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MA Student Finalist in the 3 Minute Thesis Presentations

Tandace Crane is a finalist in the 3 minute thesis presentation competition sponsored by the Graduate School.  Students are challenge to present the results of their thesis in 3 minutes and using just one powerpoint slide/visual.  Tandace is one of eight finalists to present on her thesis:  “Religious Stigma: A Peculiar People” advised by Dr. Sarah Blithe.

UNR Welcomes Basic Course Director James Cherney

Dr. James Cherney has accepted an offer to be the department’s new Basic Course Director. He joins the faculty as a tenured associate professor, bringing with him a considerable record of scholarship that includes the highly-influential essay “The Rhetoric of Ableism” (published in Disability Studies Quarterly) and the forthcoming book Ableist Rhetoric: How We Know, Value, and See Disability. His extensive service record includes leadership in the National Communication Association Disability Issues Caucus and being an active member of the NCA Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in the Discipline, among others. Dr. Cherney has an exquisite record of classroom teaching and mentoring, and he will no doubt excel as our new leader for the basic course in the department. If you have not already, please join us in welcoming Jim!

Dr. Sarah Blithe honored with the Thornton Peace Prize

Dr. Sarah Blithe will receive this year’s Thornton Peace Prize. This award, given annually, recognizes an individual or group from the university community who exemplifies by word or deed that use of force is not an acceptable means for settling disputes. As this year’s winner, Sarah will be honored at the Honor the Best ceremony in May.

Dr. Jimmie Manning wins Mid-Career Award

Dr. Jimmie Manning will receive this year’s John T. Warren Mentorship Award from the Central States Communication Association at their annual convention next week. This award recognizes a mid-career scholar who exhibits some of the many virtues John himself exuded as a mentor, scholar, and engaged member of the discipline. To that end, recipients must excel in all aspects of their careers—teaching, research/creativity, service, and engagement—but first and foremost demonstrate excellence as a mentor.

Manning Recognized for Top Paper and Research for Central States Communication Association

New department chair and Full Professor Jimmie Manning will be  recognized for achievements in research at the Central States Communication Association Convention (April 3-7 in Omaha, Nebraska).  Dr. Manning is finishing his term as that association’s Executive Director and has been active in shaping different interest groups in the association.

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus just voted to name their top paper award for Dr. Manning.  From the CSCA Website:  “Dr. Manning is the ideal namesake for this award as he founded the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus when he was a graduate student at the University of Kansas. When petitioning to begin the caucus, he and a graduate school colleague had several people refuse to sign the petition based on their personal beliefs – an obstacle that only made him more determined to ensure that the caucus was a success. After re-submitting the petition twice, the caucus was finally approved.”

You can read more about Dr. Manning’s award at this Nevada Today article.

At the conference, Manning is presenting another top paper in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus titled,  “Queering Social Penetration Theory: Coming Out as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual.”

Manning will also be recognized at the conference for the following awards:

  • The CSCA Innovator Award for Outstanding Sexuality & Gender Studies Scholarship for Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse: Advancing Conversations across Disciplines edited by Jennifer C. Dunn and Jimmie Manning
  • The CSCA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Caucus Book Chapter of the Year Award for “Sexual and Gender Identity in the Classroom” by Jimmie Manning, Danielle M. Stern, and Rebecca Johnson published in the second edition of Handbook of Instructional Communication (Marian L. Houser and Angela M. Hosek, editors) published by Routledge.
  • CSCA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Article of the Year Award for “Heteronormative Bodies, Queer Futures: Toward a Theory of Interpersonal Panopticism” by Jimmie Manning and Danielle M. Stern, published in Information, Communication, & Society (Volume 21, Issue 2, 2018).

A big congratulations to our newest department member for all his success at Central States!

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