Sarita Martin Stewart, incoming doctoral student in the University of Alabama’s Communication and Information Sciences College, is the recipient of a 2009-2010 Graduate Council Fellowship. Stewart currently serves as an instructor of entertainment industry studies in Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. The Graduate Council Fellowships are the most prestigious and competitive graduate fellowships at the University of Alabama and are awarded to graduate students with the highest academic and scholarly qualifications. The fellowship covers tuition and fees, single health insurance and an annual stipend.
Stewart will focus her studies in the area of Mass Communication with an emphasis on entertainment theory under the guidance of Dr. Jennings Bryant, a noted media expert and the Reagan Endowed Chair of Broadcasting. Stewart has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, having started her career in Los Angeles at Curb Records. She has worked with a variety of top music artists including Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd, among others. She has also held positions as Marketing Manager for AKG Acoustics, U.S., and as a self-employed artist manager.