By Lindsey Johnston

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities has appointed professor Karyn Ogata Jones to chair the communication studies department and professor Lee Morrissey to chair the English department.

Morrissey joined the Clemson faculty in 1995 and has been a professor and chairman of the department. He was named Alumni Distinguished Professor in 2009 and in 2010 became a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where he taught courses on Milton, literary theory and the literature of the English Civil Wars.

His research focuses on relationships between literature and intellectual history, political philosophy and theory, mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries. He is also interested in the history and theory of literary criticism, Restoration and 18th century English literature, the Enlightenment, the early English novel, early democratic political theory and relationships among the arts. 

Prior to joining Clemson’s faculty, Morrissey attended Columbia University, where he received a master’s in history and Ph.D. in English.

Jones has been on the Clemson faculty since 2002 as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and interim department chairwoman.

Her research focuses on health communication, disability studies and media effects. She has received top paper awards for her presentations as well as co-authored an article that received the Article of the Year award from the National Communication Association.

Jones came to Clemson University from the University of Georgia where she received her master’s degree in speech communication and Ph.D. in mass communication and taught communication courses. 

In addition to teaching and publishing her research, Jones worked as a communications consultant at the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health in the Cancer Control Section where she helped train staff and providers in administration and management of cancer screening programs.


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