Amy Martz, Communication BA, is an award winning artist recognized throughout Florida for her photographic and mixed media treatments of architectural and historic subjects. Her work has been displayed at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and she is featured artist at Hotel Le Meridien in Tampa. Amy's works appear in museums in galleries in the city and area.
Amy is one of ten USF alumni to be recognized at a special ceremony on May 19.
Read about Amy and view some of her work at: www.amymartz.com/about-amy-martz.html.
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Makebba Spears was nominated and received an Outstanding Staff Award for 2016! Congratulations Mikki!
Mark McCarthy successfully defended his dissertation, “Redefining Survival Through Post-Race and Post-Feminism in the Lost Apocalypse.” Congratulations Mark!
Amber Klee successfully completed her MA comprehensive examination on March 17, 2017! Congratulations Amber!
Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Dean, University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library and alum of our department, has been selected for the 2017 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). She will be honored at the ASCLA Achievement Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Congratulations!
Summer Cunningham has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Communication at SUNY Oneonta beginning this fall. Congratulations!
Jacob Abraham had his article "(Dis)engaging with Asperger's: An Autoethnographic Approach to Neurodiveristy and Interpersonal Relationships" published in Departures of Critical Qualitative Research. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham's book, Home with Hip Hop Feminism, is included on the "Lemonade Syllabus" under Black Feminist Studies. The syllabus was used at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's "Lemonade Week," exploring the topics explored in Beyonce's visual album. Congratulations!
Travis Bell has been invited to be part of the the NEH Summer Institute in Savannah, Georgia. Congratulations!
Grace Peters has won the 2017 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Arts and Humanities category. Congratulations!
Dr. Patrice Buzzanell has accepted the position of Chair for the Department of Communication beginning August 2017. Dr. Buzzanell studies organizational communication with a focus on gender in the workplace. She is currently Distinguished University Professor at Purdue University; she is a fellow of the International Communication Association and last year was named NCA Distinguished Scholar. Along with a wealth of professional activity and contacts, Patrice brings with her Dr. Steven Wilson of Purdue University who will begin at USF in August 2018 as Professor of Communication, with an emphasis on interpersonal and family communication.
Alyse Keller and Meredith Clements have been offered the USF's Office of Graduate Studies' Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the summer of 2017. Congratulations!
Sheranjeet Dhillon successfully completed her MA comprehensive examination on March 8, 2017! Congratulations Sheran!
Nancie Hudson successfully defended her dissertation “Practical Theology in an Interpretive Community: An Ethnography of Talk, Texts and Video in a Mediated Woman’s Bible Study” Congratulations Nancie!
Brooks Oglesby successfully defended his thesis, "Daniel Bryan & The Negotiation of Kayfabe in Professional Wrestling." Congratulations Brooks!
Erin Howell successfully defended her thesis, "Volunteer Tourism: Fulfilling the Needs for God and Medicine in Latin America." Congratulations Erin!
Cody Hawley has been selected to receive the SSCA Robert Bostrom Young Scholar Award for his paper, "A Public Without Community." Congratulations!
Marquese McFerguson's book Conversations in Color has been selected by the Hillsborough County Public Schools District to be implemented in a pilot program that seeks to reevaluate how students are taught about the American Civil Rights Movement and African American history. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham is featured on a SAGE research methods tutorial video, outlining the autoethnographic method and sharing a demonstration of performance autoethnography. Congratulations!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel was recently elected to the PCORnet Research Committee for a three-year position. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham's work on hip-hop feminism has been included as one of six "need-to-know" concepts contributing to feminist thought in a recent article by Resist Media. Congratulations!
Travis Bell had his article, "Visually engaged ethnography: Constructing knowledge and critical consciousness," published online in the Journal of Media Practice. Congratulations!
Krystal Bresnahan successfully defended her dissertation, “From Portraits to Selfies: Family Photo-making Rituals”. Congratulations Krystal!
Dr. Mariaelena Bartesaghi has been invited to speak on Discourse and Institutionalization at the Discourses in Action Colloquium as part of the 2016 Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel recently joined a research team as a funded co-investigator for the ABOUT—American BRCA Outcomes and Utilization of Testing—study, funded by a NIH R01 grant. Congratulations!
Dr. Kristen Blinne, Assistant Professor of Communication & Media, SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence in 2016, and will deliver the annual Richard Siegfried Lecture on December 1. A PhD alum of our department, Dr. Blinne is the twenty-second recipient of the Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham recently took part in an interview with Tampa Bay's WTSP 10 News in which she discussed blackface and Halloween costumes. Congratulations!
Meredith Clements had her article, "17 Lines About Chemo," published in JAMA Oncology. Congratulations!
Recent alum Nathan Hodges has been declared this year’s winner of the NCA Ellis-Bochner Award. Congratulations!
Dr. Mahuya Pal has been promoted and granted tenure at the University of South Florida. Congratulations!
Nancie Hudson had her article, "Communication and power in the job interview: Using a ventriloqual approach to analyze moral accounts," published in Text & Talk. Congratulations!
Jessica Montalvo and her co-authors had their piece, "Transgressing boundaries or remapping terrain? Where culture, disability, work, and home inhabit the same space," published in a book edited by Mansfield et al., titled Identity Intersectionalities, Mentoring, and Work-Life (Im)Balance. Congratulations!
Dr. Keith Berry won the Best Book Award from the National Communication Association's Ethnography Division for his new book, Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth. Congratulations!
Dr. Carolyn Ellis has been selected to receive the Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the USF Research Council. Congratulations!
Dr. Keith Berry recently discussed bullying and his new book, Bullied: Tales of Torment, Identity, and Youth, in an interview with Bay News 9. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham discussed the intersections of technology and race in Complex's "Why Do All the Snapchat Filters Try to Make You Look White?"
Dr. Lindy Davidson has accepted a one-year visiting instructor position teaching medical humanities in the Honors College at USF. She will teach two courses in the Fall, Ethics at the End of Life and Cultural Perspectives on Disability, as well as advise seniors on their honors thesis projects. Congratulations!
Dr. Mariaelena Bartesaghi was a featured speaker in the ICA preconference "Analyzing authority and power in interaction" in Fukuoka, Japan on June 9th. The preconference, partially inspired by her work on authority, brought together together 20 international scholars of conversation analysis, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, and semiotics in one big "data session" focused on one interaction. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham was a featured speaker at the 18th Annual Allied Media Conference, a community-based conference taking place June 17-19 that brings together activists, artists and academics who use media to enact social change. She discussed do-it-yourself media-making and hip hop feminism with Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown. Congratulations!
Alisha Menzies successfully defended her dissertation, “Black Americans and HIV/AIDS in Popular Media: Conforming to The Politics of Respectability.” Congratulations Alisha!
Travis Bell has been accepted to the 2016 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar at Ohio University, taking place July 21-24. Congratulations!
Nathan Hodges successfully defended his dissertation, “Blue-Collar Scholars: Bridging Academic and Working Class Worlds.” Congratulations Nate!
Elizabeth Jeter successfully defended her dissertation, “The Communication Constitution of Law Enforcement in North Carolina’s Efforts Against Human Trafficking.” Congratulations Libby!
Nicholas Riggs successfully defended his dissertation, “Improvising Close Relationships: A Relational Perspective on Vulnerability”. Congratulations Nick!
Marquese McFerguson delivered a spoken word performance at the 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit for an audience of over 200 educators, city leaders and business professionals from across the state. Congratulations!
Hannah Prince successfully completed her MA comprehensive examination on April 15, 2016! Congratulations Hannah!
Conversations in Color by Marquese McFerguson has been published! The book contains a mixture of poetry, prose and original paintings that celebrate the American Civil Rights Movement. Marquese will also take part in a panel discussion and book signing as part of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial in Little Rock, Arkansas. Congratulations!
Dr. Aubrey Huber was selected by The National Student Employment Week committee as USF’s 2016 Supervisor of the Year. She was nominated by our graduate students for her commitment to quality student employment, commitment to teaching new student employees during an on-boarding process, commitment to the professional development of student employees, and dedication to helping student employees with their academic pursuits. Congratulations!
Lindy Davidson successfully defended her dissertation, “Spiritual Frameworks in Pediatric Palliative Care: Understanding Parental Decision-making”. Congratulations Lindy!
Joanna Bartell successfully defended her dissertation, “When Maps Ignore the Territory: An Examination of Gendered Language in Cancer Patient Information Literature”. Congratulations Joanna!
Nancie Hudson won the 2016 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Arts and Humanities category. Congratulations!
Adolfo Lagomasino and Jacob Abraham received top paper awards at this year's Southern States Communication Association Convention. Congratulations!
Erin Scheffels had two papers published, one in Argumentation and Advocacy as well as one in the Journal of Medicine and the Person. Congratulations!
Sean Swenson received a $1350 grant to help fund his and two of his graduate student colleagues’ travel to Georgetown University for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics' Intensive Bioethics Course. In addition, Sean also had three entries published in The Sage Encyclopedia of Economics and Society.
Lindy Davidson had a piece published in the recent special issue of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. Dr. Aisha Durham is a guest editor of this special issue. Congrats!
Dr. Art Bochner and Dr. Carolyn Ellis have published Evocative Autoethnography: Writing Lives and Telling Stories with Routledge Press. Congratulations!
Elizabeth Jeter has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Relations position in the Department of Human Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, and Non-Profit Studies at High Point University, a private liberal arts institution in High Point, North Carolina. Congratulations!
Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky is quoted in "Why are 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' so white? Lifetime's 'UnREAL' explores the issue," an article in The Los Angeles Times. Congratulations!
Max Plumpton successfully defended his thesis, "Selling the American Body: The Construction of American Identity Through the Slave Trade." Congratulations Max!
Jaime Robb successfully defended his thesis, "In Search of Solidarity: Identification Participation in Virtual Fan Communities." Congratulations Jaime!
Dr. Arthur Bochner has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry for his lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry. Congratulations!
Alisha Menzies has accepted an Assistant Professor position starting Fall 2016 in the Communication Department at The University of Tampa. Congratulations!
Academic advisor Andrea Sereno has been promoted to SAII, a senior advisor position. Congratulations!
Nathan Hodges has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Communication Studies at Coe College, a private liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Congratulations!
Dr. Aisha Durham spoke with reporter Emerald Morrow of Tampa Bay's WTSP 10 News in an interview discussing the meaning and signifance of Beyonce's "Formation" video and halftime performance at Super Bowl 50. Congrats!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel recently had her story, "Marleah: Inspired By My Mom," featured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Bring Your Brave" campaign. The campaign, centered around the experiences of young women affected by breast cancer and with an elevated genetic risk for breast cancer, seeks to to raise awareness and provide important health information for young women. Congrats!
Alyse Keller performed her solo performance, Disabling Mother, with Adolfo Lagomasino at the 2016 Patti Pace Performance Festival at Georgia Southern University. Using her family as a source of inquiry, the performance sought to explore the construction and performance of disability within family units while challenging and critiquing current societal constructions of disibility and chronic illness. Congrats!
Lindy Davidson led "Dealing With The Hard Conversations," a skill development session centered on health communication and patient-centered care at the 2016 AMSA Pre-Med Fest. Congrats to Lindy!
Dr. Keith Berry served as the guest editor for a special issue of Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies: "Queering Family/Home/Love/Loss," 2015. Dr. Berry's special issue was recently selected to receive the 2016 Innovator Award by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus of the Central States Communication Association. Congrats!
Dr. Aisha Durham discusses Home With Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture as the featured scholar in the latest interview with New Books in Pop Music. Congrats!
Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky was recently featured in an article in The Washington Post examining "hate-watching" as it relates to reality television. Congrats!
Dr. Aisha Durham has gone international media this time! Dr. Durham describes Halloween minstrelsy for Haaretz, a leading international Israeli newspaper akin to the New York Times. Published in its Hebrew edition, the interview is based on Durham’s recent Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies publication, “_____ While Black: Millennial Race Play and the Post Hip-Hop Generation.” Congrats to Aisha!
On April 6, 2017, Mary Alao, Nivethitha Ketheeswaran, and Rachel Koruo gave an oral presentation based on their participation in Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel’s health communication research team at the 2017 USF Undergraduate Research & Arts Colloquium. Their presentation was titled “Creating a Narrative Intervention for BRCA-Positive Previvors."
Farrah Youn, a Communication major, presented her research at the 2017 USF Undergraduate Research & Arts Colloquium on April 7, 2017. Her paper was titled "Stacking Stones: An Autoethnography on Bereavement and Grief." Alyse Keller served as Farrah’s mentor for the research project.
Dr. Gail Fairhurst, Professor of Communication, University of Cincinnati, will deliver the Grazier Lecture during Com Day on April 28, 2017. The title of her talk is A distinctively communicative view of leadership: From leadership psychology to Donald Trump.
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel delivered a talk as part of TEDxUSF: Limitless on March 29, 2017. In her talk, she shared her experiences after testing positive for BRCA2 and offered audience members advice on uncertainty management, urging those in attendance to "embrace the uncertainty."
Dr. Lori Roscoe and Meredith L. Clements collaborated with Dr. Mian Shahzad, Dr. Robert M. Wenham, and Dr. Clair McClung of H. Lee Moffitt's Gynecologic Oncology Program to co-author research presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Conference March 12-15, 2017 in National Harbor, MD. As lead author, Meredith presented during two "Featured Poster" sessions. Their poster was titled, "Bald and beautiful? Quality-of-life and chemotherapy-induced alopecia."
Marquese McFerguson delivered a lecture and performance at Florida A&M University for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences on March 20, 2017. The lecture focused on the challenge of achieving and maintaining physical and mental wellness while balancing the expectations and pressures of being a first-generation college student from an economically vulnerable community. Click here for more information.
Grace Peters, Meredith L. Clements, and Department of Communication's Alumna Dr. Lindy Davidson performed together on a panel titled Performing health, performing mother: The politics of mothering and decision-making in the context of healthcare in St. Petersburg, FL on Feb 10-11, 2017 at the Museum of Motherhood.
In conjunction with the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Aisha Durham will deliver a present "Hip Hop Feminism: Artistry, Advocacy, and the Academy"
as part of the Brown Bag Colloquium Series. The presentation, which will provide a genealogy of hip hop feminist studies and its engagement with racialized gender and sexuality in popular culture, will be held on March 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM in ISA 5020. Click here for more information.
Groaning from the Soul, a film about Dr. Carolyn Ellis’ journey with Holocaust survivor Jerry Rawicki to Treblinka where Jerry’s relatives were murdered, has been accepted as part of the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. Produced by Dr. Ellis and alumnus Steven Schoen, the film was screened Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Britton Theater in South Tampa.
This year's USF at NCA Party took place on November 10, 2016 at The Irish Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel was the keynote speaker for the University of Tampa’s Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority’s 6th Annual Pink Tie Event on October 20, 2016. Her presentation entitled, “Cancer is a Family Affair: Examining Hereditary Breast Cancer Risk,” discussed Dr. Dean Kruzel’s research on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk as well as her recent participation in the CDC’s Bring Your Brave campaign about young women and breast cancer.
On October 20, 2016, in conjunction with the College of Education and Students with Disabilities Services, Alyse Keller presented [Dis]Abling Family, a monologue and performance showcasing the voices and narratives of family members in order to gain a greater understanding of the ways chronic illness and disability live and breathe within family units.
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2016 Distinguished Alumnus Philip Kofi Nutsugah presented this year's Distinguished Alumni Lecture on October 7, 2016. The event was followed by a reception of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.
Dr. Carolyn Ellis and Jerry Rawicki presented Groaning from the Soul: A Conversation with a Survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto at the Florida Holocaust Museum on September 13, 2016. They discussed Jerry’s experience in the Warsaw Ghetto and showed the film they produced (with Steve Schoen) on their trip to Treblinka, a death camp in Poland where Jerry’s relatives were murdered.
This year's Comm Day took place on Friday, April 22, 2016. Events included the Bull Speak Out, the Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony, the Spring 2016 Performance Showcase, the annual Grazier Lecture, and more. Click here for a schedule of the day's events.
Dr. Aisha Durham presented Between Death and Life: Why Communication Matters When We Talk About Social Justice on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library. The presentation, sponsored by the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, described how the performance, regulation and representation of blackness today informs how we talk about poverty, inequity, and social justice.
As a part of Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel’s research project, “Empowering Preventative Options for Women Experiencing Risk", undergraduate communication students Rachel Korou and Jennifer Martinez presented research on genetic testing and health communication at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium on April 6, 2016 at the Marshall Student Center.
Communication student Brittany Schoen will also presented her research, which grows from a research project with Dr. Mariaelena Bartesaghi that investigates the tensional discourses of deafness that emerge from the campaign for cochlear implants. Psychology student Ashley Derisme, who worked with Dr. Bartesaghi on her honors thesis, presented her research, examining the process of creating an art journal as a way to experience identity as reflexive, emergent, and ongoing.
On Monday, March 21, 2016, Dr. Art Bochner spoke about his current work on memory-work and its significance in autoethnography and personal narrative as part of the Spring 2016 USF Educational Psychology Colloquium in the USF College of Education.
Dr. Carolyn Ellis presented a lecture titled "Take(s) Heart: Doing Compassionate Research with a Holocaust Survivor" on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Click here for more information.
On Monday, February 15, 2016, Senior Capstone students participated in a Distinguished Alumni Panel to learn about building networking relationships and finding internships and careers after graduation. Six panelists facilitated small group discussions and answered questions about how they apply communication theory and skills in the workplace. Thank you to our wonderful alumni for volunteering their time!
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel delivered an invited presentation at the 5th Annual Houston Area Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Conference in Houston, TX on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Her presentation is entitled, “So You Tested Positive for BRCA, Now What?: Learning from Previvors’ Healthcare Experiences to Navigate One’s Own Health Journey."
On Friday, November 20, 2015 PhD student Marquese McFerguson was a featured panelist at the Social Conscience Gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas. The panel sought to engage participants in solution-oriented dialogue that examines what young people, parents, leaders, businesses and community stakeholders can do to address social barriers that still persist in communities of color.
Homegrown Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Surveillance Studies & Miley and Kim K's Twitpix, with Rachel Dubrofsky
On Tuesday, November 10th, Grace Allen Room (Library, 4th Floor) at 3:30 pm Associate Professor from the Department of Communication, USF's own Rachel Dubrofsky discussed her newly published book that looks at the controversial questions of gender, race, class and sexuality that have been left unexamined in surveillance studies. Her talk addressed questions such as: How might surveillance put different bodies at risk/on display with particular contingencies? Who is scrutinized under surveillance, and why and at what cost? What are the implications for disenfranchised bodies? This presentation discussed these questions and how a few of the questions are taken up in a chapter on tabloid coverage of Twitter photographs posted by Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian.
PhD student Marquese L. McFerguson and undergraduate student Terrell Foster have been chosen to participate in TedxUSF talks. Congrats to both! Marquese’s talk examines the use of spoken word poetry to promote cross-cultural consciousness and encourage critical dialogue on intercultural issues and lived experiences. Terrell's talk is titled "We Could Be Heroes" and focuses on the minority experience during military service.
Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel delivered an invited presentation entitled, “Understanding Health Communication, Genetic Risk, and Hereditary Cancer through Qualitative Research” for the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida on Friday, September 18th from 12-1pm.
Dr. Aisha Durham delivered a keynote address, “Necropolitics in the Age of New (Media) Minstrelsy,” for the Department of Communication Graduate Student Conference at California State University (East Bay) on May 15, 2015.
For the conference titled, “#BlackLivesMatter: Civil Rights and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” Durham turned to digital media to describe how the doing-being black body performs cathartic labor for the nation. She also disscissed how minoritized millennials protest the political minstrelsy of American democracy. She suggests postrace like blackface has been unmasked for a new generation now activated as the new dream defenders challenging new (media) minstrelsy and racial terror today.