-2006). Podcasting, distance education, and mass communication: Becoming the topic of study. Instructional Development Division for the National Communication Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Pecora, N., Jennings, N., Eakin, M., and MacDonald, S. (05-2005). What’s the web got to do with it?: The state of children’s television advertising revisited. International Communication Association Conference, New York, NY.
  • Stout, P., Jennings, N., and Kim, H. (05-2004). Assessing the Use of Mental Illness References During Prime-Time Television. Health Communication Division for the International Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jennings, J. (11-2003). Family communication: Theory, developmental issues, and context. Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association Conference, Miami, FL.
  • Staiger, J., Stout, P., and Jennings, N. (05-2003). Promotion and senior women faculty: A study of the status of tenured faculty women. International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Jarvis, S., Jennings, N., Jennings, W. & Pharr, J. (11-2002). Candidates and young Americans discuss the youth vote: A closer examination of the cycle of neglect. Political Communication for the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jennings, N. (05-2001). Commercialization in the schools. International Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C..
  • Jennings, N. (04-2001). Children’s use of technology in multiple settings. Biennial Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Jennings, N. (06-1998). Media literacy and child development. National Media Literacy and Media Citizenship Conference, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Jennings, N., & Lapierre, M. (11-2011). Children’s Parasocial Relationships with Trade Characters. National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jennings, N., Moses, A., & Sallee, T. (11-2011). Parental Mediation: Implications on Children’s Outcomes. National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Haas, S. M., Irr, M. E., Jennings, N., and Wagner, L. M. (04-2010). Communicating thin: Stigma and the co-construction of online enabling support groups in the pro-anorexia movement. the Central States Communication Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, N. (04-2010). Mario vs Peach: Gender in Young Children's Video Game Play. the Central States Communication Association Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Jennings, N. (11-2009). From Sugar-Plums to Bratz Dolls and Cell Phones: Children’s Christmas Wishes and Advertising. National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, N. (11-2009). Not Your Parents’ 30-Second Commercial: Targeting Kids through Non-traditional Media and with Non-Traditional Products. National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, N., Hooker, S., & Linebarger, D. (10-2009). Educational Television and Children: Watching children watch Super Why!. Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA), St. Louis, MO.
  • Jennings, N. A. Preconference on Teaching Children’s Media . International Communication Association, London, UK.
  • Alper, M. & Jennings, N. Young children’s positive and negative parasocial relationships with media characters.. International Communication Association, London, UK.
  • Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Bennett, C. M., Cregan, G., Maras, E., Saritoprak, S. N. (2018). Time, Access, Context and Beliefs: A Survey of Electronic Media in Early Childhood Settings. American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Jennings, Nancy (2017). Examining the Pinkification of STEM toys: Debating the science of gendering STEM toys. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, Nancy (2016). Strong Females in Youth Dystopian Literature: Reading the Female Voice of Tris in the Divergent series. Midwest Popular Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, Nancy and Talbot, Stephanie (2016). Making Meaning in the Cloud: Word Clouds for Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation. Ohio Communication Association, Ashland, OH.
  • Rosaen, S., and Jennings, N. A. (2016). Children who Trust in the Real-World also Trust Characters in the Para-World. International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Ige, TMJ, BRA Wilson, and NA Jennings. (2016). Advertising Tobacco Products Across Time: Comparing Pre-1970 Cigarette to Current Online E-cigarette Advertisements. Association for Marketing & Health Care Research, Crested Butte, CO.
  • Jennings, Nancy (2015). Parasocial Mourning: Audience Response to the Death of Derek Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy RIPDerek RIP McDreamy. Midwest Popular Culture Association, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Hesse J. P., & Elmore, S.I. R. (2015). Advertising Food Items to Children Across Time: Comparing Broadcast and Cable Advertisements in 2007 and 2012.. Association for Marketing & Health Care Research, Steamboat Springs, CO.
  • Banjo, O., Jennings, N. A., & Dorsett, N. (2014). Content Analysis of the Portrayal of White Characters in Black Films Across Two Decades . Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.
  • Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Elmore, S. I. R. & Hesse, J. P. (2014). A food content analysis of two children’s show. Association for Marketing & Health Care Research, , Telluride, CO.
  • Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Hesse J. P. & Elmore, S. I. R (2013). A health content analysis of commercials for two children’s shows. . Association for Marketing & Health Care Research, Big Sky, MT.

Poster Presentations

  • Lapierre, M. & Jennings, N. (05-2011). Children and Trade Characters: Predicting Recognition and Knowledge of Character's Business Function International Communication Association, Boston, MA.
  • Jennings, N. (08-2006). Advertising and promotions in children’s programs in the new millennium Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA.
  • Jennings, N. (11-1999). Young characters in violent reality television programs, 1994-1997 National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Jennings, N. (04-1999). Depictions of children in violent reality programs, 1996-1997 Biennial Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Symposium

  • Jennings, N. (03-2005). Media and early childhood: What parents should know. A Parenting Symposium, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI..

Honors & Awards

  • Turner Scholar Champion. Nominated by Janae' Collier-Stone.
  • Anthem IT Expo Best of Research Symposium , IT Expo Research Symposium, 2018.
  • Graduate Fellow.
  • Top Paper in Poster Session. International Communication Association Annual Conference “Top Paper in Poster Session” for the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division, 2016.
  • “Top Paper” for the Political Communication Division. National Communication Association Annual Conference “Top Paper” for the Political Communication Division, 2002.
  • Innovative Teaching Award. Innovative Teaching Award, Ohio Communication Association (2015).
  • 3rd Place, Unsung Heroes, MY HERO International Film Festival. 3rd Place, Unsung Heroes, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Jim Cotter: An Appalachian Renaissance.” (2015).
  • Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival. Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Roger Grein: The Cheerful Giver.” (2015).
  • Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival. Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Janaki Venkayya: Committed To Caring.” (2015).

Experience & Service

Events Organized

  • Conference. Mediated Minds (04/20/2012, University of Cincinnati.
  • Other. Bro Code Screening (01/28/2013 to 01/28/2013) .
  • Lecture. Screenings for Black History Month (02/01/2013 to 02/28/2013) , TUC.

Service

  • Committee Member, Search Committee for New Media faculty position, 09-2008 to 01-2009
  • Faculty Advisor COMMunity House, 03-2008 to 09-2008
  • Committee Member, Admissions Committee for Graduate Program, 09-2007
  • Committee Member, Curriculum Committee for Mediated Communication, 09-2004
  • Committee Member, Online Course Committee, 09-2004 to 06-2007
  • Course Evaluation Assistant Coordinator, 01-2006 to 12-2007
  • Committee Chair, Online Course Coordinator, 09-2005 to 06-2006
  • Speech Judge, Alice M. House Speaking Competition,
  • Committee Member, McMicken Committee on Distance Learning, College of Arts and Sciences, 09-2005
  • Committee Member, Search Committee for e-Media faculty position, College Conservatory of Music, 09-2007 to 05-2008
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati Second Life Learning Community, 01-2007
  • Podcasting Pilot, 09-2006 to 06-2007
  • Search Committee, Blackboard Support and Faculty Technology Resource Center,
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Communication Association Mass Communication Division,
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Communication Association Instructional and Developmental Communication Division,
  • Peer Review/Referee, National Communication Association Mass Communication Division,
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Children and Media
  • Peer Review/Referee, Mass Communication and Society
  • Peer Review/Referee, Popular Communication
  • Peer Review/Referee, Spanish Journal of Psychology
  • Member, Kentucky Taskforce for Universal Screen-time Reduction, Partnership for a Fit Kentucky, 09-2007 to 06-2008
  • Member, National Taskforce, Center for Screen-Time Awareness, Washington, DC 09-2006 to 06-2007
  • Reviewer, International Communication Association Mass Communication Division,
  • Reviewer, International Communication Association Children, Adolescents, and Media Division,
  • Peer Review/Referee, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Communication Association Mass Communication Division,
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Communication Association Children, Adolescents, and Media,
  • Committee Member, Role of the Regionals, 03/14/2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Communication Quarterly
  • Peer Review/Referee, Media Psychology
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Reviewer, University Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship,
  • Reviewer, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
  • Reviewer, Communication Theory
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction
  • Reviewer, Journal of Family Communication
  • Paper Reader, International Communication Association Children, Adolescents and Media Division,
  • BMC Public Health
  • Children’s Literature Association
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Human Communication Research
  • Information Society
  • Journal of Advertising
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
  • NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field
  • Vice-Chair, International Communication Association Children, Adolescents, and Media Division ,
  • Committee Chair, International Communication Association Children, Adolescents, and Media Division,
  • Committee Chair, National Communication Association Mass Communication Division,
  • Committee Member, Ohio Department of Higher Education Arts and Humanities, History, Communication and Design Cluster Faculty Panel,
  • Committee Member, College of A&S A&S Strategic Retention Board ,
  • Committee Member, College of A&S A&S Academic Program Review Committee ,
  • Member, IT Expo Organizing Committee ,
  • Committee Member, University Libraries Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Strategic Initiative,
  • Committee Member, Nationally Competitive Award Review committee for Truman Nationally Competitive Award , 2015 to Present
  • Committee Chair, College of A&S RPT Committee for Journalism Tenure-track Faculty , 2018
  • Committee Member, Graduate Fellows Graduate Student Fellows Review Committee , 2018
  • Committee Member, University Transfer Taskforce , 2017
  • Committee Member, Faculty Advisor Liaison, 5th Annual UC Advising Conference , 2015 to 2016
  • UC International Study Abroad Mentor, 2015 to 2016
  • Committee Member, College of A&S RPT Committee for Journalism Tenure-track Faculty , 2015
  • Committee Member, Search Committee, Digital Media Collaborative , 2014
  • Committee Member, College of A&S Search committee for Director of Marketing, 2012 to 2013
  • Undergraduate Director , 2014 to 2018
  • Committee Member, Teaching Committee , 2016 to Present
  • Committee Member, Capstone Committee , 2010 to Present
  • Committee Chair, Curriculum Committee for Mediated Communication , 2012 to Present
  • Committee Member, Evaluation Committee for Department Head , 2012 to Present
  • Committee Member, COMM-IT Collaboration Team , 2017 to Present
  • RPT Committee , 2010 to Present
  • Co-Chair, COMM-IT Collaboration Team , 2015 to 2017
  • Committee Member, Student Development Committee , 2011 to 2016
  • Committee Member, Search Committee for Computer-Mediated Communication faculty position , 2015 to 2016
  • Committee Chair, Evaluation Committee for Department Head 5-year Review , 2015
  • Advisor, 4+1 Undergraduate/Graduate Program , 2010 to 2013
  • Co-Director, Graduate Program , 2011 to 2012
  • Committee Chair, Recruitment Committee for Graduate Program , 2010 to 2011
  • Committee Member, Online Course Committee , 2004 to 2007
  • Presenter, Riverview East College and Career Day, 2018
  • Hosted 100 displaced high school students at the University of Cincinnati from Riverview East Academy during flood, 2018
  • Teen and Parent Social Media Workshops, Bridgetown Middle School, 2017

Courses Taught

  • 15-COMM-326 INTRO TO MASS COMM
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-COMM-416 CHILDREN AND MEDIA
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-COMM-429 COMM & TECHNOLOGY
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC
    Level: Undergraduate

  • FRESHMAN SEMINAR: COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
    FRESHMAN SEMINAR: COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W

  • MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND THE INDIVIDUAL
    MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND THE INDIVIDUAL
    Level: Graduate

  • Seminar in Mediated Communication
    Seminar in Mediated Communication
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-COMM-893 TEACHING COMMUNICATI
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-COMM-326 INTRO TO MASS COMM
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-COMM-861 DIR PROBLEMS COMM
    Level: Graduate

  • 15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-COMM-861 DIR PROBLEMS COMM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • -COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA
    Children and Advertising
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA
    Children's Media Around the World
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • -COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA
    Level: Undergraduate

  • null
    Level: Graduate

  • -COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Empirical Research Methods
    Empirical Research Methods
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14SS

  • -COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Mediated Communication and Public Opinion
    Level: Undergraduate