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Tenure-Track Faculty

Blevins, Jeffrey Layne

Head, Department of Journalism & Associate Professor

22 B McMicken Hall


Dr. Blevins is an Associate Professor and Head of the Journalism Department.  Tenured in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, he also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Communication, and Department of Political Science.  His Scholarship is grounded in U.S. telecommunication law and policy and engages critical political economy theory.  Dr. Blevins' published research has examined media ownership regulation, First Amendment jurisprudence on media ownership regulation, Internet media policy and the politics of the telecommunication policymaking process.  He has provided expertise on electronic media regulation and Federal Communications Commission policymaking to international, national, regional and local news media.  In 2009 Dr. Blevins served as a federal grant reviewer for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is a frequent opinion-editorial columnist for major news outlets, including USA Today, The Cincinnati Enquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other venues.

Calfano, Brian Robert

Assistant Professor

1201 Crosley Tower


Brian Calfano (Ph.D., University of North Texas) teaches experimental design, research methods, and politics and media. He conducts research on marginalized groups, political information use, religion and politics, and journalistic coverage of political events.

Brian is the co-author of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple University Press, 2013) and A Matter of Discretion: The Political Behavior of Catholic Priests in the U.S. and Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles in numerous journals including Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

Brian's experience in applied politics includes serving as policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. He is also a political reporter and producer for Nexstar Broadcasting Group.

Flournoy, John Craig

Asst Professor

13C McMicken Hall


Craig Flournoy has worked on a hay farm, pipeline, steel fabricating plant, offshore oil rig and as a bible salesman, waiter and landscaper. For 22 years, he was an investigative reporter at the Dallas Morning News. His journalism was honored with more than 50 state and national awards including the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. His work helped prompt unprecedented federal action, allowing hundreds of poor black families to move into good housing in safe neighborhoods. Since 2002 he has taught journalism. The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded him a fellowship to write a book about white and black press coverage of the Civil Rights Movement. He is delighted to join the University of Cincinnati.

Educator Faculty

Hughes, Sean

Educator Assistant Professor of Journalism, Photojournalism and Design Coordinator

13A McMicken Hall


Sean Hughes has over 25 years of professional documentary, photojournalism and design experience. He is currently a full-time Associate Professor, Educator of Photojournalism and Media Design in the Department of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a working documentary director, videographer, photojournalist, and publication art director for Everything Sondheim.

Prior to that, Hughes was the Art Director for both CityBeat newspaper and The Sondheim Review national magazine. While at CityBeat he won over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Press Club, Association of Alternative Newspapers (AAN) and AWN, including two-time Ohio SPJ's Designer of the Year (2004 and 2006). 

His photojournalism and documentary work runs the gamut: from NCAA basketball finals to extensive documentary studies in Cuba and India; coverage of medical teams in Oaxaca, Mexico; an official photographer for the Bunbury Music Festival; and numerous magazine features. He also served as the director of photography for the first-ever U.S.-held World Choir Games in 2012. Hughes was also one of six photographers chosen state-wide to create a “re-photographic” survey of Ohio sites documented as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The project was organized by the Ohio Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The photo survey is now a touring exhibit, with a featured exhibit as part of the FotoFocus Biennial in 2012: Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010.

Recently, his cinematography, editing and co-directing role in the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water led to ten film festival awards including Best Documentary and Best Overall Film awards at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Jonason, Robert J.

Educator Associate Professor

13D McMicken Hall


Educator Associate Professor Bob Jonason teaches convergent media classes, including the Media Bureau, which produces multimedia stories in partnership with local news outlets. The class gives students a hands-on learning experience that blends technical and production skills with creative expertise and storytelling. Stories by the bureau have been honored by the Associated Collegiate Press, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Society of Professional Journalists, and video work has been recognized with Emmy Awards.

He serves on several university committees that involve curricular development, including the steering committee of the Digital Media Collaborative.

In addition, he's the adviser to the business staff (sales, marketing and design) of The News Record, UC's student-run news organization, and UC's student chapter of the Online News Association.

He is the recipient of a 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute fellowship, granted to college professors who are interested in teaching the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial journalism.

His background includes more than three decades of experience in professional journalism. For a decade he was a leader in digital media at The Indianapolis Star. He directed The Star’s Online Services department, managing content, sales, production and design teams and leading the strategic development of digital media initiatives. During this time The Star achieved tremendous growth in digital traffic and revenue and won many local, state and national awards for its digital efforts, including a national award for community service. For six consecutive years The Star's news website,, was named the top news site in Indiana by the Hoosier State Press Association. Jonason also was an editor for 12 years at Philadelphia Newspapers, first in the newsroom of The Philadelphia Inquirer and then as a founding editor of Philadelphia Online, now Early in his career he was on The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel staff that was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

He has taught journalism classes as an adjunct professor at Indiana University and as an instructor at Ball State University. He is a member of the Online News Association, College Media Business and Advertising Managers and the Associated Collegiate Press

Mitchell, Pama

Educator Associate Professor

037 McMicken Hall


Biography: My career in the fields of communication and journalism began in the 1970s when I worked as a writer and producer for a PBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC. Later, as a PhD student I had a research fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill that encompassed public relations for that University as well as survey research projects for its School of Journalism. I also was Manager of Surveys for CBS News, working with colleagues at the New York Times on joint CBS News/New York Times Polls. After completing my PhD I became Director of Polling for a large newspaper (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and conducted public opinion research for other non-profit, media and government clients through my own consulting business. In recent years, I also have been actively engaged in newspaper and magazine writing—as a staffer for the start-up local weekly, The Northern Kentucky Sunday Challenger, and as a freelancer for a range of local, regional and national publications. My teaching background before taking my current joint Field Service appointment to teach in the Department of Communication and in the English Department's journalism program includes a tenure-track position at East Carolina University (where I taught broadcast journalism) and at UNC-Chapel Hill while completing my master’s degree. Over the years I have taught everything from film criticism and screenplay writing to advertising copywriting for radio and television and basic news reporting. I live in Clifton with my husband, George Bishop, who is Professor of Political Science here at UC. Research Areas: My research has included articles and papers on how voters use political advertising (from a uses & gratifications perspective), the effects of negative political advertising on voter turnout and participation, the role of public opinion polls in the marketing of political candidates, and the response of the broadcasting industry to the blacklisting practices of the McCarthy era.

Penix, Leonard N.

Educator Associate Professor

22A McMicken Hall


Leonard N. Penix, J.D., McMicken College of Arts and Sciences,  educator associate professor and news track coordinator, Department of Journalism, has more than 32 years of daily newspaper experience, including 29 years at The Cincinnati Post, where he worked as  production supervisor, assistant metro editor, suburban editor, editor of the online edition, page designer and copy editor. His career as a college educator spans 26 years, including nearly 20 years at the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Penix was licensed in 1985 by the Ohio Supreme Court as an attorney for the practice of law. He has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Michigan State University, one in English and the other in journalism, and a doctorate in law from Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. He has published approximately 7,500 articles and news stories, many distributed nationwide through the Associated Press, Scripps Howard and New York Times wire services.  
Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He deliveed a speech about three years ago for approximately 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, and last year returned to Austin to lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015.

Wohlfarth, Jennifer

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Educator Associate Professor

13B McMicken Hall


Jenny Wohlfarth has been a magazine journalist since 1993 and has taught at UC since 2000; she currently serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Magazine Track Coordinator. She is the faculty adviser for UC's online student magazine, Verge, and the UC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Before coming to UC full-time, Jenny worked for numerous award-winning national magazines; she is a former executive editor of I.D. (International Design) Magazine and a former managing editor of HOW Magazine. She has published articles in a wide variety of national consumer and trade magazines, covering art, architecture, animals/agriculture, business, conservation/environment, design, travel and urban/social issues. She is a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine and continues to write for several national magazines. She has co-presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching and the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, and has been honored with teaching and writing awards, including the 2012 David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, a national award given by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a juror for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism sponsored by SPJ and several national magazine journalism and graphic-design competitions, including contests managed by Writer’s Digest, HOW Magazine, The Thoroughbred Times and The American Horse Publications. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. 

Adjunct Faculty

Batts, Battinto L

Professor - Adj

McMicken Hall


Bhatia, Peter K.

Professor - Adj

McMicken Hall


Peter Bhatia, a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning editor who has spearheaded meaningful journalism and digital advances at numerous news sites across the country, is editor and vice president of audience engagement at Enquirer Media. He joined The Enquirer in August 2015.

Bhatia was director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State's Cronkite School of Journalism. He joined the university in June 2014, as visiting professor in journalism ethics after a long and successful career at The Oregonian in Portland, where he was editor.

His resume includes helping lead newsrooms that won nine Pulitzer Prizes, including six in Portland. He is a six-time Pulitzer juror. He is the first journalist of South Asian descent to lead a major daily newspaper in the U.S., running The Oregonian from 2010 to 2014. He previously was the paper's managing editor and executive editor, teaming with then-editor Sandra Mims Rowe. Rowe and Bhatia were named editors of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2008. He served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2003-04 and is a regular speaker on contemporary journalism issues.

Bhatia was executive editor of The Fresno Bee, managing editor of The Sacramento Bee, editor of the York (Pennsylvania) Dispatch and Sunday News, managing editor of the Dallas Times Herald, deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.

He also is a leader in journalism education, having served for seven years as president of the national organization that accredits college schools of journalism and mass communication from 2007-14. He has led or served on more than 20 Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications accrediting teams in the U.S., Middle East and New Zealand. He has just returned to the presidency of the accrediting agency, elected to a new term in May 2016.
Peter and his wife, Liz Dahl, have two grown children who live in Portland and New York City, and one grandchild.
At Stanford, Peter has served on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association and Stanford Associates. He also serves on an advisory board for Stanford magazine. He co-chaired his 40th class reunion in 2015. His son, Jay, is a 2012 graduate.

Affiliate Faculty

Banjo, Omotayo

Associate Professor

121-A McMicken Hall


Omotayo Banjo, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She has also presented her research at regional, national and international conferences which include the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education  in Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Collegium for African-American Research.  Dr. Banjo teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.

Jennings, Nancy A

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director, and Director of the Children's Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab

120CA McMicken Hall


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.

Niven, David

Assistant Professor

1122 Crosley Tower


David Niven (Ph.D., Ohio State University) teaches American politics and conducts research on campaigns, political communication and death penalty policy. David is the author of several books including The Politics of Injustice: The Kennedys, The Freedom Rides and the Electoral Consequences of a Moral Compromise (University of Tennessee Press) and has published research in numerous journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,  and the Journal of Black Studies. David's experience in applied politics includes serving as the speechwriter for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and for Martin O'Malley's campaign for president.

Emeriti Faculty

Hughes, Jon


225A McMicken Hall


JON HUGHES, Emeritus Professor of English & Journalism, is an award-winning reporter, author and photojournalist. He has been on the staffs of three daily and two alternative newspapers in addition to writing and producing radio dramas and a television documentary on Cuba. Hughes is the author, editor, or major contributor to 11 books. More than 1,200 of his photographs have been published and his images have been exhibited internationally. He is director of photography of the award-winning documentary series "The Intimate Realities of Water."
Photojournalism published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Village Voice, Sun Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Boulevard, New Letters, Worth Magazine, Tributary, Cincinnati Enquirer.

Photojournalism Exhibits: Taft Museum, Fototeca de Cuba (Havana), Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, United State Air Force Academy, College of Mount St. Joseph, ArtWorks, Pittsburg State University.

Wilson, James C.


13A McMicken Hall


James Wilson serves as a Magazine/Narrative Nonfiction Track adviser and has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of New Mexico.  He has worked as a feature writer for newspapers in northern New Mexico and as an editor at Prairie Schooner and Saltillo magazines. He has published creative nonfiction in both literary and consumer magazines. His books include: Vietnam in Prose and Film (1983), John Reed for the Masses (1987), The Hawthorne and Melville Friendship (1990), Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture (2001), and Weather Reports from the Autism Front:  A Father's Memoir of His Autistic Son (2008). His current project, Sex in the Time of Revolution, is an auto-fiction about the summer of 1972, which he spent with a French companion traveling in the former Yugoslavia.


Bridges, Jodi L

Business Administrator

137 McMicken Hall