Felicia McGhee-Hilt, Ph.D.

Felicia A McGhee-Hilt

Dean Journalism And Graphic Co


Office Hours

SJGC Bldg Office of the Dean

Tuesday  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Meetings by appointment as well.

Current Semester Schedule

MMC 4922 Senior Capstone Colloquium •  Wed. — 10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

About Me

I am originally from Pontiac, Michigan, and I went to the University of Michigan with a major in Communication. My goal was to become a television news reporter and I did just that. I was a reporter for the ABC Affiliate in Montgomery, a morning show anchor in Meridian, Mississippi, and a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTVC in Chattanooga. I also had my own show on the PBS Affiliate in Chattanooga, "Tennessee Insider," it was a public affairs show that featured a round table of guests to discuss local, regional and national issues. I transitioned to higher education and earned my master's degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and my doctoral degree at the University of Tennessee. I am a Montgomery Bus Boycott scholar, as both of my grandmothers (both domestics) participated in the 381-day boycott. It's the reason I chose the Montgomery Bus Boycott as my dissertation.

Areas of Interest

  • I love learning and watching anything about the Civil Rights Movement
  • I enjoy spending time with my son and family
  • I enjoy playing golf


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville • 2008
    Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences w/ an emphasis on journalism
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga2005
    M.P.A. in Public Administration
  • University of Michigan1992
    B.A. in Communication

Work History

  • Associate Dean and Professor • 2023 - Present 
    Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee, FL
  • Department Head and Associate Professor • 2018 - 2023 
    University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Associate Professor 2014 - 2023
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Assistant Professor  2008 - 2014
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Lecturer 1999 - 2005
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN



  • Masters of Public Admistration Student of the Year
  • Edward Morrow Award for Spot News Coverage

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • MMC 4922 Senior Capstone Colloquium