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Seokhoon Ahn
Seokhoon Ahn

Welcoming New Faculty

Seokhoon Ahn joins the Department of Communication Studies as a Lecturer. Seokhoon received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught at Saint Cloud State University. The main foci of his research revolve around intercultural communication with emphasis 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.

Cassandra LeClair
Cassandra LeClair

Cassandra LeClair joins the Department of Communication Studies as a Lecturer. 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. She 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.

 

Josh Miller
Josh Miller

Joshua Miller joins the Department of Communication Studies as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation was entitled, “Rhetorics of Opacity: Case Studies of GLBTQ Christian Advocacy from the 1960s and Early 1970s.” He earned a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Communication Studies (Rhetoric) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His scholarship focuses on social controversy and community empowerment in cultural and political contexts. Josh's articles, chapters, and reviews appear in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Southern Communication Journal, Iowa Journal of Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for journals and conferences, delivered public presentations addressing topics such as DACA and institutional racism, and assists with voter registration for the League of Women Voters.

Ann Burnette (far left), Wayne Kraemer (center), Ann Burnette (far right)
Ann Burnette (far left), Wayne Kraemer (center), Ann Burnette (far right)

International Representation

Ann Burnette, Wayne Kraemer, and Roseann Mandziuk presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. ISSA is one of the worlds most prestigious argumentation conferences and Texas State was represented by both current and former faculty as well as alumni. Shelly Schaefer Hinck (second from left) is a distinguished alum (M.A., 1985) who currently teaches at Central Michigan. Heather Hayes (second from right) finished her M.A. in 2009 and currently teaches at Whitman College. This was the fifth time that Ann, Wayne, and Roseann presented at the conference.

Faculty Accolades

Ann Burnette published “Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum” in the journal First Amendment Studies. Ann presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference, hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Ann also taught an Introduction to Communication class to blind and visually impaired students as part of the Criss Cole Rehabilitative Center College Preparatory Program in June. The students lived on the Texas State campus while attending class and learned about the various programs and resources that Texas State offers.

Michael Burns presented five note-taking presentations at Bobcat Preview to over 2000 new freshmen. He also gave a presentation to Texas State athletes at the J. Ryan Whittington Leadership Academy focusing on creative problem-solving and teamwork.

Stephanie Dailey won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Assistant Professor rank. In addition, Stephanie is part of an interdisciplinary research team that was selected as an awardee for Multidisciplinary Internal Research Grants (MIRG). Their project, “Does social media make us sick? A pilot study of the effects of social media on physiological reactivity and mental health" is a collaboration between researchers from Psychology, Communication Studies, Mass Communication, Geography, and CIS & Quantitative Methods. Finally, undergraduate students in Stephanie’s “Social Media in Organizations” course are currently conducting social media audits for over 15 companies and nonprofits, many of which are home to Texas State alumni. Students will analyze organizations’ social media posts and provide suggestions for improvement.

Elizabeth K. Eger published “Transgender jobseekers navigating closeting communication in Management Communication Quarterly.

Kristen Farris co-authored a manuscript in Communication Theory entitled, “Interpersonal communication and coping with cancer: A multidisciplinary theoretical review of the literature.” Also, Kristen and the COMM 1310 teaching team just completed training 15 new graduate instructional assistants through the Teaching and Learning Academy. She also earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.”

Rebekah Fox published “Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum” in the journal First Amendment Studies.

Marian Houser earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.” The data presented in the paper were collected by graduate students in Marian’s instructional communication course last spring. The authors will present their manuscript at the NCA Convention in Salt Lake City this November.

Wayne Kraemer presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Roseann Mandziuk presented “Confederate memory’s dutiful descendants: Disputed monuments and the rhetorical defenses of the United Daughters of the Confederacy” to the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She was recently selected as one of two nominees to stand for election to the position of Second Vice President of the National Communication Association.

C. Erik Timmerman taught Communication 5329B (Communication & Negotiation) during the second summer session. In addition to reading classical and contemporary research, three guest speakers attended class sessions to describe how negotiation and conflict resolution are utilized in professional contexts. Dr. Zyg Maksymowicz from the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center (CTDRC) discussed the connections between negotiation and mediation as well as the mediation services and training that are available from the CTDRC. Dr. Wayman Mullins from the Texas State University Department of Criminal Justice explained the characteristics of crisis and hostage negotiation and facilitated students’ participation in a simulation of a hostage negotiation scenario. Dr. Vincent Luizzi, from the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty Ombudsman at Texas State University, explained the role of an ombudsman and the connections between this role and other positions in a public university.

Lindsay Timmerman presented “Stigmatized disclosure: Topics and reasons for withholding from close others” to the International Association for Relationship Research Conference.

Student Accolades

M.A. students Hannah Jones, Lace Senegal, and Shannon Tefertiller collaborated to develop a pamphlet that describes how Communication Studies undergraduate courses equip students with the knowledge and skills to achieve success in either the workforce or connect with either Business or Civil Engagement. To complete the publication, they completed interviews with individuals from the corporate and nonprofit sectors then conducted a review to identify critical skills and competencies necessary to succeed in these areas.

M.A. students Logan Carpenter and Trevor Kauer, and an M.A. alum, Holly Van Eynde, earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for their manuscript entitled “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.” The paper was co-authored with faculty members Kristen Farris and Marian Houser.

Undergraduate student Luke A. Dye will present “A Devils Guide to Public Speaking: Lessons from Screwtapes Communication Principles” at the 2018 National Communication Conference in Salt Lake City.

Undergraduate student Tina Esnaashari, was featured by Texas State on the Transfer Stories webpage. She mentions the impact of Comm Week on her journey and Dr. Elizabeth Eger as a mentor.
http://stories.txstate.edu/academics/transfer-student-spotlights/tina-esnaashari.html

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