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December 2010:

» "PRAXIS: An Evening of Performance" showcased performances of all kinds by graduate and undergraduate styudents. These performance treats included poetry, fiction adaptations, videos, and performance art.

» Carolina Rosas Webber, USF Postdoctoral Scholar-Instructor, presented some of her research in "Enduring and Performing Whiteness in the Workplace: A case study of the organization of difference." Her talk explored the way dominant identifications are colonized and represented as universal worker identities. Her work in progress draws on intersectionality—the performativity of dominant identifications—to examine how participants that are routinely denied equal participation in decision-making meetings, namely, Latinos, women, lesbians, and working class employees, paradoxically maintain hegemonic affiliations with their co-workers by performing normalized White, masculine, heterosexual, and middle-class identities. Webber's research suggests that these passing strategies reinforce, rather than challenge conditions of discursive closure.

November 2010:

» Ambar Basu and Lori Roscoe were surprised in November when representatives of the Provost’s Office barged into their classrooms to announce they had won the Provost’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards. Ambar Basu and Lori Roscoe were recognized for outstanding work in their undergraduate classrooms. Only six awards were given this year in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dwayne Smith, Associate Provost, entered Ambar’s classroom with “instructions from the President to stop the class.” Long pause. “To announce that Dr. Ambar Basu has won . . .” Ambar said, “During that long pause I thought I had lost my job for teaching my students Left wing (and) politically-incorrect stuff!” Lori Roscoe offered her version of the surprise: “Linda Whiteford, Associate Vice President, and John Cochran, Associate Dean, strode in, very seriously and purposefully, and announced that they had to interrupt class for an important announcement. My first thoughts were ‘terrorism,’ and ‘anthrax,’ and then they said it was good news. I caught a glimpse of Eric and Michele Dye with her camera. I'm betting that the pictures Michele took will resemble me having some kind of cardiac event!” Far from being fired or attacked, Lori and Ambar are to be congratulated for their terrific work!



Ambar Basu (left) as Dwayne Smith announces the Provost’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

» Anne Copeland, Academic Program Specialist and front office diva, was honored with the Performance Bonus Program Award at the Staff Appreciation picnic on November 26. The Performance Bonus Program (PBP) is designed to recognize individual administrative and staff members within the College of Arts & Sciences for their extraordinary achievement in the workplace. Only 15 staff were recognized out of the college! Congratulations to Anne (pictured right) for her outstanding contributions to our department!

» Shelby Forbes, PhD student, and Ardis Hanson, PhD candidate, presented together in the Top 4 paper panel in Disability Studies at the NCA convention in San Francisco. Shelby took the Top Paper award. Congratulations to both!

» On Saturday, November 20, 250 high school students and their families attended the College of Arts & Sciences Stampede for Success, a recruiting event sponsored by the College. Elizabeth Bell, Interim Chair, Leslie Tod, Undergraduate Advisor, and Maddie Southard, president of the Communication Honors Society, all attended to represent the Communication Department and answer students' questions about our program. Maddie spoke eloquently to a number of students about the value and impact of her undergraduate courses; Leslie answered questions about double majors and the ever-popular "What can I do with a Communication degree?" Elizabeth mc'd the event, welcoming all to the College, shepherding the audience through the powerpoint presentation, and introducing each of the representatives from the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences. Imagine her surprise when the two slides introducing Humanities research were the work of Rachel Dubrofsky on reality television's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and Carolyn Ellis on Holocaust narratives. All in all, we were wonderfully represented.



Rachel Dubrofsky's book on The Bachelor and Bachelorette will be published in 2011 by Lexington Press.



Carolyn Ellis and graduate students Kristin Blinne, Chris Patti, and Brandon Conrad working with Holocaust survivors and their stories.

» Ken Cissna and Larry Frey (University of Colorado, Boulder), pictured below, received the 2010 Distinguished Edited Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association for their book Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication (Routledge, 2009).



October 2010:

» The department hosted the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender. There were 168 participants, including 14 students from our department who gave presentations. Stacy Holman Jones presented performance artist Terry Galloway with the OSCLG special award for her contributions to the advancement of equality between the sexes.

 

» Three faculty from USF’s Department of Communication—Art Bochner, Eric Eisenberg, and Carolyn Ellis—have been selected to be among the “75 outstanding scholars from across the discipline” who will be offering special “Scholars' Office Hours” at National Communication Association in November in San Francisco.

» Ken Cissna’s Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research, which he edited with Larry Frey of the University of Colorado, has been selected to receive the 2010 Distinguished Award for an Edited Scholarly Book from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The award be presented at the Division’s business meeting at the November convention in San Francisco.

» Rachel Silverman successfully defended her dissertation on October 11, 2010. Entitled Coming Out, Becoming, Being and Doing: A Spectrum of Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary Culture and A Call to Action for the Jewish Community, the dissertation was directed by Dr. Elizabeth Bell. Committee members included Dr. Navita Cummings James and Dr. Stacy Holman Jones. Dr. Marilyn Myerson of Women’s and Gender Studies chaired the defense.

» First Distinguished Communication Alumni Lecture
On October 12, 2010, Dr. Laura Ellingson delivered the First Distinguished Communication Alumni Lecture to an audience of more than fifty Communication students and faculty. “Aunting: Cultural Practices that Sustain Family and Community Life” drew from Ellingson’s research with Dr. Patricia Sotirin of Michigan Technological University. Ellingson promotes the enormous potential of aunting as a model for understanding, honoring, and supporting the wide variety of family forms present in society today. Ellingson also held office hours and visited with Communication graduate students and postdocs about their research.


Dr. Karen Greiner, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Communication, visits with Dr. Laura Ellingson.

» Howard Gruverman (BA Communication, 2007) and T.J. Nutter (BA Communication, 1998) joined Emilio Gonzalez (BA International Studies, 1977) in a panel discussion for Communication students on October 7.

Nutter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1998. After graduation, Nutter became the director of operations at John Cannon Homes Inc. His growth in the construction industry then led him to become the chief operating officer. Nutter remembered advice from Dr. Loyd Pettegrew: “Hitch your wagon to a star, and that star will take you along. That’s exactly what I did.”

Gruverman (pictured at left with Leslie Tod) began classes at USF in the ‘80s and left school when a job became available. He then returned in 2007 to finish the remaining classes to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Gruverman, CEO of Edify, commuted from Ft. Lauderdale every week to finish his degree. He attributes his success to Leslie Tod, Undergraduate Advisor in Communication, and Dr. Eric Eisenberg, then chair of the department.

Ten members of Communication Council visited with Gruverman and Nutter after the panel discussion. Read more on the story at the College of Arts and Sciences webpage.

» Kristine Fitch Muñoz, Professor of Communication at the University of Iowa, gave a talk on Oct. 4th titled "Relationships, Motives, and Accounts: An Ethnographic Tour of Discourse(s)." Fitch Muñoz discussed findings from an ethnographic study conducted in England, Spain, Colombia and the U.S. Midwest between 1999 and 2005 that show how cultural norms and premises are both drawn upon, and enacted, in talk within and about personal relationships.

» Professor Carolyn Ellis is the recipient of one of USF's Outstanding Research Achievement Awards for 2010. Given by the Office of Research & Innovation, the annual awards are designed to recognize and reward excellence in research and innovation by USF's best scholars and investigators and inspire continued high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the university. Awards will be presented during ResearchOne 2010, held Oct. 11-15.

» Christine S. Davis (Ph.D., 2005) has published a new book with Hampton Press, Death: The Beginning of a Relationshipem>. Of her book, Davis writes, "I wrote this work as an evocative narrative that seeks to understand and explain the process of communicating with the dying—and their families—and the ways that this communication potentially reinforces and enhances the humanity, life, and sanctity of relationships. This book takes a social constructionist approach to examine communication with and about people with terminal illness, and in so doing, illustrates and explains health communication theories in an understandable, concrete manner. The thesis of the book is that while some end-of-life communication helps maintain the humanness of the dying person, and with it, the essential relationship between the dying and their loved ones, not all end-of-life communication accomplishes this. In our culture, when we see a person as being less than fully healthy, we also see them—and treat them— as being less than fully human. Research suggests that Hospice helps facilitate the process of treating patients as persons through the way they think about, interact, and communicate with their patients. The main focus of this narrative manuscript is to examine and describe the places where hospice staff, patients, and families interconnect as persons beyond their social and patient roles."

September 2010:

» the Department welcomes Marcin Kafar, a visiting anthropologist from The University of Lodz in Poland. Dr. Marcin presented a lecture on Sept. 29th titled “In Quest for Ethos: Between Autoethnography and Engaged Anthropology.” The lecture was presented in the mode of an autobiographical story depicting both academic and personal contexts of emerging and developing ideas connected with engaged anthropology and autoethnography.

Kafar

August 2010:

» Ellis at FHM “Art and autobiography; image and sound; voice and portrait, they are more together than they could ever be alone,” said Carolyn Ellis, during a welcoming speech about the Autobiography and Art exhibit at the opening reception for the event at the Florida Holocaust Museum on Thursday night Aug 26th , 2010. Over 120 people attended opening night to take part in this exhibit, jointly created by The Museum (Erin Blankenship, Curator) and the USF Libraries Oral History Program and the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center (Mark Greenberg, Director). In the exhibit, excerpts from oral histories that Chris Patti, Tori Lockler, Ellen Klein, David Purnell and Ellis have done were put on wands so that visitors could listen to the life stories while looking at portraits of the survivors that artist Nava Mentkow had done and were on display.

» Elizabeth Bell will be Department Chair this year while Ken Cissna is on research leave.

July 2010:

» Cris Davis (PhD 2005) has published Straight Talk about Communication Research Methods (Kendall Hunt, 2010)—with Heather Gallardo and Kenneth Lachlan), and Bouziane Zaid (PhD 2009) has published Public Service Television Policy and National Development in Morocco (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 2010).

» Joey Bartell defended her master’s thesis, “Bastards, Brains, Boobs and Performance: A Retrospective Account,” which was chaired by Lori Roscoe. Other committee members were) Ambar Basu and Stacy Holman Jones.

» Daniel Blaeuer defended his dissertation titled An Ecology of Performance: Gregory Bateson’s Cybernetic Performance. Fred Steier served as major professor, with Stacy Holman Jones, Jane Jorgenson, and Marilyn Myerson as the other committee members. Hunt Hawkins, Professor and Chair of English, served as outside chair.


June 2010:

» Laura Ellingson (Ph.D., 2001), Associate Professor at Santa Clara University, will deliver the first annual Honorary Alumni Lecture on Tuesday, October 12th. Dr. Ellingson is the author of three books, including Communicating in the Clinic: Negotiating Frontstage and Backstage Teamwork with Hampton Press; the second, Engaging Crystallization in Qualitative Research with Sage Publications. Her latest book, Aunting: Cultural Practices That Sustain Family and Community Life with Patricia J. Sotirin, is due out in August from Baylor University Press.

May 2010:

» Eric Eisenberg and Barbara Bennington will be featured presenters at this summer’s 8th Annual Aspen Conference: Engaging Communication in Practice held in Aspen, Colorado. The conference theme emphasizes the connection between engaged communication scholarship and practical engagements in organizations. Bennington’s presentation will concern her dissertation research regarding how the CDC responded to the emerging threat posed by the (novel) H1N1 virus and how the organization adapted its plans for dealing with emergent threats and crises. This case will then be discussed in breakout groups.

» Ron Pelias, Professor of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University, delivered this year’s annual Grazier Lecture, "Leaning: An Interpersonal Poetics." In his talk, he presented selected writings from his current book project entitled, Leaning: A Poetics of Personal Relations, which uses autoethnography, personal narratives, performative writing, and poetic inquiry to call forward a poetic sensibility in order to delve into how personal relationships become meaningful. He argues that leaning into rather than away from others is his preferred ethical stance.

Ron Pelias

» Images from the Communication Day Dinner, held at Bernini's in Ybor City:


New Graduate Communication Association officers: Dave Purnell (center), new social chair, with co-presidents Patrick Dillon and Libby Jeter.


Elizabeth Bell in presentation mode


Chris Patti, Ken Cissna, Navita James


Lori Roscoe, Eric Eisenberg, Dave Steinweg, Ally Rhodes, Kristin Blinne, and Chris Patti


Allison Weidhaas and Blake Paxton

» Undergraduate student Louis Reich receiving the Gray’s Book Scholarship from Soluna Martinez during the Communication Day celebration.

Louis Reich

» On May 7, Matt Johnson defended his dissertation, An Ethnography of the Tampa Bay Renaissance Festival: Performing Community and Reconfiguring Gender. Elizabeth Bell directed the work. Committee members included Stacy Holman Jones, Ken Cissna, and Giovanna Benaducci of the History Department. Kim Golombisky, School of Mass Communications, chaired the defense. Below is a photo of Dr. Johnson engaged in fieldwork.

Matt Johnson

April 2010:

» Keysha Williams (below) sporting one of her gifts at her “going (not too far) away” party. Her new position is Fiscal and Business Specialist in Administrative Services—in the “Business” side of USF. Best wishes, Keysha. We’ll miss you.

Keysha!

» Ken Cissna returned recently from Denmark where he co-taught a doctoral seminar, “Applying Dialogue-Based Approaches in Communication Research: Methods for Tackling Complex Analysis and Practice,” for the Nordic Network for the Study of the Dialogic Communication of Research and the Danish National Research School in Media, Communication, and Journalism. The course involved 15 students from 11 universities. He also gave a public lecture on “Dialogic Communication Theory and Research” at the University of Roskilde.

» Emily Ryalls received the Provost’s Commendation for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Barbara Bennington and Sara Dykins Callahan received Certificates of Recognition.

» Rachel Silverman is a 2009-2010 Golden Bull Award Winner. The Golden Bull Award is one of USF’s highest honors given annually to undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of the institution and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community. (below: Rachel Silverman with her Golden Bull Award, and some USF, green and gold balloons).
silverman with golden bull

» Dr. Karen Greiner successfully defended her dissertation, Exploring Dialogic Social Change, at Ohio University. The co-directors of her dissertation, Devika Chawla and Greg Shephard, report that she passed with distinction. She will be joining us in the fall as a post doctoral scholar.

» Recent doctoral alumnus Bouziane Zaid published his dissertation as a book with with VDM Verlag. Dr. Zaid is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Program Coordinator, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco.

» Department of Communication faculty have been very successful lately with their internal grant applications: Garnet Butchart was awarded a summer research grant from the Humanities Institute for his project in philosophy of communication; Carolyn Ellis received an Established Researcher Grant from USF’s Research Council for her holocaust survivor’s project; and Ambar Basu received a New Researcher Grant from USF’s Research Council for his project on HIV/AIDS among Tampa Bay area men who have sex with men.

» The 2010 Communication Day included the 3rd annual “Speakout” contest, sponsored by Pearson Publishing and Grey’s Bookstore, and featured the best persuasive speeches from this spring’s Public Speaking courses. The finalists were, left to right: Rebecca Jay (runner-up), Tony Barton (winner), Reuben Shaui, Joe Gaskill, Mark Little (3rd place), and Jennifer Buckley.

» Faculty and graduate students recently returned from the Southern States Communication Association convention in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel, with more than a dozen presenting papers.


At the USF reception, left to right, doctoral students David Lee and Emily Ryalls, alumni Jillian Tullis, doctoral student Steve Schoen, and faculty member David Payne.


Doctoral student Beverly McClay Borawski making a point to doctoral alumni Chuck Grant and Christine Kiesinger during the USF reception.

» Carolyn Ellis’s recent book, Revision: Autoethnographic Reflections on Life and Work (Left Coast Press, 2009), is the winner of the inaugural “Qualitative Inquiry Best Book Award,” given by International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry.

» Monique Baiss had her research project, “Pits are not Bullies,” accepted for inclusion in USF’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. The project was directed by Ambar Basu. The full story is profiled here in Inside USF. Here is a copy of her poster, and one of her brochure.

» Shelby Forbes’s paper, "Disabling the Dominant Discourse: Therapy-Providers’ Accounting of Expertise," has been accepted for presentation at NCA as one of the Top Papers in Disability Studies. Congratulations, Shelby!

» Jacob Jenkins’s paper, "Organizational Leadership in a Postmodern World: Practical Implications for Contemporary Religious Leaders," was ranked as one of the top four student papers in the Applied Communication Division for NCA 2010. He will receive his award certificate at the Applied Comm Business meeting in San Francisco. Congratulations, Jacob!

» Rachel Silverman won the Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Award from USF's Graduate Professional Student Council. The award was presented at an April 2 banquet in the Marshall Center. She was one of only nine awardees from the College of Arts and Sciences.

» Sara Dykins Callahan has had her paper, "A Passionate Performance," been accepted for the Top Contributed Paper panel at the National Communication Association’s convention in November. In addition, Dr. Dykins Callahan's dissertation, Where Christ Dies Daily: Performances of Faith at Orlando’s Holy Land Experience, has been selected to receive the outstanding dissertation in the "Mixed Methods" category the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry.

» Dr. Abraham Khan successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Minnesota on April 1st. The title of his dissertation is Baseball in the Black Public Sphere: Curt Flood and the Disappearance of Race. He will be joining USF in the fall as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Communication and Africana Studies.

» Carolyn Ellis has received a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for her Holocaust survivors project. Read the full story here.

» Navita Cummings James has been selected to receive the 2010 Diversity Honor Roll Award by Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at USF. The award will be presented at USF’s 7th Annual USF Diversity Summit, “Roadmap to Intercultural Communication,” Thursday, April 8th.

March 2010:

» Carolyn Ellis and her graduate class last semester on "Communicating Grief, Loss, and Illness," which focused on the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors in the Tampa Bay area, were featured in this month's USF Magazine. The story, "In Their Own Words," starts on page 28 of the electronic version of the magazine.

» Here's the official announcement of Eric Eisenberg's appointment to a five-year term as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

February 2010:

» USF Provost Ralph Wilcox announced the appointment of Eric Eisenberg to the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Eric.

January 2010:


Mary and Ken Gergen at dinner after their recent talk to the faculty and graduate
students of the department--their topic was "Relational Being in Theory and Practice."


» Over the last week (Jan. 15-22), two doctoral students successfully defended their dissertations: Dr. Liz Edgecomb defended her dissertation, Looking Good and Taking Care: Consumer Culture, Identity, and Poor, Minority, Urban Tweens, and Dr. Sara Dykins Callahan defended Where Christ Dies Daily: Performances of Faith at Orlando's Holy Land Experience. Both dissertations were directed by Stacy Holman Jones.


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