Dr. Anne Marie Todd Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Anne Marie Todd received the College of Social Sciences’ Teaching Excellence Award. This award for outstanding teaching was created in 2012 to honor a faculty member who has distinguished him/herself as an inspiring teacher and mentor. Each year the chairs review the nominations and vote to select the person they consider to have demonstrated the qualities of excellence and creativity in teaching that embody the ideals of CoSS and the University. This award recognizes a distinguished contribution to SJSU’s primary mission: teaching and mentoring the students to whose development faculty dedicate their professional lives.

Congratulations to Dr. Terry and Dr. Wood

Last Wednesday, November 28, Dr. Andrew Wood and Dr. David Terry performed the Inside North Korea colloquium describing their experiences when visiting this country.  Their collaborative presentation explored the intersection of rhetoric and performance, and included videos, anecdotes, and pictures of their experience. If you did not have the chance to attend, you can read more about Dr. Terry’s and Dr. Wood’s experience in North Korea at Dr. Wood’s blog.

COMM@SJSU at NCA Conference

From November 14 to 18, members from our communication studies department participated in the National Communication Association’s 98th annual convention celebrated in Orlando, Florida.  In these conferences, faculty and students share their latest research with colleagues from other institutions and also learn about the most current developments in our field. Through the interactions with colleagues from other academic institutions, faculty members also exchange best practices and activities to share this knowledge with students.

Attendants to these conventions not only present their research, but may also volunteer either as respondents that provide feedback to presenters, or serve as panel chairs charged with coordinating a panel.  Our department’s diversity is reflected in the different panels and roles in which our members participated. The list of our  COMM department members participating at NCA is detailed below, along with links to their participation:

Deanna Fassett


Big Questions and Big Opportunities: Building New COMMunities of Scholarship in Communication and Instruction

Celebrating Critical Communication Pedagogy COMMunities

Top Panel Session: The Dark Side of Basic Course Directing: Creating COMMunity despite Dealing with Difficult Staff Situations


Teachers with/in Students Worlds: A Constitutive Re-imagining of Classroom “COMMunity” within the Introductory Communication Course

Luis Felipe Gómez


Punctuating Socialization: Conceptualizing Stage Models as Punctuated Equilibrium


Process and Tension in Organizing COMMunities: Difference, Conflict, and Contribution

Rona Halualani


COMMunity and Healing: Conversations between Women of Color Faculty and Graduate Students of Color

Laurina Lanham


Strengthening the Introductory Communication Course: Lessons from a Community of First Generation College Students

Darcy Osheim


‘World of Commcraft’: Gamification in the Introductory Communication Course

Priya Raman


Revisiting Media Usage and Acculturation: Asian Indian Professionals in Silicon Valley

David P. Terry


Alone but Together: Pain, Deprivation and Presentational Performance on the Appalachian Trail

No Sh!t in the Magic Kingdom: Preparing the NCA Program for its Frequent Underage Readership

Wittgenstein’s Mistress

Chair and Respondent:

Animated Shorts: Performances of DISunity



VIII Communication of the Americas Conference

On October 15-18, Dr. Federico Varona and Dr. Luis Felipe Gómez participated in the VIII Communication of the Americas Conference in Lima, Perú, within the context of the XIV Encounter of Latin American Communication Schools (FELAFACS).

Led by Dr. Varona and sponsored by both FELAFACS and NCA, this conference seeks to foster dialogue and collaboration among communication academics from all regions of this continent.   This year, the engaging participation of dozens of undergraduate students from different schools in Latin America made the conference especially rewarding.

Three critical issues discussed this year were: a) training and practices to reduce the digital divide, b) how digital media changes the role of the communication instructor, and c) the social responsibility communicators in lieu of digital media.

Faculty participants at Lima’s downtown