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Dr. Carol Adams-Means

Post-Doctorate, Marketing and Management, Hough Graduate School of Business, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida at Gainesville

Doctor of Philosophy, Journalism, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

Certificate, Public Communication and Issues Management, The University of Texas at Austin Continuing Education Program

Master of Arts, Journalism, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

Post-Baccalaureate, Biomedical Communication, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Bachelor of Arts, Theater, University of Houston University Park

Dr. Carol L. Adams-Means was instrumental in reestablishing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Huston-Tillotson University in fall of 2011 with the assistance of Drs. Laura K. Smith, Gloria L. Quinlan, Julie Hudson, Rozena McCabe and Mrs. Linda Y. Jackson. She oversees development of the Huston-Tillotson University Communication Center with funding assistance from the University and a U.S. Department of Education SAFRA grant.

Dr. Adams-Means holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She is academically qualified (AQ) with a post-doctorate in Marketing & Management from the Hough Graduate School of Business, Warrington College of Business at The University of Florida at Gainesville. She also has a Certificate in Biomedical Communication from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from The University of Houston.

From June 2011 to June 2012, she served as President of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators and was Vice-President from June 2010 to June 2011.

She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and awards including the UNCF/Mellon Faculty Fellowship, Dow Jones News Fund Minority Multimedia Faculty grant at Western Kentucky University, Poynter Institute, Freedom Forum, Faculty Resource Network New York University, National Security Education Program – Russian & Ukrainian Studies, National Association of Television Program Executives, Women of Color in Leadership Program of the National Women’s Studies Association, Women in Communication Technology, FOCUS Fellows at Georgia Tech, Walter Kaitz Foundation, Aspen Institute, KPMG Foundation – PhD Project and other awards.

She was recognized by the International Olympic Committee and Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting for her efforts in student training and service for the 1996 International Olympic Games where she also worked for Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting. The BIG Olympic Games broadcast was one of Dr. Adams-Means most memorable and enjoyable experiences.

Adams-Means has taught communication for over 30 years. She was news director for NPR affiliate station KPVU-FM in Prairie View, Texas for 13 years and worked in radio and television before entering academe.

Dr. Adams-Means’ recent topics address persons with disabilities and diverse populations including women and racial minorities. Adams-Means won a first-place faculty award for entertainment studies in 2005 from AEJMC for her research on agenda-setting, hip hop culture and politics. Her work has been presented at several communication, marketing and public health conferences including the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, National Communication Association, International Communication Association, American Academy of Marketing Science, American Public Health Association, and Federación Latinamericana de Facultades de Communicación Social (FELAFACS).

In her spare time, Dr. Adams-Means likes to act, principally in a play crafted with her students titled, “Suppertime on the Garr’y,” that depicts the lives of two emancipated African American women who lived in East Austin, Texas during the 1930s.

Dr. Adams-Means was born in San Antonio, Texas. Her family has resided in Texas over 152 years.

Huston-Tillotson University is affiliated with the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators, the Black College Communication Association and the Sports Video Group.



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Role: Associate Professor of Communication
Phone: 512.505.3120
Office: A-L 315B