Butler Cain, Ph.D

Department Chair and Professor

Butler Cain, Ph.D.
UNA Box 5007
108 Communications Building
Florence, AL 35632-0001



  • B.A., The University of Alabama, 1996
  • M.A., The University of Alabama, 2002
  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama, 2007

Research & Teaching Fields:

  • Journalism
  • International Media
  • Media Writing
  • Media History

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

Recent Academic Honors and Awards:

  • Student Government’s Teaching of Excellence Award (2016), West Texas A&M University
  • Friend of Journalism Award (2014), Texas Association of Journalism Educators
  • Outstanding Advisor 2013 – 2014 (2014), West Texas A&M University
  • 2013 TIPA Charles T. “Chuck” Choate Memorial Adviser of the Year Award (2014), Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

Recent Presentation/Publication Highlights:

  • Cain, B. and Bruce, K. (2016). #WTAsia2015: Refining a Travel Writing Study Abroad Course. 14th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens, Greece.
  • Cain, B. (2015). How Three Journalism Advocacy Organizations Defended Journalists During the 2011 Protests in Egypt. GSTF Journal on Media & Communications, Vol. 2, No. 2
  • Cain, B. (2015). Building an International Journalism Course on Student-Centered Experiences. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication (Summer 2015)
  • Cain, B. & Drumheller, K. (2015). Broken Promises: Agenda Setting and Tone in News Stories about North Korea’s Nuclear Program. GSTF Journal on Media & Communications, Vol. 2, No. 1
  • Cain, B. & Bruce, K. (2015). #WTAsia2013: Building a Study Abroad Experience from Scratch. The Journal of Media Education, Vol. 6, No. 2 (April 2015)