Updates from our all-star professors, researchers and innovators for fall 2019.
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design | Communication | Communication and Society Residential Academic Program | Critical Media Practices
Information Science | Intermedia Arts, Writing and Performance PhD Program | Journalism | Media Studies
Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design
- Instructor Trina Arnett, who specializes in business and marketing analytics and has spent her 28 year career in and around ad agencies, joined the faculty this fall.
- Senior Instructor Mindy Cheval, director of CMCI CommRAP, completed her first year as co-chair of the Boulder Campus Residential Academic Program Council, in which she oversees faculty and staff programming and community building for the 10 campus RAPs.
- Professor of Practice Dawn Doty served as a judge for the prestigious PRWeek Outstanding Student Award and PRSSA Bateman Case Study competition.
- Assistant Professor Jolene Fisher attended the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Toronto, where she presented papers on digital games and democracy in Africa, organizational transparency, and personal influence in public relations. She also co-directed the International Strategic Communication Global Seminar program in Paris.
- Associate Professor Harsha Gangadharbatla completed his year as the chair of two departments: APRD and DCMP. He looks forward to his sabbatical and catching up on his research projects this coming year.
- Associate Professor Glenn Griffin was a keynote speaker in June at the 2019 Catalyst Mastermind Summit for public communicators in San Antonio. He is working on a new book project about advertising’s role in promoting social good.
- Assistant Professor Toby Hopp published scholarly articles on uncivil political communication, online news use and organizational transparency. He also co-directed CU’s Education Abroad program in Paris.
- Instructor of Technology Joseph Labrecque joined the faculty in August. He recently presented a few sessions on collaborative video technologies, creative software and rich media platforms at the Adobe Education Leaders Summit in San Francisco.
- Professor of Practice Dan Ligon, an ATLAS fellow, became the faculty advisor for CU Boulder’s chapter of AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He helped lead CU students to another third-place finish in the 2019 Young Ones One Show competition.
- Associate Professor Kelty Logan presented “Protecting the NRA Brand during a Time of Crisis: A Damage Control Strategy Informed by Social Identity Theory” at the 2019 American Academy of Advertising Conference. The study analyzed NRA advocates’ tweets following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- Assistant Professor Erin Schauster conducted multiple studies on the moral development of media professionals using experiments and interviews with journalists, as well as advertising and public relations practitioners. She presented the results––which will be published in Journalism Practice––at AEJMC Washington, D.C., in 2018, and at AEJMC in Toronto.
- Associate Professor David Slayden is the executive director of the professional master’s degree program in interaction design. Students in the project-based program choose an emphasis in either brand design or experience design.
- Professor Krishnamurthy Sriramesh delivered a keynote address in May at the Communication Forum in Zagreb, Croatia. The third edition of his PRIDE award-winning Global Public Relations Handbook will be released in November 2019. He is guest editing Corporate Communication: An International Journal, published by Emerald.
- Professor Burton St. John, along with Wie Yusuf, published “Perspectives of the Experts and Experienced on Regional Adaptation for Sea Level Rise,” in Coastal Management. His book, Case Studies in Public Relations Strategy, was named one of this year's top publications about PR by Book Authority.
- Visiting Professor Michael Stoner helped lead the Advanced Campaigns class to a third-place finish at District 12’s National Student Advertising Competition. Their Wienerscnitzel campaign, "Dare to Dog," was awarded Best Campaign and Best Plans Book by the American Advertising Federation.
- Professor Seow Ting Lee’s research in strategic communication recently produced two refereed journal articles and three book chapters. She is currently working on research projects focusing on public relations, place branding and public diplomacy, and health communication.
- Assistant Professor Christopher Vargo became the director for an advertising and marketing specialization offered in the Leeds Master's in Business Analytics graduate program, in collaboration with CMCI. He also became editor-in-chief of The Agenda Setting Journal, founded by seminal theorists Donald Shaw and Maxwell McCombs.
- Associate Professor Erin Willis was awarded tenure and attended the AEJMC conference in Toronto, where she presented the paper, "A Crisis in Pictures: Visual Framing of the Opioid Epidemic by the Cincinnati Enquirer." She also published papers in Health Communication and the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.
Associate Professor Glenn Griffin
Associate Professor Kelty Logan
Senior Instructor Sara Jamieson
Communication and Society Residential Academic Program
- Senior Instructor Kendra Gale, associate director of CommRAP, received Payden funding to integrate metacognitive learning practices into her first-year courses. She was selected as a CMCI inclusive pedagogy ambassador and is developing the first consumer insights course to be taught in London in May 2020.
- Instructor Sara Jamieson assumed the faculty founding director role of the Connections: CMCI Summer Academy for high school students. Over the summer, she enjoyed reconnecting with her field research site in Colombia.
- Associate Professor John Ackerman helped to design and deliver the first city-based, applied rhetoric project for the Rhetoric Society of America. He also delivered the soon to be published keynote address, premised on city and campus fieldwork and data analysis.
- Professor Karen Ashcraft launched initiatives as CMCI's new associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion. She published research on "the feel of difference" at work and presented keynote and plenary talks on the "inclusion turn" in workplace diversity discourse at international universities and conferences.
- Associate Professor David Boromisza-Habashi continued his work with the For Digital Dignity Project, a five-year research endeavor that seeks to identify both extreme online speech and its potential accountability measures. He is also investigating how American-style public speaking is spreading around the world.
- Assistant Professor Joelle Cruz received the 2019 CGSA Mentor of Excellence Award at CU Boulder. She also received the 2018 Outstanding Article award from the Organizational Communication Division at the National Communication Association and the 2019 Outstanding Article award at the International Communication Association.
- Associate Professor Lisa Flores had a book and an essay accepted for publication. She also delivered a keynote address and continued her role as the book review editor for the Quarterly Journal of Speech and the forum editor for Women’s Studies in Communication.
- Professor Larry Frey published chapters on applied communication and sexual fantasy communication. His communication activism perspective was featured in a communication theory textbook. He also gave nine convention and university presentations and directed an undergraduate honors conference paper.
- Assistant Professor Laurie Gries published “Writing to Assemble Publics: Making Writing Activate, Making Writing Matter," in February's issue of College Composition and Communication. She also presented a keynote at the Critical Visualities 2019 conference, and led the workshop, Visual Material Rhetorics in the City, for Rhetoric Society of America. Her co-authored essay, “The Racial Politics of Circulation,” was accepted for publication in Rhetoric Review.
- Senior Instructor Ruth Hickerson is the faculty director for Pathways to Excellence, CMCI's summer bridge program. She is focused on retention and persistence among first-generation students, students with learning differences, nontraditional students, students experiencing economic hardship and students otherwise underrepresented on campus.
- Assistant Professor Jody Jahn received a 2018 CU Provost Faculty Achievement Award. She is partnering with local wildland urban interface neighborhoods to better understand how residents communicate with their neighbors about wildfire danger and encourage each other to take preventive measures.
- Associate Professor Matt Koschmann was a 2018 Fulbright Scholar and visiting researcher at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines studying housing resettlement projects. He is also co-principal investigator on a new three-year National Science Foundation grant studying housing reconstruction in the Philippines and Puerto Rico following natural disasters.
- Professor Tim Kuhn is beginning his second year as chair of CMCI Faculty Council and co-published an organizational communication textbook with Dennis Mumby of the University of North Carolina. He continues his line of scholarship, which argues for treating organizing and communicating as far messier than we typically understand.
- Senior Instructor Jeff Motter worked with undergraduate students to organize the biggest TEDxCU event yet, which was attended by over 750 people. His co-authored book, Rooted Resistance: The Rhetorical Struggle for Agrarian Place in Modern American Culture, has been accepted for publication with the University of Arkansas Press.
- Assistant Professor Tiara Na’puti spoke at the United Nations last October to petition for Guam's/Guåhan's decolonization. She was also awarded a Waterhouse Family Institute research grant to collaborate with indigenous communities responding to U.S. militarization and environmental justice in the Mariana Islands archipelago.
- Associate Professor Phaedra C. Pezzullo won the 2019 campuswide Green Faculty Sustainability Award for her service work advocating for a just transition and creative climate communication. She also gave a keynote at the Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs Sustainability Conference.
- Scholar-in-Residence Lori Poole joined the faculty in fall 2019. She has a specialty in organizational communication.
- Assistant Professor Natasha Shrikant co-edited a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, a flagship journal in its field that focuses on language's role in understanding race, ethnicity and culture. She is starting a new project analyzing discourses surrounding refugees and immigration.
- Professor Peter Simonson continued his role as department chair, meeting alumni and working with colleagues across CMCI. He was a faculty fellow for the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy, whose annual theme was rhetoric and truth, and spoke at a conference on media, art and borders in Windsor, Ontario.
- Instructor Christy Sims joined the department in June as its director of online programs. She is also facilitating the rollout of the department's online degree completion program in collaboration with Continuing Education.
- Senior Instructor Jamie Skerski continues to work on building community around the undergraduate program in her role as associate chair of undergraduate studies. Her new course, Communication, Culture and Sport, is part of CMCI's new sports media minor.
- Associate Professor Leah Sprain completed a yearlong sabbatical, during which she pursued her collaborative work with the city of Boulder and its sustainable energy initiatives.
- Associate Professor Ted Striphas became editor-in-chief of Cultural Studies, the field's flagship journal. He is entering his final year as associate chair of graduate studies and is completing work on his book, Algorithmic Culture.
- Professor Bryan Taylor published the co-edited Routledge Handbook of Communication and Security and concluded his five-year term as faculty director of the campus Peace, Conflict, and Security certificate program. He also designing a course on organizational culture for the online Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.
- Associate Professor Cindy White associate dean for undergraduate curriculum and programs, has been involved in campus initiatives to improve student success and retention. She also was a member of the review team for the Communication, New Media and Journalism study abroad program in Seville, Spain.
Assistant Professor Joelle Cruz
Associate Professor Matthew Koschmann
Assistant Professor Tiara Na’puti
- Associate Professor Reece Auguiste presented a paper on African archives and multimedia arts and conducted a seminar on the essay film and African documentary practice at the University of Witwatersrand's RE-Framing Africa: Restructuring the Self conference in South Africa. He presented work in the OnFilm series at the University of Rochester, and a paper on co-creation in documentary film practices at the University of Southern California's Visible Evidence XXVI conference.
- Assistant Professor Betsey Biggs returned from Greenland where she recorded climate change images and sounds for her music film, MELT: The Memory of Ice, funded by a de Castro Award, the Graduate Center for the Arts and Humanities and crowd-sourced donations. She also earned a CHA Faculty Fellowship through the Center for Humanities and the Arts and performed laptop improv at Musical Ecologies in New York City.
- Instructor Patrick Clark is collaborating with mental health researchers at CU Anschutz to produce mindfulness exercises using virtual reality. This fall, he's presenting at conferences for Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology, the Broadcast Education Association and the Oral History Association. His series of microcopy images, Micro / Graph, was featured in the Over and Understories exhibition at the Boulder Public Library.
- Instructor Eric Coombs Esmail, director of the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media, along with the center's Associate Director and Instructor Christian Hammons, premiered the short documentary Messengers at the IFS Los Angeles Film Festival and began production on a new feature documentary funded in part by the Center for Humanities and the Arts and the de Castro Award. Their short film Lemonade screened at the Lone Star Film Festival and other venues. They also contributed to a successful Research and Innovation Office Seed Grant for the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media.
- Assistant Professor Erin Espelie co-faculty director of the Nature, Environment, Science and Technology Studio for the Arts (NEST), co-curated the exhibit Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present, and Future) at the CU Art Museum. She also had solo film shows in London, Montreal and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was featured in Sublimity as Document, published in 2019 (Oxford University Press).
- Associate Professor Tara Knight, co-faculty director of NEST, screened her new short animation, Unsettled, at festivals in Ottawa, London, Montreal, Zagreb, Croatia; and Annecy, France. The film received a Director's Choice Award as part of the touring program for the 2019 Black Maria Film Festival exhibiting across the U.S.
- Scholar-in-Residence Hugh Lobel released MSDP: a free, open-source platform for multimedia synthesis, design and performance. He presented workshops on the software at two conferences: SEAMUS Berklee and MOXSonic at the University of Central Missouri. He also composed and performed a collaboration with Artist-in-Residence Chrissy Nelson at The Current faculty showcase concert, and performed with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra.
- Scholar-in-Residence Jorge Perez-Gallego presented work at the Colorado Creative Summit and in The Hopper Magazine and curated NEST-sponsored exhibitions for Steamboat Creates, SEEC and the Boulder Public Library. His science education collaboration earned funding from the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program.
- Professor Teri Rueb, department chair, presented a workshop and research talk at the University of Brighton and is developing a mobile app to elaborate on the scaled solar system with Fiske Planetarium. She also contributed to a successful Research and Innovation Office Seed Grant for the Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media.
- Instructor Jason Sanford continues to invent, record with and perform using his unique sculptural musical instruments. His 12th studio album is in the works, and an interview with him was recently featured on Bandcamp Daily.
- Assistant Professor Stephanie Spray is in post-production for her film, Edge of Time, which was awarded a Sundance Institute and Science Sandbox grant. She is in production for another film, Patagonia Park, which won a Catapult Film Fund grant. She also contributed a chapter to the Routledge Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video (2020).
- Instructor Andrew Young presented his project, “'Dark Tourism' and Rwandan Media Industries: Promoting Nation and the Mythology of Memory," at the national 2019 APCA/ACA Conference. He is currently working on his book project exploring discourse in contemporary Rwandan media.
Assistant Professor Betsey Biggs
- Assistant Professor Danielle Albers Szafir models how people interpret visual information to create more effective visualization systems, including interactive machine learning and augmented reality applications funded by the NSF, U.S. Air Force, and industry partners.
- Professor William Aspray is co-editing a book on informational aspects of where to live in America, while he also continues to write about fake facts.
- Associate Professor Lecia Barker is studying the information and information sources that persuade computer science faculty to try out new teaching practices. She is also studying computing undergraduate students' sense of belonging and professional identity.
- Assistant Professor Jed Brubaker is working to make the internet a kinder place. Along with his students in the Identity Lab, he is researching ways to humanize algorithms and combat bias, create safer online spaces, design for our digital afterlives and support marginalized groups through projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Facebook and Mozilla.
- Professor Robin Burke is serving as department chair. He studies recommender systems and other personalized information systems, with the aim of improving their ability to serve multiple stakeholders, deliver fair and diverse outcomes, and provide transparency to end users and others.
- Assistant Professor Laura Devendorf is creating a series of woven fabrics and design tools that integrate craft and technology. Her Unstable Design Lab students are creating new techniques to engage personal data as well as programs for recycling textiles with embedded circuitry.
- Assistant Professor Casey Fiesler and her students in the Internet Rules Lab are conducting research related to technology ethics, ethics education and creating safer online communities, with support from the NSF and Mozilla.
- Assistant Professor Brian Keegan and his students are conducting research on news applications in conversational interfaces, using online gaming data to understand team decision-making, building "family trees" of online subcommunities, and the role of data science in the cannabis industry.
- Professor Leysia Palen examines how weather hazard risk communication is conducted between the public and authorities over information and communication technology. She and her students partner with NCAR and NOAA, and are funded by the NSF.
- Assistant Professor Michael Paul recently published a book about how data science and social media can solve new problems in public health.
- Assistant Professor Ricarose Roque directs the Creative Communities research group, which designs and studies ways to engage youth and families in inclusive and creative learning experiences with computing. The group is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Office of Outreach and Community Engagement at CU.
- Scholar-in-Residence Roshanna P. Sylvester is a historian of childhood in the early space age. Her research project, A Sky Full of Stars, features letters by Soviet and American kids to the first astronauts and cosmonauts. She publishes for scholarly and public audiences, and is working on a planetarium show.
- Assistant Professor Amy Voida is studying the role of data and technology in the nonprofit sector—including the demands of big data aggregation in human service organizations, the challenges and benefits of crowdfunding for charities, and framing strategies for data in advocacy work.
- Assistant Professor Stephen Voida is studying, designing and evaluating personal informatics and collaboration technologies in a variety of challenging use contexts, including the management of chronic health conditions like bipolar disorder and in distributed digital humantarian networks.
- Instructor Jason Zietz is interested in teaching various aspects of computing and how computational systems can be designed to support personal and societal well-being.
Assistant Professor Laura Devendorf
Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance PhD Program
- Professor Mark Amerika founding director of IAWP, was featured in several international art exhibitions. His commissioned artwork, Crapshoot, was included in the exhibition Writing the History of the Future at the ZKM | Karlsruhe Museum of Contemporary Art, and his work of net art, GRAMMATRON, was included in the exhibition Web-Retro at the Seoul Museum of Art.
- Associate Professor Lori Emerson is working on two book projects, including The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies and Other Networks. She serves as founding director of the Media Archaeology Lab, and recently co-organized a symposium at CU Boulder called What is a Feminist Lab, which featured seven renowned feminist scholars/artists with extensive experience in labs.
- Instructor Jared Bahir Browsh's essay on American nationalism in the World Cup is scheduled to be released in the book, Nationhood, Nationalism, and Sport in December 2019.
- Associate Professor Angie Chuang received an IMPART fellowship to research news coverage of the Trump administration’s proposed 2020 Census citizenship question. The chapter will be part of her forthcoming book, American Otherness. Chuang's essay, “The Listening Post and the Chicken Truck,” appeared in Reporting Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity, published in March (Taylor & Francis).
- Senior Instructor Paul Daugherty led students in his Art of Visual Storytelling class to contribute pieces to the Water Desk, part of a new initiative by the Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ). He also packaged student video projects to air on CPT-12, a PBS station in Denver.
- Assistant Professor Patrick Ferrucci published several research articles, which he spoke about with the Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, CPR and other outlets. He is completing a book on nonprofit journalism, and a project on the intersection of democracy, social media and journalism. He is also faculty director of CMCI's recently launched sport media minor.
- Senior Instructor Steve Jones, assistant dean for student success, entered his fifth decade teaching at CU Boulder and his third overseeing Buff Sports Live, which was formerly CU Sports Magazine.
- Associate Professor Hun Shik Kim's, who researches broadcast journalism and war and conflict reporting, recently published journal articles and book chapters on journalism and public diplomacy. He is currently researching electoral debates in South Korea and ongoing relations between the U.S. and North Korea, including political summits and the prospects of denuclearization processes.
- Assistant Professor Christine Larson's research on women authors of color was published in a new book, Voices: Exploring the Shifting Contours of Communication, published by the International Communication Association. Her chapter, “The Color of Romance: Gatekeeping in the Age of Digital Media,” explored underrepresentation among fiction authors of color.
- Professor Michael McDevitt completed his book: Where Ideas Go to Die: Journalism, Anti-intellectualism, and the Decline of American Democracy. It will be published by Oxford University Press in spring 2020.
- Instructor Chuck Plunkett, director of CU News Corps, published columns in The Colorado Sun, presented a TEDxMileHigh talk on the importance of local news, and spoke with national and international outlets. He's developing a fact checker for Colorado media and collaborating with the Colorado Media Project to advance support of public funding for local news.
- Scholar-in-residence Hillary Rosner joined the faculty this fall and is interested in environmental journalism.
- Associate Professor Kathleen M. Ryan's book, Pin Up! The Subculture, is slated to be published in late 2019. She also completed chapters for The Handbook of Visual Communication and The Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video.
- Associate Professor Elizabeth Skewes is department chair, as well as interim chair of the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design. Her book proposal about media coverage of school shootings, which she will work on with a PhD student, was selected for a contract by AEJMC and Peter Lang Publishing through the competitive Scholarsourcing project. She also continues to work with colleagues on the efficacy of immersive storytelling methods.
- Assistant Professor Ross Taylor's project on at-home pet euthanasia was published worldwide and viewed by millions. It was also featured on the cover of Visual Communication Journal and received a de Castro Award for his continued work on the human-animal bond.
- Professor Jan Whitt won the Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, which honors a female faculty member in the CU system. Whitt published Untold Stories, Unheard Voices: Truman Capote and In Cold Blood (Mercer University Press).
- Professor Tom Yulsman, director of the CEJ, helped secure a $750,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish an independent news organization focusing on Western water issues. Since its establishment at CMCI’s CEJ, the Water Desk provides opportunities for students, grants for journalists and support for news organizations.
Associate Professor Angie Chuang
Instructor Jared Bahir Browsh
Associate Professor Kathleen M. Ryan
- Associate Professor Shu-Ling Chen Berggreen is continuing her research into media’s mythic storytelling in the conceptualization and commodification of tea.
- Professor Andrew Calabrese, associate dean for graduate programs and research, taught a graduate seminar on media, culture and society at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in May. He’s producing the documentary film Grain Changers about the emergence of local and regional grain economies, is on the board of the Flatirons Food Film Festival, and is a founding board member of the Colorado Grain Chain, a new nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding a statewide heritage grain economy.
- Associate Professor Nabil Echchaibi, founding chair and associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture (CMRC), organized a seminar with scholars in media and religious studies in Morocco in June. His article, "(B)orders of Immobility: Politics of Movement and Poetics of the Frontier" will be published later this year.
- Instructor Steven Frost continued his interdisciplinary textile research as Unstable Design Lab's resident artist. He was selected for next summer's PlatteForum's residency program and is part of a fall 2020 exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Frost was also recently appointed as a library commissioner for Boulder.
- Professor Stewart Hoover, director of CMRC, co-directed a research seminar in conjunction with the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco in June. It brought together leading media and religion scholars to consider the cultural politics of religious expression.
- Associate Professor Polly McLean delivered 14 public talks on her new book. She was also elected co-chair of the CU system's Faculty Council Women’s Committee.
- Professor Janice Peck wrote a chapter, “Historical Approaches to Media and Communication Studies,” for Handbook of Media and Communication Research (Klaus Bruhn Jensen, ed.). She is working with former doctoral advisees Anne Subijanto and Brice Nixon on a project about the contributions of Raymond Williams to media studies.
- Instructor Samira Rajabi is returning to Boulder to assume her new position in the Department of Media Studies. She just completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication in Philadelphia.
- Assistant Professor Sandra Ristovska published four articles and chapters and delivered four conference papers and invited talks. The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights hosted the launch of her book, Visual Imagery and Human Rights Practice. Her latest book, Seeing Human Rights: Video Activism as a Proxy Profession, is supported by a de Castro Award.
- Assistant Professor Nathan Schneider is a recipient of an Open Society Foundations Fellowship as well as a CU Boulder Research and Innovation Seed Grant for the new Media Enterprise Design Lab, which he founded last year.
- Associate Professor Rick Stevens' second edition of Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The Evolution of a National Icon was published in October. In July, he delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Paramount Science Fiction Film Festival in Abilene, Texas.
- Professor Michael Tracey continued to work on a book of essays dealing with reading, literacy and culture. He is also penning a long essay with the working title, “Tribe.”
- Scholar-in-Residence Hunter Vaughan published his book, Hollywood's Dirtiest Secret with Columbia University Press. He served as co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Media and was Co-PI on a global AHRC grant to develop a green media production network.
Instructor Steven Frost
Associate Professor Polly McLean
Associate Professor Rick Stevens