Three JMC faculty recognized for teaching milestones


Faculty years-of-service milestones were noted at the annual faculty recognition banquet in April. Nine were recognized for reaching the 25 year service mark. They are front row from left: MSU President Dr. Robert Davies; Dr. Staci Stone, interim dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Ann Neelon, Department of English; Dr. Mary Sue Sroda, chair, Department of English; Dr. Tim Todd, dean, Bauernfeind College of Business. Back row from left:  Dr. Stephen Cobb, dean, Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Dr. Allen White, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; Gill Welsch, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; Squire Babcock, Department of English and Philosophy; Dr. Seid Hassan, Department of Economics and Finance.


Dr. Allen White and Mr. Gill Welsch were recognized for 25 years of teaching service to Murray State while Dr. Debbie Owens was recognized for 15 years of service.

White joined the faculty in August 1991. He teaches courses in advertising, public relations, and in the graduate program. He has served as graduate coordinator, interim assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and interim JMC department chair. He was the founding college head for White Residential College, part of Murray State’s residential college system.

White earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He has been a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and has worked as a newspaper reporter, sports editor and as a public opinion researcher for a research company.

Prior to coming to Murray State, White taught at Kansas State University and Duquesne University.

Welsch joined the faculty in August 1992 as head of the advertising major and adviser to the MSU Ads Club, positions he still holds. He has taught courses in advertising, journalism and public relations over the years. His teaching duties currently include teaching the internship course and senior seminar.

He earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has done doctoral studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Welsch has worked as a newspaper reporter, public relations and advertising consultant. Prior to coming to Murray State, he taught at Southeast Missouri State University.


Ten were recognized for reaching the 15 year service mark at the annual faculty recognition banquet in April 2017. They are front row from left: MSU President Dr. Robert Davies; Dean Ann Provine, Hutson School Of Agriculture; James Clinger, Humanities and Fine Arts; Barbara Cobb, Humanities and Fine Arts; Debbie Owens, interim chair, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications, Peggy Pittman-Munke, Education and Human Services. Back row from left: Ryan Morrow, Hutson School Of Agriculture; Cynthia Gayman, Humanities and Fine Arts; Dubravko Icansic, Humanities and Fine Arts; Joe DeBella, Education and Human Services; and Abdulrahman Yarali, Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.


Owens joined the faculty in August 2002. She has served as head of the electronic media major (now known as television production), internship coordinator and graduate director. She currently serves as interim department chair.

She has worked as a newspaper and broadcast journalist, a marketing/public affairs communications writer, and an English/reading teacher.

Owens earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida

Prior to joining the JMC faculty, Owens taught at Fayetteville State University, Bowling Green State University, and East Carolina University.

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Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal

Categorized | Faculty/Staff