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2007 News Archives

December 2007:

» Graduates Matt Brooks and Cara Mackie with their Major Professor, Art Bochner:

» Congratulations to Barney Downs, who has received emeritus status. Professor Downs, who retired in 2001, is invoked annually when the graduate student who best exemplifies community spirit and departmental citizenship is honored with the Barney Downs Award.

» Ken Cissna delivered the primary address at an International Symposium at the University of Vienna celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dialogue between Martin Buber and Carl Rogers. In the image at the right, Reinhold Stipsits, professor of psychology at University of Vienna, speaks at the Symposium while Cissna and others listen.

» Elizabeth Bell has been elected chair of USF President’s Status of Women Committee.

November 2007:

» Cara Mackie defended her dissertation, Achieving Sobriety: A Narrative Investigation of Women, Identity, and Relationships; Art Bochner directed the project, and her committee consisted of Carolyn Ellis, Stacy Holman Jones, James Cavendish, and Linda Chamberlain.

» Matt Brooks defended his dissertation, Friendships Between Men: Masculinity as as Relational Experience. Art Bochner served as major professor, with Carolyn Ellis, Stacy Holman Jones, Ken Cissna, and James King as committee members.

» Yvonne Kline was awarded top competitive paper for two divisions at the NCA meetings in Chicago. Her essay "Poisoned Poetry: Penning an Identity In-'Sanity'" was the top paper for the Communication as Social Construction Division, and her essay "Gendered Space: Semiotically Constructing Body Image" won the top paper award for the Semiotics and Communication Division.

» Elizabeth Bell was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society as honorary faculty member. 

» Rachel Dubrofsky received this year's Outstanding Article Award for the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of NCA for her article "The Bachelor: Whiteness in the Harem" in Critical Studies in Media Communication. In addition, she was invited to serve on the editorial board of the NCA journal Critical Studies in Media Communication.

» Photos from the NCA convention in Chicago. (clockwise from top left: NCA 1st Vice President Art Bochner with special guests Ken and Mary Gergen; doctoral alumni at the USF Party; Ken Cissna takes charge of the drink tickets; the USF Party bar at Blackie's in Chicago; Navita James and guest).



» 20 USF Communication Department graduate students will be presenting research at the upcoming National Communication Association annual convention in Chicago.

» Coeditors Marcyrose Chvasta and Michael LeVan have published the latest issue of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, a special issue "On Sound." It can be found here: The issue contains contributions by 13 scholars and artists from 5 countries.

» Stacy Holman Jones was interviewed recently for the Wisconsin Public Radio show, "To the Best of Our Knowledge." The subject of the show was "The New Feminism" and featured the work of Katha Pollitt, Susan Faludi and Wabgari Maathai (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004)—wow! Some company! She discussed “torch singing” and feminism, and of course, her new book, Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf (Alta Mira Press, 2007). Her portion of the interview begins at 27:11 and runs through 39:34, as long as the URL is active:

» Amanda Dawson Baker (BA, December 2003) was selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for its “30 under 30” list of the most outstanding young business people in the Tampa Bay area under the age of 30. Loyd Pettegrew calls her “one of best interns ever” and says, “She rocks and we should all be very proud of her.” She will be coming to Pettegrew’s Interview Communication class in the spring to talk about what it takes to succeed in the competitive business world of today.

October 2007:

» Congratulations to the Fall inducties to Lambda Pi Eta, our national and departmental Honors Society!:

Amanda T. Hargen
Amanda E. Iden
Tracy L. Johnson
Kristin C. Krueger
Jaydian J. Miller
Andrea L. Muench
Sam North
Jessica M. Savage
Jaclyn Seal
Kathryn A. Woltmann

September 2007:

» Tammy Jeffries has received the 2007 OSCLG (Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender) Creative Expression Award for "Between the Lines: An Exploration of a Mindset," presented at the 2006 NCA Convention in San Antonio.

» Congratulations to Dr. Beth Eschenfelder, who successfully defended her dissertation, "Interagency Collaboration and Communication: Funders and Service Providers Working Together to Create a Management Service Organization." This dissertation was directed by Eric Eisenberg; others on the committee were Art Bochner, Jane Jorgenson, Fred Steier, and Joan Pynes; defense was chaired by Dale E. Johnson.

» Stacy Holman Jones has won the 2007 Outstanding Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award given by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG), which she will receive at the conference in Omaha, Nebraska, in October.

» Stacy Holman Jones's latest book, Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf was just published by Alta Mira Press, 2007.

August 2007:

» Welcome to new faculty! Joining the department is new assistant professor Garnet Butchart (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006), new assistant professor Rachel Dubrofsky (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2004), and new assistant professor Lori Roscoe (Ph.D., University of South Florida, Aging Studies, 2000).

» Congratulations to recently promoted faculty! Stacy Holman Jones was awarded tenure and promoited to associate professor; Elizabeth Bell was promoted to professor.

June 2007:

» Congratulations to Patrick Cannon for successfully defending his dissertation, “Communication for Planetary Transformation and the Drag of Public Conversations: The Case of Landmark Education Corporation.” Directed by Eric Eisenberg, the committee included Jane Jorgenson, Carolyn Ellis, and Marilyn Myerson; Dale Johnson, professor of physics, served as the outside chair. Dr. Cannon becomes the Communication department’s 58th doctoral alumnus.

» Congratulations to these communication majors who made the Dean's list:

Anzalone, Tessa
Baylis, Leanna
Bigelow, Jaime
Bougard, Alisha
Crawford, Jason
Dodd, Mallory
Egan, Ashley
Garas, Dena
Hargen, Amanda
Johnson, Tracy
Kaplan, Lauren
Klinghammer, Salina
Pereira, Karla
Rhodes, Allison
Weber, Kayla
Wickersham, Brent
Wilson, Emily
Winters, Michelle
May 2007:

» Congratulations Spring 2007 graduates! The Department held its second very successful graduation reception honoring it May B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. graduates.  Speakers included Bruce Cochrane, Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Charles M. Harris, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USF Alumni Association.  In addition to current graduates, we were pleased to see two alumni, Elena Strauman (Ph.D., 2001) and Patrick Burley (B.A., 2006).


» Carolyn Ellis received USF’s President’s “Women’s Leadership Award,” given in recognition of her many contributions to the lives of women over her 25 year career as a professor.     

» A Japanese translation of Ken Cissna’s book with Rob Anderson, The Martin Buber – Carl Rogers Dialogue:  A New Transcript with Commentary (SUNY Press, 1997) has been released by the Japanese publisher Shunjusha. 

» Andrew Herrmann and Jeanine Minge received College of Arts and Sciences “Doctoral Publication Awards,” and their advisors (Art Bochner and Stacy Holman Jones) received corresponding “Doctoral Mentoring Awards.”

» Tony Adams received a Summer Predoctoral Fellowship from the USF Graduate School.   

April 2007:

» Jillian Tullis-Owen has been selected to receive the Graduate Research Assistantship offered by the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Studies at USF for 2007-2008. Jillian’s study will examine the role of hospice chaplains in facilitating conversations with dying patients about death and dying, and she will also work with LifePath Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., and The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast to provide assistance in their research and program development efforts. She is in good company, as two of our alumni also received research support from the Center: Cris Davis (Ph.D. 2005, Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina Charlotte) received this assistantship and Elissa Foster (Ph.D. 2002, Assistant Professor at San Jose State University) received support for a pilot research grant.

» Congratulations to David Lee and Chris McRae, both of whom successfully completed MA theses. Mr. Lee, who will join our doctoral program in the Fall, wrote "Meaning Makers Make it: Ambivalence about Ambiguity in Academic Discourse." Mr. McRae, who will be pursuing a doctoral degree in performance studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, wrote "Getting it Right: A Story of Truth and Music Performance."

» The first week of April saw the 56th and 57th dissertations completed in the department's doctoral program. On 3 April, Sandy Cooper defended Making Sense of Complex Failure: The Case of 9/11, and on 5 April Shirlan Williams defended Graduate Students/Mothers Negotiating Academia and Family Life: Discourses, Experiences, and Alternatives.

» Liz Edgecomb has been awarded a Florida Studies Graduate Research Stipend.

» Congratulations to Elizabeth Bell, who received the John I. Sisco Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Ken Cissna, who received the T. Earle Johnson – Edwin Paget Distinguished Service Award from the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) at its recent convention.

» USF alumni Elissa Foster (Ph.D., 2002; assistant professor of communication, San Jose State University) received SSCA’s 2007 Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, which carries a $2000 stipend. USF’s Stacy Holman Jones won this award in 2006, and USF alumni Michael Arrington (Ph.D. 2002, assistant professor of communication, University of Kentucky) won it in 2004.


March 2007 :

» The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Affiliate of the National Communication Association has named its annual Research Award for USF professors Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner — it is now known as the Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award.

» Ken Cissna delivered a plenary address at the 11th bi-annual conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis, which was held at the University of Munster in Munster, Germany.

» Congratulations for another successful Communication Day. This year's guest was Bruce Gronbeck, the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor of Public Address at the University of Iowa. Professor Gronbeck's Grazier Lecture was titled “More than a Thousand Words: The Rhetorical Career of Jacob Riis’s Slum Photographs."

Ken Cissna and Tasha Dubriwny toast Grazier Lecturer Bruce Gronbeck at the Communication Day awards dinner.

» Marcy Chvasta and Michael LeVan have been awarded an Innovative Teaching Grant by the Center for 21st Century Teaching Excellence for their proposal, "Adapting the Introductory Course in Communication to a Hybrid Online/Discussion Format." The transformation of the course will be in place for the Fall 2007 semester.

» Robin M. Boylorn has won first place in the University Ruth Coleman fiction contest for her story, A Better Place. (Robin also was the 2004 Runner-up for the Coleman Writing Award.)

» Jeanine Minge was given the USF PRIDE Award by the Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for her community and activism work on campus.

February 2007:

» Congratulations to Marcy Chvasta and Michael LeVan, whose online journal of performance studies, Liminalities, has entered its third year of production. Liminalities saw a steady increase in web hits (115,000) and unique site visits (15,000) in 2006, and has been receiving a steady flow of international submissions as well. Look for two general issues and two special issues (on Paradigms and Sound) in 2007.

» We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rachel Dubrofsky (PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005) and Dr. Garnet Butchart (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006) have accepted offers to join the department as assistant professors this August. Dr. Dubrofsky teaches and researches in the areas of media studies, feminism, and reality television. Dr. Butchart works in the areas of media theory and philosophy of communication.

» Former Communication professor Carol Jablonski, who retired from the University in 2005, was ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church on February 4th in Durham, NC. Congratulations and best of luck in your new calling, Carol.

January 2007:

» Adi Thelen, currently Instructor at Queens University, successfully defended her dissertation, Narrative Efforts at Social Redemption by People with AIDS/HIV. Directed by Eric Eisenberg, the committee included Elizabeth Bell and Stacy Holman Jones from Communication, and Kim Golombisky from Mass Communication. Michael Angrosino, professor of Anthropology, served as the outside chair.

» Lori Roscoe (Ph.D., Aging Studies, USF) has accepted our offer to join us as an assistant professor for Fall 2007. She will be teaching in the area of health communication, aging and end-of-life communication, and family communication.