2019 National Communication Association Campaign: Roseann Mandziuk
Candidate Statement for 2nd Vice President
"Being nominated for Second Vice President of NCA is a tremendous honor. If elected, I pledge to build on my sustained record of service, scholarship, and teaching to advance NCA and enact the commitment to 'fostering and promoting a diverse and inclusive organization' that is central in our bylaws. Together we can enhance transparency, enrich open dialogue, and responsively serve the needs of our membership."
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Texas State Stories: Dr. Rebekah Fox
Igniting a Culture of Learning: Dr. Rebekah Fox spent her summer helping firefighters stay safe during wildfires.
Dr. Fox is part of the U.S. Forest Service's Rapid Lessons Sharing Team, a group of experts who work together to record and learn from the unintended situations that firefighters encounter while fighting wildfire.
Congratulations: Dr. Stephanie Dailey
The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Dr. Stephanie Dailey who was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Dailey has shown an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience. Dr. Dailey’s award will be formally presented at the University Convocation and Annual General Faculty meeting on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Seokhoon Ahn
Dr. Seokhoon Ahn is joining the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University as a lecturer. Dr. Ahn received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught at Saint Cloud State University as a fixed-term Assistant Professor.
The main foci of his research have revolved around intercultural communication with a focus on acculturation, host people's receptivity and comparative studies between the East and the West. His research has appeared in 11 peer-reviewed journals, and he is currently working on several research projects including international students' acculturative motives and their acculturation choices in the U.S., the influence of the direct and indirect intergroup contact on host people's perceived threats toward immigrants, and meta-analyses on acculturation and multiculturalism.
Dr. Ahn is passionate to bring his research specialties into the classroom, and he enjoys interacting with students and seeing their growth. At Texas State University, Dr. Ahn teaches Intercultural Communication (COMM 3329), Communication in the Americas (COMM 3318M), and Empirical Methods (COMM 3301).
Dr. Cassandra LeClair
Dr. Cassandra LeClair is a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University. Cassandra completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she focused on Interpersonal and Family Communication, with a specialization in Women's and Gender studies. Dr. LeClair teaches a variety of classes, including Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, and Relational Communication. Cassandra's research focuses primarily in the ways in which individuals and relational partners communicatively cope and negotiate identity in the face of unexpected or ongoing relational turning points and how this communication is linked to health outcomes. Her dedication to this research is fueled by the desire to increase understanding about communication surrounding crisis, traumatic events, and relational disruption. Cassandra's teaching and research interests fuel her campus and community involvement. She is a board member for the Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County and a trained facilitator for Darkness to Light.
Dr. Josh Miller
Dr. Josh Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University. His research and teaching interests include rhetoric, civic engagement, social controversy, and political communication. Specifically, his research focuses on public deliberations and controversies involving gender, sexuality, race, ability, and religion. Throughout his research, he also analyzes how rhetoric animates social change and can create, sustain, or disrupt community. For example, his dissertation details how pro-GLBTQ Christian advocates deployed opaque and hidden appeals to foster social change and communal cultivation during the 1960s and early 1970s. He recently received the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell award for the top paper in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the Central States Communication Association. His research also appears in Southern Communication Journal and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.
Upcoming Event: CoSearch 2018
CoSearch research startup weekend is coming September 14 and 15, 2018. This is a university-wide research competition led by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. This event is an effort to form interdisciplinary research teams to compete to solve real world problems and jump start internal and external grant applications. You may have seen CoSearch mentioned in the Provost's Strategic Plan.
We wanted to extend the invitation to you and your faculty for this year's event. Last year your faculty were awesome additions to our teams and we would love to see your college represented again.
Register for CoSearch: http://c3.finearts.txstate.edu/cosearch/CoSearch-Registration.html
Check out the video from last year’s event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ee8AwKrXQ
Upcoming Event: TEDxTexasStateUniversity 2018
The Department of Communication Studies is proud to sponsor the 2018 TEDxTexasStateUniversity event. The event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at the MARC at the San Marcos Downtown Square. Tickets will be available in the fall.
The TEDxTexasStateUniversity team is currently looking for speakers who embody our theme reXamine. Are you someone who has pushed the norms of your industry or the way that we think and live? Do you have an idea worth sharing that showcases positive results from questioning the status quo and asking why? How have you reexamined something old and made it new? Have you created a technological or scientific breakthrough? Does your art influence change? We welcome innovators who are changing our communities and pushing the norm. We are seeking speakers from diverse backgrounds and fields to help the San Marcos and Texas State University community reXamine the world around us.
If you or someone you know has an idea worth sharing that fits the reXamine theme please apply at:
The application is open to anyone, including children, and the deadline to apply is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. The application also requires a two-minute video of the applicant talking about their idea.
The TEDxTexasStateUniversity team is also looking for ways to incorporate the fine arts and other activities during the breaks at the event. If you have ideas about ways to engage the audience, please contact us.
Any questions about TEDxTexasStateUniversity can be sent to TEDxTXST@txstate.edu.