CCI Welcomes New Faculty, Congratulates Promoted Faculty

FSU College of Communication and Information welcomes four new professors to its faculty for the Fall 2020 semester. They join us as we navigate the coming semester in a new and primarily digital landscape. Additionally, many current faculty members have been promoted or are taking on new leadership roles as of July 1, 2020.

We are thankful for the dedication and commitment to delivering high quality education that all CCI faculty possess. A listing of promotions and new roles follows bios of the new faculty members. Congratulations to all!


Kelly Kelly headshotKelly Kelly

Education: Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Florida, M.A., Mass Communication with a specialization in journalism, University of Florida, Graduate Certificate, Fundraising Management, University of Florida, B.A., Psychology, Rollins College

Employment prior to FSU: I was a graduate instructor and adjunct lecturer while at UF; head of content in an entrepreneurial endeavor for Folotrio, LLC; and held a variety of leadership and consulting positions for fortune 500 companies prior.

Areas of research: Storytelling and social change; promotional strategy and culture. I’m particularly interested in the dissemination of ideas and practices into popular culture and am currently researching how Americans came to embrace meditation, and with it, South Asian philosophy and culture.

Areas of teaching: Ad writing; ad strategy; campaigns; ethics; cause marketing; and corporate social responsibility

Classes teaching this Fall: I’m teaching Advertising Strategy, Principles of Advertising and will be faculty advisor to the student national competitive advertising team – Arrowhead.

What are you looking forward to at FSU? The people and the opportunity to mentor, coach, guide, teach, and lead an amazing group of students.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be? I’d invest in a fleet of Sprinters and become a delivery partner with Amazon.


Caroline Stratton headshotCaroline Stratton

Education: BS in Nuclear & Radiological Engineering from Georgia Tech, PhD in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Employment prior to FSU: Postdoctoral fellow in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
Areas of research: Digital equity, technology policy, information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D).
Areas of teaching: Information policy, technology and management.
Classes teaching this Fall: LIS5411 Introduction to Information Policy.
What are you looking forward to at FSU? I’m excited to join a supportive group of faculty, develop new research and collaborations, and work with students and staff.
If you could choose any other career, what would it be? I would cook professionally or be a sports statistician.

Margaret Zimmerman HeadshotMargaret Zimmerman

Education: My undergrad (literature) is from University of NC, Greensboro, I have a Masters in Library and Information Science and a Masters in Information Systems- both from Drexel University, and a PhD in LIS from The University of South Carolina

Employment prior to FSU: Yikes. I have worked as a waitress, restaurant manager, florist, technology educator, hospice worker, AmeriCorps member, school librarian, wedding planner, and run the drive through at McDonald’s. My last position, however, was as an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa.

Areas of research: I study how disadvantaged women interact with and obtain health information, how this acquisition is affected by their literacies (reading and information) and how to break down the barriers in this process. I also look at large datasets to study international trends in health outcomes as they relate to metrics of library usage and scholarship.

Areas of teaching: I have taught a wide range of classes from the more technical, such as information organization, health informatics, and introduction to computer science for undergrads, and less so, including classes on scaling library education to literacy levels and an overview of social issues in the field of librarianship. I particularly enjoy teaching courses that provide my students ample opportunity to explore information science from diverse user perspectives- regardless of the content.

Classes teaching this Fall: I am teaching LIS5703: Information Organization

What are you looking forward to at FSU? FSU has a reputation for producing scholars and attracting faculty that are both incredibly brilliant and like-minded regarding issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion. I am here because I want to work within the ranks of these amazing people, including the faculty, staff, and students.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be? I wouldn’t, honestly. But, if I had to, I would be a forest ranger.


Yunjung Kim headshotYunJung Kim

Education: Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., Korea University; B.A., Korea University.

Employment prior to FSU: Associate Professor at Louisiana State University.

Areas of research: Speech acoustics and kinematics in people with Parkinson’s disease, speech intelligibility/clarity, accented speech.

Areas of teaching: Motor speech disorders, Speech science.

Classes teaching this Fall: SPA 5230 Motor speech disorders.

What are you looking forward to at FSU? Good science with the amazing research teams at FSU, students and faculty across the campus.

If you could choose any other career, what would it be?  A forensic voice/speech analysis expert. Well, a real version of any characters from the CSI team!


Name School New Role Previous Position
Faye Jones CCI Research Faculty II Research Faculty I
Avery Henry SCOM Teaching Faculty I Visiting Position Forensics/Speech & Debate
Chanta Haywood SCOM Teaching Faculty I Visiting Position
Malia Bruker SCOM Associate Professor Assistant Professor
Russell Clayton SCOM Associate Professor Assistant Professor
Patrick Merle SCOM School Director Professor with additional role
Jaejin Lee SCOM Director of Integrated Marketing Communication Program Professor with additional role
Rachel Bailey SCOM Director of Doctoral Studies Professor with additional role
Tricia Montgomery SCSD Director of Clinical Education; Teaching Faculty II Professor with additional role
Lakeisha Johnson SCSD Assistant Professor Adjunct
Becky Greenhill SCSD Teaching Faculty I Adjunct
Aimee Reist iSchool Managing Director – iSchool; Instructional Specialist III Adjunct
Zhe He iSchool Associate Professor Assistant Professor
Leila Gibradze iSchool University Librarian Associate University Librarian
Gary Burnett iSchool MSI/Specialist Program Co-Chair Professor with additional role
Melissa Gross iSchool MSI/Specialist Program Co-Chair Professor with additional role
Paul Marty iSchool BSIT Program Co-Chair Professor with additional role