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William Peace University Professors Lynn C. Owens And Vincent H. Melomo Receive Tenure

By William Peace University on February 25, 2013 1:01 pm

Communications And Anthropology Professors Of Four-Year Baccalaureate University Earn Tenure For Educational Excellence

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced Lynn C. Owens, Ph.D., and Vincent H. Melomo, Ph.D., professors of the university, have recently earned tenure status. Having been with William Peace University for more than five years, both Dr. Owens and Dr. Melomo have served as assistant professors of their individual disciplines of communications and anthropology respectively. The William Peace University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed tenure to Owens and Melomo as a salute to their excellent teaching, service and scholarship. Along with their tenure status, Owens will serve as an associate professor of communication as well as the department chair for communication, and Melomo will serve as an associate professor of anthropology.

Before joining the faculty of William Peace University, Owens served as an assistant professor of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communication, in Richmond. With a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she holds a vast knowledge regarding communication, specifically stemming from her research concentration on race, class, gender and international communication. Owens teaches a variety of communication courses for the university which include writing for the media, international communication, writing for mass media, introduction to broadcast writing and electronic journalism. Recognized for numerous awards, she is the recipient of the 2003 N.C. Associated Press award for Best Newscast and two Emmy nominations in 2003 for Best Coverage of a Special Event and Best Weekend Newscast. A published author, Owens’ has written “International News: What Makes College Students Want to Keep Reading?” for Newspaper Research Journal and “Network News: The Role of Race in Source Selection and Story Topic” for the Howard Journal of Communications.

An assistant professor of anthropology at William Peace University since 2004, Melomo has served in a variety of capacities including director and co-creator of the anthropology program, advisor to the anthropology club and member of the student showcase planning committee. He previously held faculty positions at Binghamton University in New York as well as NC State University and Meredith College in Raleigh. Melomo teaches an array of courses at William Peace University, including American ethnic relations, archeological fieldwork, connecting the living and the dead, ethnographic methods, and globalization, people and culture. His work has appeared in the University of Georgia Press (“Questioning Commemorations of English Settlement by Remembering Our Diversity in the Past and Present”) and the Edinburgh University Press (“I Love My India”). Melomo earned both his Master of Arts and his doctorate in anthropology from Binghamton University, receiving the latter with a dissertation titled “Immigrant Dreams and Second Generation Realities: Indian Americans Negotiating Marriage, Culture and Identity in North Carolina in Late Modernity.”

“The exceptional faculty that lead our departments is just one of the reasons why William Peace University is such a wonderful institution,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “The tenure status that Lynn and Vincent have received is well deserved due to the extensive educational accomplishments and research in their respective fields that have taken place throughout their professional careers. We are honored to have distinguished professors such as these teaching and preparing our students as they ready themselves to enter the workforce and become contributing

ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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