Dr. Robert Nanney, Department Chair

Currently Teaching:

Features and Editorial Writing, Desktop Publishing, and Senior Seminar

Dr. Robert Nanney is beginning his 22nd year with the department and his 14th year as chairman. He has 15 years' experience in print journalism as a reporter, photographer and managing editor. He has won several teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award by The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association, and has been a faculty member with the Tennessee Governor's School for the Humanities (held at UT Martin) for 20 years. He is co-founder of the department's Media Design sequence. His research specialty is community journalism, and his creative activity involves photojournalism and desktop publishing. He is immediate past president of the UTM Faculty Senate. He holds numerous committee assignments, including the Tennessee Press Association Journalism Committee and the national Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication's Contemporary Leadership Committee.


  • Ph.D. (Mass Communication), Ohio University, 1993, Athens, OH
  • Master of Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1990, Baton Rouge, LA
  • B.S. (Communications), The University of Tennessee at Martin, 1988, Martin, TN
  • B.S. (Sociology), The University of Tennessee at Martin, 1981, Martin, TN

Contact Information:

E-mail: rnanney@utm.edu

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