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Sofi Conway

Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Bo Yun Park

Second Advisor

Dr. Thad Williamson

Third Advisor

Dr. Matthew Oware


How do faculty at colleges and universities process information? Interviews with social sciences faculty at the University of Richmond are conducted to study information consumption, evaluation, and response. Three main findings emerged: (1) faculty trust (peer-reviewed) scholarly sources as the most reliable source of information, (2) faculty mostly default to traditional media in their news consumption, and (3) faculty have a tendency to distrust information encountered on social media. Four contemporary issues are taken as case studies: climate change, COVID-19, gun control, and policing. This study serves as a snapshot of information processing among the experts of higher education, informed by literature on the "crisis of expertise" and growing scholarly interest in the relationship between news literacy and social media.