Chad Tew, PhD
Associate Professor of Online Journalism
Program Coordinator of Journalism
Faculty Senator, Liberal Arts
(Two Terms: 2007-2009, 2009-2011)
Faculty Advisor, Society of Professional Journalists
Faculty Advisor, College Democrats
Dept. of Communications
Univ. of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
E-mail: crtew at usi dot edu
Dr2 teaches Internet communications, online journalism and multimedia production courses in the Journalism Program at the University of Southern Indiana. The Journalism Program currently offers four new media / online journalism courses and uses a convergence model to teach traditional reporting, writing, and editing skills. Dr2's course "Digital Storytelling" builds on another strength of the journalism program, which is in a creative and narrative approach to long form news writing. (Mobile Test)
He is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. John L. Marambio on Hollywood's portrayals of Latinos since Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke to the present. Marambio and Tew offer insights into how mass communication has influenced the current debates about national identity, official language, border defense, global economics, and immigration policy. Status: [Forthcoming]. Their work has previously appeared in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture and The Journal of American Culture.
Dr. Sandra Borden and Chad Tew published an article on the question, Who is a journalist? For example, are Jon Stewart of The Daily Show or Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report journalists? Read Borden and Tew's article in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics to find out more. Their article speaks to how performances of journalism influence our perceptions of this definition. But a journalist commits to long-term expectations of professionalism and embodies those expectations in his or her performances.
As both a faculty senator and an advisor, Chad Tew has worked on human rights, civil liberties, and social justice issues. In fall 2007, he proposed changes to the University's "Outside Speaker's Policy Statement." The USI Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists then invited a cancelled speaker, Gary Yourofsky of Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT), to challenge the University's old policy. The University honored the SPJ's invitation to the outside speaker. University lawyers soon revised the old outside speaker's policy, which had been out-of-date legally for almost 40 years. The change brought USI policy in line with its culture, a long tradition of free speech rights of which the instition can be proud.
In spring 2008, Chad Tew championed domestic partner benefits and called on the faculty senate to adopt a resolution that would oppose the drive in the Indiana state legislature to establish a Constitutional Amendment that would define marriage as between "a man and a woman." The Indiana Amendment was killed in a state legislative committee. Meanwhile, the domestic partners benefits package was placed on the Board of Trustees' agenda for its final approval. At the time, USI was the only four-year public university institution in the state of Indiana not to offer a domestic partner benefits package. In May 2008, the Board voted 8-1 to table the issue. Dr. Tew worked on placing the benefit package on the Board's agenda, he was an advocate for its successful passage, he was critical of the Board when it tabled the issue, and he worked with organizations throughout the delay to show the Board that there was interest in resolving this issue successfully. In May 2009, the Board voted 5-3 (with one person absent) to allow the President to implement the benefit. President H. Ray Hoops finalized the benefits package during his last months as president. In Jan 2010, employees at USI can begin to sign up for domestic partner benefits.
Dr2 was awarded the "Student Organization Advisor of the Year" for his work with the USI Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in spring 2008. Kyle Knight, a student of Dr2ís, was awarded the Silent Inspiration Award for persuasion and leadership.