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:
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
COMMunity and Healing: Conversations between Women of Color Faculty and Graduate Students of Color
Strengthening the Introductory Communication Course: Lessons from a Community of First Generation College Students
‘World of Commcraft’: Gamification in the Introductory Communication Course
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
Chair and Respondent:
Animated Shorts: Performances of DISunity
Dr. Rona T. Halualani has been elected as the editor for the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. This is the national disciplinary intercultural communication journal, and serves as the primary outlet for research on international and intercultural communication for an international audience.
Dr. Halualani’s selection brings the prestige of this post to SJSU. Dr. Halualani will serve as editor from January 2014 – December 2016.
Read more about The Journal of International and Intercultural Communication here
Congratulations to Dr. Halualani!
Dr. Matthew Spangler was interviewed by WGBH, Boston’s Public Radio and Television Station about his play, Kite Runner. Dr. Spangler discusses the process of writing the adapted screenplay and the power of the play in rebuking stereotypes of Afghan culture. Check out the interview here! Congrats to Dr. Spangler!
Kudos to Professors Genelle Austin-Lett and Gina Firenzi who both received Outstanding Professor awards from the SJSU Spartans Quarterback Club. They were honored by the Student-Athlete Council at the SJSU-UC Davis football game in Spartan Stadium where they sat in the Provost’s suite to watch the Spartans rout the Aggies 45-13.
The Communication Studies Department’s pilot program for COMM 20, Public Speaking, will be featured during a panel discussion at the upcoming symposium, “21st Century Teaching: Opportunities and Incentives at SJSU,” Monday, Sept 24, MLK Library, 225/7, 8:30 am-1:30 pm. The pilot program, which will start in Spring 2013, incorporates online and in-person components designed to better meet student learning objectives in the public speaking course.