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Learning life lessons outside the classroom is the focus of PhD Candidate Tasha Rennel's Communication, Culture and Community class. You can read about Tasha, her students and the community organizations they work with by clicking on this link to an article published by USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships.
Members of USF Department of Communication earned accolades from Creative Loafing's 2014 Best of the Bay survey.
PhD candidate David Jenkins is the producing artistic director of Jobsite Theater, which received recognition in a variety of categories, including Best Musical (Return to the Forbidden Planet) and Best Reason to Take Theater Seriously. David also was recognized as Best Stage Director for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Macbeth, Return to the Forbidden Planet. Here is a link to a full list of awards David and Jobsite Theater received.
Post Dinner Conversation, Inc. which has been home to many of our performing students, including Nicholas Riggs, Hannah Prince and Waren Bucholz, was named Best Improv Group.
Nancie Hudson’s autoethnography about the stigmatization of poverty, “The Trauma of Poverty as Social Identity,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Loss and Trauma. Nancie is a third-year doctoral student in USF’s Department of Communication, and this will be her second published journal article. Congratulations, Nancie!
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.
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 Award 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.
Carolyn Ellis has been invited to the Second Annual Johannesburg Seminar on Qualitative Research Methods in October 2014 at The University of Johannesburg and the Centre for Work Performance, Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management. While there she will present workshops on autoethnography and intimate interviewing to faculty and students from around South Africa and a keynote address, entitled "Living and relating after the Holocaust: A survivor and researcher collaborate in compassionate storytelling.”
You can read more about Carolyn's presentation 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, email@example.com.