Frank McDonald Professor of Communication
Communication Department Head, 1991-2008
Dr. Rushing is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. His degrees are in political science and administration and management of higher education. Before joining the ranks of college teachers, Rushing worked for a number of years as a television journalist with Memphis television stations WMC and WHBQ. Rushing served in the United States Navy as a radioman during of the Vietnam War. He went to sea aboard the U.S.S. Atakapa (ATF-149) and the U.S.S. Papago (ATF-160).
Rushing came to UTC in 1982 from a journalism faculty position at the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Professor Rushing is active in "electronic" communication. He is a "listserv" moderator for the History and Macintosh Society (H-MAC). He serves on the editorial board of H-Net's US Civil War History discussion list (H-CIVWAR). He is on the steering committee of the journalism history "listserv" (J-HISTORY). Rushing is the custodian of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) History Division web site.
Rushing for many years was the co-organizer of the UTC Communication Department's West Chair Symposium on the "Antebellum Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression.
He most often taught UTC's COMM451, "Mass Communication Law and Ethics," COMM420, "Senior Seminar in Communication," COMM337, "Web Publishing," and COMM231, "Media Writing II."
Rushing is developing a course in journalism history of the 19th century that may be first offered in the spring of 2009.
Dr. Rushing maintains a more detailed Web site, which you can access here.