Phyllis Slocum (SLOH-kuhm) joined the University of North Texas in Fall 2002 after a long career in the broadcast industry.
Having worked in both radio and television, her focus for the majority of her career has been television news, television management, and the broadcasting industry. During her more than 15 years with several different television stations, she served as an anchor, reporter, producer, executive producer, and news director. In those capacities, she was recognized by her colleagues for outstanding work.
Moving into the arena of broadcast consulting, Slocum worked for nearly 16 years with one of the nation's most highly acclaimed broadcast consulting firms: Audience Research & Development, with a focus on news, marketing, management, audience, and talent development. In addition to her work on the industry and academic side, she is also a professional voice-over talent working with companies as they develop their on-air sound and with individuals in a voice-presentation coaching capacity.
At UNT she teaches upper level and graduate studies in media with an emphasis in television. Slocum teaches the capstone Television News Producing course which culminates in a special certificate for students completing the television news producing program as well as Media in the 21st Century, International Communications, Broadcasting Copywriting, Interviewing and Performance, and other industry-related courses. She also serves as Station Manager for ntTV (North Texas Television) the 24/7 student-programmed and -operated cable channel which has gained national recognition over the past decade for outstanding student work.
For her students the mission is simple: "My goal is to help, nurture and teach these students to enable them to take their place as dedicated, highly motivated, and competent media professionals in whatever area they choose."
Slocum holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies from Kalamazoo College and an M.A. in Radio, Television and Film from UNT. She is active in various professional organizations serving on panels, making presentations, and has published and co-authored several papers.