Communication and Media

Communication Studies Faculty Finish Busy Semester of Research

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Communication Studies faculty finished the fall 2011 semester with more than 20 papers and presentations in Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, China, Nigeria,and at the National Communication Association conference in New Orleans.  Their collective research covered communication topics ranging from Chinese parenting styles to a rhetorical analysis of the Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn. Below is a sampling of some of the outstanding work completed by Communication Studies faculty members in fall 2011.

[inset photo: Dr. Joyce Chen presenting at a conference in Fuzhou, China]

Joyce Chen

The Cross-cultural Adaptation Process in Internationally Adoptive Families: A Qualitative Approach.  Key note speaker at the 9th CAFIC International Conference on Intercultural Communication Studies in the Context of Globalization: Theory and Practice June 22-26, 2011, Fuzhou, China. Please refer to the attached picture.

What Journalism was and what Journalism is: Tracing the Evolution of Journalistic Practice over Time. Respondent of the paper session at the National Communication Association Convention, November 17, New Orleans, Louisiana

Voices of Contemporary Chinese Parenting Styles: A Qualitative Approach. On the panel Voices about “Eastern” and “Western” Parenting Styles: The Latest Controversy. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, November 18, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Communication Studies on International Adoption: Voices, Issues, and Impact. Panel organizer and panelist ( at the National Communication Association Convention, November 20, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Victoria DeFrancisco

National Coalition Building Institute annual conference for College and University Affiliates, at Charleston, SC.

Jumgmi Jun

Two presentations at NCA:

"Media Representation of Climate Change in South Korea"

"Communication Strategies for Responding to Racially Discriminatory Messages Among Asian American Women"


Kate Lavelle

At NCA, the organizer and panelist on a panel called: Our Team, Our Voice: Examinations of Media Coverage of Communities and Sports 

Presented a single authored paper called:  "When the Saints Go Marching...: A Rhetorical Analysis of Identification of the 2010 New Orleans Saints"

Also at NCA, attended the American Forensics Association Meetings where I serve on the Executive Council.

Invited to a conference in Salt Lake City, UT in May of 2011.  A Conference on North American Critical Discourse Analysis.  Paper: "Don’t Leave Me This Way”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland"

Christopher Martin

At NCA, presented: "Socioeconomic class and political voice: How the 2012 presidential campaigns hail “the people”

Karen Mitchell

A paper at NCA with Jennifer Cooley: "'Border Crossings': The Risks and Impact of Simulations on Student Facilitators"

Two panels:

"Discovering Voice through Acting, Improv and Performance"

"Performnce Groups, Spaces and Social Practice"

Jayne Morgan

Delivered a 75-minute break-out session at The Way-Up Conference, for Women in Higher Education, in Des Moines on November 3. The talk was titled, "I Heard You the Second Time! (Why Listening Should be Your First Priority)."


Chris Ogbondah

Presented a paper: "Who watches the watchdog? An examination of ethical violations in the African press with special reference to Nigerian mass media," was presented at the "Politics and The Media" session at the 34th Annual Global Studies Conference at The University of Nebraska at Omaha Oct. 6-8

Presentation: "Internationalizing the African University campus: Problems and prospects," at the Cross River University of Science and Technology (CRUTEC), Calabar, Nigeria on November 9.

Book chapter: "Political repression and human rights abuses in Nigeria, 1999-2007," in "Communication, culture, and human rights in Africa."


Cate Palczewski

“When Body Argument Becomes Militant Argument,” presented at the 2011 AFA/NCA Biennial Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT, July 2011.

NCA 2011:

Invited Lead Scholar for the "Voicing Connections, Contradictions, and Possibilities in Social Movement and Counterpublic Theories" Pre-Conference. Presented: "Why I am a Counterpublic Scholar of Social Movement,"

Panelist, “Threading Our Stories: A Communal Exploration of Women's Voices in Academic Debate”

Convention invited Respondent for “Scholar to Scholar: Gender, Race, and Communication in Culturally Diverse Environments”

Presented “The Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn: Rhetoric, Commemoration and Public Memory: The Materialization and Performance of Past and Present Voices”

Convention invited participant in "Scholars Office Hours"