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Kittrell Rushing
Former Associate Dean, Professor (Emeritus)
Arts & Sciences, Communication, History, Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D., MA, BS

Frank McDonald Professor
Communication Department Head, 1991-2008

History Department, Interim Department Head 2008-2011

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 2011-2013

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 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 and a member of the steering committees for the History and Macintosh Society (H-MAC), H-Net's US Civil War History discussion list (H-CIVWAR), and 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 and maillist. He also serves a the webmaster for the Historians of the Western Theater of the U. S. Civil War.

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 COMM4510, "Mass Communication Law and Ethics," COMM4200, "Senior Seminar in Communication," COMM3370, "Web Publishing," and COMM2310, "Media Writing II."
Rushing also taught courses on the history and culture of Scotland and United States journalism history.

In retirement, Rushing continues to serve UTC by teaching Professional Writing. His research and writing related to women's issues of the 19th Century continues.