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2009 News Archives

December 2009:

» Keysha Williams, Academic Program Specialist who works with our graduate programs, received the Performance Bonus Program award from Dean Eric Eisenberg of the College of Arts and Sciences for her “extraordinary achievement in the workplace.”

November 2009:

» At the recent NCA convention in Chicago, Garnet Butchart received the Top Paper Award from the Semiotics and Communication Division for his paper “An Excess of Signification: Or, What is an Event?” and Carolyn Ellis received the Top Paper Award from the Ethnography Division of NCA for her paper, “At Home with ‘Real’ Americans.”

» Two USF graduate students will be receiving awards at the Southern States Communication Association convention in Memphis next April:
· Shelby Forbes will be receiving the Top Paper Award of the Language and Social Interaction Division for “Making the Invisible Visible: An Investigation into the Disabling Effects of Discourse"
· Emily Ryalls’s paper, "Make it Bleed: Emo Angst, Masochism, and Masculinity in Crisis" will be presented in the Top Paper Panel of the Popular Communication Division

» Greg Smith successfully defended his dissertation, Rhetorics of Fear, Deployment of Identity, and Metal Music Cultures, which was directed by Elizabeth Bell. Other committee members included David Payne, Michael LeVan, and Kim Golombisky (PhD 2001; Associate Professor of Mass Communications); the defense was chaired by Dan Belgrad of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies. Dr. Smith is an Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University.

» USF Communication Alumni Win Awards at National Communication Association convention:

Elissa Foster (PhD 2002) is receiving the 2009 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) for her book, Communicating at the End of Life: Finding Magic in the Mundane (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006; also available for Kindle!). She is currently medical educator at Lehigh Valley Hospital with joint appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the Division of Education.

Lisa Tillman (PhD 1998) will receive the Best Journal Article Award from NCA’s Ethnography Division for her essay, "Body and Bulimia Revisited: Reflections on 'A Secret Life'" published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research 37(1) (2009): 98-112. She is associate professor of communication and chair of Critical Media and Cultural Studies at Rollins College.

Daniel Makagon (PhD 2001) and Mark Neumann will receive the Best Book Award from NCA’s Ethnography Division for their book, Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience (Sage, 2009). Makagon is associate professor of communication at DePaul University. His first book, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square, won the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from the Urban Communication Foundation and the 2005 Book of the Year Award National Communication Association Critical/Cultural Studies Division of NCA.

» Stacy Holman Jones will receive USF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at a ceremony later this month.

October 2009:

» Jerry Rawicki spoke about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor with Carolyn Ellis’s graduate class in Communicating Grief, Loss, and Illness.

Left to right: Tori Lockler, Jerry Rawicki, Toni Rinde (also a Holocaust survivor), Carolyn Ellis, Kristin Blinne, Chris Patti, Carolyn Bass (Director of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida), and Debbie Sembler (member of the USF Board of Trustees)

»Recent books by USF alumni include Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience (Qualitative Research Methods) (Sage, 2008) by Daniel Makagon (Ph.D., 2001; Associate Professor, DePaul University) and former USF faculty member Mark Neumann (now Director of the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University);Engaging Crystallization in Qualitative Research: An Introduction(Sage, 2008) by Laura L. Ellingson (Ph.D, 2001; Associate Professor, Santa Clara University); and One More River to Cross: The Therapeutic Rhetoric of Race in the Post-Civil Rights Era (University Press of America, 2008) by Nigel I. Malcolm (Ph.D, 2005; Assistant Professor, Keene State College). You can get a look at them in the Department’s showcase in CIS 3058.

» Department of Communication faculty books were on display at Oktoberfest, a social event showcasing the research and scholarship of the College of Arts and Sciences, as part of USF’s Research One week:

»Art Bochner and Carolyn Ellis participated in a panel on “Narrative Medicine” in the Grace Allen Room of the USF Library. Bochner led the discussion by discussing the history of narrative approaches to medicine, and Ellis told a story she’d written about independence and dependence in caring for her aging mother. The event was sponsored by the Humanities Institute and was the product of an interdisciplinary group of faculty who met monthly last year to discuss narrative approaches to studying medicine, health, and illness.


clockwise from top left: Carolyn Ellis; Art Bochner; Bochner and Ellis with Lodovico Balducci (Moffitt Cancer Center) and Jacqueline Hinckley (Communication Sciences & Disorders) during the post-presentation discussion.

September 2009:

» Carolyn Ellis just returned from giving a two-day workshop on “Music and Autoethnography” at the South Bank Campus of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also delivered the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre Twilight Lecture, “Bringing Reflexive Writing and Personal Storytelling to the Creative Arts.”

The workshop featured the launch of the new volume, Music Autoethnographies: Making Autoethnography Sing / Making Music Personal (co-edited by Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Carolyn Ellis), published by Australian Academic Press. The book includes chapters by Ellis as well as Communication Department faculty member Stacy Holman Jones, doctoral student Chris Patti, and alumni Chris McRae (MA, 2008, currently a doctoral student at Southern Illinois University).

musical ethnographies cover

August 2009:

» Doctoral student Eric Paul Engel was selected to participate in the 2009 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar on the theme of “Communication as Engaged Scholarship,” which was held at West Virginia University. “It was an amazing experience!” he said. “I particularly appreciated the chance to intimately interact both with graduate school peers and prominent faculty in our field. I highly recommend it to anyone seriously considering a life in the academy focusing on communication.”

»Carolyn Ellis’s new book, Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work, (Left Coast Press, 2009), is receiving the 2009 Charles Horton Cooley Award for the best book of the year from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

» Ken Cissna returned from a week at Randolph-Macon College where he conducted a week-long seminar on “Dialogue and Interpersonal Communication” and gave a keynote address titled “Studying Interpersonal Dialogue” at the Summer 2009 NCA Institute on Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” from its origins at Hope College.

June 2009:

» The Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research co-edited by Larry Frey of the University of Colorado and Ken Cissna was published this week by Routledge. Besides the “Introduction” by Cissna and Frey, it includes a chapters by Cissna, Bill Eadie, and Mark Hickson on “The Development of Applied Communication”; by Eric Eisenberg and Beth Eschenfelder (PhD 2007, currently assistant professor at the University of Tampa) called “In the Public Interest: Communication in Nonprofit Organizations”; and another by Laura Ellingson (PhD 2001, associate professor at the Santa Clara University) on “Ethnography in Applied Communication Research.”

» Art Bochner coedited a special issue of the Journal of Applied Communication Research (May 2009; 37/2) on “Health as Narrative.”

» Bouziane Zaid successfully defended his dissertation, Public Service Television Policy and National Development in Morocco. It was co-directed by Fred Steier and Mark Neumann, currently Director of the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University.

» Elissa Foster (PhD 2002) was interviewed recently by the National Communication Association's E-zine Communication Currents on “Talking with your Doctor." See the video here.

April 2009:

» At the recent student organization awards event, N.I.T.E. won the Outstanding Student Organization Program of the year, and for the second consecutive year, N.I.T.E. was awarded the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year. N.I.T.E.’s leaders include its advisor, communication doctoral candidate Rachel Silverman, and its Vice President, undergraduate communication major, Michelle Cardenas. The photo below is from “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” the event that won the Outstanding Student Organization Program of the year. Men wore high-heels and marched through campus to raise awareness about and to signal their commitment to preventing sexual violence.

» Robin Boylorn (Ph.D., 2009) has been selected to receive the Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award as the outstanding dissertation in the "Experimental" category. The award is given by the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry and will be presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in May. Her dissertation, “Southern Black Women: Their Lived Realities,” was directed by Carolyn Ellis.

» Elizabeth Bell and Ken Cissna were designated as a Centennial Scholars of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association. Bell was recognized for her work in performance studies and Cissna for his in applied communication. They were recognized at ECA’s Centennial Luncheon at its convention in Philadelphia.

March 2009:

» Jillian Tullis Owen and Robin Boylorn pose with their major professor, Carolyn Ellis, after receiving the Distinguished Graduate Achievement Award from USF's Graduate Professional Student Council.

February 2009:

» Mike Nicholas (MA, 2008) is a Human Resources Specialist in the Employee Relations section of the Human Resources Department of the East Orange, NJ branch of the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

» Robin Boylorn and Jillian Tullis-Owen are both recipients of the Graduate and Professional Student Council's Graduate Student Achievement Award.

» Communication majors Delbert Alvarado and Nate Allen were among eight USF Bulls named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team this year. This was the second mention for punter Alvarado; safety Allen was named for the first time in his career.

January 2009:

» Newly doctored Robin Boylorn (second from right) is pictured with her committee following the successful defense of her dissertation, Southern Black Women: Their Lived Realities. From left to right, Deborah Plant (Africana Studies, external chair), Navita Cummings James, Cheryl Rodriguez (Institute of Black Life), Art Bochner, and major professor Carolyn Ellis (her final committee member, Bud Goodall of Arizona State University, is “present” via the phone).