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The Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Lijiang (“LJ”) Shen will be joining the faculty as Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2015. Dr. Shen is currently on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as Graduate Coordinator and Associate Head. Dr. Shen has amassed an impressive record of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, he is co-editor of the Handbook of Persuasion, and his research has been supported by federal grants and recognized by awards conferred by the National and International Communication Associations. Through his ground-breaking research on the psychological and emotional mechanisms underlying responses to persuasive messages, his examination of health topics such as anti-smoking campaigns, and his expertise in advanced quantitative research methods and statistics, Dr. Shen contributes to the department’s strengths in the study of social influence, health, and quantitative methods. Welcome LJ!
The Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) at Penn State has been awarded a $5,000 Advancing the Discipline Grant from the National Communication Association (NCA). The grant will be used to fund travel scholarships for students attending the CDD’s Speech & Debate as Civic Education Conference, scheduled for March 5-7, 2015 on Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information about the conference, visit our website at http://debateconference.psu.edu. For more information or to support the CDD, visit http://cdd.la.psu.edu/.
By Nathan Larkin | For the Collegian
A four-week summer study abroad program in Austria is being offered for the first time by Penn State’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in 2015. The program, “Austria in Action,” will take between 10 and 15 students to the University of Vienna from July 15 through Aug. 15. Students will earn six Penn State credits through CAS 271: Intercultural Communication and CAS 199/499: Foreign Studies: Communication in the Europe Union; Politics, Policies, and Practices.
Ines Meyer-Hoess, the lead faculty member of the program a lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences, said “Austria in Action” is innovative and unique compared to other study abroad programs, because it allows students to become immersed in Austrian culture while studying Penn State curriculum.
CAS 297 INDIA: PEOPLE AND CULTURE (June 17-30, 2015)
Master cross-cultural communication skills and globalize your worldview, while earning additional credits.
Visit: 3 cities--Taj Mahal, Agra; New Delhi, political capital and Kolkata, intellectual and cultural hub
Students must enroll in CAS 271 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Sec 001; Spring 2015) or CAS 471 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (Spring 2015) to register for this optional, embedded 2-week, 3-credit travel program in India, CAS 297 INDIA: PEOPLE AND CULTURE (June 17-30, 2015).
Program Fee: $390 for first 10 registrants. Enroll by Dec. 10, 2014.
Info Sessions in November 2014:
Nov. 6 (Thursday), Nov. 12 (Wednesday), Nov.13 (Thursday), Nov. 17 (Monday)
308 SPARKS BUILDING
This course provides numerous formal and informal opportunities for participants to engage in dialogue with Indians from a variety of backgrounds.
To develop intercultural sensitivity and understanding To expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills To broaden academic horizons and globalize worldview To successfully navigate interpersonal relationships in an increasingly diverse world To benefit from better communication in an increasingly diverse and international workplace
Questions? Contact academic director Dr. Soumia Bardhan, email@example.com; 814-863-0100
CAS professor Jim Dillard won an award for Most Distinguished Article in the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The award recognizes the long-term impact of Dillard's 2005 article, “On the Nature of Reactance and its Role in Persuasive Health Communication.” That article is the fourth most-cited article in the history of the journal Communication Monographs, in which it appeared.
The full citation is: Dillard, J.P., & Shen, L. (2005). On the nature of reactance and its’ role in persuasion. Communication Monographs, 72, 144-168.
It can be found online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03637750500111815#.VD2VhqM3hAY
CAS doctoral candidate Craig Rood authored the lead article in the latest issue of Pedagogy. Craig writes in the abstract that he theorizes "four civility moves—opening up, searching for sameness, examining differences, and listening deeply. Although I ultimately offer these as rhetorical strategies to be taught and practiced explicitly, I use them here as a framework for interpreting student writing that emerged from an assignment to produce a collaborative anthology of arguments."
The journal issue can be found at http://pedagogy.dukejournals.org/content/current
A PDF of the article is available at https://www.academia.edu/8696466/_Moves_toward_Rhetorical_Civility
The full citation is Craig Rood, “‘Moves’ Toward Rhetorical Civility.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 14.3 (2014): 393-413.
Josh Lerner, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, will accept the inaugural Brown Democracy Medal on behalf of the Project at a public ceremony starting at 4:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom A. Following the presentation, he will discuss how the Participatory Budgeting Project “offers a fundamentally different way to engage with government, and meaningfully engages people in the budget decisions that affect them.”
“Political and economic inequality is part of the American national discussion, and participatory budgeting helps empower marginalized groups that don’t normally take part in a process that is so critical for democratic life,” John Gastil, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, noted. “The Participatory Budgeting Project exemplifies the essential features the award committee was looking for in its inaugural recipient.”
Please visit the Penn State News page for the complete story.
As the fall midterm elections approach our nation, Penn State’s Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) continues to develop new knowledge and training in rhetoric, debate and deliberation for students, educators and citizens through its initiatives in research, teaching and outreach.
Since its founding in 2006, the CDD has had a significant impact on undergraduate and graduate education at Penn State, launching innovative changes in the University’s speaking and writing courses. For example, Rhetoric and Civic Life, a course for honors students and aspiring Paterno Fellows, offers comprehensive training in speaking, writing, visual and digital communications skills.
“As Penn State undergoes a revision of its General Education curriculum, the CDD serves as an important resource for developing new approaches to courses that teach citizenship skills,” said J. Michael Hogan, CDD director and Liberal Arts Research Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences...
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CAS colleague Nicola Gutgold to speak at PSU alumni huddle on the prospect of the first female president
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Huddle with the Faculty every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; the presentation begins at 9 a.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, Nichola D. Gutgold, ’99g, associate dean for academics at Schreyer Honors College, and professor of communications arts and sciences, will present “Madam President: When Will America Be Ready?”
As speculation about the prospects for a woman president increase, it’s critical to know the stories of those who have ventured on that journey. From Margaret Chase Smith to Hillary Clinton and beyond, the question is asked: When will America elect a woman president?
For more information, visit http://alumni.psu.edu/events or call 800-548-LION (5466) and press 0. Huddle with the Faculty is presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and sponsored by The Village at Penn State with support from The Nittany Lion Inn and Penn State Press.
(Text of story taken directly from Penn State News)
New Grant funded by NIH to Investigate Genomic Communication and Design Targeted Messages for Married Adults
The way couples communicate about one spouse’s genetic test results may influence the overall well-being of the person who has been diagnosed, his or her spouse, and the couple overall. Rachel A. Smith, associate professor of Communication Arts and & Sciences and Human Development & Family Studies, along with a team of Penn State researchers that includes Roxanne Parrott, distinguished professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, is investigating this type of spousal communication with the goal of designing targeted messages to support married adults managing genetic test results, associated genetic-based illness, and genetic stigma. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health funded this research (over $400K) as a part of NHGRI’s program on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research (ELSI). The proposed work will use quantitative techniques developed at Penn State’s Methodology Center. This product will develop theory; design theory-driven, audience-targeted messages; and enrich our knowledge base about the little-understood social implications of genetic tests.
CAS professor Jon Nussbaum has been appointed (for 2014-2016) to the Distinguished Honors Faculty for the Scheyer Honors College. There are currently 17 Distinguished Honors Faculty members throughout the university. The Distinguished Honor faculty engage the honors students in small, targeted ways that enable students to draw on the research expertise of faculty within their labs, at campus research sites, or during events as informal as a dinner conversation. The honors faculty serve as mentors and broaden the complete university experience for students. In addition, honors students can add significantly to the experience of the faculty who have the opportunity to interact with top students who share their specific research interests. Within Communication Arts and Sciences, Jon will introduce honors students to our major and the richness of our discipline.
From Seminar to HCR : A new paper from visiting Professor Ed Fink, PSU Alum Andy High, and CAS faculty Rachel Smith
In the fall of 2007, University of Maryland Professor, Ed Fink, taught a 1-credit seminar that was attended by CAS graduate students and faculty. Six years later, one of the research collaborations started in that seminar has been published in Human Communication Research (DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12038). The authors include Ed Fink, Andy High (PSU alum, currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa), and Rachel Smith (CAS faculty). The paper describes two experiments used to investigate the conditions under which a person seeks the support of others as an alternative to compliance or as a way to cope with being the target of an influence attempt.
A panel of papers honoring Herman Cohen was accepted for NCA and is one of the ten panels that will be videotaped as part of NCA's Centennial Series/History project. Dr. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, Penn State University, passed away on December 22, 2013. He enjoyed a wonderful academic career that began with his education at the University of Iowa from the late 1940s to the early 1950s and took him to positions at the University of Oregon, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Penn State University in 1970, where he remained until his retirement in 1992. His primary interest was in the history of rhetorical theory, particularly the British and Scottish orators of the 18th Century. He was also interested in the origins and development of the study of communication studies as a formal academic discipline in American colleges and universities.
The panel, which includes PSU faculty Dennis Gouran and Dave Dzikowski, draws together former students, colleagues, mentees, and friends who were indelibly changed by Cohen’s knowledge, wisdom, and humor and desire to honor Cohen’s legacy with papers prepared in his honor. Don Boileau was a Cohen graduate student at the University of Oregon while working on his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the late 1960s. Bryan Horikami, Janet Reynolds Bodenman and Calvin Troup were his graduate students from Penn State University, as was Maureen Minielli. Minielli (then Montgomery) was Cohen’s graduate research assistant on his history of the discipline book. Dave Dzikowski was Cohen’s friend post-retirement, meeting with him every Thursday for coffee and discussion while he pursued his Ph.D. in Penn State’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. Dennis Gouran was Cohen’s close friend and colleague at Penn State for several decades. He and Cohen often conversed about the field, the department, and the news of the day. The papers proposed represent the two primary areas of Cohen specialization: Hugh Blair, and the history of the study of communication as an academic field.
A posthumous Academia.edu profile for Dr. Cohen was created by Maureen Minielli (a PSU graduate who studied with Tom Benson). It is available at http://pennstate.academia.edu/HermanCohen.
The od-ran in the Centre Daily Times and El Paso Times, which covers the county Gastil had conducted some of his jury research. The version that appeared locally in State College is online at
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy and the Center for Democratic Deliberation invite applications for small grants for graduate students interested in attending the Frontiers of Democracy Conference at Tufts University in Boston, July 16-18, 2014. This conference includes presentations and workshops featuring many of the leading figures in the deliberative democracy movement, including Peter Levine, David Matthews of the Kettering Foundation, and Penn State's own John Gastil.
Grants will be awarded to cover registration for the conference, travel and lodging, and other related expenses. Interested students should submit a brief (i.e. one-page) proposal with a paragraph summarizing their interest in the conference and a detailed budget, indicating the exact amount requested. Proposals should be submitted to Mike Hogan by May 1, 2014.
For more information, visit the conference website at:
Nichola D. Gutgold is associate dean of academic affairs at Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College and a professor of communication arts and sciences. Her essay appeared in the March 31 edition of the Centre Daily Times. Here's an excerpt:
When we think of the scholarly communication process, those of us who have worked our way through the promotion and tenure process of a research institution like Penn State are likely to think about the peer reviewed journal article. And why shouldn’t we? For many decades, and still today, the peer reviewed journal article has been the main method of sharing our innovative and scholarly work. But in this age of digital communication when seeing a loved one is perhaps more likely to happen over Skype than it is over the dinner table, the notion of what it means to communicate is changing.
A Centre County Public Issues Forum on the topic of standardized testing in schools will be held on Thursday, April 24 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library.
The central question to be addressed is: "What is the purpose of assessment in our schools?" This question will be discussed from various vantage points, which are previewed in this front-page story in the Centre Daily Times. The forum aims to foster discussion about the role of standardized testing in schools, in light of recent major changes to the Pennsylvania law regarding state educational assessments.
This event, co-sponsored by the Center for Democratic Deliberation, is free and open to the public.
Mary Mark advises multiple areas of studies including African Studies, African American Studies, Communication Arts and Sciences, Philosophy, and Woman’s Studies.She has been at Penn State for 18 years...
For the full article, please visit Liberal Arts Voices
"The things that made stigmas a more functional strategy thousands of years ago rarely exist," Smith says in the article. "Now, it won't promote positive health behavior and, in many cases, it could actually make the situation worse." The full article appears in Penn State News online.
This will provide the Institute for Democracy with a permanent endowment that will help fund student and faculty research and public outreach programs that elevate the quality of public discussions of important issues. In appreciation, the university is now using the name McCourtney Institute for Democracy. This Institute also works closely with the Center for Democratic Deliberation and the Center for American Political Responsiveness.
The full story is available online at Penn State News.