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Aisha Durham makes another contribution to the interdisciplinary field called hip hop feminism with her new book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture. This book extends earlier discussions about hip hop culture, media representations, and the body inher co-edited volumes, Home Girls Make Some!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology and Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method & Policy.
Ellen Klein successfully defended her dissertation Changing Landscapes: End-of-Life Care and Communication at a Zen Hospice. Congratulations, Ellen!
Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner will be receiving this year's Charles H. Woolbert Award from NCA for their 2000 chapter, "Autoethnography, Personal Narrative, Reflexivity: Researcher as Subject,” In The Handbook of Qualitative Research, edited by Denzin and Lincoln. The Woolbert award recognizes articles and book chapters that have "stood the test of time and have become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena." Their article has been cited more than 2500 times and has become a foundational monograph for those doing autoethnographic and narrative ethnographic studies.
Carolyn Day and Colin A. Forde successfully defended their dissertations recently.
Carolyn's dissertation is The Rhetoric of Corporate Identity: Corporate social responsibility, creating shared value, and globalization. Colin's dissertation is Emergency Medicine Triage as the Intersection of Storytelling, Decision Making, and Dramaturgy.
Congratulations Carolyn and Colin!
Heidi Paintner received a Quiet Quality award from USF's Staff Senate for her outstanding work as the Department of Communication office manager. She keeps the administrative details in order to ensure the smooth operation of all the department's functions.
Other winners of the Quiet Quality Award include our own Anne Copeland, which shows we have an All-Star administrative team!
The Quiet Quality Awards is a campus-wide employee recognition program implemented by the USF Staff Senate. Candidates are evaluated based on conscientiousness, professional manner/positive attitude/interpersonal relationships, work performance, responsibilities, team-oriented, and suggestions for improving the USF experience.
Barbara Bennington, Amanda Firestone and David Lee successfully defended their dissertations recently.
Barbara's dissertation is Crisis Communication: Sensemaking and Decision-Making by the CDC Under Conditions of Uncertainty and Ambiguity During the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic.
Amanda's dissertation is "Is That What You Dream About? Being a Monster?”: Bella Swan and the Construction of the Monstrous-Feminine in The Twilight Saga.
David's dissertation is Informing, Entertaining and Persuading: Health Communication at the Amazing You. Congratulations, Barbara, Amanda and David!
Carolyn Ellis has been named Distinguished University Professor, one of three USF faculty so honored this year. The rank of Distinguished University Professor recognizes senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers both within and outside USF. The title is awarded through a process of nomination as well as internal and external peer review and identifies those holding it as outstanding members of their profession.
One reviewer tellingly connects the scholarship of Dr. Ellis to the reputation of USF when she writes that the “productivity, visibility, depth, and originality” of Dr. Ellis’s scholarship has allowed USF to “become the premiere university for graduate students interested in pursuing qualitative research methods.” Congratulations, Carolyn!
Communication major Tamara Nolin played the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the recent production of Hairspray at the Patel Conservatory of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. The show ran from June 27th-29th. The contact for this part was made during Jay Zalinger’s Capstone course, when Tamara was sent to the Straz Center to do an informational interview. This was Tamara's first theatrical performance!
You can read more about Jay and his class by clicking here.
Doing Autoethnography 2015 - Call for Papers
In order to provide autoethnographers of all levels the opportunity to present their autoethnographic endeavors and encourage dialogue among scholars across a variety of disciplines, the Department of Communication
and Mass Media at Angelo State University invites the submission of panel proposals, performances, completed papers, and extended abstracts to be considered for presentation at the fourth annual “Doing Autoethnography”
conference. The conference will be held February 26 through March 1, 2015 on
the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
Dr. Art Bochner (University of South Florida) and Dr. Tony Adams
(Northeastern Illinois University will deliver this year’s keynote addresses.The conference will also feature autoethnography workshops facilitated by
Dr. Keith Berry (University of South Florida), Dr. Robin Boylorn
(University of Alabama), Dr. Stacy Holman Jones (California State University, Northridge), and Dr.Sandy Pensoneau-Conway (University of Southern Illinois Carbondale).Potential performances, papers, and extended abstracts might engage autoethnographic approaches on a variety of topics (e.g., gender, sexuality, race, education), address autoethnography on theoretical or methodological levels, work to further aspects of autoethnography (or autoethnography in general), and/or interrogate practices in autoethnographic methods. Creative and innovative approaches to autoethnography are encouraged. All performances, papers, and extended abstracts engaging or discussing autoethnography are invited. Additionally, proposals for performance, paper, or discussion panels are welcomed.
The deadline for submission is November 15, 2014. See the conference website for more information on lodging and conference programming at doingautoethnography.org. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Derek Bolen,firstname.lastname@example.org.