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November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

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The National Communication Association’s annual conference was held in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 15 – 18.  Several faculty, doctoral students and lecturers were selected to present their papers at this year’s conference. 




Assistant Professor Jonathan Pettigrew

“Bridging Psychological Processes with Communication Patterns: Conceptual Development of Convergence Communication”

Doctoral student Michelle Garland,

Lecturer Suzanne Prentiss

“Celebrating the Emerging Community of Instruction and Technology: A Discussion of How Technology Impacts Pedagogy and Promotes Research Opportunities”

Doctoral student Kyle Heuett,

Doctoral student Martijn Van Kelegom

“The Impact of Relationship Importance, Task Importance, and Deception-efficacy, on Perceived Deceit during Group Tasks”


“Group Leadership and Psychological Domain: Examining Relationships in the Pre-formation Stage of Groups”

Van Kelegom, Assistant Professor Courtney Wright

“The Use of Imagined Interactions to Cope with Relational Uncertainty”

Doctoral student Scott Eldredge

“Media and Gender: Newspapers’ Portrayal of Transgender People as the Story of Chaz Bono Made Headlines”


“Hate Speech versus Free Speech on College Campuses: Exploring the Viability of a Constitutional and Sustainable Campus Speech Code”

Doctoral student Elizabeth Dalton, Assistant Professor Laura Miller

“Health Literacy and Adolescent Motherhood in South Central Appalachia: A Framework for Cultural Understanding”

Lecturer Lorna Keathley,

Professor Virginia Kupritz,

Associate Professor & Director John Haas

“Law Enforcement, Communication, and Verbal Judo: An Ethnographic Perspective”

Professor Joan Rentsch

“Communication and Cognition in Decision-making Teams”

Heuett, Associate Professor Kenneth Levine, Doctoral student Katie Reno

“The Impact of Cohesion on Brainstorming: Following the Rules and Generating Higher Quality Ideas”


“Support and Conflict Processes in Step- and Biological Families”


“’I Am Too Young to be a Cancer Survivor:’ Young Breast Cancer Survivors’ Experiences and Informational Needs”

Assistant Professor Catherine Westerman, Heuett, Reno, Doctoral student Rick Curry

“What Makes Performance Feedback Seem Fair? Synchronicity, Channel, and Valence Effects on Perceptions of Organizational Justice in Feedback Delivery”


“The Protective Effects of Adolescent Motherhood in South Central Appalachia: Salvation from Drugs and Emptiness”

Assistant Professor Michael  Kotowski, Van Kelegom

“A Meta-analysis of Trait-behavior Correlations in Argumentativeness and Verbal Aggression”

Rentsch, Kupritz

“When Conventional Wisdom Does Not Apply: Survival Rules for Sensemaking and Coping in Academic Environments”

Wright, Van Kelegom

“An Investigation of Imagined Interactions at the Trait and State Levels”





Lecturer Hubert Smith was selected as a Principal For A Day (PFAD) by Knox County Schools.  He served as PFAD at Knoxville’s Fulton High School on Nov. 15.  He later met with other PFAD participants and Dr. Jim McIntyre, superintendent of Knox County Schools, to provide ideas and feedback. 


Jennell Klussman, WUTK-FM underwriting and development director since 2010, has taken a position with the UT College of Engineering’s Office of Finance and Administration Affairs.  Klussman began working for the WUTK as a student in 2008 and will continue to do some on-air announcing. We wish her all the best in her new position!





Nov. 30

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting

Dec. 4

Last day of classes

Dec. 5

CCI Holiday Party

Dec. 14

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Dec. 15

University-wide Commencement


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