Valenti award recipients


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Outstanding Research Award:

Summer Harlow

Dr. Harlow, an assistant professor of journalism, has a Ph.D. in Journalism and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Trilingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), she researches the intersections of emerging media technologies, international communication/journalism, alternative media, and activism, with an emphasis on Latin America and marginalized groups. She is a former Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellow, and her dissertation won the Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award for best dissertation in the field from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Harlow is the author of Liberation Technology in El Salvador: Re-appropriating Social Media among Alternative Media Projects, published in 2017 by Palgrave-Macmillan. Her scholarly work has received numerous recognitions from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and has been published in top peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Communication; New Media & Society; Journalism; International Journal of Communication; Journalism Studies; Journalism Practice; Media, Culture & Society; and the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.



Outstanding Teaching by Tenure-Track Faculty:

Wenlin Liu

Wenlin Liu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Strategic and Organizational Communication . Her research areas include interorganizational alliance, immigrant and multiethnic community building, and social network analysis. Dr. Liu was a leading member of the Alhambra Project, which takes a theory-driven approach to investigate the role of community-based storytelling and local nonprofit organizations in building a multiethnic community located in suburban Los Angeles. She has authored nine journal articles and book chapters covering topics including multiethnic community engagement, corporate-nonprofit partnership, and organizational alliance building using new technologies such as hyperlinks and social media. Dr. Liu's work has received several Top Paper Awards at conferences organized by International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), and World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).


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Outstanding Teaching by an Instructional Professor:

Priscilla Tinsley

Priscilla Thorne Tinsley is an Instructional Assistant Professor and serves as consultant of PTT Public Relations, LLC, a Houston-based public relations firm. She has more than 25 years of professional experience developing and executing effective strategic communication, marketing, media relations, community relations and crisis management plans and programs for several companies and organizations in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Tinsley previously served as manager of communication/community relations for Koch Industries, Inc. (Koch Companies Public Sector); director of public relations for Direct Energy, LP; public relations manager/spokesperson for Foley’s Department Stores Company; marketing manager for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; development supervisor for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and public relations coordinator for the Houston Area Urban League.


Staff Excellence Award:

Dung Huynh

Dung earned his BBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) here at the University of Houston in 2000. He is responsible for the technical programming and administration of the Communications Technology Center (CTC) and employs superior specialization in transaction web processing, database management, systems administration in order to deliver quality computing to all our clients (faculty, staff, and students). Following a brief stint with UH's ITAC, Dung brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the school's technology mission.


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Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer:

Michael “Tate” Barkley

Professor Barkley has been a practicing attorney for more than 16 years and is also a founding member of Bain & Barkley, A Partnership of Professional Corporations based in Sugar Land, Texas. He received his Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1991. His litigation and trial experience consists of communications law, consumer and labor claims, medical malpractice and commercial disputes, as well as insurance defense.