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Faculty and Students Win Honors and Elected to Offices at NCA Annual Convention
Faculty and Students Win Honors and Elected to Offices at NCA Annual Convention

UPDATE, Nov. 22, 2017:

The following awards were presented to SC&I-affiliated faculty, students and alumni at the 2017 NCA convention:

Alumna Lora Appel Ph.D ’16 was awarded the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, an NCA Scholarship Award.

Alumna Maggie Boyraz, Ph.D. ’17, whose dissertation was recently completed here in the department, won the outstanding Dissertation Award from the Group Communication Division.

 Professor Marya Doerfel took over as vice chair and program planner for the Organizational Communication Division.

Research Professor Alexa Hepburn was installed as the new Chair and Galina Bolden as the Immediate Past Chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division.

 Director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication and Assistant Teaching Professor Brian Householder was elected chair of the Communication Assessment Division.

 Professor Laurie Lewis won for best-edited book in the Applied Communication Division.

 Professors Craig Scott and Laurie Lewis won the 2017 Outstanding Edited Book Award from the Organizational Communication Division for The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication.

 Professor and Chair of the Communication Department Craig Scott was part of a special “legacy” panel featuring lead authors of the most cited 20th century Article of the Year winners in organizational communication.

 Ph.D. Student Inyoung Shin (sole author) – was awarded the Top Student Paper in Human Communication and Technology Division. 


SC&I faculty, students and alumni will be traveling to sunny Dallas, Texas next week to present at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) convention, titled “The NCA 103rd Annual Convention: Our Legacy, Our Relevance,” being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from Nov. 16 – 19, 2017. Preconferences will be held on Nov. 15.

This year, 35 people representing SC&I will participate in over 24 presentations and panels. Others will be helping run division meetings or taking part in the association’s legislative assembly. SC&I is also sponsoring or a key part of several exciting events at the convention.

One of the pre-conferences, titled "PC10: Our Legacy, Our Relevance: Breaking Down Privilege Using Communication Theory to Build Frameworks that Support Inclusion," which was organized by Professor Marya Doerfel and will include Associate Professor Bernadette Gailliard and Associate Professor Vikki Katz as panelists, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City View 8, Fourth Floor, in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

According to the NCA website, the pre-conference will address “Issues of inclusion and exclusion that have emerged as a major challenge facing organizations and institutions as both society and the workforce become more diverse. The recent U.S. election has brought these issues even more to the forefront. While academics and policymakers have made strides in valuing diversity and providing more equal opportunities to workers of different race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation, debates continue over policies and practices designed to promote inclusion. This pre-conference aims to bring communication experts together to present and challenge the way their particular topic addresses issues of organizing and communication processes that drive inclusion and exclusion.”

On Thursday, Nov. 16, SC&I will take part in the NCA Graduate School Open House, which will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at SC&I’s booth (# 325) in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton. This fair is an opportunity to highlight both our interdisciplinary doctoral program and the Master of Communication and Media (MCM) Program.

On Friday, Nov. 17, SC&I’s Department of Communication will host a reception from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. at Wild Salsa, located a few blocks from the Sheraton at 1800 Main Street. Current faculty/students and alums are encouraged to come by starting at 6 p.m. The annual reception provides an opportunity to network with other faculty, potential job applicants, students interested in our programs, and members of NCA leadership

Below is a list of SC&I-affiliated presenters and presentations. For more information, please check the NCA website.

Pre-Conference: Wednesday, November 15

9 a.m. ­– 5 p.m. Sheraton – City View 8 – Fourth Floor.  "PC10: Our Legacy, Our Relevance: Breaking Down Privilege Using Communication Theory to Build Frameworks that Support Inclusion.” Pre-conference organized by Marya Doerfel. Bernadette Gailliard and Vikki Katz will present.

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sheraton- City View 2 – Fourth Floor. “Contemporary Leadership and Conflict Management: An Integration of Research and Practice in Training and Development.” Pre-Conference Workshop. Ralph A. Gigliotti.


Thursday, November 16

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “‘Okay Okay Okay, Now the Video is On’: An Analysis of Young Children’s Orientations to the Video Camera in Recordings of Family Interactions.” Sarah Barriage and Darcey Searles.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “‘Do You Wanna Do the Tree’ versus ‘Let’s Play Freeze Dance’: Format Differences in Recruitments to Co-Participate in Play Activities.” Darcey Searles.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sheraton – City View 2 – Fourth Floor. “Liquid Labor: Urban Survival in the Information Economy.” Jessica K. Crowell.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sheraton – Majestic 4 – 37th Floor (Center Tower). “‘Enjoying the Here and Now’: A Content Analysis of Older Adult Generated Messages to Promote Strength and Balance Exercise Among Peers.” Danielle Catona, Kathryn Greene.

Friday, November 17

8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Sheraton – Dallas Ballroom – First Floor. “A Thematic Analysis of the Communicative Challenges Faced by Romantic Partners of Military Service Members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Jennifer Theiss, Allyson Bontempo, Deborah Yoon.

8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Sheraton - Austin 1 – Second Floor. “Conversation Analysis Data Session.” Galina Bolden, Alexa Hepburn, Jenny Mandelbaum, Johnathan Potter.

8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Sheraton – Majestic 2 – 37th Floor (Center Tower). “Building on a Legacy of Action.” Betty Turock.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sheraton, Chaparral - 38th Floor (Center Tower). Crisis Leadership in Higher Education: Considerations and Implications for Training and Development.” Ralph A. Gigliotti.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sheraton – Remington – Fourth Floor. “Assessment Best Practices: Pedagogy, Industry Councils, Data Analysis, and Rubric.” Stacy Smulowitz, Nikolaos Linardopoulos.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “Subversive Completions in Interaction.” Galina Bolden, Alexa Hepburn, Jonathan Potter.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Majestic Sheraton - 1 – 37th Floor (Center Tower). “Disclosing Health Information to my Spouse Versus my Doctor: What’s the Difference?” Maria Checton, Kathryn Greene, Danielle Catona.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton - Majestic 9 – 37th Floor (Center Tower). “Innovative Teaching: Enriching the Online Learning Environment.” Nikolaos Linardopoulos*.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Lone Star Ballroom – Second Floor (Conference Center). “13. Serendipitous Encounters of Urban Places Through the Digital Eyes: Preliminary Findings from a Qualitative Outdoor Mobile Eye-Tracking Study on Urban Dwellers’ Perception of Urban Public Space.” Weixu Lu.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “Self-Service Occasioned Offers at the Family Dinner Table.” Jenny Mandelbaum, Darcey Searles, Wan Wei, Kaicheng Zhan.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Dallas Ballroom D2 – First Floor (Conference Center). “Legacy and Relevance in Organizational Communication: Insights from 20th Century ‘Article of the Year’ Authors.” Craig R. Scott.

2 p.m. –  3:15 p.m. Sheraton – Houston C – Third Floor (Conference Center). “Social Media and Cultivation: Assessing Awareness of Network Life Events and its Relationship to Belief in a Just World.” Inyoung Shin.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “The Organization of Openings in Korean Dental Visits.” Song Hee Park.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. –Sheraton – Austin 1 – Second Floor. “Concern Presentation in Traditional Chinese Medicine.” Wan Wei.

Saturday, November 18

9:30 a.m. –  10:45 a.m. Sheraton – Austin 3 – Second Floor. “The Indiepocalypse: The Political Economy of Independent Game Development Labor in Contemporary Indie Markets.” Nadav Lipkin.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sheraton- Remington – Fourth Floor. “Activism and Social Justice Pedagogy in Study Abroad Courses: Rethinking Communication Paradigms in the Global South.” Regina Marchi.

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sheraton – Remington – Fourth Floor. “Media and Struggles for Democracy in Central America: Guatemala as A Case Study in Social Justice Pedagogy.” Regina Marchi.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sheraton – Dallas Ballroom A2 – First Floor (Conference Center). “Relational Turbulence and Perceptions of Partner Support During Reintegration after Military Deployment.” Jennifer Theiss.

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sheraton – City View 2 – Fourth Floor. “Rapid Institutional Change: The Case of Professional Newsworkers, 2010-2015.” Allie Kosterich, Matthew Weber.

Sunday, November 19

8 a.m. –  9:15 a.m. Sheraton – Live Oak – Second Floor. “The Opportunities and Challenges of Communication Technology for Group Communication Scholarship.” Maggie Boyraz, Katie Kyungwon Kang.

8 a.m. –  9:15 a.m. Sheraton – City View 2 – Fourth Floor. “Expanding Narrative-world: Activating Imagination, Memories, and Attachment.” Thiam Huat Kam.

8 a.m. –  9:15 a.m. Sheraton - Majestic 3 - 37th Floor (Center Tower). “The Public Relations Ecosystem: Transforming Environmental Communication, 1962-2016.” Melissa Aronczyk.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Sheraton – Majestic 8 – 37th Floor (Center Tower). “Comparing Enacted and Perceived Parental Communication as Predictors of Adolescents’ Emotion Regulation in Families with Alcoholic versus NonAlcoholic Parents.” Marie Haverfield, Jennifer Theiss.











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