Published: Sept. 1, 2016


David Boromisza-Habashi was tenured and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

Monica Carroll was promoted from Academic Scheduling & Student Services to Office Manager of the Communication Department.

Matt Koschmann was tenured and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

Matt Laszewski was promoted from Graduate Program Assistant for Communication to Graduate Programs Manager for CMCI.

Pete Simonson was promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor.

Summer Activities

Bob Craig, Professor Emeritus, presented a keynote address, titled, Traditions of Communication Theory and the Potential for East-West Dialogue. to the ICA Postconference, “Theory as Power vs. Power as Theory in Communication and Media Studies,” Renmin University of China, Beijing, June 14, 2016. He also published a chapter, “La teoría práctica de la comunicación basada en la experiencia empírica” (M. A. Rebeil Corella, trans) that appeared in M. A. Rebeil Corella & R. del Prado Flores (Coordinadores), De la teoría a la práctica: Procesos de comunicación para los problemas nacionales, pp. 69-82). Centro de Investigación para la Comunicación Aplicada de la Facultad de Comunicación, Universidad Anáhuac, México.

Joelle Cruz, Assistant Professor, has several publications that are in press: (1) “Following traces: An organizational ethnography in the midst of trauma,” forthcoming in Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management; (2) Cruz, J., Okoh, T., Gooden, A., Spates, K., Elue, C., & Rousseau, N.  (in press). “The Ekwe collective: Black feminist praxis” to appear in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research; and (3)  Broadfoot, K., J., Munshi, D., & Cruz, J.  "Translating agency: Rewriting the narratives of organizational communication” in Boris H.J.M. Brummans (Ed.). The agentive dynamics of organizations (The “Work”). New York, NY: Routledge. 

David Boromisza-Habashi, Associate Professor, received a top paper award for “What we need is communication, done well: Vernacular globalization in Hungarian citizens’ assessments of political ‘communication,’ which was presented at the ICA Language and Social Interaction Division in Fukuoka, Japan, and will receive a top paper award for “Making Fear My Bitch: Students’ Narratives of Self-Transformation in the Public Speaking Course,” coauthored with Lydia Reinig, PhD student, at the upcoming NCA in the Basic Course division.

Lisa Flores, Associate Professor published two papers: (1) A lead essay,  “Between abundance and marginalization: the imperative of racial rhetorical criticism” in the Review of Communication, 16:1, 4-24; and  (2) a paper co-authored with Christy-Dale Sims, PhD graduate, “The Zero-Sum Game of Race and the Familiar Strangeness of President Obama,” Southern Communication Journal 81:4, 206-222.  

Larry Frey, Professor, edited a special issue with K. M Carragee on “Communication activism research: Engaged communication scholarship for social justice” in  International Journal of Communication, 10, 3975–4033.  This special issue contained two chapter by Professor Frey: (1) Carragee, K. M., & Frey, L. R. (2016). Communication activism research: Engaged communication scholarship for social justice. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3975–3999. (2) Frey, L. R., & Carragee, K. M. (2016). Seizing the social justice opportunity: Communication activism research at a politically critical juncture. International Journal of Communication, 10, 4027–4033. 

Laurie Gries, Assistant Professor, acted as a visual expert at the ICA-Visual Communication Division-Young Scholars conference in Fukouka, Japan. She also gave a keynote titled “Complicating the Boundaries of Composition and Cultural Rhetoric through Innovative Research” at the 2016 CCR Spring Writing Retreat at Syracuse University. In addition, she was a featured speaker at the 50th Anniversary Dartmouth Conference on College Writing, where she gave a talk “Doing Visual Research in the Digital Age.” Her co-edited collection, Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric, was put under contract at Utah State University Press.

Jody Jahn, Assistant Professor, has an upcoming NCA paper, "A model of communicative and hierarchical foundations of high reliability organizing" which is receiving a Top Paper Award in the Organizational Communication Division.

Matt Koschmann, Associate Professor, published several papers this summer, including (1) The communicative accomplishment of collaboration failure. Journal of Communication, 66, 409-432; (2) Economic sectors as discursive resources for civil society collaboration. Communication Quarterly, 64(4), 410-433; (3) A communication perspective on organizational stakeholder relationships: Discursivity, relationality, and materiality. Communication Research and Practice, 2(3), 1-25. (4)  coauthored with Nick Burk, PhD student Accomplishing authority in collaborative work. Western Journal of Communication, 80(4), 393-413. (5) Coauthored with J. Wanberg, Assessing the effectiveness of collaborative interorganizational networks through client communication. Communication Research Reports, 33(3), 253-258. Matt also ran a workshop for the Office of Contracts and Grants, which was enthusiastically praised by the Assistant Vice Chancellor.

Tim Kuhn, Professor, gave a talk at the Department of Management, Aalto University in Helsinki, entitled Speculative value: The communicative constitution of authority in a high-tech startup accelerator.  He also published a book chapter and article this summer:  (1) coauthored with Rennstam, “Expertise as a practical accomplishment among objects and values” in J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds.), Where Is Expertise?: Communication and Organizing in the Information Age (pp. 25-43). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; and coauthored with Jamie McDonald, recent PhD graduate, “Occupational branding for diversity: Managing discursive contradictions” in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44, 101-117. 

Adam Lauver, PhD student, contributed to a workshop led by Stephen Hartnett with the Denver Reception and Diagnosis Center and the Colorado Correctional Center producing “Captured Words/Free Thoughts” a testimonial booklet of poems, stories, and letters from inside America’s prisons. 

Jeff Motter, Instructor, was interviewed in the Denver Post for a ballot initiative that Coloradoans will face this year. The title of  the article was “’Dying with dignity’ versus doctor-assisted suicide; Ballot initiative sets off language battle.”

Katie Peters, PhD student, published a book review of François Cooren's 2015 book, Organizational Discourse: Communication and Constitution in the International Journal of Communication, 10, 2740-2743.

Phaedra Pezzullo, Associate Professor, published: “Afterword: Decentralizing and Regenerating the Field,” in Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez, and Robert Glenn Howard, Eds., Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method. Penn State University Press, 2016, pp. 177-188, and “Unearthing the Marvelous: Environmental Imprints in Rhetorical Criticism,” Review of Communication, 16.1: 25-42. Special issue on the state of the field. Eds., Jeffrey A. Bennett & Charles E. Morris III. (2016, June).  In addition, she also received a small seed grant from the University of Colorado Boulder Outreach and Community Engagement Interdisciplinary Group Award to help launch a new and ongoing partnership. BoulderTalks, PWR, and Environmental Studies at CU-Boulder, all of whom  are working with the Shed on an education and engagement campaign in Boulder about local food. This is a multimedia food-literacy campaign which is an outreach program with high school art teachers and more. She also worked with Rebecca Avalos, PhD student, to organize three supersessions at NCA, which are titled: “Communication’s Civic Callings: Engaging Environmental Crises & Imagining a More Viable World.”

Lydia Reinig, PhD student, and Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, published a chapter, “Cultural discourses of public engagement: Insights for energy system transformation”. in J. Goodwin (Ed.), Confronting the challenges of public participation: Issues in environmental, planning, and health decision-making. Proceedings of a symposium at Iowa State University,  pp. 167-188. Ames, IA: Science Communication Project.

Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, published (1) “Terms for communication in Nicaraguan meetings”. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.) The handbook of cross-cultural communication, pp. 261-272. New York: Taylor & Francis; and (2) with couthors B van Over and E.L. Morgan, “Divergent meanings of participation: Two ethnographies of communication in water governance”. In T. R. Peterson, H. Bergeå, A. Feldpausch-Parker, and K. Raitio (Eds.) Environmental communication and community: Constructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation, pp. 259-266. New York: Routledge. Professor Sprain also is a PI on a 2-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create, validate, and test a new paradigm for design of concrete mixtures that optimize for sustainability and resilience. Leah will be supporting design workshops with practitioners and users, and using this interaction as research on risk communication and environmental communication.

Ted Striphas, Associate Professor, keynoted the Literature Between Paper and Pixels Conference at Aarhus University, Denmark. His talk was entitled, "Key-words in Literary Publishing: Reflections on the Late Age of Print." He also published a chapter entitled "Culture" in Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture, edited by Benjamin Peters and published by Princeton University Press. 

Karen Tracy, Professor, and Mary Caron, 2016 MA graduate, published the article, “How the language style of small-claims court judges does ideological work” in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology” It is currently available at Online First.

Kathryn Zyskowski, Spring 2016 Communication graduate, presented a paper titled “Rhetorical constructions of the Black Lives Matter movement: Media and agenda setting in movements for civil rights” at the Rhetoric and Change Conference held by the Rhetoric Society of America in Atlanta.