Tina Maria Harris is joined the faculty in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia in 1998. She earned her doctorate at the University of Kentucky in 1995, and her baccalaureate and master’s degrees were earned from the University of Georgia. She was promoted to Professor at the University of Georgia in 2008, and continues to teach courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Her research interests are interracial communication, interracial dating, race and social justice, racial representations and the media, race and ethnic disparities in health, genetics and religious frameworks, and Christian identity and communication. She is a leading interracial communication scholar and has co-authored the leading textbook Interracial Communication: Theory to Practice (2008, Sage Publications) with African American communication scholar Mark P. Orbe (Western Michigan University). This is the first textbook to be written on this topic since 1974. She is currently co-editing an anthology on religious communication with Stephen Croucher (Marist University) (“Religion and Communication: An Anthology of Extensions in Theory, Research, and Method” with Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.). Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Communication Education, The Howard Journal of Communications, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Communication Law Review, Public Understanding of Science, American Journal of Medical Genetics, American Journal of Health Studies, and Journal of Intergroup Relations, among others. She has served (or is currently serving) on the editorial board of several journals, such as Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Communication Education, Communication Studies, Critical Studies in Media Studies, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and Journal of Rural Community Psychology.
Her scholarship has been recognized at the University of Georgia and the state of Georgia. She is a 2010 recipient of the University of Georgia’s esteemed Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship (2010), which is the institution’s highest teaching honor. In 2006, she was honored by the Georgia Board of Regents with the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award” for her teaching and scholarship on race and pedagogy in the college classroom.
During her tenure at the University of Georgia, she has provided service within the department as Basic Course Director, Graduate Faculty, Departmental Awards Committee, Area Chair, UNCA Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta Advisor, and many other committees. She has served the University as Program Director of the “International Perspectives on Interracial Communication (IPIC)” study abroad program in Costa Rica, Chair-Honorary Degree Committee, Franklin College Taskforce on Diversity & Inclusion, and various Awards Committees. She has also been an active member of NCA since 1993, Chair of the International and Intercultural Communication Division (2007-2011), and member of the African American Caucus and Division (1993-present).