Dr. Bette Kauffman is the holder of the L.M. McKneely Professorship in Humanities.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1980 from the University of Iowa and her Master of Arts in 1982 and Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
She has received awards for her documentary photography, and has professional experience in videography, journalism, and public relations.
Her publications include "Feminist Facts: Interview Strategies and Political Subjects in Ethnography" (Communication Theory; Vol.2 No. 3), biographical pieces on artist Angelica Kauffmann and photographer Berenice Abbott for the reference work, Women in World History (Yorkin Publications); a book chapter on women artists and social identity, and a book chapter on working class women in the movies.
She teaches in the areas of public relations, journalism and visual communication.
Her current work, "Waterline: an interactive photo installation," has been exhibited six times and is currently scheduled for two more. During the summer of 2010 she made presentations about Waterline at the 5th International Art in Society Conference in Sydney, Australia, and at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Denver.
A proposal for Waterline: The Book is currently under review. Kauffman was awarded the McKneeley Professorship in the Humanities to advance the Waterline work.
About the Endowment:
The L.M. McKneely Professorship in Humanities endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.