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International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication

Matt Isbell, Assistant Professor of Communication and John McClellan, Associate Professor of Communication were both included in the recent publication of the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication (2017) published by Wiley Blackwell Publishers.

  1. Isbell, M. G., Sanders, M. L., & Koschmann, M. A. (2017) Nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. In C. Scott, L. Lewis, J. Barker, J. Keyton, T. Kuhn & P. Turner (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Oxford, Wiley Blackwell Publishers.
  2. McClellan, J. G. (2017). Corporate colonization. In C. Scott, L. Lewis, J. Barker, J. Keyton, T. Kuhn & P. Turner (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Oxford, Wiley Blackwell Publishers.

Student, Graduate, and Faculty Acceptance to Academic Conference(s)

Several faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the Department of Communication recently presented or had their work accepted to three academic conferences:

  1. John McClellan, Associate Professor of Communication co-facilitated a disciplinary workshop with Matthew Sanders of Utah State University at Western States Communication Association annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah entitled: “‘What Can I Do with a Communication major?’ Helping Students Centralize, Celebrate, and Communicate the Strengths of Our Field.” McClellan also served as Chair of the Organizational Communication Interest Group for the 2017 conference.
  2. Kayla Griffin, M.A. Student in Communication and Erin McClellan, Associate Professor of Communication co-authored and co-presented a paper at Western States Communication Association annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group entitled: “Walleyball and the Socio-Material Rhetoric of Borderlands: Embodied Experience and the Affective Turn.”
  3. Brianna Pitcock, Communication B.A. student, was selected to participate in the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference at Western States Communication Association annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah where she successfully submitted her paper entitled: “‘You Don’t Know Me’: Discourse and the Identity of Chefs and Cooks.”
  4. Melissa LeMar, Communication B.A. student, presented her paper at the Northwest Communication Association annual meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in the Interpersonal and Communication Theory division entitled: “Examining Young Women’s Views on Feminism.”
  5. Shanna Hagenah, M.A. Student in Communication, recently had her paper entitled “Freedom to Learn: How Critical Pedagogy in the Classroom Can Disrupt White Hegemonic Discourses That Oppress Women of Color” accepted to the National Women’s Studies Association conference to be held in November 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Congratulations to all for their ongoing contributions to the field of Communication!

Kelly Rossetto: Relational Communication and Aspects of Support

Kelly Rossetto, Assistant Professor of Communication, recently published two articles related to relational communication and aspects of support.

  1.  Kelly R. Rossetto, Jimmie Manning & Erik W. Green (2017). Perceptions of Paternal Support After Transitioning to College: Interpretations Based on the Generative Fathering Framework, Western Journal of Communication, pp. 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1283047.
  2. Kelly R. Rossetto and Andrew C. Tollison (2017). Feminist Agency, Sexual Scripts, and Sexual Violence: Developing a Model for Postgendered Family Communication, Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, pp. 1-13. DOI:10.1111/fare.12232.

Additionally, a 2015 article on coping with loss was additionally cited in an article about social media and death in The Atlantic; Kelly R. Rossetto, Pamela J. Lannutti, and Elena C. Strauman (2015). Death on Facebook: Examining the Roles of Social Media Communication for hte Bereaved, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32(7), pp. 974-994.

Tasha Souza: Inclusive Excellence

Tasha Souza, Professor of Communication and CTL Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, recently published two journal articles:

  1. Souza, T. J. (2017). How to Respond to Hostile, Inappropriate Comments in Class. Online article in Faculty Focus Premium. Madison, WI: Magna Publication.
  2.  Vizenor, N., Souza, T.J., & Ertmer, J.J. (2017). Benefits of participating in service-learning, business-related classes: Assessing the impact on the community partners. The Journal of Research in Business Education, 58(1), 1-15.

Professor Souza’s work on various issues of inclusive excellence in the classroom continues to be on the forefront of both research and pedagogy practices in the discipline and beyond.

Matt Isbell: Interorganizational Collaboration: Complexity, Ethics, and Communication

Matt Isbell, Assistant Professor of Communication recently published a book with co-author Renee Heath titled Interorganizational Collaboration: Complexity, Ethics, and Communication.

Book Cover

The book was published by Waveland Press and serves to introduce collaborating across organizations within the realm of wicked problems. With an emphasis on communicating in the context of our differences, it could be used in advanced organizational communication, nonprofit, group, leadership, ethics or civic engagement courses. Grounded in the assumptions that “solutions” to wicked problems lie in just, participative processes that take into account marginalized voices and peppered with vignettes, the aim of the book is to be readable at many levels.

The text coalesces decades of collaboration and relevant communication theory and introduces the language of collaborative praxis and communication oriented toward dialogue, interests, conflict, consensus, and solutions. The final section of the text presents six short bona fide case studies contributed by collaboration practitioners and offers an opportunity to consider organizing collaboration as a unique pedagogy.

Table of Contents: Part I: The Complexity of Collaboration 1 Introducing Complexity: Global Problems Interconnect Us; Organizational Shifts Demand Collaboration; The Workforce is Changing; Changing Organizational Curricula with the Times   2 Interorganizational Collaboration: Cooperation, Coordination, and Collaboration; Building a Collaborative Scaffold; Collaboration as Structure, Process, and Ideal; Measuring Success   3. Stakeholders: The Ethical Turn to "Who"?: Stakeholders in Interorganizational Collaboration; influence; paradoxes; Identity and Stakeholders, Interdependence and Need   Part II: A Collaborative Ethic   4. Ethical Contexts: Collaboration as an ethical response to Social Corporate Responsibility; The Macro and Micro Contexts of Ethics; the public sphere and communication and decision making; Pragmatic reasons to Practice Ethical Communication; Tensions   5. Diversity: The Central Role of in Collaboration; Rethinking as Dependent on the Communication Situation; Requisite Diversity; Benefits of Diversity; Challenges of Diversity (access, representation, prejudice, convict)   6. (Shared) Power: Hierarchy and Power Structures; Power as Relational; Power Types: Power and Democracy; liberal democracy and native communication, hegemony and collaboration; Sharing Power; egalitarian spirit, parity rather than equality; Discursive Barriers   7. Principled Leadership: Leadership and Collaborative Culture; Participative Leadership and Collaboration; transitional, natural, facilitative, and moral leadership; Convener; Facilitator, agendas; Process Observer, ground rules; Recorder; minutes.   Part III: Language of Collaborative Praxis 8. Communication Oriented toward Dialogue: Dialogue from Debate; "I Get It"; dialogic moments, I and Thou; dialogue as destruction and invention; Dialogue as Collaborative Praxis: preparation, reflexivity; listening, storytelling   9. Communication Oriented toward Interest: Positions vs. Interests; basic needs, from individual interests to shared values; Shared Representations as Collaborative Praxis; fostering collective identity; ambiguity in communication; Principled Negotiation in Collaboration   10: Communication Oriented toward Conflict: Conflict in Collaboration; Native Communication Expounded; Gracious Contestation as Collaborative Praxis; VOICE, prolonged conflict   11. Communication Oriented toward Consensus: Consensus and Collaboration, lay and theoretical understandings; Consensus decision rules; dissenters; transparency   12: Communication Oriented toward Solutions: The Problem with Shortcutting to Solutions; Appreciative Inquiry; brainstorming   Part IV: Wicked Problems Revisited: Applied Collaboration   13. Educational and Economic Partnership: Community Reach (Cooper)   14. Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim Initiative (Craig & Lewis)   15. Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Why are So Many Black Children in Foster Care or Locked Up? (Lebold)   16. Environmental Community Development in West Virginia: Country Roads Bring Us Together (Staton)   17. Substance Abuse Task Force: Navigating Collaborative Constraints (Kramer et al.)   18. Collaboration among Bike/Walk Advocates: Facilitating Process or Empowering Action? (Britt & Smithberger).

Marty Most: The Cooperstown Symposium

Marty Most recently published a chapter in the anthology The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2015-2016; a collection of 15 essays selected from the more than 120 presentations at the two most recent Cooperstown Symposiums on Baseball and American Culture. Click on link to UPDATE to read full article by Sherry Squires.

Dr. Julie Lane: Fulfilling His Duty; Senator Frank Church’s Use of Media to Oppose the Vietnam War.

Dr. Julie Lane published “Fulfilling His Duty; Senator Frank Church’s Use of Media to Oppose the Vietnam War.” Click on the link to The Blue Review to read the full article.

Dr. Kelly Rossetto elected as Vice Chair Elect of Family Communication division of the National Communication Association

Dr. Kelly Rossetto was elected as the Vice Chair Elect for the Family Communication division of the National Communication Association. She will serve for 4 years, with the third year being her appointment as the Chair of the division.

Dr. Hyunmee Kang: Culture Does Matter for Female Elders’ Responses to Age Segmentation Cue (ASC) of Ads.

Dr. Hyunmee Kang published an article in Global Media Journal (ISSN 1550-7521), Vol. 14 No. 26: 30 entitled “Culture Does Matter for Female Elders’ Responses to Age Segmentation Cue (ASC) of Ads.

Erin McClellan: In the Spirit of Morality

Erin McClellan had a chapter entitled “In the Spirit of Morality” published in the most recent edition of The Pennsylvania Scholars Series celebrating the life and work of Gerard A. Hauser. The book series is edited by Ronald C. Arnett (University of Pennsylvania) and is published by University of Pennsylvania Press.