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Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe published Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, (12th edition). He presented "The search for the core of the Communication discipline: A resource survival kit" to the National Communication Association Conference in Baltimore. Steven presented “A Leader's Skill in Listening" to the Governor of Texas Executive Development Program in Galveston, Texas. He also presented "We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This!" to the staff of the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

Ann Burnette
Ann Burnette

Ann Burnette presented “Current issues in freedom of expression” to the Freedom of Expression Division at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She also presented “Rhetorical histories and the frames of politics” to the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.

Michael Burns
Michael Burns

Michael Burns hosted the first “Communication Studies Career Readiness Networking Event.” This event was part of the new COMM Career Readiness program for both undergraduate and graduate students who receive specialized career advising and are also paired with an Alumni Mentor. Over 40 people attended the event, including 15 Alumni Mentors. He also presented research focused on using theory in Basic Course Assessment at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. Michael hosted a CoSearch competition at North Dakota State University, guiding 25 faculty through the CoSearch process. Research ideas proposed focused on the theme, “The Farm of the Future.” The event was featured in Agriculture Week, a weekly agricultural and food science research newspaper reporting on the latest developments in agriculture and food production.

Stephanie Dailey
Stephanie Dailey

Stephanie Dailey published “Upward social comparisons and posting under the influence: Investigating social media behaviors of U.S. adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder” in Spotlight on Mental Health Research. The paper has been featured on KVUE news, the Texas State Newsroom, and Bobcat Update. She also presented “Surviving scrutiny: Incorporating research & practice into T&D programs” to the Training and Development Division Top Paper Panel at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

Elizabeth Eger
Elizabeth Eger

Elizabeth K. Eger published, “Pushing beyond positionalities and through ‘failures’ in qualitative organizational communication: Experiences and lessons on identities in ethnographic praxis” in Management Communication Quarterly. This piece explores vignettes of ethnography in organizational communication and creates collective lessons for future ethnography research. Elizabeth presented “Examining university leaders’ applied communication about faculty diversity and inclusion” to the Applied Communication Division at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She presented “LGBTQIAP+ peer advocates’ health communication for student health outreach and intersectional identities” to the Health Communication Division. Elizabeth also presented “Representation matters: Negotiating intersectionality via a critical cultural textual analysis of NBC’s ‘Superstore’” to the Critical and Cultural Studies Division. She presented “Surviving the binary? Teaching gender communication in a gender fluid world” to the Women's Caucus.

Kristen Farris
Kristen Farris

Kristen Farris presented “Interpersonal communication and coping with cancer: A preliminary systematic integrative review” to the Interpersonal Communication Division at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She also presented “Thriving instead of surviving? The role of theory of planned behavior in assessing the basic course.” Kristen participated on a panel entitled “More than survival: Using basic course retention research to strengthen the role of the basic course for colleges and universities.” She also served as a respondent on a panel in the Instructional Development Division entitled, “Communication predictors and processes that influence academic outcomes and success: Exploring cognitive, psychological, and behavioral links.”

Rebekah Fox
Rebekah Fox

Rebekah Fox presented “Current issues in freedom of expression” to the Freedom of Expression Division at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She chaired a panel entitled “Environmental Risks and Ecological Futures: Visual Representations of Human-Nature Crises in Horror Films” sponsored by the Environmental Communication Division. Rebekah also presented “Fifty years of student speech: Student activism from Tinker to Parkland” to the Freedom of Expression Division.

Marian Houser
Marian Houser

Marian Houser presented “Communication for survival and instruction” to the Instructional Development Division Top Paper Panel at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. 

Kristen Farris accompanied 40 undergraduate students, 4 graduate students, and 4 other faculty from the College of Fine Arts and Communication to London and Paris for a study abroad in May. The undergraduate students took COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication course, while the graduate students enrolled in an instructional communication seminar course. 

She recently had “Nursing assistant perceptions of their role in the resident experience” accepted for publication in Nursing and Health Sciences.

Roseann Mandziuk
Roseann Mandziuk

Roseann Mandziuk presented “Survive or thrive? Workshop on gender and race in commercials” to the Visual Communication Division at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She presented “Womentoring: Navigating the emotional labor of committee and service work” and “What’s a wife to do? Communication to survive scandal” to the Women's Caucus. Roseann also presented “ Pursuing Fulbright grants” to the International and Intercultural Communication Division. She served as a respondent on the “Making Sense of the #MeToo Movement” panel sponsored by the Feminist and Women Studies Division. At the International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University, Roseann was one of three featured faculty panelists in the opening session, "Finding Truth in Research."

Mark Paz
Mark Paz

Mark Paz presented “Thriving instead of surviving? The role of theory of planned behavior in assessing the basic course” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

Student Accolades

Luke Dye
Luke Dye

M.A. student Luke Dye presented, “The Hero’s Journey of T’Challa: Marvel’s Black Panther as Contemporary Mythmaking” to the National Communication Association annual convention in Baltimore. He also presented “The Language of Truth: An Exploration of Metaphors in The Abolition of Man” to the Religious Communication Association annual conference in Baltimore.

Sean Dyhre
Sean Dyhre

M.A. student Sean Dyhre presented “Thriving instead of surviving? The role of theory of planned behavior in assessing the basic course” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

Stephanie Dailey and Katy Head (right)
Stephanie Dailey and Katy Head (right)

M.A. student Katherine Head presented “Surviving scrutiny: Incorporating research & practice into T&D programs” to the Training and Development Division Top Paper Panel at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She also presented “Say what you meme: How memes communicate emotion in status updates” at the conference.

Alan Grant
Alan Grant

M.A. student Alan Grant presented “Taking the field: A rhetorical analysis of how Black athletes at San Jose State College used a football game as a means of protest” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

M.A. student Victoria Miller presented “Survival after Hurricane Maria: Myth and narrative in Trump’s crisis response” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore. She also presented “Representation matters: Negotiating intersectionality via a critical cultural textual analysis of NBC’s ‘Superstore’” at the conference

Jaysen Sneed
Jaysen Sneed

M.A. student Jaysen Sneed presented “Surviving communication education: The Black male perspective” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

Alumni Accolades

Logan Carpenter (M.A. 2018) completed her HASTAC Scholar fellowship for 2017-2019. Focusing on sexual violence in universities and organizations, her final blog addressed the need for trauma informed university instruction entitled, “The Price to Pay for being a Survivor: The Need for Trauma-Informed Universities.”

 

Marsha Catron Espinosa (M.A. 2007) was recently named Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Linda T. Sánchez. She previously served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.

 

Kara Holsinger (B.A. 2005) currently practices Administrative Law in the Texas State Attorney General’s Office. She recently presented a talk to the Honors College describing her journey from her first year at Texas State to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

Lauren Lee (M.A. 2019) completed her HASTAC Scholar fellowship for 2017-2019. Focusing on disability and inclusion in teaching, work, and life, her final blog was co-written with M.A. alumna Jacqui

 

Parchois called, “AcCOMModating Disabilities: Best Practices for Organizational Communication about Disability Accommodation at Work.” She also presented “Communication about sexual histories between MSM and WSW: An exploration of heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

 

Megan Pope (M.A. 2008) is a Lecturer with Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She was recently honored with a Cicero Award, a national speechwriting award, for writing a TEDx Talk entitled “#MenToo: Breaking the Silence of Male Trauma Survivors.” She also served as a TEDx coach for the event.