Julia M Smith, PhD

Academic Advisor

Dr. Julia Smith is the Literature, Media, and Communication Advisor for Freshmen through Juniors. She joined the GA Tech community three years ago when she taught business and technical communication as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. She taught business and technical communication for the last three years. She completed her PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in Writing Studies. Her scholarship examines the relationship between medieval rhetoric and modern digital technologies, collaboration, and the histories of text technologies.

Dr. Smith is committed to assisting students as they make academic choices to grow into their futures. She supports LMC and GA Tech as a community through the development of a LMC Ambassador program, organizing course descriptions, and advising students.


“A Gay Girl in Damascus”: Multi-vocal Construction and Refutation of Authorial Ethos. In Authorship Contested: Cultural Challenges to the Autonomous, Originary Arthur Amy E. Robillard and Ron Fortune (eds). Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication, July 2015.

“The Book of Margery Kemp: Margery Kempe and the Rhetorical Chorus: An Alternative Method of Recovering Women in the History of Rhetoric.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 17. 1: 179-203. 2014.

Email: julia.smith@lmc.gatech.edu

Advising Scheduler: https://gatech.gradesfirst.com/home/


Jillann Hertel, MFA

Career Advisor & CoLab Director/Creative Director & Academic Faculty

Jillann Hertel is a hybrid of career counselor and industry professional who is equipped to address your internship, current, and future career planning and dreaming.

She is available for one-on-one guidance appointments addressing things such as:  internship planning and the for-credit program, career counseling, references to campus services, resume guidance, and portfolio-building.

She teaches a professionalization course for LMC majors and oversees a creative team for generating creative content for internal and external clients.

She works to improve the department through unit initiatives and beautification. She is also the co-founder for Georgia Tech’s Minor in Social Justice and she is the Founder of the CoLab.

Advising Scheduler: https://gatech.gradesfirst.com/home/ 

Email: jillann.hertel@lmc.gatech.edu


JC Reilly, PhD

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Faculty

JC Reilly is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and a practicing and published poet.  Her research interests include creative writing, contemporary women’s poetry, and women’s spiritual writing across genres.

For LMC, JC creates courses, implements the scheduling of classes for tenured faculty and creates the schedule for the Brittain Fellows, as well as teaches, facilitates the day-to-day functioning of LMC, assists with advising, coordinates the Copenhagen ITU exchange, and does pretty much anything else that needs to get done.  Feel free to e-mail her with any questions at jc.reilly@lmc.gatech.edu


Nihad Farooq, PhD  

Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor

Nihad M. Farooq is Associate Professor of American Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She investigates the transformative power of encounter between scientists and indigenous and diasporic populations in the Americas in the long nineteenth century. Her research moves between literary studies, American and Atlantic Studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies of science and ethnography.

Dr. Farooq has been committed to students, research, and writing long before she began her career as a professor. Before embarking on an academic research and teaching career, she worked as an editorial assistant and copywriter for Simon & Schuster’s Higher Ed Division, and then as Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Now, as DUS at LMC, when she is not teaching and writing on issues of race and culture from the long nineteenth century to the present, she oversees the administration of the undergraduate programs in Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) and Computational Media (CM). She is also the point-of-contact for the minors and certificates offered within the School of LMC. Dr. Farooq may be reached at Nihad.Farooq@lmc.gatech.edu


Richard Utz, PhD

Chair & Professor

Richard Utz is Chair and Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining GT, he served as Chair and Professor in the English Department at Western Michigan University, and he also gathered experience as an educator at the Pädagogische Hochschule Dresden, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Tübingen. Utz received his doctorate from the University of Regensburg, Germany, in 1990.