Summer News Updates
Ann Burnette and Wayne Kraemer presented “Hispanic politicians on the rise: Argumentation strategies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio” at the 20th Alta Argumentation Conference, in Snowbird, Utah.
Marsha Burney was interviewed for “Professors offer advice for new senior class,” an article published in the University Star.
Michael Burns, Marian Houser and Kristen Farris published, “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. Michael presented at TEDxFargo to over 2000 people. His talk focused on CoSearch and how unlikely research collaborations can solve community problems. Michael also spoke to interns at the Microsoft campus in Fargo about breaking Millennial stereotypes in the workplace. He recently presented four note-taking lectures at Bobcat Preview for incoming freshmen to help them assimilate to the college classroom.
Stephanie Dailey, Tricia Burke, and Yaguang Zhu published “Let’s work out: Communication in workplace wellness programs” in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Stephanie also co-authored “A new normal? Competing national cultural discourses and workers’ constructions of identity and meaningful work in Norway,” soon to be published in Communication Monographs. Stephanie and co-authors had “Social networkout: Boosting physical exercise through social features of wearable fitness trackers,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication. Stephanie was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Southern Communication Journal.
Elizabeth Eger & co-authors published “Becoming technosocial change agents: Intersectionality and culturally responsive pedagogies as vital resources for increasing girls’ participation in computing” in Education & Anthropology Quarterly.
Kristen Farris completed her Doctorate in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Health Communication. Her dissertation is titled: “The Impacts of Recurring Supportive Interactions on Couples’ Psychological, Relational, and Health Outcomes in the Context of Rheumatic Diseases.” Kristen and co-authors Marian Houser and M.A. alum Angela Hosek contributed a book chapter entitled “Historical roots and trajectories of instructional communication” to the Handbook of instructional communication. Kristen and co-authors published, “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. She also co-authored, “Supportive communication providers for chronic disease management,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication with Maureen Keeley. Kristen also co-authored “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. Kristen and co-authors also received a Top Four Paper Award from the Instructional Development Division of the International Communication Association. She was also named a “Favorite Professor” by the Texas State chapter of the Alpha Chi Honors Society.
Sean Horan and Texas State alum Leah Bryant published “Guns on campus: Creating research to inform practice,” in the journal Communication Education. Sean and M.A. alum Lauren Cafferty published “Condom communication: Reports of sexually active young adults’ recent messages with new partners” in the Journal of Health Communication.
Maureen Keeley served as Special Guest Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Sciences on “Family Communication at the End of Life,” an international, on-line, cross-disciplinary, open access journal. Maureen and M.A. alum Mark Generous published “Final conversations: Overview and practical implications” in the Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Maureen published “Supportive communication providers for chronic disease management,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication with co-author Kristen Farris. Maureen will also give several presentations regarding End of Life Communication for Central Texas Medical Center over the semester. Topics include conversations for health care professionals, non-verbal communication, spiritual messages at the end of life, age-appropriate final conversations with kids, and final conversations for the living.
Wayne Kraemer and Ann Burnette presented “Creating a foundation for fraternalism in America: Literary and debating societies in the US colonial colleges” at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. The presentation was part of The Second World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasony & History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy and Civil Society.
Roseann Mandziuk provided commentary for an article on Smithsonian.com in an article entitled “The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads.” The article builds on Roseann’s 2010 article focused on the 1920s ad campaign promoting Kotex sanitary napkins, focusing on advertisements that appeared in Good Housekeeping.
Philip Salem and C. Erik Timmerman published Transformative practices and research in organizational communication as a follow-up to the 2016 “Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations” conference held in Austin. Philip authored two separate pieces in the book, “Transformative organizational communication practices,” and “Forty years of organizational communication.” Philip published,
“New science systems theories,” and “Communication management,” in the International encyclopedia of organizational communication. Philip and C. Erik Timmerman published, “Emergent patterns in organizational communication, and “Organizational communication traditions, transitions, and transformations,” in Management Communication Quarterly.
Miriam Sobre published, “Developing the intercultural class-space: Theoretical implications and pragmatic applications of critical intercultural communication pedagogy,” in Intercultural Education. The paper also won Top Faculty Paper at NCA for the Experiential Learning Division. Miriam also published, “Multicultural third culture building: A case study of a multicultural social support group,” in the Journal of Intercultural Communication. Miriam and Aaron Hess presented work on memes and virtual/text-based images at the 20th Alta Argumentation Conference, in Snowbird, Utah. Miriam also applied for a Fulbright scholarship to Morocco for the 2018-2019 academic year to develop transnational coalitions with refugee-serving agencies there and in South Texas. Miriam received a scholarship to attend the Esther Vexler Yoga School's teacher training program for secondary trauma training with non-profit workers with refugees and migrants in San Antonio. Miriam will also serve as a board member with Equality Texas for the next two years. Miriam is currently working with Sara DeTurk of the University of Texas at San Antonio to present several workshops to employees, volunteers and interns at the International Humanitarian Crisis Initiative and RAICES San Antonio. Miriam will oversee the research of Sierra Kane as she studies refugees and migrants in South Texas.
Sue Stewart was interviewed for “Professors offer advice for new senior class,” an article published in the University Star.
Lindsay Timmerman attended the National Communication Association Mid-Career Scholar¹s Writing Retreat, held at Chapman University. Lindsay recently received the “Distinguished Article Award,” for the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Lindsay and co-authors published “Contradictions and praxis conceptualized by wartime deployment: Wives’ perspectives revealed through relational dialectics,” in Communication Monographs.
Welcoming New Faculty
C. Erik Timmerman joins the Communication Studies faculty as Department Chair and Professor. Erik is an alumnus of our M.A. program and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2000, he was a faculty member of the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching focuses upon organizational communication, communication technology and customer service--utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods. Erik’s current research projects apply communication theory and research to understand customer service as communication-based exchange and the ways that communication technologies impact students’ learning and perceptions in the traditional and online college classes. His research has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Psychology, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, as well as an edited volume, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries.
Lindsay Timmerman joins the Communication Studies faculty as an Associate Professor. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Lindsay teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Interpersonal Communication, Marital & Family Communication, Communication & Emotion, and the Dark Side of Close Relationships. Her research centers around close relationships, specifically focusing on stigmatized disclosure, long-distance relationships (including military marriage), family secrets, and under-studied close relationships. Lindsay’s research appears in Communication Monographs, Communication Research Reports, Southern Communication Journal, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Family Relations, Communication Studies, and various edited books.
Elizabeth K. Eger joins Texas State University’s Communication Studies faculty as an Assistant Professor. She is completing her PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder where she also received graduate certificates in Critical Theory and in Women and Gender Studies. Elizabeth will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Organizational Communication, Qualitative Methods, Gender and Communication, and Work, Identity, and Difference. Her research examines how we understand ourselves in relationship to work, how communication of difference impacts our organizational experiences, and how collectives create organizational identities. Her current research explores difference-based organizing, including long-term ethnographies of a transgender outreach center and a computing camp for girls of color. For the last five years, Elizabeth worked as a researcher for the National Center of Women and Information Technology to advance the meaningful participation of women and underrepresented people in IT careers and education. Her research appears in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and the third edition of The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication.
M.A. alum Vanessa Salazar presented a manuscript derived from her thesis at the International Communication Association. The paper won the “Top Interactive Display Award” in the Organizational Communication Division.