Dr. Leigh Browning
And the winner is—Dr. Leigh Browning.
Browning, associate professor of mass communication and director of broadcasting at WTAMU, is one of 20 college faculty members from across the country selected for a behind-the-scenes look at television entertainment as an Emmy Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).
Browning will travel to Los Angeles Nov. 10-14 to participate in the coveted 2009 ATAS Faculty Seminar. She is one of 20 faculty members chosen by a ATAS selection committee to participate in five days of seminar activities that will take her for an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of primetime entertainment. The seminar agenda includes discussions and presentations along with opportunities to interact with networks as well as major studios and production companies.
“If faculty could receive Emmys, this fellowship would be it,” Browning said. “I will get the chance to meet major players in the field and visit some amazing places where television content is made. We will learn everything from development to distribution. It’s a very competitive program, and I am very honored to have been chosen—I still can’t believe it.”
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences promotes creativity, diversity, innovation and excellence through recognition, education and leadership in the advancement of the telecommunication arts and sciences. The Faculty Seminar is part of the ATAS Foundation’s education program and offers faculty members an opportunity to learn firsthand about everything from producers and writers to program selection and network pitching.
“I’m currently teaching a New Media class, and the entertainment industry is swimming in a sea of new media,” Browning said. “I’ll be learning about all this and much more and as part of my class, I will be asking my students to follow me on Twitter. It’s exciting for me, my students and WTAMU.”
In 2007, Browning was named an official member of ATAS. The appointment gives her limited voting rights in some Emmy categories as well as opportunities to serve as a volunteer on various committees and ATAS activities. Selection is through an application and committee-approval process, and Browning has renewed her membership each year through the same process. Selection as an Emmy Fellow is a one-time opportunity, and Browning is the only faculty member from WTAMU to ever be accepted for the honor.
Browning joined the WTAMU faculty in 1991 and serves as director of broadcasting, coordinator of Maroon Productions and adviser for the campus radio station, KWTS 91.1 FM. She was named a 2007 National Association of Television Program Executive (NATPE) Faculty Fellow and is a three-time winner of the National Broadcasting Society’s Adviser of the Year. She has worked in commercial radio as a news director and morning show host, a television anchor and reporter for CNN in Tokyo, Japan, and served on the production staff of four major motion pictures.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from WTAMU, a master’s degree from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.