Bio for J. Emmett Winn

Professor and Associate Provost J. Emmett Winn


Dr. J. Emmett Winn is a Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism and has been serving as Associate Provost since 2009.

Winn earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. After earning his doctorate, he began teaching at Auburn. As a professor, he has educated students in courses including Introduction to Film Studies, History of International Cinema, and History of the American Film Industry, as well as graduate courses including Qualitative Methods.

Dr. Winn is the author of the 2012 book Documenting Racism: African Americans in U.S. Department of Agriculture Films and the 2007 book The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema both published by Continuum International Publishing Group. Dr. Winn also coedited the 2005 University of Alabama Press book Transmitting the Past: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Broadcasting. Dr. Winn has also published numerous scholarly articles in international, national, and regional Communication and Film Studies journals including the Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, the Southern Communication Journal, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Film and History, and Kinema.

Winn serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and Communication Studies. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He also served as the Executive Director for the Southern States Communication Association for five years and is an involved member of the National Communication Association and a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

In 2011 Winn was chosen as a distinguished alumnus by the University of South Florida and in 2013 he received the T. Earle Johnson-Edwin Paget Distinguished Service Award from the Southern States Communication Association.

As Associate Provost, Winn provides insight and leadership concerning academic and administrative issues across all colleges and schools at the University. Dr. Winn provides leadership to several academic areas including the Office of Information Technology, the Registrar’s Office, the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Office of Accessibility, the Office of International Programs, and the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Dr. Winn directs and prioritizes the assignment and allocation of space for all academic units on campus and is the chief academic liaison with Auburn’s Facilities Management Division. As the academic officer on campus involved with facilities, Dr. Winn serves with fellow stakeholders from across the university on issues related to building renovation, construction, space management, and campus planning. He serves as the chief academic liaison with Auburn’s Facilities Management Division and works alongside stakeholders to address issues associated with building renovation, construction, space management, and campus planning.

Dr. Winn also provides training and consulting services on issues related to academic space management, optimization, and planning, as well as conflict management and communication in academic settings for educationally focused organizations such as Academic Impressions (AI) located in Denver, Colorado and Educational Consulting Services Corp. (ECS) of Toronto, Canada. In this capacity he has participated in training staff and administrators from more than 100 institutions of higher education.

During his free time, Winn enjoys spending time with his dog Jenny, travelling, reading, and watching movies.

Last Updated: June 25, 2014