Charlene Simmons, Ph.D.

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Dr. Charlene Simmons is a UC Foundation Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dr. Simmons currently teaches Mass Media History (COMM 2200, face-to-face), Publication Design (Comm 3350, online), and Mass Communication Law and Ethics (Comm 4510, face-to-face). She has also taught Introduction to Mass Communication (Comm 1010), Mass Media History (COMM 2200), print & Web design courses (Comm 3350, 3370 & 4350), Mass Communication Perspectives (Comm 3200), Internship (Comm 4850), and Innovations Lab 1 & 2 (UHON 2850/60).

Dr. Simmons received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Tech.

Before getting her doctorate, Dr. Simmons served as a Senior Research Associate at the now-defunct Center for Media Education, a non-profit that studied children and new media. While at CME, Dr. Simmons worked on a number of projects related to children’s online privacy, children’s television, teens and the Web, and alcohol and tobacco marketing online.

Dr. Simmons’s research interests include media history, new technology, media ownership, and media law.