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April 22, 2019


Southern States Communication Association Papers, Panels & Activities

Director and Professor John Haas was elected Executive Director of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) at SSCA’s annual convention in Montgomery, Alabama, and served on the Association for Communication Administrators panel.

Associate Professor Michelle Violanti served on the Community College Division Panel and presented “Advising Honors Communication Research,” and served as the immediate past-chair of the Communication Theory Division.

Associate Professor Michael Kotowski, and doctoral student Jamie Osborn presented an Interpersonal Communication Division paper, “The Mediating Effects of Obligation, Gratitude, and Liking in Pro-Social and Anti-Social Pregiving Compliance-gaining Scenarios,” and served as vice chair and program planner for the Communication Theory Division.

Assistant Professor Emily Paskewitz served as a respondent for the Theodor Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference.

Assistant Professor Jenny Crowley presented an Interpersonal Communication Division paper, “Studying Interpersonal Communication in Vivo,” and served as a respondent for the Interpersonal Communication Division and the Applied Communication Division. .

Doctoral student Jenilee Williams presented a Communication Theory Division paper, “Criticism and Perceived Supervisor Support: A Test of Expectancy Violations Theory.”

Doctoral student Victoria Bertram presented an Instructional Development Division paper, “Interpersonal Communication Courses in the Nation’s Top 15 MBA Programs.”

Doctoral student Dennis McCarty presented a Community College Division Great Idea for Teaching Students (GIFTS), “Introductory Group Communication Exercise.”

Undergraduate honors student Emily Caylor presented a paper, “Family Communication Patterns and Advice Response Theory: How Emerging Adults View Parental Advice on Money,” as part of the Theodore Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference.

Lecturer Jill Stapleton Bergeron served as vice chair/planner for the Intercultural Communication Division and moved into the chair position. She proceeded from vice chair elect to vice chair for the Instructional Development Division, which includes planning sessions for the 2020 conference.

Other CS News

Distinguished Lecturer Suzy Prentiss’s paper, “Pedagogical Tools in Our Briefcases: Teaching the Business and Professional Communication Course,” with co-author Justin Walton (Cameron University), was published in the Journal of Communication Pedagogy. Click here to read the paper.

Associate Director and William H. Swain Professor Virginia Kupritz has been selected for placement on the Fulbright Specialist roster for the next three years (April 12, 2019 – April 12, 2022). As a result of the placement, she is eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in more than 150 countries.

Congratulations to Brandy Mmbaga on successfully defending her dissertation, “’@ Whoever is Listening’: How Organizations and Its Members Perceive and Use Social Media During Critical Events in the Workplace.” Special thanks to her dissertation committee chair John Haas and her other committee members: Associate Director and William H. Swain Professor Virginia Kupritz, Associate Professor Laura Miller, and Professor Tim Munyon (Department of Management).

The School of Communication Studies inducted 19 members into the Alpha Gamma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society. New members include: Caroline Ambrose, Annie-Europa Ankamah-Asamoah, Chloe Bilbrey, Jessica Black, Isaac Carver, Max Davenport, Jennifer Edwards, Shannon Evans, Ellen C. Henson, Emily Kirk, Regan Lyrek, Hailey Manus, Jennie McBrayer, Olivia Motsay, Allie Norris, Nicole Payne, Ann Marie Simpson, Lilli Tillman, and Darby Wood.

The School of Communication Studies completed its second Smokey Talks speech competition featuring students from CMST 240: Business and Professional Communication. This semester’s event was organized by lecturers Kathy Braun and Lorna Keathley and was judged by more than 900 students enrolled in the course. The top five finishers were: 1. Maxwell Gustafson, 2. Kellie May, 3. Allie Marcom, 4. Nia Myrthil, and 5. Robinson Walsh and Bella Reed. 


Professor Dania Bilal has four projects recently accepted for publication:

  • Paper: “Speaking Out: International Doctoral Students Information Needs, Seeking, Behaviors and Feelings, and Experience During the Process of Applying for Graduate Study,” with co-author doctoral student Li-Min Huang, will be published in Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies.
  • Paper: “Usability of University Recruitment Web Pages from International Doctoral Students’ Perspectives,” with co-author Huang, in Proceedings of the 2019 HCI International Conference.
  • Paper: “User-Centered Survey Designs: Considering Group Membership Effects on Survey Responses,” with co-author doctoral student Kelly Roth (UT Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Lab), in Proceedings of the 2019 HCI International Conference.
  • Poster: “Attitude-Behavior Inconsistency Management Strategies in MTurk Workers: Cognitive Dissonance in Crowdsourcing Participants,” with co-authors doctoral student Katie A. Fritzlin and Professor Michael Olsen (UT Department of Psychology, Social Cognition and Attitudes Lab), in Proceedings of the 2019 HCI International Conference.


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Stuart N. Brotman and doctoral student Shiela Hawkins’ First Amendment Essay, “The Internet’s Enduring Free Speech Legacy,” was published in Journalism History. Click here to read the essay.


April 26

Spring Semester Classes End

April 26

CCI Fac/Staff Meeting, Patrick Auditorium, 9 – 11 AM

April 29

Study Day

May 9

CCI Commencement, TBA, 4 – 6 PM

May 9

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA, 7 – 9 PM

May 27

Memorial Day, UT closed

May 30

Summer Semester starts