Two inaugural James W. Carey Faculty Fellows selected

James Hay and Michelle Nelson

Two College of Media faculty members affiliated with the Institute of Communications Research have been selected as the first James W. Carey Faculty Fellows for the 2021-2023 academic years. Both James Hay, professor of media and cinema studies, and Michelle Nelson, professor of advertising, will receive the honor and a stipend to support their research activities. 

The James W. Carey Fund for Faculty Excellence was endowed by Carey’s four sons to honor their father’s legacy at the College of Media and within the field of media. At the ICR, Carey earned his doctoral degree, was a research professor, and served as director (1969-1976); he also served as dean of the College. The fund supports outstanding faculty in the ICR, the world’s oldest program for interdisciplinary research and doctoral education in communication and media studies. 

“A new James W. Carey Faculty Fellow will be selected every year. Since we are just starting out, we are appointing two for this cohort,” said Sela Sar, director of the ICR and professor of advertising. 

During their time as Carey Faculty Fellows, Hay will explore the legacy of Carey’s work as it relates to current research directions regarding communication and media studies, and Nelson will conduct research on media literacy and political advertising.

To join Carey’s family, former students, colleagues, and friends in growing the endowment, please visit the College of Media giving page, click on the orange “Give Online Now” button, and select the Carey Fund under “Nurture Excellence in Media Faculty.”