Avery E. Holton
  • Undergraduate Journalism Sequence Coordinator, Communication
  • Student Media Advisor, Communication
  • Assistant Professor, Communication
  • Humanities Scholar, College Of Humanities


  • Doctor of Philosophy, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin (William Powers Fellow)
  • Doctoral Certification, Disabilities Studies (Texas Center for Disabilities Studies), The University of Texas at Austin


Avery E. Holton joined the Department of Communication faculty in 2013 after completing his doctoral dissertation as a William Powers Fellow in the College of Communication at the University of Texas Austin. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy for his work on social media and health communication as well as a Doctoral Certification for his work on disabilities studies.

As the Undergraduate Journalism Sequence Coordinator in the Department of Communication, he has helped to oversee changes to the curricuulum that continue to make the University of Utah highly competitive. Dr. Holton also serves as the Student Media Advisor, offering support to the University of Utah Student Media.

Dr. Holton's research engages the intersections of emerging and social media and their impact on individuals' perceptions of and engagements with multiple forms of media including virtual reality, news media, social media, drones, and beyond. He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and presented more than 60 studies at national and international conferences. Dr. Holton's work has appeared in Communication Theory, Mass Communication & Society, Journalism Studies, and Health Communication, among others, helping him earn Faculty Researcher of the Year in 2014.

A former journalist (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram) and communications specialist (Houston Astros organization), Dr. Holton collaborates across multiple discplines, including sociology, nursing, health communication, computer science, mechanical engineering, philosophy, stratetic communication, and honors programs. His teaching areas include digital and social media, social media and news media theory, and health and disabilities communication.

He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying trail running, hiking, backcountry snowshoeing, snowboarding, and peak summiting. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, spending time with his dog, Dezi, and enjoying the city's live music scene and exceptional culinary creations.

You can view more of his work here and catch up with him on Twitter via @averyholton.