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December 15, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017                                                                 

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The following papers and panel presentation were presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference in Dallas, Texas, November 16 – 19, 2017.

Director and Professor Maureen Taylor – paper: “Rethinking citizens united v. FEC: What Donald Trump’s election says about the role of public relations in politics.”

Associate Dean and Professor Michael Palenchar – paper: “Zones of meaning: Employees’ lived experiences and the essence of employee engagement” with co-author Laura Lemon (PhD ’17). This paper was awarded the top paper in the public relations division; Panel presentation: “Public relations education: Problems and possibilities related to our legacy and our relevance.”

Associate Professor Courtney Childers – panel presentation: “’If you build it, they will post:’ The beneficial applications of higher education institutions creating and utilizing social analytics labs” with doctoral student Brandon Boatwright.

Doctoral student Brandon Boatwright – papers: “The 2016 U.S. Presidential election & transition events: A social media volume and sentiment analysis”; “Campaigning with ‘Condescending Wonka:’ Memes as participatory political image repair”; “Delivery Olympics: Teaching paralanguage through experiential activities”; “Infrastructure disasters experienced through social media: The role of digital emergent citizen groups in preparing engineers for crisis.”

Doctoral student Ying Xiong – papers: “Rethinking citizens united v. REC: What Donald Trump’s election says about the role of public relations in politics” with co-authors Joshua Bentley and Maureen Taylor; “Case studies of narrative theory and cultural activism: Feminism, activism, and ideology as public relations techniques” with co-author Professor Michael Kent.

Master’s student Laura Gamo – papers: “Alternative facts and alternative realities: The implications of a loss of trust in the political and media-sphere”; “Get legit or quit: NGO advocacy and agenda building efforts in the midst of the European immigration crisis.”                                                                


Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir was awarded an 18-month grant from the Engineering Information Foundation, “Understanding use of scholarly sources to improve engineering education (UUSSEE),” with co-PIs: Professor and Engineering Librarian Jeanine Williamson, TCE Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer Courtney Faber and TCE Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer Rachel McCord.

Associate Professor Wade Bishop presented, “Developing a questionnaire using the FAIR data principles to assess fitness for use, to the Research Data Alliance’s Assessment of Data Fitness for Use Working Group on December 12, 2017.


Assistant Professor Mike Martinez, doctoral student Jamie Greig, Director and Professor Catherine Luther and doctoral student John Baker (U. of Mississippi) presented a paper, “The intertwining of politics and press coverage of U.S. domestic surveillance programs,at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference in Dallas, Texas, November 16 – 19, 2017.


December 7 – 14


December 14

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA

December 15

UT Fall Commencement, TBA


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