Joy Chavez Mapaye joined the Department of Journalism and Public
Communications in 2003. Mapaye has presented her research at top
communication conferences including the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association,
International Communication Association, Broadcast Education Association
and others. She has won research paper awards at several conferences.
Her research agenda includes her doctoral specialties in television, new
media and digital culture and marketing communications. In 2011, the
Broadcast Education Association recognized Mapaye with the honor of top
dissertation in the nation. In 2012, UAA's College of Arts and Sciences honored Mapaye with a Teaching Excellence award. Mapaye’s master’s degree emphasis includes
race and political rhetoric and public relations. Her bachelor’s degree
is in broadcast journalism.
Mapaye serves as adviser to the student chapter of the
Radio/Television Digital News Association at UAA. In addition to her
duties at UAA, Mapaye is a fill-in reporter for KTUU-TV NBC in
Anchorage. She has won numerous awards for her work including a
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Emmy
nomination for her documentary on subsistence in Alaska. Mapaye has
also been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska
Journal of Commerce as one of state’s top young leaders younger than
age 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to
their community. Mapaye has been an Alaskan since 2001.