Communication News and Events

December 2013

Awards and Recognition

C. Erik Timmerman was selected as an Associate Editor for Management Communication Quarterly.

Publications and Presentations

Adolphson, J.V. (2013, November). The priestly and prophetic voice of the public intellectual. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Adolphson, J.V. (2013, November). ‘Hot Girls, Direct to your Room in Twenty Minutes’: The commodification & fetishization of female sexuality through the Las Vegas flip cards. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Adolphson, J. V. (2013, November). The surgical spectacle – Horrific bodies in the Human Centipede films. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Olson, K. M.  (2013). An epideictic dimension of symbolic violence in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:  Inter-generational lessons in romanticizing and tolerating intimate partner violence.  Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99, 448-480.

Olson, K. M.  (2013, November).  Do/how might presidential debates matter?  The case of 2012.  Paper presented at the 99th annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington DC.

Sahlstein Parcell, E. (2013, November). Imagining and doing presence in the communication present. Competitive panel presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington D.C.

Sahlstein Parcell, E. (2013, November). A celebration of continued growth in researching interpersonal relationships: Connections across diverse qualitative methods, studies, and analysis. Competitive panel presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington D.C.

November 2013

Upcoming Events

National Communication Association, Departmental Reception in on Friday, November 22nd (7-9pm) at the Taylor Room, Marriot Wardman, in Washington D.C.

Publications and Presentations

Braman, S. (2013, November). Cyber security ethics at the boundaries:  Systems maintenance and the Tallinn Manual.  Presented to NATO Workshop on Cyber Security Ethics, Rome, Italy.

Braman, S. (2013, November). Information as agent:  Power in a post-hegemonic world.  Presented to the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Braman, S. (2013, October). Had I known then what I know now . . . .  Presented to Communication & Media Policy in Europe, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Braman, S. (2013). Laying the path:  Governance in early Internet design, Info:  The Journal of Policy, Regulation, and Strategy for Telecommunications, Information and Media, 15(6), 63-83.

Burke, T. J., Ruppel, E. K., & Young, V. J. (2013, November). Investigating self-presentational motives on Facebook: The role of social competence and social anxiety. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Cramer, E.M, Kim, S., Herrman, A., England, N., Kim, H., Kim, J. (2013, November). Culture and context dependency: The impact on patient-physician communication. Accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, International and Intercultural Communication Division, Washington, D.C.

Cramer, E.M. (2013, November). Advancing acommunication-based theoretical approach to understanding the use and prevalence of text messaging. Accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, Human Communication and Technology Division, Washington, D.C.

Cramer, E.M., Tenzek, K.E., Allen, M. (2013, November). Recognizing success in the chaplain profession: Connecting perceptions to practice. Top Four Paper accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, Spiritual Communication Division, Washington, D.C.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). Rhetorics of Motherhood [Review of the book by L. Buchanan]. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2584-2586.

Davidson, R. D. (2013, November). Myth, anecdote, and audience agency: Complicating narrative validity in the 2012 presidential debates. Paper presented on a roundtable on research in progress at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

DeCloedt Pinçon, D. (2013, November). Don't Abandon Us: A Qualitative Application of the Ecological Model of Communication in Medical Interactions involving Parents of Children with Autism. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

DeCloedt Pinçon, D. (2013, November). Sense Making, Self-Expression, and Counter Discourse: Applying the Functional View of Fatalistic Talk to Analysis of Parents’ Autism Narratives. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

Foundos, A., Omachinski, K., Schneider, T., Daniele, G., & Hope, J. (2013, November).  Why YOU should participate in NAFSA’s Advocacy day!  Presentation at the National Association for International Educators Bi-Regional (V and VI) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Howard, T., Omachinski, K., Ryser Garcia, E., Schieman, H., & Diehl, K. (2013, November).  So you want to get a job (or move on) in International Education, do you?  Presentation at the National Association for International Educators Bi-Regional (V and VI) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Kim, S. Allen, M., Ahn, S., Cole, A., Cramer, E.M., Becker, K.A., Choi, C.S., Dilbeck, K.E., Gross, C.M., Hawkins, J.L.M., Jayroe, T.J., Kim, M., Mullane, R.R., Priddis, D.M., Smith, K., Victor, A.K., Willes, K.L., & Zmyslinski-Seelig, A.N. (2013, November). Testing the evidence effect of Additive Cues Model (ACM). Accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, Communication and Social Cognition Division, Washington, D.C.

Moor, G., Ruppel, E.K., Saul, J., Leischow, S., & Davis, R. (2013, November).  Weighing the evidence: Classification of quitline practices by evidence for efficacy and reach.  Presented at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, Ottawa, Ontario.

Mullane, R. (2013, November). Integrating interpersonal communication theories with small group communication. Paper presented at the 99th annual convention of the National Communication Association, Great Ideas for Teaching Students (G.I.F.T.S), Washington D.C.

Mullane, R., Cramer, E.M., Schneider, S. (2013, November)."These experiences shape your life for good and bad": Integrating student and educator ideologies into anti-bullying initiatives. Accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, Scholar-to-Scholar Division, Washington, D.C.

Omachinski, K. (2013, November).  Communication strategies to connect members working in virtual teams.  Great Ideas for Teaching Students presentation at the National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Omachinski, K., & Simek, J. (2013, November).  Challenges and benefits of working with faith based organizations.  Presented at the National Association for International Educators Bi-Regional (V and VI) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Rains, S. A. & Ruppel, E. K. (2013, November). Channel complementarity theory and the health information-seeking process: Further investigating the implications of source characteristic complementarity.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Ruppel, E. K. (2013, November). Self-disclosure via communication technologies: The role of relationship development. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Simek, J., Omachinski, K., Potempa, S., & Jones, P. (2013, November). When I first came to conferences I had a lot of the questions, now I have many of the answers... what is there for me?  Presentation at the National Association for International Educators Bi-Regional (V and VI) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Song, H., Kim, J., Jung, Y., & Kwon, R. J. (2013, November). Fear appeal through enactive role playing: A serious game for smoking cessation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the 99th annual convention of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Song, H., Shin, H., & Kim, Y. (2013, November). Perceived stigma of alcohol dependency: Comparative influence on patients and family members. Paper presented at the annual conference of the 99th annual convention of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Song, H., Zmyslinski-Seelig, A.,  Kim, J., Drent, A. M., Victor, A., Omori, K., & Allen, M. R. (2013, November). Does Facebook make you lonely?: A meta analysis. Paper presented at the annual conference of the 99th annual convention of National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Tenzek, K.T., Cramer, E.M., Allen, M. (2013, November). Spirituality and coordinated management of meaning: Examining the chaplain’s role in social constructions of a “good death.” Top Four Paper accepted to the National Communication Association 2013 Convention, Communication as Social Construction Division, Washington, D.C.

Werner, J. B. (2013). Chasing connections: Deconstructing and reconstructing the Rand Paul filibuster. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

Werner, J. B. (2013, November). (Re)presenting the presidential debates: Presidential campaign ads that incorporate debate footage. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

Werner, J. B. (2013, November). Chris Kluwe’s failed rhetorical leadership: Social advocacy, same-sex marriage, and hegemonic masculinity. Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

Willes, K., & Omachinski, K. (2013, November).  Connecting colleagues through LGBT training in the workplace.  Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Yamada, K. (2013, November). Redefining citizenship and community: A rhetorical analysis of the dissent by the Fair Play Committee in the Heart Mountain Internment Camp. Paper presented at 99th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association. Washington, D.C.

October 2013

Awards and Recognition

Erin Ruppel's coauthored article (Bonito, J. A., Ruppel, E. K., & Keyton, J. (2012). Reliability estimates for multilevel designs in group research. Small Group Research, 43, 443-467) was awarded the 2013 Dennis Gouran research award.  The award is given by NCA's Group Communication Division to the authors of an outstanding article or chapter that focuses explicitly on group communication.

Tenzek, K.E., Cramer, E.M., Allen, M. (2013, October). Top paper presented at the Ohio Communication Association 2013 Conference, Marietta, OH

Publications and Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2013, October). When STANDing for justice, remember the message: An Analysis of Marilyn Wann’s I STAND pro-fat campaign. Paper presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender conference, Houghton, MI.

Braman, S. (2013, September). Big Data for the Public Good, invitation-only workshop on Responsible Research Agendas for Public Policy in the Era of Big Data, organized by the Oxford Internet Institute, Cambridge, MA.

Cheikh Drame (BA Business/BA Economics 2013) presented research supervised by Sandra Braman in his competitively chosen paper, "Perceptions of Senegalese Telecommunications Policy Experts on Factors Affecting Policy Reform" to the CPRSouth8/CPRAfrica 2013 conference, "Innovation & Entrepreneurship in ICT: Changing Asia/Africa," Mysore, India, September, 2013.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). A morality tale of class and motherhood: Dissociation and frame-shifting in Mammoth (2009). Paper presented at the Wisconsin Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Conference, Madison, WI, October.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). Constituting a rhetorical problem of community: Counterproductive discourse and competing tensions in family caregiving. Paper presented at the 36th of the Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Houghton, MI, October.

Davidson, R. D. (2013). Reading embodied citizenship: Disability, narrative, and the body politic [Review of the book by E. Russell]. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 16 (3), 610-613. 

Hawkins, J.M. (2013, October). Loss and trying again: Conversations during pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss support groups. Paper presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Houghton, MI.

Hawkins, J.M. (2013, October). Stunned: One woman’s ectopic pregnancy loss experience. Presented at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, Houghton, MI. Omachinski, K., Kaempfer, S., Roosevelt, K., & Matera, H. (2013, September).  NOT lost in translation: International student collaboration across campus.  Presentation at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Omachinski, K., & Matera, H. (2013, September).  Culture chaos: An interactive game.  Presentation (Cross-Cultural Simulation) at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Scott, C.R., & Timmerman, C.E. (2013). Communicative changes associated with repeated use of electronic meeting systems for decision-making tasks. In K. Boateng, & E. Nikoi (Eds.), Collaborative processes and decision making in organizations (pp. 1-24). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4478-6.ch001

Stache, L., Davidson, R., Priddis, D., & Nicolini, K. (2013, October). Understanding Gender Studies in the Context of Parenthood. Presented at Women's Studies LGBTQ Conference, Madison, WI.

Tenzek, K.E., Cramer, E.M., Allen, M. (2013, October).Standing up for spirituality: Legitimizing the role of chaplains in health care interactions. Top paper presented at the Ohio Communication Association 2013 Conference, Marietta, OH.

Of Interest

Sandra Braman have been appointed to the advisory boards of the Center for 21st Century Studies at UWM, and of the Center for International Education at UWM. Faculty, students, and family members from the Communication Department participated in the UWM Panther Prowl, a 5k run/walk.  Proceeds from the event benefit the UWM Alumni Association's undergraduate scholarships.  Participants were: Erin Parcell, Dee Priddis, Mark Priddis, Erin Ruppel, Erik Timmerman, Lindsay Timmerman, and Anne Zmyslinski-Seelig. 

Communication Team


September 2013

Upcoming Events

NCA Party (11/22) at 7pm

Awards and Recognition

Jennifer Morey Hawkins: Elected to serve as Student Representative on the Executive Board of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG).

Evelyn L Ang: Wisconsin Teaching Fellow (2013-2014). Her research for the fellowship will be a study of the use of Peacemaking Circles in college classrooms.

Award for Erin Parcell

Erin's coauthored article (with Katheryn Maguired and Daria Heinemann), entitled, “To be so connected, yet not at all:” Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment" has been was awarded the 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award. This award recognizes the peer-reviewed article in each volume of Western Journal of Communication that makes the most significant contribution to communication scholarship.

Media mentions for Hayeon Song 

“A Two-Way Text-Messaging System Answering Health Questions for Low-Income Pregnant Women”, Aug 19, 2013
http://www.dugdug.com/dr-hayeon-song-discusses-her-research

"This is your face on cigarettes for 20 years” (The Business Journal, Milwaukee Biz Talk), Aug 19, 2013
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2013/08/this-is-your-face-after-smoking-20-years.html

Defended Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Lara Stache successfully defended her dissertation. Congrats to Dr. Stache!
Dissertation Title:  Construction of Female Empowerment: The Avenging-Woman Narrative in Popular Television and Film
Graduation Date: 5/19/13

Publications and Presentations

Beerman, R. J. (2013, August). Toned arms or big butt? Michelle Obama disturbs notions of body, race, gender, and advocacy as Let’s Move! spokesperson. Paper presented at the 2013 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Lara Stache attended ICA - London: Paper Title: The Construction of Femininity in Reality Television: Bridalplasty as a Narrative of Resistance

Dilbeck, K. E., Dominguez, A., Dornaletetxe, J., McMurrich, M., & Allen, M. (2013). Instructor Source Credibility: A Cross-cultures Examination. In J. E. Aitken (Ed.), Cases on communication technology for second language acquisition and cultural learning (pp. 24-57). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Dilbeck, K. E. (2013). Cross-cultural expectancies for U.S. teachers working in Pacific and Southeast Asian cultures: A theoretical analysis of teacher source credibility. NCA Paper submission, Washington DC.

Olson, K. M. (2013). Framing silence and absence regarding presidential debates: Successful and unsuccessful performances of democratic leadership. Argumentation and Advocacy, 49, 167-194.

Olson, K. M. (2013, August). Unqualified support: Joe Biden’s disturbing performance of leadership, loyalty, and laughter in the 2012 vice presidential debate. Paper presented at the biennial National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Song, H., May, A., Vaidhyanathan, V., Cramer, E., Owais, R. W. & McRoy, S. (2013). A two-way text-messaging system answering health questions for low-income pregnant women . Patient Education and Counseling, 92(2), 182-187. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.04.016

Song, H., Kim, J., Kwon, J. & Jung, Y. (2013). Anti-smoking educational game using avatars as visualized possible selves. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(5), 2029-2036. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2013.04.008

Kim, J., Song, H., & Luo, W. (2013, June). Measurement of social presence. Paper presented at the annual conference of International Communication Association, London, UK.

Song, H., Kim, J., & Luo, W. (2013, June). The role of teacher self-disclosure in online education. Paper presented at the annual conference of International Communication Association, London, UK.

Harris, L. (2013, August). “Miscegenation, the Election of 1864, and Satiric Argument.” Paper presented at the NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Becker, K. A., Cramer, E., Priddis, D. (2013, September). In Sickness and in Health: Seeking Information about Spousal End-of-life Preferences.  Poster presented at International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, Montreal, Quebec.

Miyazaki, A. & Yamada, K. (2013). Facing with nonnativeness while teaching: Enacting voices of international graduate students of basic communication courses. Basic Communication Course Annual 25. 245-282.

Yamada, K. (2013). Disturbing community: Conflicting identities and citizenship in Japanese American internment camp newspapers during World War II. Unpublished paper presented at The 2013 NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Meinecke, A., Smith, K. K., & Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. (2013). Developing students as global learners: “Groups in Our World” blog [Special issue]. Small Group Research, 44, 428-445. doi:10.1177/1046496413487020. ** This article was featured on ManagementINK: Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. (2013, June 3). Using blogs to learn about groups. Management INK. Retrieved from http://managementink.wordpress.com/

Sahlstein Parcell, E. (2013). Trajectories research in family communication: Toward the identification of alternative pathways for inquiry. Journal of Family Communication, 13, 167-177.

Sahlstein, E. (2013). Domain and taxonomic analysis as a way to analyze qualitative data: Using Spradley’s semantic relationships as a means for studying long-distance friendship. In J. Manning & A. Kunkel (Eds.), Qualitative studies of interpersonal communication: Method, context, and analysis (pp. 106-116). Los Angeles: Sage.

Sahlstein, E., & Maguire, K. (2013). Family relationships as more than blood: Military families as dialectics and discourses. In S. Marrow & D. Leoutsakas (Eds.), More than blood: Today's reality and tomorrow's vision of family. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

Maguire, K. C., Heinemann-LaFave, D., & Sahlstein, E. (2013) “To be so connected, yet not at all”: Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 249-271.
***This article was awarded the 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award for the best article published in the Western Journal of Communication.

Of Interest

We welcome new faculty members, Erin Parcell and Erin Ruppel!

Emily Cramer got married to Brendan Moore on Friday, August 2 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jinsuk Kim (our master program alumnus) announced the birth of our son Andrew Joon Oh on August 9th. Andrew arrived three weeks sooner than expected. He is healthy and the mom is recovering well.

Rachael Achivare Hill married to Pable Achivare Vallejos on May 27th in Tulsa, OK. Pablo is from Chile and both Rachael and Pable plan to move to Santiago this winter.

One of our new faculty members, Erin Sahlstein got married to Andrew Parcell in Grand Canyon National Park June 8th, 2013. Her name has changed to Erin Sahlstein Parcell.

May 2013

Awards and Recognition

Lara Stache’s (Ph.D. student) paper, "Medical Authority over a Woman's Body: The 'Octomom' Controversy as Reproductive Rights Rhetoric," earned first place for the Eliana Berg Award from the UWM Women's Studies program.

2013 Rhetorical Leadership graduates: Rachel Davidson (Ph.D. student), Jonathan Dellinger (M.A. student), Ryan Hudziak (M.A. student), and James Vining (Ph.D. student)

2013 Mediation certificate recipients: Ryan Hudziak, Anne Carroll Napatalung, Meghan Cook-Markle (all M.A. students)

Melvin H. Miller Award for highest GPA: Jennifer Ann Jackl, Anne Carroll Napatalung (both M.A. students)

Melvin H. Miller Master’s Teaching Award: Leah Ann (Hagen) Benson

ICA Teaching Award: Anne Zmyslinski-Seeling (Ph.D. student)

Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Master’s Research: Jennifer Ann Jackl

Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research: Emily Cramer, Anna Herrman

Melvin H. Miller Doctoral Teaching Award: Falon Kartch

Melvin H. Miller Master’s Service Award: Arrington Lee Stoll

Melvin H. Miller Doctoral Service Award: Ruth Beerman

Graduate School Research Fellowship Award: Andrew Cole (Ph.D. student)

Publications and Presentations

Adolphson, J. V. (Ph.D. student) (2013). Creative expression or compulsive exploitation in underground comix: The scapegoating of Mike Diana’s Boiled Angel.  Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4, 1-12.

Olson, K. M. (faculty) (2013). Intransigence and self-justification as a political way of life.  In J. C. Rountree (Ed.), Venomous speech: Problems with American political discourse on the right and left, Vol. 1 (41-73). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Defended Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Alice L. Gattoni (dissertation), “Breaking the Silence: The Role of Online Community in the Transition to Motherhood”

Denis E. Grimes (dissertation), “An analysis of patient-physician discourse: Comparing physician diagnostic scripts to patient social script expectations”

Anna R. Herrman (dissertation), “Encouraging healthy body-image: Are parents sending effective messages to children?”

Jennifer Jackl (thesis), “Parent-Child Communication About Marriage and the Displacement of Marital Myths”

Falon Francis Kartch (dissertation), “Nonresidential Parenting: Parental Roles and Parent/Child Relationships”

Ji Hyun Kim (dissertation), “Feedback and Avatar Similarity in Exercise Video Game: The Role of Presence”

Aimee Lau (dissertation): “Facebook as a Facilitator of Organizational Identification in Colleges and Universities: Exploring Relationships Among Educational Institutions, Student Tenure, and Interaction with Multiple Organizational Targets”

Lara C. Stache (dissertation), “The Rhetorical Construction of Female Empowerment: the Avenging-Woman Narrative in Popular Television and Film”

Arrington L. Stoll (thesis): “Be Honest With Me: An Exploration of Lies in Relationships”

M.A. degrees

Fall 2012
Seokhoon Ahn
Julie Mara Maloney
Meghan Cook-Markle

Spring 2013
Benjamin M. A. Baker
Leah Ann Benson
AnneMarie Fleishman
Ryan Hudziak
Jennifer Ann Jackl
Anne Carroll Napatalung
Arrington Lee Stoll

Doctoral Degrees

Alice L. Gattoni
Denis E Grimes
Anna R. Herrman
Falon Francis Kartch
Ji Hyun Kim
Aimee Lau
Lara C. Stache

Undergraduate Awards

Lambda Pi Eta Inductees
Thomas J. Binz
Calie Endsley Blanke
Maria Alexandra Broeske
Rufus Evans III
Kiersten Gonzales
Scott Jacob
Sara Johnson
Maria Frances Karstedt
Katherine Kohler
Jennifer A. Lalk
Jeremy K. Lucas
Emily Ann Piery
Maria L. Pruefer
Anna Radjenovich
Anna Rohde
Shannon O'Neil Roherty
Leya Diane Ruchti
Sarah Elizabeth Schroeder
Cassandra Van Gompel
Jenna L. Wiederhold
Amy Marie Zignego

Melvin H. Miller Award for highest GPA in Communication major

Laurie Kim Bongers

Randy and Joanne Parlee Scholarship

Rebecca Jozwiak
Courtney McCormick

Commencement Honors

Spring, 2013
Matthew Thomas Barcus
Calie Endsley Blanke
Sara Marie Boeck
Trisha Dobbs
Danae Michelle Fuller
Erika Hanson
Kelli Nicole Jessen
Cassandra June Van Gompel
Amy Marie Zignego

Honors in the Major

Summer & Fall, 2012
Laurie Kim Bongers
Jane P Bryson
Isabella Costa e Silva Gargiulo
Magdalena Makowska

Magna Cum Laude

Summer & Fall, 2012
Jodi L Fellegy
Isabella Costa e Silva Gargiulo

Cum Laude

Summer & Fall, 2012
Kerry Anne Knoernschild

Phi Beta Kappa

Calie Endsley Blanke
Amy Gorski

Of Interest

Ruth Beerman (Ph.D. student) and Phil Rippke (M.A. alumnus) accepted positions as temporary full-time Instructors in Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsay Harness (Ph.D. student) accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, OR.

April 2013

Events

Charles E. Morris III, Professor at Syracuse University, gave a talk entitled, “Sunder the Children: Abraham Lincoln’s Queer Rhetorical Pedagogy,” as part of the doctoral student professional development seminar series (April 19, 2013).

Presentations and Publications

Becker, K. A. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). Medical school blogs and the expressive writing paradigm. Presentation at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Becker, K. A. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April).  Medical student blogs and support solicitation strategies: An examination of Indiana school of medicine Tour the Life blogging website.  Presentation at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Brucher Moore, J., Aldridge Sandford, A., Cherjovsky, N., Copeland, K., Daggs, J., Johnson, M. (former Ph.D. student), Nesemeier, H., & Priddis, D. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). You don’t have to own a Prius to teach hybrid courses. Panel participant at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Cramer, E. M., Tenzek, K. E. (current and former Ph.D. students), Allen, M. (faculty) (2013). Translating spiritual care in the chaplain profession. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 67(1), 1-16.

Cramer, E. M., Tenzek, K. E. (current and former Ph.D. students), & Allen, M. (faculty) (2013, April). Spirituality, social support, and the communicative role of the chaplain in veteran populations. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Three Paper Award Winner.

Cramer, E. M., & Ruiz, A. (Ph.D. students) (2013, April). Topic avoidance in close friendships: An exploratory study. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Student Paper.

Cook, K., Lueders, A., Webb, N., Kunkel, A., Molen, S.T., Beck, S., Schreiber, L., Omachinski, K., Smith, K. (Ph.D. students), & Bolen, D. (2013, April).  From friendly climates to faux clients: New techniques for teaching small group communication. Panel at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Panel.

Davidson, R. D. (Ph.D. student) (2013). [Review of the book Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times], The Journal of American Culture, 36 (1), 56-57.

Davidson, R.D. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). The rhetoric of family obligation: Elder care, identity politics, and community provision. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Paper.

Davidson, R. D. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). Remembering 9/11 through private acts of citizenship: Autonomy, perseverance, and the intimate sphere in the Children of 9/11. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Student Paper.

Davidson, R. D. (Ph.D. student), Deering, E., Anderson, L. B., Fedesco, H., Sheeler, K. H., Barnett, N. A. (2013, April). ‘Think like a scholar’: Communicating the possible among communication scholars in the basic course. Panel at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Davidson, R. D. (Ph.D. student) & Deering, E. (2013, April). Pass the mic. Panel, Teaching feminist concepts in the classroom part II at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Dhillon, K. (Ph.D. student) and Larson, A. (2013, April 13). “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero affect on the content of my character”: Zach Wahls’s r rhetorical use of enactment, hegemonic masculinity, and identification. Presentation at the Gender Matters Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Harness, L. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). The myth of the happy gay: A critical analysis of performances of narrated authority in the It Gets Better campaign. Presentation at the UWM LGBT+ Graduate School Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.

Omachinski, K. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April).  Cultural adjustment barriers: How social support can reduce stress for international students in the United States. Presentation at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Omachinski, K., & Smith, K. K. (Ph.D. students) (2013, April). Cross cultural sensitivity training to prevent and resolve conflict in the workplace. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Panel.

Omori, K. (Ph.D. student) & Allen, M. (faculty) (2013, April). Why do persons share socially negative images on Facebook? Popularity and problematic self-disclosure on Facebook. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Priddis, D. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April).  Helping but supporting alcoholism:  Persuading family members for resources.  Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Priddis, D. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April).  Adding personality to the college online classroom:  A comparative study between students and educators regarding the issue of emoticons.  Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.  Top Student Paper.

Song, H. (faculty), Cramer, E.M. (Ph.D. student), McRoy, S., & May, A. (former Ph.D. student) (2013, April). Information needs, seeking behaviors, and support among low-income expectant women. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Paper.

Stache, L. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). The wedding dress as visual ideograph. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Stache, L. (Ph.D. student) (2013, April). Internet education as a panoptic rhetoric: An analysis of the think before you post campaign. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Weismann, K., Herakova, L., Omachinski, K. (Ph.D. student), & Nesemeier, H. (2013, April).  Diverse (im)possibilities, teaching ideas, and activities for seemingly homogenous groups of students: Applying intercultural communication concepts in any classroom.  Panel at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO.

Werner, J. B. (Ph.D. student). (2013, April). “The supremacy of human rights everywhere”: Ralph Ellison’s counterpublic witnessing during World War Two. Presentation at the Central States Communication Association Convention, Kansas City, MO. Top Student Paper.

Of Interest

Kathryn Olson (faculty) was quoted in Lois Romano and Katie Glueck, “The Gay-Marriage Backer’s Playbook,” Politico, April 4, 2013, http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/gay-marriage-congress-89605.html

On April 20, 2013, the department hosted the Public Speaking Showcase, organized by Bill Keith (faculty), Kiran Dhillon (Ph.D. student), and Ben Baker (M.A. student). This highlighted work by 28 undergraduate students from an introductory public speaking course. Each student presented a 3-5 minute speech on the topic of a public hero. Finalists included: Janelle Sazwedel (first place, $100 gift certificate); Molly Cohen (second place, $75 gift certificate); Brenda Barrales (third place, $50 gift certificate); Campbell White (fourth place); and John Springstube (fifth place). The final round was judged by: Dr. Johannes Britz, Provost and Professor at UWM; Dr. Michael Laliberte, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UWM; and MacCanon Brown, Executive Director of Repairers of the Breach, a non-profit advocacy organization for the homeless. This event was made possible by support from 19 graduate student volunteers, Kristine L Rosalez, Christian E Vettrus, and the UWM Foundation and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

March 2013

Upcoming Events

Professor Charles E. Morris III, Syracuse University, will give the annual Rhetorical Leadership lecture on Friday, April 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 in Merrill 131. His title is "Sunder the Children: Abraham Lincoln’s Queer Rhetorical Pedagogy."  The student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America will also sponsor a reading group with Dr. Morris on Friday morning for all who are interested; contact Tom Salek for the readings.

Awards

Andrew Cole (Ph.D. student) is one of the recipients of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship Award.

Publications and presentations

Becker, K.A. (Ph.D. student), & Freburg, K. (2013, March).  Presence of shared experiences, virtual stories, and relationship management:  An exploratory study among medical student blogs on “Tour the Life.” Poster session at 2nd biennial DC-area Health Communication Conference (DCHC), Fairfax, VA.

Joosten, T., Pasquini, L. &, Harness, L. (Ph.D. student) (2013). Social media considerations for institutions. Society for College and University Planning, 41(2). Available at: http://mojo.scup.org/page/readings.

Omachinski, K. (Ph.D. student), & Gosz, S. (2013, March).  Fulbright program.  Colloquium talk as part of the Department of Communication’s professional development series, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Omachinski, K. (Ph.D. student) (2013, February).  Discovering your path to working in international education. Presentation at the Student Personnel and Young Professionals Learning Network Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

Tenzek, K., Herrman, A., May, A. (all Ph.D. program alumni), Feiner, B. (undergraduate alumni), & Allen, M. (faculty) (2013). Examining the impact of parental disclosure of HIV on children: A meta-analyis. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 324-340.

Of Interest

Falon Kartch (Ph.D. student) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Fresno State University, to begin fall 2013.

February 2013

Events

John Jordan(faculty), gave a professional development talk on how to write an argumentative essay on February 22.

Christian Lundberg, Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, gave a research talk on February 8.

Publications and Presentations


Allen, M. (faculty), Omori, K. (Ph.D. student), Burrell, N., Mabry, E., & Timmerman, E. (all faculty) (2013). Satisfaction with distance education. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education, 3rd ed. (pp. 143-154). New York: Routledge.

Kim, S., Lim, T., Song, H., (all faculty) Hawkins, J. M., Herrman, A. R., (Ph.D. students) Kim, H., Ota, H., Kim, J., England, N., Tenzek, K., Cramer, E., Omori, K., Grimes, D., & Dilbeck, K. (current and recently graduated Ph.D. students) (2013, February). Promotive versus preventive dietary practice and self-construal: Communicating healthful food choice. Paper presented at the Western Communication Association Conference, Reno, NV. Top Paper in the Health Communication Interest Group.

Rippke, P. (graduated M.A. student), & Beerman, R. (Ph.D. student) (2013). Image comics. In R. Duncan & M. J. Smith (Eds.), Icons of the American comic book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood.

Song, H., (faculty) Hawkins, J. M., Kim, J., Omori, K., Tenzek, K., (current and recently graduated Ph.D. students) Kim, S. & Lim, T. (both faculty) (2013, February). Health information seeking online: An experimental study focusing on Internet skills. Paper presented at the Western Communication Association Conference, Reno, NV.

Items of Interest

Kiersten Gonzales, a senior in Communication, was recently recognized at halftime during the Panthers basketball game. Kiersten is the new Miss Milwaukee and a prolific volunteer in the community.

Mridula Mascarenhas (Ph.D. student) accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Hanover College to begin Fall 2013.

January 2013

Publications and Presentations

Cramer, E. M. (Ph.D. student), & Mabry, E. A. (faculty) (2013, January 10). How parents and college students communicate [Radio interview with T. Luljak]. UWM Today, Milwaukee, WI: WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7. Available at: www.wuwm.com/programs/uwm_today/uwm_today.php?articleid=380

Kim, S., Allen, M. (both faculty), Gattoni, A., Grimes, D., Herrman, A. M., Huang, H., Kim, J., Lu, S., Maier, M., May, A., Omachinski, K., Omori, K., Tenzek, K., Turkiwiecz, K. L., & Zhang, Y. (current and graduated Ph.D. students) (2012). Testing an additive model for the effectiveness of evidence on the persuasiveness of a message. Social Influence, 7, 65-77. doi.org/10/1080/15534510.2012.658285

Dissertation proposal defended

Mridula Mascarhenas (Ph.D. student), Feminist troublemakers or fearless prophets?: A study of the rhetorical engagement between hierarchy and women religious in the contemporary Catholic Church.

Items of interest

Evelyn Ang (faculty) has been invited to join the planning committee at UWM's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR), for a conference they are hosting on May 29, 2013. The working title for the 2013 Urban Initiatives Conference is "Restorative Practices: Getting Beyond Repairing Harm to Building Community".

Lindsey Harness (Ph.D. student) served on the Digital Futures Grant Proposal committee. The committee's responsibility was to evaluate grant proposals and suggest to the Provost which projects best fit with the university's digital futures initiative.