Bruce Finklea is a UM graduate who recently earned his doctorate from the University of Alabama. As a student at UM, Finklea realized broadcast news was his passion. After two internships with the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, he was offered a job as a news producer.
After a few years in the newsroom, Finklea realized that he really wanted to get back into the classroom — but this time as a teacher. While completing his doctoral courses at UA, he began researching gender portrayals in children’s media. His dissertation examines themes and narratives about masculinity in Pixar films. His other research interests include fandom and social media use.
Since returning to UM, Finklea has taught a variety of mass comm courses, including Newscast Production, Broadcast Writing, and Broadcast/online Reporting. In addition to UM’s weekly campus newscast, Finklea also oversees “Falcon Fever,” the weekly sports show, “momentUM,” the campus-themed talk show and “No Hearts Barred,” a relationship-based panel show.
Finklea has presented his award-winning research at the Broadcast Education Association national conventions in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and at the National Broadcast Society convention in New York City in 2012. His work has also been presented at multiple Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conventions. Finklea also teamed up with Jennings Bryant, Ph.D., and Susan Thompson, Ph.D., to co-author the second edition of “Fundamentals of Media Effects,” which has been adopted by universities around the world.
Finklea lives in Calera with his wife, Jackie. He enjoys reading and watching television shows and movies. He’s an avid fan of the Star Trek franchise and many other sci-fi shows, so don’t be surprised when he makes a Star Trek or Doctor Who reference in class!