UWA IMC FACULTY

Dr. Amy Head Jones was raised in Shelbyville, Kentucky in a family of sports enthusiasts. She played golf on an athletic scholarship at the University of New Orleans, where she received her B.A. in Film, Theater, and Communication Arts in 2004. In 2006, she completed her M.S. in Sport Administration from The University of Louisville and became a certified LPGA teaching professional that same year.Her research interests in sport communication led her to the Doctoral program at The University of Alabama, where she completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies in 2011.

Now in her tenth year at UWA, Dr. Jones currently serves as an Associate Professor of Digital Communications and the Director of the Integrated Marketing Communications program. She specializes in teaching television production, graphic design, sports media, and event planning. She and her husband Michael Jones have two children, Rock (6) and Hudson (3).

Greg Jones, assistant professor of digital communications, came late to education as a career, having spent most of his life as an entrepreneur. He began his professional career as a director of circulation and marketing for four newspaper groups in the Southeast.

Since then, he has owned a full-service advertising agency, served as webmaster for dozens of companies, created and published Southern Flyer Magazine and Cross-Walk Newspaper, and owned a host of brick-and-mortar and online companies, offering everything from customized children’s books and toys to custom-imprinted specialty items. He delights in bringing his real-world business acumen and experience to his students who find his mistakes both hilarious and instructive.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of West Alabama, a master of arts in teaching from Mississippi State University, and a master of fine arts degree from Full Sail University in media design.

Once, according to legend, he moved above the Mason-Dixon Line, but he returned home for the barbecue. Greg and his wife Jennifer, a talented business partner in her own right, live in Meridian, Miss., and have four children and one grandchild. They hope to have more grandchildren soon.

Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Executive Director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach, first came to the Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) as a freshman in 1987. Jones earned both her B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in English from Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama). Her Ph.D. in American Literature is from the University of Southern Mississippi.

While obtaining her degrees, Jones discovered a love of journalism and writing. She has worked with the Western Star newspaper in Bessemer, Alabama, and served as the faculty advisor for UWA’s weekly student newspaper, The Life for 12 years. She was the co-editor with Dr. Joe Taylor of the anthology Belles’ Letters: Contemporary Stories of Alabama Women, and one of four editors for Tartts: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers, which is now in its eighth anthology. In 2010, Jones served as the chair of the 175th anniversary committee for UWA and edited Bridging Time: 175 Years at The University of West Alabama.

Now in her 23rd year as a faculty member at UWA, she holds the rank of professor in English. Jones serves president for board of directors for the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area. She is a president of the Sumter County Fine Arts Council and is a member of the board of directors for the Alabama Folklife Association, the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Black Belt Treasures. She also sits on the advisory board for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, where she chairs their scholarship committee.

Caleb Walters, is an instructor of digital communications in the IMC program at UWA. As the newest member of the IMC faculty, he teaches courses in photography, graphic arts, advertising, broadcast news and public speaking.

Prior to returning to his alma mater as a faculty member, Caleb worked in communications and public relations in the Tuscaloosa area for two years. As the communications and marketing coordinator for The University of Alabama Women and Gender Resource Center, he was responsible for a number of promotional activities including graphic design, social media, press releases, event planning and more. He was also directly involved in a complete re-brand of the Center, which resulted in increased engagement from the UA campus and community.

Caleb has also worked as a public relations assistant for the City of Tuscaloosa. Reporting to the City’s communications director, he was responsible for creating graphics for municipal events and programs, including the Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup, Holidays on the River and the fifth anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornado. Additionally, he assisted in maintaining the City’s website, writing news releases and developing a number of PR campaigns.

Amanda Gilliland,  M.Ed. Was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska around music and stage. After her failed attempt to qualify for Alaska’s Star Search representative, she relocated to Alabama where she completed High School and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration, Marketing from Samford University in 2003. After Marrying a College Football coach, Amanda began to pursue a career in Higher Education Administration and has worked for Graduate admissions offices at Georgia Southern as their Communications and Training Coordinator, and then at Kennesaw State as an Administrative Processing Manager. During this time, Amanda received her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and relocated to Livingston, Alabama.

Amanda has been an instructor of Professional Speaking at the University of West Alabama since 2016. She and her Husband, Brett have a son, Rece (7) who is excessively sarcastic and a daughter, Ella (3) who they fondly call savage, and they all call Livingston home.

 

Brandon Walker was raised in Columbia, Mississippi in a family of teachers, artists, and musicians.  He was interested in music and technology from an early age, and received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in songwriting and audio production from the University of Alabama in 2007.  In 2008, He completed a certificate program in digital audio and video production at Pyramind in San Francisco, CA, where he received 7 industry certifications in a variety of professional software production packages.   He has over a decade of experience working in live and studio settings for audio and video production across performance, corporate, and higher education settings.  He has produced nationally televised ad campaigns, mixed and mastered records for touring bands, and produced segments for an Emmy award winning television show.  In 2017, Brandon completed an M.S. in Interactive Technology, and began a PhD program in Higher Education Administration in 2018.

Brandon joined the faculty of UWA in the fall of 2018, where he serves as an Instructor of Digital Communications in the Integrated Marketing Communications program.  He specializes in teaching television production, advanced editing, documentary filmmaking, and podcasting.  He and his wife Emily Walker have two children, Abigail (5) and Benjamin (3).

 

Dusty Prine is UWA’s Media Technician and manager of Studio 96, the campus multimedia studio. He is and instructor of Broadcast Journalism and the faculty sponsor for the Tiger Pause Newscast. He also, assists in the technical management of the three auditoriums, two conference centers, and various other multi-purpose spaces on campus.

 Prine earned a B.S. in Social Science and History at the University of West Alabama in 2005. Prior to returning to UWA, he taught 8thGrade World History at Charles A. Drew Middle School in Lincoln, Ala where he also served as the Assistant Band Director at Lincoln High School. On returning to UWA in 2006, he worked heavily with the UWA Theatre Department and premiered on stage in two UWA Theatre productions, “Touch Blind Love Kandy” and “Cat Fish Moon.” Prine prefers to be backstage or in the booth running lights or sound.

 At an early age, Dustin had a fondness for news and broadcast journalism. His all-time favorite news show is “Sunday Moring” on CBS.

 Dustin enjoys helping his students, reading about and traveling to historical sites, and spending time with his young family. He is married to Kathryn Prine and they have two girls, Alex age 2 and Harper, 3 months.