In the News: MTSU faculty touch on politics, media...

In the News: MTSU faculty touch on politics, media, art, history, more

MTSU faculty recently shared their expertise on a variety of topics with news media outlets. The issues included country music, CEO tweets, dairy farms, contemporary art and the demise of a journalism museum, among others.

Dr. Derek Frisby, lecturer in MTSU’s Department of Global Studies and Human Geography

Dr. Derek Frisby

Nick Satinover, associate professor, Art and Design

Nick Satinover

Dr. Derek Frisby, faculty coordinator in liberal arts and lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography, explained in a Nov. 11 podcast by Nashville Public Radio why altering or removing Confederate memorials is so complicated. The audio is available here.

Nick Satinover, an associate professor of print media, explained his art exhibit “Intervals, Assemblages, Accumulations” for a Nov. 12 article by the Fulton (Missouri) Sun. His comments are available here.

Dr. Deanna Little, flute professor

Dr. Deanna Little

Brad Meyer, Information Technology Division Systems Administrator.

Brad Meyer

Dr. Deanna Hahn-Little, a professor of flute, discussed “The Dolly Project,” a CD of original compositions inspired by country singer Dolly Parton, for a Nov. 14 story in The Belmond (Iowa) Independent. The article is available here.

Brad Meyer, a systems administrator in the Division of Information Technology, talked about the pros and cons of the “cloud” for the Enterprise Cloud Index 2019 report, which was synopsized in a Nov. 15 post at The report is available here.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international affairs, commented for a Nov. 16 story in the Dallas Morning News and other news outlets on a study on homeowners’ reluctance to move to an area where the neighbors have different political views from theirs. His perspective is available here.

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international affairs, examined letters sent by constituents to U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for a Nov. 15 story by Nashville Public Radio. The transcript and audio are available here.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Syler also co-authored a column with Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a professor of political science and international affairs, about the impact of the “Mae West effect” on President Trump’s political capital for the Nov. 21 issue of The Tennessean and other Gannett newspapers. The column can be read here.

Vile discussed his encyclopedia of the American flag and the flag’s origins on an edition of NewsChannel5+’s “Inside Politics that was posted Dec. 5. The video is available here.

Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, associate dean, College of Basic and Applied Sciences

Dr. Saeed Foroudastan

Dr. David L. Trowbridge, Assistant Professor in Political Science

Dr. David Trowbridge

Dr. Ryan Korstange, Department of University Studies, University College

Dr. Ryan Korstange

Dr. Saaed Foroudastan, associate dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and a professor of engineering technology, touted the professional master’s degree program as being preferred by employers at the National Professional Science Master’s Association conference Nov. 7 and 8. His comments were posted in a Nov. 20 story in the Arizona Republic online and other news outlets and can be read here.

Dr. David Trowbridge, an assistant professor of political science and international affairs, published a paper titled “Engaging Hearts and Minds: How and Why Legal Organizations Use Public Education” in the November 2019 issue of “Law and Social Inquiry.” His article can be accessed here.

Dr. Ryan Korstange, an assistant professor of university studies, co-hosted a podcast titled “Defining the Church,” part two, that was published on YouTube Nov. 21. It can be heard here.

Dr. Ed Kimbrell, professor emeritus

Dr. Ed Kimbrell

Chris Clark, adjunct professor, MTSU Department of Media Arts

Chris Clark

Dr. Ed Kimbrell, a professor emeritus of journalism, and Chris Clark, an adjunct professor of journalism, commented on MTSU alumnus Phil Williams, now an investigative reporter for WTVF-TV, for a Nov. 22 article in the Nashville Ledger. The article is available here.

Dr. Douglas Allen, lecturer, global studies and human geography

Dr. Douglas Allen

Dr. Douglas Allen, a lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography, co-authored a historical review of attempts to change the name of MTSU’s Forrest Hall that was published Nov. 22 by the Activist History Review. The article can be read here.

Dr. Jessica Gentry Carter, director, School of Agribusiness and Agriscience

Dr. Jessica Carter

Dr. Andrea S. Kelton, Accounting faculty.

Dr. Andrea S. Kelton

Dr. Jessica Carter, a professor of animal science and director of the School of Agriculture, documented the loss of dairy farms in Tennessee for a Nov. 22 posting at Her views are halfway down the page here.

Dr. Andrea Seaton Kelton, an associate professor of accounting, co-authored an editorial considering whether investors are swayed by corporate executives’ tweets for the Nov. 29 edition of the London School of Economics Business Review. The column is available here.

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. Carroll Van West, director, Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Carroll Van West

Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center, lamented the closure of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in a Dec. 2 column in the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger and other Gannett newspapers. His comments are available here.

Paulson also commented on a physician’s lawsuit against a woman who criticized him on Yelp for a Dec. 3 report on WTVF-TV. The video and transcript are available here.

Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historical Preservation and Tennessee State Historian, said he is beginning a study of the Amis Mill Historic Site in a Dec. 2 article in the Kingsport Times-News. The story is available here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-898-5081 or via email at