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Starting in Fall 2015, Dr. Mike Hogan will be an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric in the College of the Liberal Arts. The Sparks and other named professorships in the College recognize full professors who are leaders in their fields and have an exceptional record of publication, grants, awards, and citations. Among Dr. Hogan's many achievements are securing a National Endowment for Humanities Challenge Grant for the Center for Democratic Deliberation. That grant alone helped establish an endowment for that center that will sustain it into the future.
For more on named professorships in the College, see http://la.psu.edu/faculty-staff/awards-and-honors/named-and-distinguished-professorships-1/named-professorships.
Kirt Wilson reflects on the origins of the communication discipline in a new article released online yesterday. Here is the full article abstract: "Using the first five years of the Quarterly Journal of Speech as a record of Communication Studies' founding, I contend that the discipline began with a tension between contrasting sets of affect and reasoning. In the initial volumes of QJS , one reads many recommendations designed to establish the discipline's academic sovereignty and self-determination, but, at the same time, other essays suggest a commitment to cross-disciplinary inquiry and citizenship. I interpret this tension through contemporary theories of nationalism and cosmopolitanism. These concepts highlight the implications of competing visions for the discipline's future, but they also reveal how cosmopolitan and nationalist processes complemented one another in the early years of “Speech.” I argue, finally, that this tension provides opportunities for Communication Studies in the twenty-first century."
The full article is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00335630.2015.995437#.VNTURWO9ZaQ .
Citation: Kirt H. Wilson, “The National and Cosmopolitan Dimensions of Disciplinarity: Reconsidering the Origins of Communication Studies,” Quarterly Journal of Speech Vol. 101:1 (2015), pp. 244-257.
CAS PhD student Craig Rood has received a prestigious university-wide award for his doctoral dissertation research. Rood's doctoral thesis, Deliberating in the Aftermath of Mass Shootings, examines ascriptions of blame in the aftermath of mass shootings—blame of U.S. culture, of mental illness, and of guns—to understand why some disagreements persist across time. He is writing this dissertation under the direction of CAS associate professor Rosa Eberly, who has done extensive work on public memory.
The PSU Alumni Assn. award is among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. There are typically two per broad research area, and Craig's came in the Fine Arts and Humanities division. For more information, visit http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/graduate-funding/fellowships/programs/aada/
Penn State students of all majors interested in learning about Islamic culture in Morocco can apply for a two-week program offered in summer 2015 by the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in the College of the Liberal Arts. While immersed in Moroccan culture, participants will study Penn State curriculum and earn three Penn State credits. The application deadline for CAS 199/CAS 499 - Foreign Studies: Morocco, Islam and Intercultural Dialogue is Feb. 1.
A country of dramatically contrasting cultures and landscapes, in the Middle East and North Africa region, Morocco is ethnically diverse and offers Roman ruins, ancient cities, elegant Islamic monuments, white sand beaches, the Sahara and the High Atlas mountains.
In collaboration with University Hassan II Casablanca, this three-credit summer program will offer 10 to 12 participants opportunities for formal university lectures, supervised intercultural discussions with Moroccans and structured field trips to the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier, from July 15 through 31.
Soumia Bardhan, academic director and a member of the communication arts and sciences faculty, said, “In our post-9/11 world, Islamophobia, or prejudice against Muslims or ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim, poses a dire threat to intercultural understanding between Islamic cultures and Western societies. One of the ways to combat Islamophobia is through academic and cultural immersion programs in Islamic countries where U.S. students can experience local cultures first-hand and partake in intercultural dialogues.”
The program will provide an authentic, first-hand understanding of Islam and Islamic culture in contemporary Morocco (art, architecture, dress, etiquette, cuisine, language, values/worldviews, etc.) as influenced and shaped by the country’s Berber, Jewish and Arabic cultural heritage; French and Spanish traditions; and contemporary Anglo-American lifestyles. Participants will become acquainted with the historical, socio-religious and socio-political issues that have shaped the Islamic world and Morocco.
Students also work with a framework for understanding the complex relationship between Islam and western societies, and numerous formal and informal opportunities to actively engage in intercultural discussions with Moroccans, to promote understanding of and effective communication with Islam and Islamic cultures. Hands-on fun activities (camel rides, henna sessions, etc.) are included too.
The Kingdom of Morocco has been a sought-after destination for U.S. citizens, maintains positive relations with the U.S. and has been an exception to the current political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa region, thus making it the perfect location for U.S. college students to interact with an Islamic culture.
The estimated program fee is $6,500, including Penn State tuition, international airfare, local ground transport, field trips, hotel, meals, gratuity and all local activities. But interested students can explore several financial aid options in consultation with their academic advisers, including the Global Programs scholarships-Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship and alumni-supported funds. Various deadlines may apply to each program.
Two CAS PhDs recently accepted tenure-track jobs. Sarah Kornfield will leave her visiting position at Wheaton College to become an assistant professor at Hope College.
Lindsey Aloia will be joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas Department of Communication Studies as an assistant professor. She'll be leaving her visiting position at Rollins College and heading there this fall.
Craig's new article appears in Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
Abstract: Under headings that include rhetoric of assent, critical understanding, pluralism, rhetorology, and listening-rhetoric, Wayne Booth’s scholarly work for over thirty-five years hinged on a simple question: “How can I get each side to understand the other?” Booth’s imbroglio with Kenneth Burke demonstrates that “understanding”—Booth’s key concept—is not confined, as Booth had suggested, to respecting opposing views, searching for common ground, and finding reasons that warrant shared assent. Understanding is also enabled and obstructed by a number of factors, including six I examine: form, process, emotion, differences, power, and additional rhetorical/material constraints. Analyzing Booth and Burke’s published exchange in Critical Inquiry (1974), along with their correspondence from 1972 to 1983, reveals how their disagreement evolved; how their prolonged dispute highlights limitations in Booth’s theory; and how Booth’s engagement with Burke, along with Booth’s subsequent reflections on their exchange, extends Booth’s project to offer a more rhetorically robust theory of understanding.
The journal issue can be found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rrsq20/current#.VH3oZofq2-k
A PDF of the article is available at: https://psu-us.academia.edu/CraigRood
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/.
About the National Communication Association
The National Communication Association (NCA) advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. The NCA serves approximately 8,000 scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.
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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.”
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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.
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