Kakie Urch, associate professor, brings a combination of professional, academic and teaching experience to the department . She teaches Web Publishing , Media Convergence and special topics courses.
Urch has served as editor of The Kentucky Enquirer in Northern Kentucky,
Managing Editor of The Kentucky Post and Assistant Managing Editor of The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif. She also worked as an editor at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. and as a copy editor/reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. She is a Knight Digital Media Center /Annenberg Center Fellow, having studied multi-media production at UC Berkeley.
Urch earned a B.A. in Journalism General Editorial (Appalachian Studies concentration), a B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis, Departmental Honors), an M.A. in American literature/mass culture and graduate certificate in Social Theory at UK. She did her doctoral work on delivery systems in Rhetoric and Composition Program at The Pennsylvania State University. She has taught in UK’s Department of English, the PSU Department of English and in integrated studies programs at both schools, in addition to teaching in the Communication program at the California State University San Bernardino Palm Desert.
Her published academic work centers on topics ranging from the Appalachian countercultural classic “Divine Right’s Trip,” to the work of women advertising professionals in the early 20th century to the notion of a female “flaneur,” to ideological groups’ relationship to advertising and markets.
As an undergraduate at UK, Urch was one of the original founders of WRFL-FM, the student-run alternative radio station that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary on air. Her column in the “Kentucky Kernel” newspaper is credited with helping start Radio Free Lexington, the student group that built the station. She and WRFL Faculty Advisor Telecommunications Prof. John Clark share a show on the station.