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Dr. Sarah Blithe granted tenure and promotion

Dr. Sarah Blithe has recently been granted tenure by the Board of Regents and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  Dr. Blithe has received numerous awards on her research in gender issues in organizations, and has recently gotten a contract for a book about organizational issues in Nevada’s brothels.

Congratulations to Sarah on this accomplishment!

Undergraduate Students Inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

On March 15, 2018,  13 students were recognized and inducted into the Sigma Mu Chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies National Honor Society.   New inductees include:

Emily Akers, Evan Alanis, Caitlin Book, Vanda Chau, Joseph Friedrich, Camille Hill, Tricia Kamaumu, Helga Martell, Marvin Martinez, Molly McFadden, Kwincie Ramirez, Raina Sweeney, and Remington Valdivia.

Congratulations to our new members!

Faculty in Scholarship and Leadership roles at WSCA 2018 Conference

Faculty in the Department of Communication Studies will travel to Santa Clara on February 16-19, 2018 to participate in the annual Western States Communication Association conference.  Act this conference, faculty are both active in presenting scholarship and in leadership roles in the association.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez, will be participating in a roundtable discussion for the Intercultural Communication interest group related to the conference them of Mindfulness for Change.  He will also present a paper titled, Advocating for the Four Seasons: The Disruptive Ambiguities of Disidentification at “Latina Drag Night.”  Additionally, he will participate in an ensemble performance titled, Mindful Heretics in the Audience and on the Stage: Awakening to the Value of Conscious Disagreement, Critique, and Critical Inquiry.  He will also chair and respond to other panels including responding to the Spotlight Performance Panel: The Stories We Tell Each Other.

Associate Professor, Dr. Amy Pason, is presenting a paper related to her research on advocacy titled, The Absurdist Activism of John Oliver: Bringing Long Form News to HBO.  She will also be presenting the findings of a survey she constructed as part of the Members Services Committee on issues related to the association’s brand and diversity/inclusion efforts.  Finally, she will attend meetings as an elected member of the Legislative Assembly.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Jenna Hanchey, will be contributing to the conference by chairing a panel on Rhetoric and Politics, and serving in her elected role as secretary of the Rhetoric and Public Address interest group.

Faculty and Graduate Students Presenting at the National Communication Association Convention

In November 2017, faculty and graduate students will be presenting their research and current projects at the National Communication Association convention in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Sarah Blithe is presenting a co-authored project:  “Thinking Through the Legacy of Sex Work: Life Stories of Former Legal Prostitutes” for the Ethnography division with graduate student, Breanna Calvin.  Calvin is also presenting: “My Relevance, My Voice: Autoethnography of a Legal Sex Worker” for the Feminist and Women’s Studies division and participating in an “Ask and Activist” discussion session for the Activism and Social Justice Division.

Dr. Amy Pason will also be participating in the “Ask and Activist” discussion session forthe Activism and Social Justice Division by presenting on her recent advocacy in lobbying for women’s health at the Nevada Legislature as well as speaking with local political groups about having civil political discussions and ethical advocacy.

Dr. Jenna Hanchey will be presenting 3 papers based on her participatory ethnographic research.  She will be presenting:  “The Process of Staging a Coup: Engaging with Participatory Extremities.” Part of the panel “The Emerging Legacy and Relevance of Participatory Critical Rhetoric.” Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division.

“On Transcription and Time-Travel: Reflecting as the Researcher-who-Writes on the Past Misdeeds of the Researcher-who-Participates.” Part of the panel “Transparency, Reflexivity, and Identity: Examining the Researcher in Ethnographic Communication Research.” Ethnography Division.

“All of us Phantasmic Saviors.” Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez is participating in a variety of sessions.  He will be participating in the following:

  • Queer of Color Communication Studies: Our Legacy, Our Relevance, Our Future Part One (Chair/Paper Panelist/Respondent)
  • The Depths of the Coatlicue State: Mitos, Religious Poetics, and the Politics of Soul Murder in Queer of Color Critique
  • Creating a Legacy of Social Justice: A Roundtable Discussion on Cultivating More Inclusive Campuses (Presenter)
  • Remapping the Circumference of Critical Intercultural Communication: Our Legacy and Vision for the Future (Presenter)
  • Meet-and-Greet Latinx Mentorship Initiative (Presenter/Mentor)
  • Queer of Color Communication Studies: Our Legacy, Our Relevance, Our Future Part Two (Chair/Respondent)
  • Real Bodies and Real Consequences: Queer Worldmaking and Performative Responses to Donald J. Trump’s First Year in Office (Performance)
  • Establishing Our Relevance, Publishing in Latina/o Communication Studies (Presenter)


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