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Catherine Snow Bailard Faculty Member

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Beginning with research, I have worked on several projects throughout this school year. However, it is important to note that I was on maternity leave during spring semester of this year, which obviously limited my productivity to some degree. I had an article published in International Journal of Communication (October, 2018), titled "It’s Only a Game, Let’s Leave Politics Out of It: Mega-Sporting Events, Broadcasting Rights, and Network News Bias," which I co-authored with Mark Major. This is a well-respected peer-reviewed journal situated at the intersection of political communication. I am also currently working on several additional on-going research projects, both solo and co-authored, which explore a broad range of important and timely research questions. These include a large-scale and nuanced analysis of deleted tweets during the 2016 election, a study of the conditioning effect that social capital exerts on the political effects of ICT use, and the structural and substantive uses of media technology by dictators to expand personalist politics in their countries. Over the past school year, I taught one online summer session course of Public Opinion and two sections of grad Research Design in the fall. I was on leave during spring semester. I received high scores and primarily positive remarks on the student evaluations in two of these three courses. However, one of my Research Design courses received relatively weaker evaluation scores. I was frankly surprised by this, as I have taught this class over 20 times and almost always receive very high marks. Based on their feedback, it seems that the primary complaint was that the class was too difficult. I will address this further in the teaching section of my annual report. However, I do think it is worth noting that I was in my third trimester during much of the course, and I went straight from my last lecture to the hospital for my scheduled induction to give birth. I believe this speaks to my continued dedication to my students. I also dedicated quite a bit of my time to departmental service during the fall semester. I served as chair of the undergraduate committee, through which I led the committee in fulfilling both our routine responsibilities as well as addressing additional matters and concerns raised by the faculty regarding the journalism capstone.

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