Published: Sept. 12, 2017

Juan Ahumada, PhD student, was selected to be a member of the National Communication Association’s Task Force for Community College Connections, just one of two PhD students selected from a large and strong pool of applicants.

Karen Lee Ashcraft, Professor, returns to the Department from a productive sabbatical. Along with Professor Tim Kuhn and Francois Cooren, she published The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism (New York: Routledge). She was lead author with Sara Louise Muhr for the Human Relations essay “Coding Military Command as a Promiscuous Practice? Unsettling the Gender Binaries of Leadership Metaphors”. And she delivered two keynote addresses: “Knowing Diversity by Feel: Affective Methods for Change” at Copenhagen Business School in May; and “Affecting Representation: Gendered Professions as Memes that Move” in London in June.

Joelle Cruz, Assistant Professor, published the essay “Invisibility and Visibility in Alternative Organizing: A Communicative and Cultural Model,” in Management Communication Quarterly.

Lisa Flores, Associate Professor, received the Rose B. Johnson award for the article of the year in the Southern Communication Journal (with CU alum Christy-Dale Sims) for their 2016 article “The Zero-Sum Game of Race and the Strange Familiarity of President Obama.” Lisa was also a seminar leader for the National Communication Association Institute for Faculty Development, held at Denison University this summer.

Larry Frey, Professor, was appointed coeditor (with Patricia Parker) of the University of California Press book series "Communication for Social Justice Activism," and he was reappointed for 2017-2018 as a Communication Research Fellow in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Larry also published (with David Palmer) stimulus and rejoinder essays for the forum "Communication Activism Pedagogy" in Communication Education; and an entry on "Activism and Social Justice (with Kristen Blinne) in the Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Larry was one of 30 scholars featured in Julian Mirivel's book, How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective, and his communication activism pedagogy book was reviewed very favorably in Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal.

Laurie Gries, Assistant Professor, presented an invited workshop titled “Iconographic Tracking” for the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh in May. Upon invitation, she also participated in the ICA 2017 Visual Communication Young Scholars Preconference as a senior scholar. In addition, at ICA Laurie also won a top three paper award from the Visual Communication Division for her paper “Murder Maps: Data Viz and the Fight against Police Brutality.” An interview with Laurie titled “Monkeying Around with New Materialism: An Interview with Laurie Gries” was also published in Rhetoricity.

Jerry Hauser, College Professor of Distinction Emeritus, presented a keynote address, “Publicity, Vernacular Rhetoric, and the Post-Westphalian Public Sphere,” at the Rhetoric Society of Europe conference in Norwich, UK in June.

Ruth Hickerson, Instructor, delivered the keynote address, “Raising Awareness and Removing Barriers: Communication Practices that Foster Inclusion and Engagement,” at the Rockwell Automation on the Move technology and trade expo in Denver, CO.

Danielle Hodge, PhD student, won the Top Paper Award from the African American Communication and Culture Division for her paper, "How Double Consciousness Communicatively Manifests in Ordinary Talk." She also had a second paper accepted by the International and Intercultural Communication Division, “’Pretty Much, Being Black was Being Ghetto’: Examining Communicative Displays of White Supremacy in Ordinary Talk.” And along with Professor Karen Tracy, she saw their co-authored essay published in Discourse and Society: “Judge Discourse Moves that Enact and Endanger Procedural Justice.”

Jody Jahn, Assistant Professor, won a Top-Four Article of the Year Award from the editorial board of Management Communication Quarterly for her 2016 article, “Adapting Safety Ruled in a High Reliability Context: How Wildland Firefighting Workgroups Ventriloquize Safety Rules to Understand Hazards”

Matt Koschmann, Associate Professor, completed the French version of his animated video, What is Organizational Communication? with extensive help from Consuelo Vásquez from Université du Québec à Montréal (one of our visiting scholars from last year).

Tim Kuhn, Professor, lit the fuse on a veritable explosion of published work. He was lead author (with Karen Ashcraft and Francois Cooren) of The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism (New York: Routledge); and coeditor of Counter-Narratives and Organization (also Routledge, with Sanne Frandsen and Marianne Lunholdt). He solo-authored three articles: “Developing a Communicative Imagination Under Contemporary Capitalism: Organizational Communication as a Mode of Explanation” (in Management Communication Quarterly); “Thinking Heuristically: On the Future of CCO Theorizing” (in Blaschke and Schoeneborn, eds., Organization as Communication: Intercontinental Perspectives); and “Communicatively Constituting Organizational Unfolding through Counter-Narrative,” which appeared in his edited volume along with  volume Introduction he also co-authored. Tim also co-authored “Opting (Back) in to Paid Work: A Capitalist, Gendered, Classed, Careerist Analysis, in Hatfield, ed., Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Intersections across Identities, Genders, and Cultures.

Adam Lauver, PhD student, recently completed a book of arts-based scholarship that will be released by independent publisher Plays Inverse in Summer 2018, The Last Thing I'll Ever Write (Part One). Adam also acted this summer in The People's Shakespeare Project's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Lancaster, PA, where he spearheaded an 8-week Shakespeare workshop in Lancaster County Prison, both of which were written up in the Lancaster newspaper. In addition, Adam co-authored an op-ed on prison teaching published in the Boulder Daily Camera, and his prison volunteer work is featured in the inaugural issue of CMCI's new magazine, CMCI Now, along with an excerpt of the op-ed.

Jeff Motter, Instructor, was part of a team at the Kettering Foundation that developed a National Issues Forum discussion guide on food access called Land of Plenty. Jeff also received an advance book contract for a co-authored book with the University of Arkansas Press’ Food and Foodways series entitled Rooted Resistance: The Rhetorical Struggle for Agrarian Place in Modern American Culture. In addition, Jeff was appointed as Co-Chair of the university’s Intergroup Dialogue Working Group this past spring.

Jeanette Musselwhite, PhD student, had a paper accepted for the upcoming National Communication Association convention, "Promoting a Global Classroom Within the Basic Course: Inclusivity Through Pedagogy.”

Tiara Na’puti, Assistant Professor, was an invited delegate from Guåhan (Guam) to lead a workshop on "Decolonization and Economic Autonomy" at the International Network of Women Against Militarism (IWNAM) meeting in Okinawa. She was also interviewed on National Public Radio Guam about Guam's movement for peace and genuine security and local responses to being caught in the nuclear crosshairs of longstanding confrontational rhetoric between North Korea & U.S. leaders.

Phaedra Pezzullo, Associate Professor and Director of Boulder Talks, published (with Catalina M. de Onís) “Rethinking Rhetorical Field Methods on a Precarious Planet” in a special issue on Innovations in Research Methods and Analysis in Communication Monographs; and “Gambling with the Paris Climate Accord Communicates the End of an Era” in the June volume of NCA’s Current Commentary. In June, she was interviewed on Facebook Live by Waylon Lewis on the Walk the Talk Show, which has garnered over 34k views (“What can you do about Paris/Trump/Our World going to Hell in a Handbasket”). Phaedra was also a co-facilitator for a Science Communication Training for the U.S. National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientist, sponsored by NASA and NSF; and she spoke at a public event on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, along with Boulder’s mayor and others in June.

Lydia Reinig, PhD student, had a busy and productive summer. She presented her ongoing research, “Working to Make Public Participation More Meaningful: Insights at the Public Participation Working Group,” and participated in two panel discussions at the New Horizons in the Ethnography of Communication Conference, held in June at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY. Lydia also attended the Conference on Communication and the Environment in Leicester, UK in June, where she and Professor Leah Sprain presented their paper “Designing Public Participation for Climate Action: Navigating Stakeholder Identities, Collective Action, and Scale.” Lydia’s book review of Communicating User Experience: Applying Local Strategies Research to Digital Media Design (Trudy Milburn, editor) has been accepted for publication in Discourse Studies.  In addition, Lydia received a scholarship to attend a two-day symposium, “Energy Democracy: Creating a Research Agenda,” at the University of Utah in July, where she participated in ongoing development of interdisciplinary energy democracy scholarship. Finally, Lydia was selected as graduate student research grant recipient from the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences.  This monetary award supports Lydia’s ongoing research into the transformation of public participation practices during energy system transitions and climate action.  Lydia and Leah Sprain also had their paper accepted for the journal Environmental Communication, Citizens Speaking as Experts: Implications for Deliberative Design.”

Vincent Russell, PhD student, published an article (with Mark Congdon, Jr.), “Long-Term Impacts of Communication Activism Pedagogy: Guiding Principles for Future Research,” in the same forum on Communication Activism Pedagogy that Professor Larry Frey published in. Vincent also had a paper accepted for the upcoming NCA convention, “Communicating for a Democratic Education: Student Reflections on a Justice-Oriented Course,” which is a contender for a top paper award in the Experiential Learning Division.

Bill Shrum, MA Student, was recently one of several members of the Public Participation Working Group presenting their final report to the Boulder City Council in a Strategy session. The presentation was tied to Bill’s Master’s thesis research and concluded a 13-month process with over 30 meetings among group members.

Peter Simonson, Professor, was the 2017 recipient of the College of Media, Communication, and Information’s Payden Award for Faculty Excellence. He also became Department Chair this summer.

Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, was awarded a Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award, given to a select few faculty across the university on the basis of excellence in research—in particular her article, “Communicating Openness in Deliberation,” published in Communication Monographs in 2016. Leah also published (with Laura Black) Deliberative Moments: Understanding Deliberation as an Interactional Accomplishment” (in the Western Journal of Communication); and she and Lydia Reinig had their paper accepted for the journal Environmental Communication, Citizens Speaking as Experts: Implications for Deliberative Design.”

Ted Striphas, Associate Professor, delivered a keynote address, “What is Algorithmic Culture,” in May at the 8th annual Transforming Hollywood conference, held at UCLA and jointly-sponsored by UCLA and USC. The subject of the event, which brought together media scholars and industry professionals, was “The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture.” Together with Larry Grossberg, Ted also published a special editorial on the politics of Trumpism, “There’s Something Happening Here,” on the politics of Trumpism. It appeared in the March/May 2017 issue of Cultural Studies, the journal Ted is now editing.

Bryan Taylor, Professor was lead author (with CU alum Hamilton Bean, Ned O’Gorman, and CU doctoral student Rebecca Rice) of “A Fearful Engine of Power: Conceptualizing the Communication-Security Relationship,” published as the lead article in the Annals of the International Communication Association. Bryan also published the entry “Ethnography” in The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication.

Karen Tracy, Professor, completed a very successful four-year term as Chair of the Department; and she published an essay (with Danielle Hodge) in the journal Discourse and Society: “Judge Discourse Moves that Enact and Endanger Procedural Justice.”