- Trustees approve new Media School;
Major appointed associate dean
- Major named to leadership program
- Lesa Hatley Major named interim dean
Interim Dean Lesa Hatley Major joined the IU School of Journalism in 2006. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at IU. Hatley Major has worked in radio and television news. She worked as a general reporter, health reporter, assistant news director and anchor. She earned her PhD in Mass Communication & Public Affairs from Louisiana State University (2006).
Professor Hatley Major taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (2003 – 2006). She taught as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Journalism at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana (2000). She also taught undergraduate and graduate counseling courses at Northwestern State University (1991 – 1993).
- PhD, Mass Communication & Public Affairs, Louisiana State University (2006)
- M.A., Northwestern State University (1993)
- B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Northwestern State University (1987)
- Member: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
- International Communication Association; National Communication Association
Articles in "Journal of Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Howard Journal of Communications, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Nieman Reports. Chapter in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Mass Media & Society'' (9th ed.)
Research and Teaching Areas
Her research focuses mainly on framing, health communication and public policy. Currently, she is studying strengthening public support for policy changes in lung cancer, obesity and mental health. She has done research on news messages about AIDS for African Americans and creating public support for AIDS interventions.
Courses taught by Professor Major include Mass Communication Theory, Quantitative Methods in Mass Communications Research, Broadcast Journalism, Undergraduate and Graduate "Sex in the News: Beyond the Headlines"
Hatley Major, L. & Coleman, R. (in press). Complementing the sense-making approach with a survey to enhance communication of HIV/AIDS knowledge. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services.
Hatley Major, L. & Coleman, R. (February, 2012). Source credibility and evidence format: Examining the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS messages for young African Americans. Journal of Health Communication, 1-17.
Hatley Major, L. (2011). Examining the role of framing and emotions in attribution of responsibility for health problems. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(3), 502-522.
Hatley Major, L. & Walker, K. (2010). Newspapers lack substantive reporting on sexual issues. Newspaper Research Journal, 31(4), 62-76.
Holt, L. & Hatley Major, L. (2010). Frame and blame: An analysis of how national and local newspapers framed the Jena six controversy. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 87(3/4), 582-597.
Hatley Major, L. (2009). Break it to me harshly: The effects of intersecting news frames on lung cancer and obesity coverage. Journal of Health Communication, 14(2), 174-188.
Sullivan, J., Hatley Major, L., Goidel, R., & Kurpius, D. (2009). The role of an African American candidate on psychological engagement and political discussion in a local election. Politics & Policy, 37(2), 289-308.
Hatley Major, L. & Renita Coleman (2008). The intersection of race and gender in election coverage: What happens when the candidates don't fit the stereotypes? Howard Journal of Communications, 19(4), 315-333.
Hatley Major, L. & Perlmutter, D. D. (2004). The fall of a pseudo-icon: The toppling of
Saddam Hussein's statue as image management. Visual Communication Quarterly,