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»Rachel Dubrofsky was invited to join an impressive group
of scholars to speak at the Frontiers of New Media Symposium held at the University
of Utah in September 2013 on the topic “The Beginning and End(s) of the Internet:
Surveillance, Censorship, and the Future of Cyber-Utopia.” Her presentation
will look at the unique implications for the surveillance of gendered and racialized
bodies with the rise in social media. Click
here for more information.
The Communication Department's Week of Welcome for incoming graduate students was
an exciting week packed with social activities and opportunities for students and
faculty to reunite, or even to meet for the first time. The Graduate Communication
Association (G.C.A.) held its annual lunch on Monday of Orientation
Week, providing a variety of sandwiches and snacks for incoming graduate students
to enjoy while socializing with members of the department. The incoming students
were also able to spend time throughout the week with their peer mentors, who serve
as liaisons for acclimating new students each year.
The GCA kicked off this year’s
social events calendar on Tuesday evening of Orientation Week by visiting a local
favorite restaurant, Skipper’s Smokehouse. This mostly outdoor, live music venue
did not disappoint. Over 30 attendees made this gathering one to remember. Students
and faculty mingled, dined, and drank, and began the process of getting to know
each other outside the classroom. On Wednesday night the GCA social took place at
Mermaid Tavern, which offered a
setting, and introduced many new and returning students to a popular Seminole Heights
hangout. Showcasing a wide array of on-tap and bottled beers, a good wine
list, and a delicious food menu, this cozy, neighborhood gathering place extended
a special discount to members of our group.
Our final social event held during Orientation Week took place at another "local
favorite" hangout: Dave and Steve’s house. A former grad student
and now a visiting faculty member, Dr. Dave Purnell, and his partner,
Steve Johns, offered up their home to the department for the evening.
Potluck dinners are always
a blast and this was no exception! The menu items were delicious and ranged from
lasagna and meatballs to fried chicken wings to homemade coleslaw to avocado brownies
and pudding. This event provided an opportunity for incoming and past graduate students
to mingle with faculty and staff.
Orientation week was successful in terms of acclimating newcomers to the
program and integrating the
new students with those who have been around for a while. We were able to learn
about each other academically and personally. Years from now, we no doubt will look
back at Orientation Week—like others who have come before us-- as pivotal to making lasting
friendships, connecting to mentors of life and scholarship, and launching a fantastic
2013-2014 academic year.
»Improv@USF fights BOREDOM epidemic in 2013-2014
Are you bored or do you know someone who suffers from BOREDOM? Do
you show signs of Basic OR Everyday Overbearing Monotony? If so, Improv@USF
can lend a helping hand. This year they are launching their official campaign to
raise awareness and put an end to the BOREDOM epidemic that has swept
college campuses nationwide. Visit them at facebook.com/improvatusf to tell your story, find out
about meetings and shows, and ask about how you can get your free dose of fun each
week. All USF students can join in the fight and put an end to BOREDOM!
»Garnet Butchart will be moving to the Department of Communication
& Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University in Fall 2013. We will miss
him but wish him well in his new adventure.
»Sheila Gobes-Ryan has received the Michael Brill Grant
in Urban Communication and Environmental Design, sponsored by the Urban Communication
Foundation (UCF) and the Environmental
Design Research Association (EDRA).This program supports new and
innovative research projects that bridge the fields of communication and environmental
design. Congratulations Sheila.
»David Purnell and Steve Johns, with
participation by the Department of Communication, hosted their 8th “Christmas
in July” event on July 27, 2013, to provide backpacks for foster children
for the new school year The event was attended by friends, neighbors, USF students,
faculty and staff, bringing together different communities for a worthy cause.
The backpacks (~80) and donations and contributions ($1400) that were collected
this year will be distributed by Friends of Joshua House. Over the past eight
years, as the event has grown, David and friends have contributed nearly 1000 backpacks
and over $7000.00. Way to go, David and Steve.
»Rachel Dubrofsky is quoted in Salon.com on Tuesday,
Jul 16, 2013 in an article on “The hipster racism of reality TV.”
»Magdaline Southard defended her MA thesis in June.
Her thesis was entitled "Fracking TECO: Analyzing the Communication Strategies
in TECO Peoples Gas Advertisements. Toni Powell-Young also
received her MA in June, 2013.
»David Purnell, Patrick Dillon, Huikyong Pang, Tammy Jeffries and Christopher
Patti successfully defended their doctoral dissertations:
»Huikyong Pang: The 2008 Candlelight Protest in South Korea:
Articulating The Paradox of Resistance in Neoliberal Globalization.
»Christopher J. Patti: Compassionate Storytelling with Holocaust
Survivors: Cultivating Dialogue at the End of an Era.
»Patrick Dillon: African Americans and Hospice: A Culture-Centered
Exploration of Disparities in End-of-Life Care.
»David Purnell: Community on the Menu: Seven Courses to Cultivate
Familial Bonds, Exchange Social Capital, and Nourish Community.
»Tammy Jeffries: Examining the Ontoepistemological Underpinnings
of Diversity Education found in Interpersonal Communication Textbooks.
Congratulations to each of them!
»Rachel Dubrofsky and Ambar Basu have
been promoted to Associate Professors and granted tenure at USF. Congratulations
Ambar and Rachel!
»Robin Boylorn won the inaugural H.L. "Bud" Goodall
and Nicholas Lee Trujillo "It's A Way of Life" Award in Narrative Ethnography
for her book Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience.
The award is
co-sponsored by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association
and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and was initiated to honor
the life work of Goodall and Trujillo. Sandra Goodall, Bud's wife, presented
the award at the 9th ICQI on May 17, 2013.
»Tony Adams's book, Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography
of Same-Sex Attraction, has been selected as the winner of the first annual NCA
GLBTQ annuual NCA GLBTQ Division and Caucus Book of the Year Award. Congratulations
»Emily Ryalls has accepted a tenure track position with Mississippi
State University. Her tenure home will be the Communication Department, and she
will also teach in the Gender Studies program. The Communication Department is in
the process of building an MA program in media studies. Congratulations Emily.
»Ken Cissna has won the prestigious USF Distinguished
Service Award. This award is one of the university's highest honors given in recognition
of many years of outstanding service to USF. The award is conferred by USF on faculty
who have distinguished themselves through services they have provided without personal
gain on behalf of the University, and that have contributed significantly to the
welfare of their profession, USF, or the community. Congratulations Ken.
Humor Doesn't Pause with Improv@USF & PDC
During the summer months Improv@USF will be playing university orientation events
for incoming Freshman, working on their own recruitment. The executive officers
will be working hard to restructure meetings and plan more shows on and off campus
to accommodate for their growing numbers and visibility on campus. Also, the core
members of Improv@USF will be playing all over the Tampa Bay area every week in
the summer, including Tampa Pitcher Show, Jobsite Theater and The Roosevelt 2.0
with Post Dinner Conversation, a local improv company that originated in
2012 under the direction of Kari Goetz as she was working on her MA in Communication.
PDC's schedule, video, and more is available online at
In the fall, Improv@USF will be taking the campus by storm with more events, more
shows, and more guerrilla theater! They will be playing monthly shows with the USF
Stand Up club at Beef O'Brady's on campus and opening for Post Dinner Conversation's
Bulls Nite Out event in the MSC ballroom. Anyone who wants to play is welcome join
in the mayhem! Contact the group via their Facebook page at facebook/improvatusf
or follow along at www.improvatusf.com.
You can also
click here to read more about Improv@USF and Post Dinner Conversation in
an article published by the USF Oracle.
»Travis Thompson was recently appointed to USF’s Undergraduate
Studies office as the Senior Director of Tracking and Advising. In this new
role for the university, Travis will provide leadership to cultivate and continue
the growth of our academic tracking and advising programs throughout the institution.
»Heather Curry has had her paper, "An Architecture
of Erasure: Exploring Absences, Ruptures, Negotiations and Self-making in Families
Organizing Around Mental Illness," accepted as a top paper in the Ethnography
Division, to be presented in a special session at NCA, 2013.
»Ken Cissna, Carolyn Ellis, and Art Bochner have
been selected as three 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
»Carolyn Ellis spent a week (May 19-26, 2013) with Holocaust
Warsaw Ghetto survivor, Jerry Rawicki, in Warsaw, Poland. They returned to Jerry's
hometown of Plock; visited museums, monuments, and the Ghetto Wall in Warsaw;
and traveled to Treblinka to pay respects to Jerry's family who died there. Carolyn
and Jerry have co-authored four articles together. While in Poland, they made a
film and shot additional footage that they hope to make into a documentary about
Jerry's experiences during the Holocaust and his experiences now remembering.
»Jacob Jenkins has received USF's Golden
Bull Award for 2013. This award is described as "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." Jacob's
name will be added to the "Leaders of Distinction" wall within
USF's Marshall Center. Congratulations Jacob!
»COMM DAY, 2013
This year's Communication Day, inspired by the theme of the 60s, was a day of activities
and community involvement. Kicking off the day was the Seventh Annual Speak Out
event, organized by Jennifer Whalen. Six students from the Public
Speaking course (SPC 2608) competed for cash prizes. Maddie Southard’s
student, Rufus Beacham, won the first place award. A special thanks
to the Speak Out judges: Abraham Khan, Mahuya Pal, and Lori
The undergraduate students in Chris McRae's Communication as Performance
Lab class--Ryan Bernier, Warren Buchholz, Jared Debusk, John Lawson, Hannah
Prince, Jose Rodriguez-Rivera, Tyler Sloan, and Kristina Wilson--presented
their performance, Following Fairytale Fragments, during Communication Day. The
students devised, wrote, and staged a performance combining fragments of their personal
narratives with the forms and functions of the fairytale genre.
Our invited speaker was Ronald C. Arnett (Ph.D., Ohio
University, 1978), who is chair and professor of the Department of Communication
& Rhetorical Studies and the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly
Excellence at Duquesne University. He also is the editor of the Review of Communication
and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association. Dr. Arnett's talk
was entitled "Doing Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity: Modernity
as a Moral Cul de Sac." His address relied principally on his latest book, Communication
Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope, which
critiques the secular trinity of modernity: efficiency, individual autonomy, and
progress. The presentation discussed the necessity for this critique and offered
a communicative alternative.
Comm Day 2013 Friday April 19, 2013
8:30a-9:00a / Breakfast (CIS 3020)
9:00a-10:00a / Bulls Speak Out-Sponsored by Pearson Publishers (CIS 3020) Lambda
Pi Eta Induction
10:30a-11:30a / Performance Showcase (CIS 3020)
11:30a-12:45p/ Lunch (CIS 3063)
1:00p-2:15p / Grazier Lecture: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Duquesne University (CIS 1016)
Doing Communication Ethics in an Age of Diversity: Modernity as a Moral Cul de Sac.
2:30p-3:30p / Round Table Discussion with Dr. Ronald C. Arnett (CIS 3020)
6:30p-10:00p / Evening Celebration
After the Grazier Lecture and round table, faculty, staff, and students put on their
leather vests, tie-dye t-shirts, floral dresses, mini-skirts, and other 60s-inspired
apparel before heading to the top floor of USF’s brand new Interdisciplinary Science
Building for the annual Comm Prom. The evening featured a variety
of delicious appetizers, an open bar, dancing, and live 60s music featuring the
talents of some of our very own, including Summer Cunningham and friends, Eric
Eisenberg, Heather Curry, and Ciara Curry.
Carolyn Ellis thanked everyone for coming and then presented a list of accomplishments
of faculty and students. [All these can be found on this website.] As well, she
listed 53 publications of the graduate students, all occurring during 2012 or after.
Quite an achievement. She also mentioned the 2012 graduates: David Steinweig,
Rachel Binns Terrill,Carly Giesler,
Steve Schoen, Sarah McGhee, and Jacob Jenkins,
and the first in 2013, Allison Weidhass. Noted also were all those
who are leaving to take jobs at other universities [also noted on this website].
No Com Prom would be complete without the awards portion of the evening. Students
recognized by the faculty at this year's event include:
Jennifer Pickman Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award: Leah June,
and Melissa Milectic
Undergraduate Nader Award: Hannah Prince
MA Nader Award: Megan Wood
James E. Popovich Award: Magdalene Southard
Barney Downs Spirit Award: Tasha Rennels
GTA Outstanding Teaching Award: Chris Patti
Bochner Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Student: Patrick Dillon
Then the Graduate Communication Association presented three awards, which recognized:
Jane Jorgenson, who received both the faculty HUB Award as well
as the Faculty Recognition Award.
Kristen Blinne, who received the GCA Outstanding Peer Mentor Award.
Tasha Rennels, who received the GCA Outstanding Departmental Service
Nicholas Riggs, who received the GCA Outstanding Community Engagement
At the end of the award ceremony, the dancing continued. Who knew students—and faculty—could
get down like that!
Click the image below for a slide show:
»Kristen Blinne organized the 2nd Annual Pedagogy Potluck
on Friday, April 12, 2013, which featured a wide array of innovative teaching activities
presented by graduate students. At this event, Nick Riggs,
pictured below, explains an improv game called the "Gibberish
Translator" as Nathan Hodges, Alisha Menzies and Joey
Bartell perform this activity for the audience.
Also pictured is Jen Whalen,setting up the space to illustrate
her activity, "Staging Dates to Teach About Dating."
»Matt Brooks (PhD 2007) received the Community
Endowed Teaching Chair in Fine Artsaward from
Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. He will be formally presented
with the “Golden Medallion for Teaching Excellence”
at the annual Golden Medallion Endowed Teaching Chair Breakfast and Faculty Meeting
in August. The Award provides a three-year stipend that allows the recipient
to pursue a project that improves instruction or enhances professional development
at IRSC. Brooks’s project seeks to spark discussion about involving
social media in pursuing general education learning outcomes. Specifically,
he will be hosting a series of TED events that culminates in IRSC’s own TEDx
conference built around the topic “Sustaining Public Dialogue: Evolving General
Education Learning Outcomes in and through Social Media.” Brooks is
an associate professor in the Department of English, Communication, and Modern Languages
and Director of the Center for Media and Journalism Studies at IRSC.
»Undergraduates Warren Buchholz, John Lawson, Jose Rodriguez-Rivera,
and Tyler Sloan, from Chris McRae's Communication
as Performance Lab class, presented on their semester-long creative research project,
Following Fairytale Fragments, at the 2013 USF Office for Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.
»Department faculty and alumni received a number of significant awards at
the recent Southern States Communication Association convention in Louisville. Ken
Cissna received the prestigious Michael M. Osborn Teacher-Scholar
Award, which “honors SSCA members who have balanced professional
careers, having achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.” Jane
Jorgenson received the Gender Studies Scholar of the Year from
the Gender Studies Division.
In addition, two doctoral alumni won important association-wide awards: Emmett
Winn (PhD 1999; Professor and Associate Provost, Auburn University)
received the T. Earle Johnson–Edwin Paget Distinguished Service Award,
which “honors SSCA members who, through their service and leadership to the
Association and the profession, have made significant contributions and merit recognition,”
and Michael Arrington (PhD 2002, Assistant Professor,
University of Kentucky) received the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching
Award, which “honors SSCA members who have consistently demonstrated
excellence in teaching communication throughout their academic careers.”
All of these awards have been won by departmental members previously: The
Osborn Teacher-Scholar Award was won by Art Bochner in
2008. Previous departmental winners of the Gender Studies Scholar include Elizabeth
Bell(2006) and Navita Cummings James (1991)
as well as Marsha Vanderford (1996) and Carol Jablonski (1993), both of whom are
no longer with the Department. Ken Cissna received
the Distinguished Service award in 2007, and Marsha Vanderford was the inaugural
winner of the Sisco award in 1994, with Elizabeth Bell winning
it in 2007. The John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award was named for John
Sisco, now retired, who served on our faculty for many years, including as chair.
»Amanda Firestone recently contributed a chapter to Teaching
with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College,
edited by Valerie Frankel. In her chapter, "Casting Lumos on Critical Cultural Studies,"
she relates how she uses Harry Potter as a key example in the classroom to help
explain concepts like gender, sexuality, and hegemony.
»Graduate students land teaching positions:
Allison Weidhaas has accepted a tenure-track position with Rider University
in Lawrenceville, NJ in the Communication and Journalism Department, and she will
teach in the university's new Business Communication MA program.
Chris Patti has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the
Department of Communication at Appalachian State for Fall 2013.
David Purnell has accepted a one-year visiting position in USF's Department
Jacob Jenkins has accepted a tenure-track position in Communication at California
State University at Channel Islands.
Patrick Dillon has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in
the Department of Communication at University of Memphis for Fall 2013.
»Senior Send Off: As part of their final course project,
the students in Dr. James's communication senior capstone course organized a Senior
Send Off for graduating communication majors. This event took place on Monday, April
22nd. It was an opportunity for graduating majors to celebrate their accomplishments
at the university. It was a fun and informal event that allowed students to share
their future plans, hear a few words from faculty members, enjoy refreshments, and
gather one last time before graduating. This initiative was the result of hard work
by Jenny Buxhoeveden, Hannah Crucet, Marcus Graham, Chelsea Reynolds, Christine
Vargas, and Kelly Will.
»Lorraine Monteagut, who will enter our Ph. D. program in
Fall 2013, will receive her certificate in April as part of the first class of eleven
Doctoral Student Leadership Fellows sponsored by USF Graduate School to prepare
doctoral students to be global leaders.
»Two of our doctoral candidates and one of our recent graduates have articles
featured in the new edition of College Teaching: Kristen Blinne's
commentary, "Start with the Syllabus: HELPing Learners Learn Through Class Content
Collaboration,"and Patrick Dillon's and Jacob Jenkins's
essay,"Improving Students' Formal Writing: The IDOL Writing Device." Readers
can access this issue by clicking
»Robin Boylorn spoke about her recently published book, Sweetwater:
Black Women and Narratives of Resilience (Peter Lang Publishing) on March
19th in Carolyn Ellis's Autoethnography class. Robin received her Ph.D. from the
department in 2009. A trailer for her book is available at
»Ken Cissna presented "The Past as Prologue: Applied Communication
in the 21st Century" to the faculty and graduate student colloquium of the Department
of Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi. He also taught the first
session of the graduate seminar on Interpersonal Communication that he is taking
over for the rest of the Spring semester from USM's Dick Conville who is recovering
»Edgardo Valentin received the USF Staff Senate Quiet Quality Award
on Feb. 13, 2013 in recognition of his dedication to co-workers, faculty, and students.
The award was presented at a reception in the Communication Department, where we
also wished him well in his new position as Office Manager in the Department of
Humanities and Cultural Studies. Edgardo is part of our department family and he
has a standing invitation to all departmental activities. We will miss his daily
»Art Ramirez was quoted extensively in a special to CNN, entitled "Why
it's really possible to fall in love online." The link to the article is:
»The Department of Communication held its second retreat of the academic
year on February 22nd, 2013, as a follow-up to its initial retreat on October 26th,
In the first retreat, we discussed the history of the department; how we see ourselves
as a community, professionals, and colleagues; and what our opportunities and challenges
are as we move forward together to create a workplace and a legacy we desire. The
second retreat followed up on these ideas. We clarified further our thoughts on
who we are; how we fit into the profession, university, and community; who and where
we want to be in five years; and set forth goals to achieve.
The faculty enjoyed having extended time to reflect on these important ideas and
» Carolyn Ellis has assumed the position of Chair of the
Department. She replaces Ken Cissna who served as Chair since
2006. Cissna joined the department in 1979 and has retired. Ellis is
joined in administrative positions by Lori Roscoe who is assuming
the position of Associate Chair, stepping down from her position as Director of
Undergraduate Studies. Michael LeVan will be serving as the
new Undergraduate Director. Jane Jorgenson continues in her
role as Director of Graduate Studies.
» Aphrodite Kocieda ,
explains to ABC Action news the troubling implications for women of the "Swallow"
campaign by the USF Wellnes center (a campaign to encourage people to drink
more water) in a culture of violence against women.
» Jane Jorgenson has been selected to receive the 2013 Gender
Scholar of the Year Award, which is given annually by the Gender Studies Division
of Southern States Communication Association. The award will be given
at SSCA’s Award’s Luncheon during the annual convention in April in Louisville,
» Amy Kilgard, of San Francisco State University, presented
her solo performance, Triskaidekaphobia: 13 Consumer Tragedies,at 8pm on Friday,
January 11, 2013 in CIS 3020. This show was a performance ethnography that explores,
critiques, and questions our practices and aesthetics of consumerism. She also conducted
a workshop in Chris McRae's Performance Lab class.
» The department now has a faculty, staff, and alumni lounge,
complete with sunshine, a beautfiful view of the trees and natural beauty of the
campus, and comfortable couches and chairs. Tea and a boiling teapot are always
available. This is a place for us to relax, talk socially to our colleagues,
and meet with alumni, students, and other visitors. We alternate between calling
it the “Tea Room” and the “Sun Room.” Soon one
of those names is sure to stick. Come visit us and have a cup of tea and good
» Aisha Durham is a featured panelist for the
“Hip Hop Literacies: Pedagogies for Social Change” and for the
National Council of Teachers of English Assembly Research (NCTEAR) conference at
The Ohio State University, February 15-17, 2013. The panel and NCTEAR keynote conversation
will highlight hip hop as pedagogy and as an interdisciplinary field of study as
well as a critical tool in contemporary freedom movements.
» Mariaelena Bartesaghi received the Teacher of the Year
Award from the Florida Communication Association at its recent convention in Orlando.