Before returning to the academic world for her Ph.D., Dr. Luther worked both in the United States and in Japan as a producer of television news. She is now the director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and also teaches in the areas of international journalism, media and diversity, communication and information science theories, and research methods.
Dr. Luther has published in such journals as the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and Journalism History. She has had three books published. One entitled Press Images, National Identity, and Foreign Policy was published by Routledge in 2002. The others are two editions of her co-authored book, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media (2012; 2017) published by Wiley-Blackwell.
Dr. Luther has received several awards including the University of Tennesee's Chancellor's Award to attend HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellow Award, SECAC Academic Leadership Development Award, University of Tennessee Notable Woman Award recognizing excellence in administration, research and teaching, the American Press Institute, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Fellowship Award, the Radio Television News Directors Foundation/Knight Foundation's Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship Award, the International Radio and Television Society Faculty/Industry Award, the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Bud Minkel International/Intercultural Award, and the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Dr. Luther was also awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Japan in 2007.