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Students Learning to Deliberate with Wolf Pack Community Howls

Students in Dr. Amy Pason’s COM 468: Facilitating Difficult Discussions course recently completed their second Wolf Pack Community Howl on the topic of Safety and Justice.  Students facilitated other undergraduate students in discussing different options for ensuring safety in communities, while also understanding biases and injustices that might be part of those policies.  To learn more about the Community Howls, you can read this NSights  Blog post by Dr. Pason.

Department of Communication Studies Welcomes new Chair: Dr. Jimmie Manning

The Department of Communication Studies will have a new department chair starting in January 2019.  Dr. Jimmie Manning (PhD, University of Kansas) specializes in Interpersonal communication, including family, computer-mediated, and sexuality contexts.  Previously, Dr. Manning has worked at Northern Kentucky University and most recently at Northern Illinois University where he served as chair of the LGBT Studies/Sexuality Studies Program.  He has also recently finished his tenure as the Executive Director of the Central States Communication Association.

Manning is widely published and most recently published a book on qualitative methods in sexuality and gender studies with Oxford University Press.  Manning is also editor of the journal, Sexuality and Communication.  He has been recognized for his research, teaching, and service by national and regional professional organizations.

The department is excited to welcome Dr. Manning to the department!

Undergraduate researchers present An(other) Reno for COM 311

Students in Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez’s COM 311: Communication Research Methods course, worked this semester to collect oral histories, archival materials, and other texts to create performances around the theme of “otherness”.  Students performed these works at the Holland Project, and also utilized this community performance to as a  fundraiser for the The Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice, which is a local non-profit that provides advocacy, education, as well as legal and mental health services to marginalized and oppressed communities in northern Nevada.  You can read more about this event at NevadaToday.

UNR Faculty and Students Present at National Communication Association Convention

The 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention will take place in Salt Lake City over November 8-11.  Members of the Communication Studies department will present their research.  NCA is one of the main professional associations for communication studies in the United States.

Graduate student Tandace Crane will be part of a roundtable discussion for the Religious Communication Association discussing The Church of Latter Day Saints: Playing One’s Part: Following Scripts and Crafting Roles in LDS Religious Practice.

Our department faculty will also be busy presenting at the conference:

Dr. Sarah Blithe will present a paper co-authored with Criminal Justice assistant professor, Jennifer Lanterman entitled: Playing with Fire(arms): Fragmentation and Schizo-identification in Gun Culture.  She will also present a paper related to her research on work-life balance titled: Fusing Work and Play: Career Sustainability through Space Flexibility and Work Friendly Play Spaces.

 Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez will have a busy conference in chairing and responding to panels as well as leadership duties in the GLBTQ Communication Division business meeting.  He will also present a paper titled: The Socialite and her Chola Sex Slave: An Auto/Ethnographic Journey of Poverty, Privilege, and Radical Performance Art for the Ethnography Division. He will also contribute to a roundtable discussion for the Black Caucus on Mapping Black Intersections: The Past, Present, and Future of Black Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary Scholarship. Gutierrez-Perez will also contribute to discussion on Vamos a Jugar: Mentorship and Social Bonding for the Latina/o/x Studies Division and La Raza Caucus and (Re)Playing with the Potentialities of Performance in International and Intercultural Communication.

Dr. Jenna Hanchey will be contributing to a roundtable discussion on “Shithole Countries”: U.S./African Relations in the Trump Era as well as another discussion sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division on Decolonizing Rhetorical and Communication Theory in the Classroom: Playing with Pedagogy to Challenge Modern/Western Bias. She is co-chairing a discussion for the Organizational Communication Division on Time’s Up on White, Western Heteronormativity: Teasing Out the Future of Organizational Communication, and is part of the leadership of the Rhetorical and Communication Theory division.

Dr. Amy Pason is presenting her paper titled, Communicating the “Value” of Communication Studies, on the top paper panel for the Economics, Communication, and Society Division.

Dr. Tennley Vik is presenting on a short-course for other scholars titled: The Play in Teaching Communication Privacy Management Theory: The Fun of Observations and Drama of Regulating Privacy.  She is part of a roundtable discussion on Not Playing: Women’s Declining Participation in the Labor Force and another on #MeToo, #TimesUp and Playing with Intersectional Feminism(s). Vik is also co-author on a paper titled, “Fake smile. Everything is under control.”: Performing Motherhood on Facebook, which will be presented on the top paper panel for the Performance Studies Division.

Way to represent our Department’s research!

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