Nancy Jennings

Nancy A Jennings

Professor

Professor, and Director of the Children's Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab

McMicken Hall

120CA

A&S Communication - 0184

Professional Summary

Dr. Jennings studies the impact of media on the lives of children and their families and public policies and practices involved with children’s media.  Her research focuses on children's cognitive and social development and their use of media.  She employs experimental design as well as qualitative methodologies to explore children’s relationships with media characters.  She has also conducted evaluation research on educational media and outreach programs and content analyses and textual analyses of media content.  She has authored Tween Girls and Their Mediated Friends (2014) and co-edited 20 Questions about Youth and the Media with Sharon Mazzarella (2018).  Dr. Jennings has published on other topics including virtual environments, children’s advertising, families and media, and media violence. She provides parent education programs on children’s media use, directs the Children’s Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab, and has published peer-reviewed journals articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Children and Media, and Learning, Media and Technology.  She has also published book chapters in the Handbook of Family Communication, the Handbook of Children and Media, and 20 Questions about Children and Media.

Education

PhD: University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX, 2000 (Radio-Television-Film)

MBA: DePaul University Chicago, IL, 1996 (Marketing)

BS: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL, 1992 (Media Studies)

Research Support

Investigators:Jennings, N. 06-2011 -06-2012 University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Research Council Individual Grant Role:PI $2,103 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Jennings, N., Jacquez, F., Wilson, B., Breit-Smith, A., & Downing, K. 01-01-2012 -12-31-2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active Role:PI $150,000 Denied Type:Grant Level:National

Investigators:Jennings, N., Jacquez, F., & Gilman, R. 01-15-2011 -06-30-2011 University of Cincinnati, CDOC Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active Role:PI $50,000 Denied Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Jennings, N., Caplovitz, A., Jacquez, F., & Murnan, J. 2010 -2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Watch, move & learn: Making screen time active Role:PI $150,000 Denied Type:Grant Level:National

Investigators:Jennings, N. A., Murnan, J., Jacquez, F. M. 06-2009 -12-2010 University of Cincinnati - University Research Council Doing It! Healthy Habits for Kids: A School-Based Intervention to Improve Children’s Physical Activity and Eating Habits Role:PI $25,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Jennings, N. 09-2007 -09-2010 subcontract from the University of Pennsylvania (via Corporation for Public Broadcasting/US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences) Ready to Learn Children and Media Role:Principal Investigator $275,000 Completed

Investigators:Jennings, N. 01-2007 -03-2008 subcontract from the University of Pennsylvania via Corporation for Public Broadcasting/US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences Characters and Learning Outcomes Role:Principal Investigator $50,000 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Jennings, N. 09-2003 -05-2004 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Children’s television programs Role:Principal Investigator $900 Completed

Investigators:Jennings, N. 09-2003 -05-2004 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Children’s television advertising Role:Principal Investigator $900 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Jennings, N. 09-2002 -06-2004 Hogg Foundation Mental illness stigma, television and children Role:Co-Principal Investigator $36,500 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Jennings, Nancy 01-01-2012 -09-30-2012 National Communication Association Mediated Minds: An undergraduate research conference Role:PI $5,000 Denied Type:Grant Level:National

Investigators:Jennings, N.A. & Jennings, W.P. 05-2012 -05-2013 Seasongood Good Government Foundation Ohio American Trustees: Inspiring a Nation Through Civic Literacy Role:Co-PI $20,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:Local

Grant: #5-45800-B Investigators:Jennings, Nancy 01-01-2007 -03-14-2008 Department of Education Characters and Learning Outcomes Role:PI $101,629.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #545800-D / 9300-71000 Investigators:Jennings, Nancy 09-15-2007 -09-14-2010 Department of Education Ready to Learn: Educational Media and Children Role:PI $194,091.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #Common Ground Investigators:Calfano, Brian; Jennings, Nancy 06-30-2017 -12-31-2018 Scripps Howard Foundation The Common Ground Project Role:PI $10,000.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit

Investigators:Jennings, Nancy, Sharp, Michael, and Blevins, Jeff UC Forward Community Collaborative Grant Digital Media and App Production and Media Literacy Role:Co-Principal Investigator $6,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Jennings, Nancy Identity in Children’s Educational Media Role:PI $3,000 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Investigators:Jennings, Nancy and Jennings, William Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation Reaching the Audience: Outreach for the Ohio American Trustees Project Role:Co-Principal Investigator $7,875 Completed Type:Grant Level:Local

Investigators:Jennings, Nancy UC International UC International Program Development Faculty Award Role:PI $3,015 Completed Type:Grant Level:University

Grant: #Common Ground Investigators:Calfano, Brian; Jennings, Nancy 06-30-2017 -12-31-2018 Scripps Howard Foundation The Common Ground Project Role:PI $10,000.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Abbreviated Publications

Technical Report

Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2010). Children’s Response to Interactive TV:  An Observational Study of Super WHY!  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Jennings, N. A., Hunt, K. P., Altenau, M. L., & Linebarger, D. L. (2010). Examining Interactive Educational Television:  A Content Analysis of Super WHY!  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., Sallee, T. J., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2010).  “With the Power to Read”:  The effects of consistent, positive literacy messages in an educational television program.  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Jennings, N. A. (2018).  Evaluation of REACH program:  Observations and Parent Surveys.  Cincinnati, OH:  University of Cincinnati.

Jennings, N. A.  (2013).  Super Readers at CET/ThinkTV:  An Evaluation of Super WHY! Reading Camps.  Cincinnati, OH:  University of Cincinnati.  Available:  http://www.cincy-americangraduate.org/docs/SuperWhy_Full_Report_FINAL_042913.pdf

Jennings, N., Hooker, S. and Linebarger, D. L. "A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting." Observing the “Ins” and “Outs” of Between the Lions: Educational Television and Emergent Literacy in Preschoolers. (2008). Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Jennings, N., Hooker, S., Hunt, K., Altenau, M. & Linebarger, D.L.  (2009, April). Television’s Impact on Children’s Reading Skills: A Longitudinal Study.  Research Brief 20 prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 

Jennings, N., Hunt, K., Altenau, M. and Linebarger, D. L. "A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting." Electronic Company: Children’s Parasocial Relationships and Loneliness. (2008). Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Linebarger, D.L., Jennings, N., & Piotrowski, J.T. (2008). Between the Lions and Literacy Outcomes: The Role of Literacy Manipulatives and Parasocial Relationships.  Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 

Piotrowski, J.T., Linebarger, D.L., & Jennings, N.A. (2009). Assessing the Impact of Between the Lions and Literacy Manipulatives on the Literacy Skills of Young Children. A final report prepared for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Banjo, O., & Jennings, N. (2016). Content Analysis of the Portrayal of White Characters in Black Films Across Two Decades. Mass Communication and Society 20(2), 281-309.

Haas, S., Irr, M., Jennings, N., and Wagner, L. (2011).  "Communicating Thin: Stigma and the Co-Construction of Online Enabling Support Groups in the Pro-Anorexia Movement." New Media & Society, 13(1), 40-57.

Jennings, N. A.  (2013). And Now a Click from Our Sponsors:  Changes in Children’s Advertising in the United States. In A. N. Valdivia (Gen. Ed.) & S. R. Mazzarella (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of media studies. Vol. 3: Content and representation (pp. 54-73). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Jennings, N. A., & Alper, M. (2016).  Young Children’s Positive and Negative Parasocial Relationships with Media Characters.  Communication Research Reports, 33(2), 96-102.

Jennings, N. A., and Walker, B. "Experiential Mediation: Making meaningful differences with the “Other Parent."" Journal of Family Communication 9 (2009): 3-22.

Jennings, N. A., Hooker, S. D., and Linebarger, D. L. "Educational Television as Mediated Literacy Environments for Preschoolers." Learning, Media and Technology 34 (2009): 229, 242.

Jennings, N., and Collins, C. "Virtual or virtually U: Educational institutions in Second Life." International Journal of Social Sciences 2 (2008): 180-186.

Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Brod, R., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., & Sallee, T.  (2014).  How an Educational Television Program Depicts Literacy and How its Messages Affect Young Children’s Literacy Attitudes.  NHSA Dialog:  The Research to Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 17(1), 93-97Available online:  https://journals.uncc.edu/dialog/article/view/146

Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Brod, R., Hooker, S. D., Cordell, B., & Sallee, T.  (2014).  The Effects of Literacy Messages in an Educational Television program:  A Content Analysis and Experiment.  NHSA Dialog:  The Research to Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, 17(1) (online:  https://journals.uncc.edu/dialog/article/view/208).

Pike, J., and Jennings, N. "The effects of commercials on children’s perceptions of gender appropriate toy use." Sex Roles (2005): 83-91.

Piotrowski, J. T., Jennings, N. A., & Linebarger, D. L.  (2012).  Extending the Lessons of Educational Television with Young American Children.  Journal of Children and Media, iFirst.

Seo, K. K., Curran, A., Jennings, N., & Collins, C.  (2010). Creating a new mobile learning community with podcasting. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 20(1), 103-114.

Stout, P. A., Staiger, J., and Jennings, N. A. "Affective Stories: Understanding the Lack of Progress of Women Faculty." NWSA Journal 19 (2007): 124-144.

Stout, P. A., Villegas, J., and Jennings, N. "Images of mental illness in the media: Identifying gaps in the research." Schizophrenia Bulletin 30 (2004): 543-561.

Wartella, E., and Jennings, N. "New members of the family: The digital revolution in the home." Journal of family communication 1 (2001): 59-69.

Wartella, E., and Jennings. N. "The role of computers in children’s lives." The Future of children: Children and computer technology 10 (2001): 31-43.

Book Chapter

Collins, C., and Jennings, N. "Emerging “Best Practices” for Campus Builds in Second Life." Proceedings of the Second Life Education Workshop 2007: Part of the Second Life Community Convention 2007. Ed. D. Livingston and J. Kemp. Available from: http://cis.paisley.ac.uk/livi-ci0/slccedu2007rev2.doc, 2007. 78-81.

Jennings, N. & Wartella, E.  (2004).  Technology and the family.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), The handbook of family communication, (pp. 593-608).  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Jennings, N. & Wartella, E.  (2013).  Technology and the family.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), The handbook of family communication, 2ndEdition(pp. 448-462)  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Jennings, N. "Children – Consumption, advertising, and media." Advertising, branding, and consuming – The ABC’s of marketing in American schools. Ed. F. Hansen, J. Rasmussen, A. Martensen, & L.B. Christensen. Denmark: Samfundslitteratur, 2002. 283-298.

Jennings, N. "Kid stuff: 20 questions about youth and the media." Advertising and consumer development: In the driver’s seat or being taken for a ride?. Ed. S. R. Mazzarella. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. 103-116.

Jennings, N. A.  (2017).  One Choice, Many Petals: Reading the Female Voice of Tris in the Divergent series.  In T. Classen & H. Hassel (Eds.), Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Rereadings of Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature (pp. 102-116).  New York:  Routledge.

Jennings, N. A., and Wartella, E.A. "Children and television: 50 Years of research." Advertising and consumer development. Ed. N. Pecora, J. P. Murray, and E. A. Wartella. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. 149-182.

Jennings, N., & Wartella, E.  (2012).  Hazards and possibilities of commercial media in the schools.  In D.G. Singer & J.L. Singer (Eds.),  Handbook of children and the media, 2nd Edition.  (pp. 553-66).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Jennings, N.A. (2017).  Teen Drama and Gender in the US: Two Moms, a Transgender Teen, and One Family on The Fosters.  In D. Lemish & M. Götz (Eds.), Beyond the Stereotypes? Images of Boys and Girls, and their Consequences (pp. 43-51).  Göteborg: Nordicom. 

Jennings, N.A.  (2018).  Why do kids think Dora the Explorer is their friend? In S. R. Mazzarella (Ed.), 20 questions about youth and the media, 2nd Edition (pp. 125-135).  New York:  Peter Lang. 

Wartella, E., and Jennings, N. "Handbook of children and the media." Hazards and possibilities of commercial TV in the schools. Ed. D.G. Singer & J.L. Singer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001. 557-570.

Wartella, E., Olivarez, A., and Jennings, N. "Children and media violence." Children and television violence in the United States. Ed. U. Carlsson & C. von Feilitzen. Kungälv, Sweden: Livréna Grafiska AB, 1998. 55-62.

Wartella, E., Whitney, C., Lasorsa, D., Danielson, W., Olivarez, A., Lopez, R., Jennings, N. and Klijn, M. "National television violence study, Volume 2." Television violence in “reality” programming: University of Texas at Austin Study. Ed. Center for Communication and Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998. 205-266.

Whitney, C., Wartella, E., Lasorsa, D., Danielson, W., Olivarez, A., Jennings, N., and Lopez, R. "National television violence study, Volume 3." Television violence in “reality” (non-fictional) programming: University of Texas at Austin Study. Ed. Center for Communication and Social Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998. 221-284.

Encyclopedia Article

Jennings, N. "Advertising, Deceptive practices in." Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.

Jennings, N. "Advertising, Viewer age and." Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2007.

Book

Jennings, N. A. (2014).  Tween Girls and their Mediated Friends.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing. 

Jennings, N.A. & Mazzarella, S. (Eds.)  (2018).  20 Questions about Youth and the Media (2nd Edition).  NY:  Peter Lang Publishing.

Other Publication

Jennings, N. A. (2016).  I am who I am.  TelevIZIon, 29, 33-35.  Available:  http://www.br-online.de/jugend/izi/english/publication/televizion/29_2016_E/Jennings-I_am_who_I_am.pdf

Jennings, N. A. with Gruber, F., Lahusen, S., Hildebrand, E., Koray, S., Baykal, G. E., Gomez, P., Toro, Y., Klempin, A., Sirichotchumnarn, P., Termsirikamol, W., Talbot, S., Stein, K. & Götz, M.  (2016).  What shapes my self, TelevIZIon, 29, 14-19.  Available:  http://www.br-online.de/jugend/izi/english/publication/televizion/29_2016_E/Jennings_Gruber_Lahusen-What_shapes_my_self.pdf

Invited Publication

Jennings, N. A.  (2017).  Media and Families:  Looking Ahead.  Journal of Family Communication, 17(3), 203-207.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Jennings, N. (05-2011. ) Couch potatoes into jumping beans: New understandings of children, media use, and obesity. .Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center Research Retreat, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Regional

Jennings, N. (11-2005. ) Tough times: Helping young children process the media messages they see and hear .Mercy Montessori Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Jennings, N. (07-2002. ) Stigma, Mental Illness, and the Media. National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, D.C..

Jennings, N. (03-2012. ) Challenges of research involving online social networks .Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Forum, Cincinnati, OH. UC. . Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy Social Media Mentoring: Families and Their Devices .Social Media Week, Cincinnati, OH. Level:University

Jennings, Nancy Teens, Fake News, and Social Media .Social Media Week., Cincinnati, OH. Level:University

Jennings, Nancy Changing the Norm: Transgender Teens and Lesbian Parents in Youth Media .Kunz Center for Social Research, Family and Gender Workshop, Cincinnati, OH. Level:College

Jennings, Nancy Gotta catch ‘em all: Uses and Abuses of Pokemon Go .An Academic Primer on Pokémon Go panel for the Center for Film and Media Studies, Cincinnati, OH. Level:College

Jennings, Nancy Top 5 things to do to give a good speech .Design Based Information Technology Leadership Experience (DITLE), Cincinnati, OH. Level:University

Jennings, Nancy News and Public Policy .Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Level:International

Jennings, Nancy Qualitative Research Methods .Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Level:International

Jennings, Nancy Identity Night at Prix Jeunesse .Prix Jeunesse, Munich, Germany. Level:International

Jennings, Nancy Parenting in a Digital Age Workshop .BeechAcres, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy Fandom on Facebook: The Social Television Experience .Social Media Week, Cincinnati, OH. Level:University

Jennings, Nancy The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Youth Communication and Culture .#askmewhoIam Conference on Youth Culture, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy and Dell, Laura Media Literacy .BeechAcres, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy Parenting in the Digital Age .Parents Association of Seven Hills Middle School, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy Living in a Digital Age: Benefits and Pitfalls .October Meeting of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Highland Heights, KY. Level:Regional

Jennings, Nancy Youth Living in a Digital Age: Benefits and Pitfalls .Division of Home Care Services conference entitled “Pediatric healthcare in the community: Professionals helping children cope in today’s world.” , Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Jennings, Nancy Media and early childhood: What parents should know .A Parenting Symposium, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Level:Local

Poster Presentations

Lapierre, M. & Jennings, N. (05-2011. ) Children and Trade Characters: Predicting Recognition and Knowledge of Character's Business Function .International Communication Association, Boston, MA. . Level:International

Jennings, N. (08-2006. ) Advertising and promotions in children’s programs in the new millennium .Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, CA. .

Jennings, N. (11-1999. ) Young characters in violent reality television programs, 1994-1997 .National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. .

Jennings, N. (04-1999. ) Depictions of children in violent reality programs, 1996-1997 .Biennial Meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM. . Professional Meeting. .

Paper Presentations

Jennings, N., & Collins, C. (11-2008. ) To speak or not to speak: Use of voice in Second Life. San Diego, CA.

Seo, K, Curran, A., Jennings, N., & Collins, C. (11-2008. ) Lesson on Demand!: Mobilizing Classroom Learning with Podcasts .Orlando, FL.

Collins, C., Jennings, N., Duke, C., & Roosa, K. (04-2008. ) Second Life Bootcamp .St. Louis, MO.

Duke, C., Roosa, K., Collins, C., & Jennings, N. (03-2008. ) Second Life Bootcamp .Galveston Island, TX.

Collins, C., Anderson, E., & Jennings, N. (03-2008. ) Second Life Bootcamp .Columbus, OH.

Jennings, N. (11-2007. ) And Now a Click from our Sponsors: Websites and Marketing for the Child Audience .Chicago, IL.

Jennings, N. (11-2006. ) Podcasting, distance education, and mass communication: Becoming the topic of study .San Antonio, TX.

Pecora, N., Jennings, N., Eakin, M., and MacDonald, S. (05-2005. ) What’s the web got to do with it?: The state of children’s television advertising revisited .New York, NY.

Stout, P., Jennings, N., and Kim, H. (05-2004. ) Assessing the Use of Mental Illness References During Prime-Time Television .New Orleans, LA.

Jennings, J. (11-2003. ) Family communication: Theory, developmental issues, and context .Miami, FL.

Staiger, J., Stout, P., and Jennings, N. (05-2003. ) Promotion and senior women faculty: A study of the status of tenured faculty women .San Diego, CA.

Jarvis, S., Jennings, N., Jennings, W. & Pharr, J. (11-2002. ) Candidates and young Americans discuss the youth vote: A closer examination of the cycle of neglect .New Orleans, LA.

Jennings, N. (05-2001. ) Commercialization in the schools .Washington, D.C..

Jennings, N. (04-2001. ) Children’s use of technology in multiple settings .Minneapolis, MN. Professional Meeting.

Jennings, N. (06-1998. ) Media literacy and child development .University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jennings, N., & Lapierre, M. (11-2011. ) Children’s Parasocial Relationships with Trade Characters .New Orleans, LA. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, N., Moses, A., & Sallee, T. (11-2011. ) Parental Mediation: Implications on Children’s Outcomes .New Orleans, LA. Conference. Level:National

Haas, S. M., Irr, M. E., Jennings, N., and Wagner, L. M. (04-2010. ) Communicating thin: Stigma and the co-construction of online enabling support groups in the pro-anorexia movement .Cincinnati, OH. Conference. Level:Regional

Jennings, N. (04-2010. ) Mario vs Peach: Gender in Young Children's Video Game Play .Cincinnati, OH. Conference. Level:Regional

Jennings, N. (11-2009. ) From Sugar-Plums to Bratz Dolls and Cell Phones: Children’s Christmas Wishes and Advertising .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, N. (11-2009. ) Not Your Parents’ 30-Second Commercial: Targeting Kids through Non-traditional Media and with Non-Traditional Products .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, N., Hooker, S., & Linebarger, D. (10-2009. ) Educational Television and Children: Watching children watch Super Why! .St. Louis, MO. Conference. Level:Regional

Jennings, N. A. Preconference on Teaching Children’s Media .London, UK. Conference. Level:International

Alper, M. & Jennings, N. Young children’s positive and negative parasocial relationships with media characters. London, UK. Conference. Level:International

Moses, A. M., Jennings, N. A., Bennett, C. M., Cregan, G., Maras, E., Saritoprak, S. N. (2018. ) Time, Access, Context and Beliefs: A Survey of Electronic Media in Early Childhood Settings .New York, NY. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, Nancy (2017. ) Examining the Pinkification of STEM toys: Debating the science of gendering STEM toys .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, Nancy (2016. ) Strong Females in Youth Dystopian Literature: Reading the Female Voice of Tris in the Divergent series .Chicago, IL. Conference. Level:Regional

Jennings, Nancy and Talbot, Stephanie (2016. ) Making Meaning in the Cloud: Word Clouds for Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation .Ashland, OH. Conference. Level:State

Rosaen, S., and Jennings, N. A. (2016. ) Children who Trust in the Real-World also Trust Characters in the Para-World .Fukuoka, Japan. Conference. Level:International

Ige, TMJ, BRA Wilson, and NA Jennings. (2016. ) Advertising Tobacco Products Across Time: Comparing Pre-1970 Cigarette to Current Online E-cigarette Advertisements .Crested Butte, CO. Conference. Level:National

Jennings, Nancy (2015. ) Parasocial Mourning: Audience Response to the Death of Derek Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy #RIPDerek #RIP McDreamy .Cincinnati, OH. Conference. Level:Regional

Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Hesse J. P., & Elmore, S.I. R. (2015. ) Advertising Food Items to Children Across Time: Comparing Broadcast and Cable Advertisements in 2007 and 2012. Steamboat Springs, CO. Conference. Level:National

Banjo, O., Jennings, N. A., & Dorsett, N. (2014. ) Content Analysis of the Portrayal of White Characters in Black Films Across Two Decades .Montreal, Canada. Conference. Level:National

Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Elmore, S. I. R. & Hesse, J. P. (2014. ) A food content analysis of two children’s show .Telluride, CO. Conference. Level:National

Wilson, B. R. A., Jennings, N. A., Hesse J. P. & Elmore, S. I. R (2013. ) A health content analysis of commercials for two children’s shows. .Big Sky, MT. Conference. Level:National

Symposium

Jennings, N. (03-2005. ) Media and early childhood: What parents should know .Grosse Pointe Woods, MI.

Event Organized

Mediated Minds

Mediated Minds Conference 04-20-2012 University of Cincinnati Level:University

Bro Code Screening

Bro Code Screening Other 01-28-2013 01-28-2013 Level:University

Screenings for Black History Month

Screenings for Black History Month Lecture 02-01-2013 02-28-2013 TUC Level:University

Honors and Awards

Turner Scholar Champion Nominated by Janae' Collier-Stone Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

2018 Anthem IT Expo Best of Research Symposium IT Expo Research Symposium Status:Recipient Level:University

Graduate Fellow Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

Top Paper in Poster Session International Communication Association Annual Conference “Top Paper in Poster Session” for the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division, 2016 Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition

“Top Paper” for the Political Communication Division National Communication Association Annual Conference “Top Paper” for the Political Communication Division, 2002 Status:Recipient Level:National Type:Recognition

Innovative Teaching Award Innovative Teaching Award, Ohio Communication Association (2015) Status:Recipient Level:State Type:Recognition

3rd Place, Unsung Heroes, MY HERO International Film Festival 3rd Place, Unsung Heroes, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Jim Cotter: An Appalachian Renaissance.” (2015) Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition

Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Roger Grein: The Cheerful Giver.” (2015) Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition

Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival Honorable Mention, MY HERO International Film Festival, “Janaki Venkayya: Committed To Caring.” (2015) Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Recognition

Service

(Search Committee for New Media faculty position ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service 09-2008 -01-2009

Faculty Advisor (COMMunity House ) Type:Departmental Service 03-2008 -09-2008

(Admissions Committee for Graduate Program ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service 09-2007

(Curriculum Committee for Mediated Communication ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service 09-2004

(Online Course Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service 09-2004 -06-2007

(Course Evaluation Assistant Coordinator ) Type:Departmental Service 01-2006 -12-2007

(Online Course Coordinator ) Committee Chair Type:Departmental Service 09-2005 -06-2006

(Speech Judge, Alice M. House Speaking Competition ) Type:Departmental Service

(McMicken Committee on Distance Learning, College of Arts and Sciences ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 09-2005

(Search Committee for e-Media faculty position, College Conservatory of Music ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 09-2007 -05-2008

(University of Cincinnati Second Life Learning Community ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service 01-2007

(Podcasting Pilot ) Type:University/College Service 09-2006 -06-2007

(Search Committee, Blackboard Support and Faculty Technology Resource Center ) Type:University/College Service

International Communication Association (Mass Communication Division ) Peer Review/Referee Type:Service to Professional Associations

International Communication Association (Instructional and Developmental Communication Division ) Peer Review/Referee Type:Service to Professional Associations

National Communication Association (Mass Communication Division ) Peer Review/Referee Type:Service to Professional Associations

Journal of Children and Media Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service

Mass Communication and Society Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service

Popular Communication Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service

Spanish Journal of Psychology Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service

(Kentucky Taskforce for Universal Screen-time Reduction, Partnership for a Fit Kentucky ) Member Type:Community Service 09-2007 -06-2008

National Taskforce, Center for Screen-Time Awareness, Washington, DC Member Type:Community Service 09-2006 -06-2007

International Communication Association (Mass Communication Division ) Reviewer Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

International Communication Association (Children, Adolescents, and Media Division ) Reviewer Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture Peer Review/Referee Type:Editorial Service Level:International

International Communication Association (Mass Communication Division ) Peer Review/Referee Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

International Communication Association (Children, Adolescents, and Media ) Peer Review/Referee Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

(Role of the Regionals ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 03-14-2013

Communication Quarterly Peer Review/Referee

Media Psychology Peer Review/Referee

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Peer Review/Referee

University Research Council (Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship ) Reviewer Type:University/College Service Level:University

Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:National

Communication Theory Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:National

International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Journal of Family Communication Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:National

International Communication Association (Children, Adolescents and Media Division ) Paper Reader Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

BMC Public Health Type:Editorial Service Level:International

Children’s Literature Association Type:Editorial Service

Depression and Anxiety Type:Editorial Service

Human Communication Research Type:Editorial Service

Information Society Type:Editorial Service

Journal of Advertising Type:Editorial Service

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships Type:Editorial Service

NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field Type:Editorial Service

International Communication Association (Children, Adolescents, and Media Division ) Vice-Chair Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

International Communication Association (Children, Adolescents, and Media Division ) Committee Chair Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:International

National Communication Association (Mass Communication Division ) Committee Chair Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:National

Ohio Department of Higher Education (Arts and Humanities, History, Communication and Design Cluster Faculty Panel ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University

College of A&S (A&S Strategic Retention Board ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University

College of A&S (A&S Academic Program Review Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College

(IT Expo Organizing Committee ) Member Type:University/College Service Level:University

University Libraries (Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Strategic Initiative ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service

Nationally Competitive Award (Review committee for Truman Nationally Competitive Award ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 2015 -To Present

College of A&S (RPT Committee for Journalism Tenure-track Faculty ) Committee Chair Type:University/College Service Level:College 2018

Graduate Fellows (Graduate Student Fellows Review Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 2018

(University Transfer Taskforce ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 2017

(Faculty Advisor Liaison, 5th Annual UC Advising Conference ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 2015 -2016

UC International (Study Abroad Mentor ) Type:University/College Service Level:University 2015 -2016

College of A&S (RPT Committee for Journalism Tenure-track Faculty ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 2015

(Search Committee, Digital Media Collaborative ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:University 2014

College of A&S (Search committee for Director of Marketing ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 2012 -2013

(Undergraduate Director ) Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2014 -2018

(Teaching Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2016 -To Present

(Capstone Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2010 -To Present

(Curriculum Committee for Mediated Communication ) Committee Chair Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2012 -To Present

(Evaluation Committee for Department Head ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2012 -To Present

(COMM-IT Collaboration Team ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2017 -To Present

(RPT Committee ) Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2010 -To Present

(COMM-IT Collaboration Team ) Co-Chair Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2015 -2017

(Student Development Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2011 -2016

(Search Committee for Computer-Mediated Communication faculty position ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2015 -2016

(Evaluation Committee for Department Head 5-year Review ) Committee Chair Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2015

(Advisor, 4+1 Undergraduate/Graduate Program ) Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2010 -2013

(Co-Director, Graduate Program ) Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2011 -2012

(Recruitment Committee for Graduate Program ) Committee Chair Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2010 -2011

(Online Course Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 2004 -2007

(Presenter, Riverview East College and Career Day ) Type:Community Service Level:College 2018

(Hosted 100 displaced high school students at the University of Cincinnati from Riverview East Academy during flood ) Type:Community Service Level:Public 2018

(Teen and Parent Social Media Workshops, Bridgetown Middle School ) Type:Community Service Level:Public 2017

Keywords

children, technology, tech, kids, youth, PBS, RTL, Ready to Learn

Courses Taught

15-COMM-326 INTRO TO MASS COMM Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-416 CHILDREN AND MEDIA Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-429 COMM & TECHNOLOGY Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC Level:Undergraduate

FRESHMAN SEMINAR: COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY Level:Undergraduate

MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND THE INDIVIDUAL Level:Graduate

Seminar in Mediated Communication Level:Graduate

15-COMM-893 TEACHING COMMUNICATI Level:Graduate

15-COMM-326 INTRO TO MASS COMM Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-861 DIR PROBLEMS COMM Level:Graduate

15-COMM-392 PROJECT IN COMMUNIC Level:Undergraduate

15-COMM-861 DIR PROBLEMS COMM Level:Graduate

-COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA Children and Advertising Level:Undergraduate

-COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA Children's Media Around the World Level:Undergraduate

-COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA Level:Undergraduate

-COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA Level:Undergraduate

Level:Graduate

-COMM-4016 CHILDREN & MEDIA Level:Undergraduate

Empirical Research Methods Level:Graduate

-COMM-5026 CAPSTONE: MEDIA Level:Undergraduate

Mediated Communication and Public Opinion Level:Undergraduate

Faculty Development Activities

Setting the Tone of Your Lab University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Type:Workshop

Preventing Harassment University of Cincinnati Online Type:Online Class

03-2012 -05-2012 FTRC Equipment Lending Program Type:Other

Program Assessment Institute CET&L University of Cincinnati Type:Workshop