Janice Collins, PhD

KU Visiting Enhancing Excellence Scholar
Primary office:
785-864-7645
Stauffer-Flint Hall, room 316
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Janice Collins is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the department of Journalism in the College of Media. Collins has won multi-Emmy awards for writing, editing, reporting and producing, as well as awards from the Associated Press and Best of Gannett with more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry's top markets. Collins is also an award-winning professor with 15 years of teaching experience on the university level. Selected as one of the Top 50 Journalism Professors in the nation of 2012 by Journalismdegree.org, Collins has received recognition for her research, creative endeavors, teaching and service. Recent awards include the Baskett Mosse Faculty Development National Award 2017 and second place in “Best in Digital” national competition at AEJMC 2017 for her website of inclusion, Hearmyvoiceonline.com, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For two consecutive years, Collins won first place in the Open Paper Competition at the National Broadcast Educators Association Conference as both coauthor and sole author of quantitative studies. Her latest publications include "250 Years and Still a Slave: Breaking Free with Active Centralized Empowerment," a Critical Cultural perspective book on race relations from a social-psychological platform that prominent educator Jane Elliott calls “a Great read!” Her award-winning television broadcast program and web series called “A Taste of Gullah” aired regionally on PBS and won Best Documentary at the International Garifuna Film Festival in Venice, California. She has published a leadership development article titled “Leadership Development in College Newsroom Labs: It’s Transactional,” in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and has an upcoming book chapter on image portrayals in prime-time commercials for Lexington Press. Collins has just completed a comprehensive documentary series that chronicles her trip back to her maternal ancestral land of Sierra Leone, West Africa, and the Mende tribe called “Journey to My Mother’s Land: Extending the Gate’s Effect into Africa.” Collins received certification and training from the Progressive Women’s Leadership program and was selected as a Lillian Kopenhaver Fellow in 2017. Presently, she is working on a book about her innovative Critical Pedagogy called, Active Centralized Empowerment that allows all students equal opportunities to excel to their very best, raise their self-esteem and self-confidence, develop transformational leadership skills, and engage in respectful collaboration within a diverse realm. She calls it "teaching without borders." A former student-athlete standout at Wake Forest University, Collins was inducted into the ACC Legends Hall of Fame. 

Education

• Ph.D. in Communications from the Scripps College of Communications at Ohio University-Specializing in Media Management and Critical Cultural Theory and an Associate Certification in Women’s Studies

• Master of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

• Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Communication/Rhetoric at Wake Forest University