» Garnet Butchart received a College of Arts and Sciences Matching International Travel Grant for his trip last summer to a major international film conference, the 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival in Israel, where he delivered a major address and served as a juror of the distinguished Israeli Cinema Awards. The Jerusalem International Film Festival is major conference in international film, attended by filmmakers, film and media scholars, and cinema lovers from around the world.
» Mark Orbe spoke about his new book Communication Realities in a "Post-Racial" Society: What the U.S. Public Really Thinks about Barack Obama (Lexington Books) last week. In the talk, he describes the findings of a national study involving 42 focus groups with 333 individuals from across 12 U.S. states that offers a comprehensive look at the diverse public perceptions regarding the communication competence of President Obama, issues related to race and identity, and the role of the media in 21st century politics.
» Students from Chris McRae's "Writing for Performance" present performances during the USF Contemporary Art Museum participatory artwork event, "The Talent Show Magic Base Performance Parade." During this event, students presented performances of texts written by their classmates and invited the audience to engage by providing constructive feedback.
(↓ from top: Sean Lockhart performing; Cristin Cotton performing; Erin Brown as last contestant on the right)
» Tony Adams’ (PhD 2008) new book, Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Attraction (Left Coast Press, 2011), has been reviewed in Sexuality and Culture. The reviewer, Stephanie L. Young of the University of Southern Indiana, calls it a book that “compels us to read with our hearts and minds.” The book appeared in the book series Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives edited by Art Bochner and Carolyn Ellis.
» Carolyn Ellis delivered the keynote address titled “Humanizing Social Science Research: Autoethnography, Reflexive Writing, and Collaborative Witnessing” at the conference, Doing Autoethnography: Here and Now, held November 4-5, 2011 at Wayne State University and sponsored by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Communication. The conference also included an autoethnography workshop facilitated by Tony Adams (PhD 2008) of Northeastern Illinois University and presentations by USF graduate students Blake Paxton, David Purnell, and Jennifer Whalen. The conference included 35 papers, representing 21 universities from 4 countries. (In photo at right: Carolyn Ellis with conference organizer Derek Bolin)
» Elizabeth Bell spoke at the Athena Society in Tampa, a group that includes some of Tampa's most powerful women, including business leaders, charity presidents, and politicians past and present. Bell’s answer to the question they raised—“Have we come a long way, baby?”—was “Not far enough.” Her remarks were described in an article published Friday, November 04, 2011 in the St. Petersburg Times.
» Two Communication majors, Marcus Graham and Kristen Slusser, were half of the four undergraduate students that USF took to London for USF’s European Exposition, a showcase of the university’s internationally-leading programs. Arts and Sciences Dean and Communication professor, Eric Eisenberg, reported from London: “It was an exceptional session with about 60 prospective students and their families here in Central London. Marcus and Kristen spoke with such warmth and authority about their experiences. I could not have been prouder of them. Thought you would want to know!!”
»Emmett Winn (PhD 1999), Associate Professor of Communication and Vice Provost at Auburn University, following his 2011 Distinguished Alumni Lecture, “The Communication of Racist Ideologies in USDA Documentaries.” Winn (above, left), David Payne, Elizabeth Bell, and Emily Ryalls are listening to Dean Eric Eisenberg. Winn’s talk was based on his latest book, soon to be released, Documenting Racism: African Americans in U.S. Department of Agriculture Films.
» Patrick Dillon has received a 12-month graduate research assistantship from USF’s Center for Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Studies to pursue his research project “African Americans and Hospice Care: Designing Culture-Centric Health Messages to Promote Informed Decision Making about End-of-Life Care.”
» Doctoral student Mark McCarthy discussed the cultural anxieties represented by zombies in the last 10 years in his paper “Undead Dread: Zombies and Cultural Anxiety” as part of “Zombies 101,” an interdisciplinary panel featuring USF faculty (and one doctoral student!) and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream staff. Click here for the story.
» Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner have been selected as two of the 70 outstanding, senior scholars who will be participating in this year’s NCA Scholars' Office Hours program at the National Communication Association convention. These sessions are intended to facilitate networking between budding scholars and more established scholars by providing a space for one-on-one interactions.
» Rachel Dubrofsky has been quoted yet again regarding “Reality TV”—this time in the Montreal Gazette.
» The Department of Communication joins proud parents Allison and Rob Weidhaas in welcoming Elise Peyton Weidhaas to the world, our newest communication major-to-be.
» Jacob Jenkins had a busy—and productive—Florida Communication Association convention. Besides presenting three competitively selected papers, he won the Graduate Research Scholarship, receiving a plaque and a cash award, and was elected 2nd Vice President/Membership Coordinator.
» Stan Deetz, professor of communication; President’s Teaching Scholar; and Director of The Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration, and Creative Governance and of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, gave a lecture called "The Collaborative Turn in the Human Studies: The Place of Difference and Generative Dialogue." He also talked with Ken Cissna’s doctoral seminar on Dialogue.
» Communication major Lindsey Lamar has been selected as USF's Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month in September. In his spare time, he also plays a little football, starring as a wide receiver, running back, and kickoff returner for the USF football team. [go to story, though his major is misidentified in it]
»Abe Khan gave a talk on his recent book, Curt Flood in
the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete on September
12th. The talk is part of the Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series.
This book examines the public discourse surrounding Curt Flood (1938-1997), the
star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the sixties. By examining
the mainstream press, the black press, and primary sources including Flood’s autobiography,
Khan exposes the complexities of what it means to be a prominent black American
athlete—in 1969 and today.
»Daniel Makagon (PhD, 2001) delivered the 2012 Alumni
Lecture, "Digital Mapping and the Sonic City," on September 28th. Makagon is an associate professor of communication
at DePaul University and the author of Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (University of
Minnesota Press, 2004) and co-author of Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience (Sage,
» Abe Khan has been selected as “Guest Coach” for this weekend's football game against FAMU. He’ll be sitting through team meetings, watching the walk-through, and enjoying dinner with the team Friday, and will be on the field with team during their warm-ups prior to the game Saturday.
» Our own Rachel Dubrofsky was quoted again in the news regarding the unreality of reality TV—this time in USA Today.
» The Department of Communication is very proud of Christine Bellido, Jesse Chalupsky, Vicki D’Angelo, Kelly Freeland, Lisa Spinazola, and Michael Warren, all of whom received recognition on the Dean’s List for College of Arts and Sciences for the Summer 2011 semester. Congratulations all!
» The Department enjoyed another successful Orientation Week in advance of the start of classes.
↑ The members of this year’s new cohort showing their skills at nonverbal communication ...
↑ The graduate students relaxing at Dunderbacks.
↑ A shot of the faculty. From left: Abe Khan, Fred Steier, Michael LeVan, Ken Cissna, Lori Roscoe, Garnet Butchart, Rachel Dubrofsky, Navita James, Mahuya Pal, Art Bochner, David Payne, Ambar Basu, Jane Jorgenson, Chris McRae, Carolyn Ellis, and Mariaelena Bartesaghi. (Not pictured: Loyd Pettegrew, Eric Eisenberg, Emily Ryalls)
» Elizabeth Bell has accepted appointment as the Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at USF effective August 2011.
» We are pleased to welcome two additional Postdoctoral Scholars as part of the Provost’s 2011-12 Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Global Change in a Dynamic World: Past, Present, and Future. Manoucheka Celeste's work draws on African American Literary Theory, Diaspora Studies, Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Gender Studies. Her dissertation interrogates how media construct ideal citizens through an understanding of the immigrant experience and movement across boundaries in intercultural settings. David Morris received his PhD in May 2010 in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Most recently he has been on a fellowship at Tokyo University of the Arts, working on turning his dissertation into a book. His areas of specialization include globalization, especially East Asia, postcolonialism, and hybridity. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of the impact of the African Diaspora on Japan, specifically through the influence and reproduction of hip hop music. Karen Greiner is in her second year in the Department on the Provost’s Doctoral Initiative from 2010-11.
» Rachel Dubrofsky was quoted recently in the Lakeland Ledger regarding “reality TV”—-see article near the end.
» Mariaelena Bartesaghi served as faculty mentor and advisor for University at Buffalo (SUNY) undergraduate student Chloe Lake, who presented her paper “Katrina: Examining the Discursive Construction of Risk and Disaster Response” as part of USF’s first NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium Thursday, July 28th at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Twelve students from across the nation, including three from USF, participated in the 9-week interdisciplinary summer REU focused on the social aspects of hurricanes and other natural disasters. Besides three students from USF, others came from Cornell University, University of Chicago, Purdue University, and Vassar College.
» Assistant Professor Garnet Butchart (below, right), speaking with Brian Winston at the 28th Annual Jerusalem Film Festival:
» Doctoral student Ardis Hanson was recently recognized for her service to the Association of the Caribbean Universities Research and Information Libraries. Read full story.
» Assistant Professor Abraham Khan has a lot to say about the center fielder Curt Flood’s life and significance in his forthcoming book, Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete. He’s curious to see what tonight’s new documentary has to say about the man who changed baseball forever in groundbreaking ways…. For more, read/watch the full story.
» Leanne Pupchek (PhD 1998), associate professor in the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2011-12. She will be living in the Ukraine and teaching at the Ukrainian Catholic and Franko National universities and performing research on the expressions of national identity in the run-up to the Euro 2012 football championship tournament.
» Emily Ryalls defended her dissertation, The Culture of Mean: Gender, Race, and Class in Mediated Images of Girls’ Bullying. The committee members included Rachel Dubrofsky (Major Professor), Elizabeth Bell, David Payne, and Sharon Mazzarella (from James Madison University). Kim Golombisky (Women’s and Gender Studies) served as chair of Ryall’s defense. Come August, Dr. Ryalls will be a visiting instructor of communication at USF.
» Rachel Dubrofsky's new book, The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, will be released in July by Rowman & Littlefield. The book is part of Rowman & Littlefield's Critical Studies in Television series, edited by Mark Andrejevic.
» Julia Barnhill defended her dissertation this week. Titled Giving Meaning to Grief: The Role of Rituals and Stories in Coping with Sudden Family Loss, the committee included Jane Jorgenson (major professor), Fred Steier, Lori Roscoe, and Sara Green (Sociology), with Donileen Loseke (Sociology) chairing the defense. Dr. Barnhill has accepted a Health Educator position as an assistant professor at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans where she’ll be working with the faculty and residents of the anesthesiology department to create a communication element for their program.
» Ken Cissna has been named the founding editor of a new journal by Left Coast Press for 2012, Qualitative Communication Research. Qualitative Communication Research is a refereed, quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes articles of interest to scholars in communication studies and allied fields whose work is primarily qualitative in orientation. All qualitative approaches are welcome, including experimental forms of presentation; mixed-method studies are welcome unless they are primarily quantitative. In addition, QCR publishes “Issues in Qualitative Communication Research,” a forum where issues or controversies in the field can be addressed in shorter point-of-view essays.
» With the recent death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Lori Roscoe’s dissertation work received attention in a story in the Tampa Tribune. She analyzed dozens of his assisted suicide cases as part of her research on end-of-life care.
» Garnet Butchart has accepted an invitation from the Jerusalem Film Center to participate in the 28th annual Jerusalem International Film Festival for 10 days this July. He will be delivering a lecture on ethics and cinema as part of a Seminar on Documentary Ethics and serving on the jury of the Israeli Cinema Awards. For the past 27 years, Jerusalem International Film Festival has run for ten days in July attracting cinema lovers and film professionals to Jerusalem from around Israel and abroad. The festival features a rich international program that includes prestigious local and international competitions, special tributes to world-renowned film figures, professional panels, workshops, and more. The seminar, “Documentary Filmmaking Ethics,” will be held on July 12, 2011 at the Centre for Ethics at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem. Seminar guests are Prof. Butchart and Prof. Brian Winston (University of Lincoln, UK). Each will deliver a public lecture, followed by a full screening of “How to Die in Oregon” (Dir. Peter Richardson, 2010). Prof. Butchart and Prof. Winston will lead a discussion about the ethical significance of the film. Butchart, Winston, and filmmaker Dan Geva will make a second presentation to a general audience at the 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival.
» Carolyn Ellis is receiving a $5000 summer grant from the Humanities Institute at USF to further her project “Surviving the Holocaust: Intimate Interviewing and Collaborative Witnessing.” In addition, she has been named USF’s Theodore and Venette-Askounes Distinguished Scholar for 2011. This award is made annually at USF to faculty members whose careers have brought them (and USF) national distinction.
» Sara Dykins Callahan (PhD 2010), currently visiting instructor with the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at USF, is getting media attention for her course, “The Ethics of Food Production,” which she offered this past semester. Food seems to be a popular subject these days, at least among the undergraduate students—Stacy Holman Jones taught “Food and Communication” to an overflowing house the previous spring semester.
» Faculty, graduate students, and alumni of the Department were well represented among the many participants in the Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The photo is of a plenary panel entitled “Collaborative Witnessing and Writing of Holocaust Survivors’ Stories” that involved panelists Carolyn Ellis (far right) and five USF doctoral students (left to right): Tara Payor (Education), who worked with Mark Greenberg and the Genocide and Holocaust Studies Center of the USF Libraries, and four of our own, including (pictured) David Purnell and Tori Lockler. Not pictured are panelists Ellen Klein and Chris Patti, who took the photo. The four Communication students took Dr. Ellis’s first course on the Holocaust in Fall 2009.
The theme of the 2011 QI Congress was "Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Advocacy," which called upon qualitative researchers to make their work relevant by pursuing social justice, being advocates for human rights, and doing work that honors the core values of human dignity and freedom from fear and violence. 1200 people from over 60 countries participated in the conference.
» Jane Jorgenson, Garnet Butchart, and Mahuya Pal received Faculty Research and Development Grants from the College of Arts and Sciences in support of various research projects they are actively pursuing. Jorgenson’s grant supports data analysis for her study of reputational issues among trailing academic spouses. Butchart’s grant will allow the translation of a chapter of his coedited volume on the Philosophy of Communication that is being published by MIT Press. Pal’s will support her travel to Kolkata, India to conduct interviews with call center employees there.
» Patrick Dillon has been selected as a Fellow for the 2011 Health Communication Doctoral Fellows Seminar, sponsored by the Cancer Communication Research Center and the National Cancer Institute. The field for the Seminar exceeded 75 applicants and 15 were accepted. The Seminar is being held in Denver this July.
» Lori Roscoe will be serving as the next Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department. Her position begins in August. Roscoe said, “The opportunity to manage the undergraduate program, to serve on the Executive Committee, and to represent our outstanding undergraduate program to the college and beyond is a challenge I’m excited to assume.” Roscoe replaces Elizabeth Bell who is assuming the position as Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at USF.
» Emily Ryalls has accepted an appointment as a visiting instructor in the department for the next academic year. She will be teaching courses in Persuasion, Gender, and Media, and hopes to have a class cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies.
» Beverly McClay Borawski (PhD 2011) has been selected as one of 25 participants for the 2011 Summer Weather and Society * Integrated Studies national workshop sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Societal Impacts Program). The Summer workshops seek to integrate social science into meteorological research and practice. Happily, all of her expenses, including transportation, lodging, and meals, for the 8-day workshop are covered by the sponsor. Her participation in the workshop is based on her recently defended dissertation, The Construction of Adversarial Growth in the Wake of a Hurricane.
» Jacob Jenkins is among 30 doctoral students nationally and including applicants from two universities outside the US to be selected for the National Communication Association’s 2011 Doctoral Honors Seminar to be held at North Dakota State University this July. The paper he submitted to win admission to the Seminar is titled “Co-Constructing ‘Community:’: A Culture-Centered Approach to Racial (In)equality.”
(above) Dr. Steven Hartnett of the University of Colorado Denver talking with Elizabeth Bell over lunch during the annual Communication Day. Hartnett had just delivered this year's annual, endowed Grazier Lecture, which was titled “Prison Stories: Communication, Social Justice, and Education as Empowerment.” In it, he shared some of the lessons he’d learned through his work over the past 21 years in teaching creative writing, public speaking, and other college classes and arts workshops in prisons and jails in Colorado, Texas, and around the country and highlighted the importance of communication as a tool of empowerment and engagement.
» Ambar Basu has been named co-editor (with Mohan J. Dutta, Purdue University) of a new book series, “Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication” by Left Coast Press. Books in the series will be single authored books or strategic edited volumes making coherent arguments about the intersections of globalization and health. Although the series will occasionally publish research monographs based on comparative global research, the emphasis will be on publishing topical books that can be used both as advanced undergraduate-graduate texts as well as reference materials. The intent of the series is to foreground knowledge that creates openings for transforming structures of injustice and exploitation underlying global health inequalities.
» We are pleased to announce that the Department of Communication will host two additional Postdoctoral Scholars beginning August 2011 as part of the Provost’s 2011-12 Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Global Change in a Dynamic World: Past, Present, and Future. Manoucheka Celeste (pictured at right) is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington who will be defending her dissertation in May. Her highly interdisciplinary work draws on African American Literary Theory, Diaspora Studies, Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Gender Studies. Her dissertation interrogates how media construct ideal citizens through an understanding of the immigrant experience and movement across boundaries in intercultural settings. David Morris (pictured below) received his PhD in May 2010 in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Most recently he has been on a fellowship at Tokyo University of the Arts, working on turning his dissertation into a book. His areas of specialization include globalization, especially East Asia, postcolonialism, and hybridity. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of the impact of the African Diaspora on Japan, specifically through the influence and reproduction of hip hop music. Both Celeste and Morris will be teaching one class in the Fall and Spring semesters and conducting research consistent with their interests. Karen Greiner is currently completing her first year in the Department on the Provost’s Doctoral Initiative from 2010-11.
» Although majoring in Chemistry, Honors College student Crystal Tenn, with the guidance of her faculty mentor, Mariaelena Bartesaghi, will be presenting her Undergraduate Research project, “Searching for my Sister,” at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Jane Jorgenson serves as the second reader on her thesis.
» Meagan Araujo’s paper, “When the Solution becomes the Problem: Providers’ Assessment of Medical Interpreters in Clinical Practice,” was selected for presentation in the "Top 3" panel in the Health Communication Division at the Central States Communication Association convention in Milwaukee.
» Faculty, students, and alumni were active at the recent Southern States Communication Association convention. Ambar Basu received the prestigious Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, which was presented by Cris Davis (PhD 2005), chair of the Rushing Award Committee and herself the recipient of the Rushing Award in 2008.
Patrick Dillon won the Top Student Paper Award from the Applied Communication Division for his paper “Challenges and Opportunities: Educating Medical Trainees to Disclose Medical Errors.”
USF also held its annual reception for faculty, students, and alumni who were attending the convention.
L-R, Doctoral student Patrick Dillon, faculty member Ambar Basu, and alumna Jillian Tullis (PhD 2009; assistant professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
L-R, Alumna Cris Davis (PhD 2005; associate professor at University of North Carolina, Charlotte) with Chris Poulos
L-R, Alumni Chuck Grant (PhD 1997, associate professor at Meredith College), Virgil (Pete) Moberg (PhD 1995, assistant professor at Jacksonville University), and Gin Kohl (PhD 2002, independent scholar, Tampa)
» Beverly McClay Borawski successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, The Construction of Adversarial Growth in the Wake of a Hurricane, on March 29, 2011. Ken Cissna was the major professor, with Jane Jorgenson, Carolyn Ellis, and Graham Tobin (from Geography and the Provost’s office) completing the committee. Rob Benford, chair of the Sociology Department, served as the external chairperson.
Later that afternoon, Brian Johnston also defended his dissertation, Constructing Alternative Christian Identities: An Ethnography of Jesus People USA’s Cornerstone Festival. David Payne and Jane Jorgenson were co-major professors. Also on the committee were Fred Steier along with Maria Cizmic and Dan Belgrad (the external chair), both of Humanities and Cultural Studies.
» Tony Adams (PhD 2008) spoke in Carolyn Ellis’s graduate class on his new book Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction (Left Coast Press, 2011). Tony is an assistant professor of communication at Northeastern Illinois University. Besides his new book, Tony is the author of 20 scholarly articles and book chapters.
» Carolyn Ellis has been named USF’s Theodore and Venette-Askounes Distinguished Scholar for 2011. This award is made annually at USF to faculty members whose careers have brought them (and USF) national distinction.
» Abe Khan presented "The Disciplinary History of Jackie Robinson" at Baylor University for Communication Week 2011. (more)
» Dr. Joann Keyton from North Carolina State University presented “Rooting and Syncing Communication: Disciplinary and Personal Reflections” on March 22nd.
» Ambar Basu is the recipient of the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award for 2011 from the Southern States Communication Association. The Award honors SSCA members who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly ability through research and publication early in their academic careers. Basu joins Stacy Holman Jones (2006) as the second Rushing Award winner on our faculty. In addition, the Rushing Award was won by USF doctoral alumni in 2004 (Michael Arrington, now at University of Kentucky), 2007 (Elissa Foster, now at LeHigh Valley Medical Center), and 2008 (Cris Davis, now at University of North Carolina Charlotte).
» USF communication major Richard (Kyle) Castello has been selected to participate in the Eleventh Annual Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (February 17-20, 2011). Richard will join forty other students who have been invited to attend the three-day conference. The conference is designed to provide an introduction to the field of public policy and will include a series of distinguished speakers, policy workshops, and exposure to possible public service careers. Richard is a second-year student currently enrolled for undergraduate research hours through the Honors College with Postdoctoral Scholar Karen Greiner. His research project explores incarceration and drug-related judicial policy. Students interested in applying for next year’s all-expenses-paid Harvard PPLC conference should visit: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/admissions/pplc
» Professor Patrice Buzzanell of Purdue University presented “Genesis of Career Capital: Young Children’s Discourse about Work and Careers in China, Lebanon, Belgium, and the United States” during her visit to USF.
» Congratulations to the Communication majors named to the Fall 2010 Dean's List. These students have a USF GPA of 3.5 or higher and/or are the top 10% in the College of Arts and Sciences. Comm majors rule!
Sarah E. Bethune
Thomas A. Campbell
Cristin L. Cotton
Tiara Destiny Harris
Lauren Blair Hemmerling
Ashley R. Hicks
Jaimee C. Hincman
Alyssa N. Lafita
Sara M. Loop
Ashley Josephine Martinez
Lakema D. Massey
John Louis Paradis
Leslie Ann Redfield
Zaida Noemi Rodriguez
Armando A. Sanchez
Tabitha L. Sassor
Kristen R. Slusser
Magdaline T. Southard
Maxwell Anthony Wesemann