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



Dr. Halualani announced as Journal Editor

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!

COMM Dept Featured at 21st Century Teaching Symposium

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.