SoC Faculty in 2017 & 2018

08/2017

ERIC HARVEY IN THE NEWS

Eric Harvey wrote an article for the New Yorker: An Obsessive Guide to Music Played at the Gap in the Nineties and Early Aughts

09/2017

LEN O’KELLY TO SERVE AS CHAIR OF THE COLLEGE MEDIA ASSOCIATION BROADCAST COMMITTEE

Len O’Kelly has accepted a nomination to serve as the Chair of the College Media Association Broadcast Committee. He writes:

The Broadcast Committee specifically works to reach out to member schools with broadcasting programs. It also designs workshops and presentations for the national college media conferences the Association hosts.  (The Fall conference is in Dallas and the Spring conference is in New York City.) Our main purpose is to help advisors to help students make their transitions from college careers to professional media careers.

College Media Association info is here: cma.cloverpad.org

In a nutshell: the Association was formed in 1954 and brings together advisers of student media operations at public and private 2- and 4-year institutions across the United States. There are currently over 600 members in the organization.

11/2017

PRESENTATIONS AT NCA ANNUAL CONVENTION

Melba Veléz Ortiz and Corey Anton presented at the National Communication Association’s annual convention.

A Credo for Ethical Small Group Communication: An Ethnographic Case Study of a Long-term Virtual Department, Melba Veléz Ortiz

This panel presentation enacts NCA’s theme of “Our Legacy, Our Relevance” by first looking inward to ask ourselves as a discipline if we are adequately addressing the ethical dimensions of small group communication. It then asks us to look “outward” by providing a substantive tool, a Credo for Ethical Small Group Communication, to help facilitate discussions within virtual or face-to-face small groups across academia and professional contexts. This panel will be a combination of presentation and interaction: 

Presentation: Each panel member will present their area of expertise in group communication ethics to provide a foundation that describes the need for a credo for ethical group communication. The panel members will also describe the results of an ethnographic study that examined a highly functioning virtual group. The results include a preliminary draft of a Credo for Ethical Small Group Communication. 

Interaction: Based on the process used to build the NCA Credo for Ethical Communication, panelists and attendees will work together to further develop the Credo for Ethical Small Group Communication. The goal is to gain multiple perspectives and insights in the development of ethical group communication for both virtual and face-to-face teams.

Relationship, Responsibility and Rhetoric: Exploring Intersections of Communication Ethics and Disability, Melba Veléz Ortiz

This panel presentation will explore the intersection between communication ethics and disability, examining the relational impact of visible and invisible disabilities, questions of ethical responsibility, and negative rhetorical framings of disability in our everyday life. Panelists will share lived experiences of disabilities they possess or experiences as partners and caregivers, and the impact of disabilities on their relationships. Panel presents ideas on how communication ethics can and ought to consider issues of physical, invisible, and communicative disabilities. Levinas, Hyde, Buber, Nussbaum and others form the basis for ethical touchstones throughout the discussion.

Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality, Corey Anton

This lively panel both spotlights the role of formal cause in the thought of Marshall McLuhan and also reviews some of the latest scholarship in media ecology that extends and develops that thought. Focusing on the recently released co-edited book, Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality (2017, Intellect Publishing, UK, carried in the US by The University of Chicago Press, panelists will discuss how the book came into being, overview some of its main contributions, and will further clarify how this line of thought can be used methodologically in future media ecological research. Time will also be set side for questions and audience interaction. Attendees can anticipate to learn about an exciting new vista within media ecology.

CARL BROWN WINS NCA VON TIL AWARD

Carl Brown has been awarded the NCA’s Von Til Outstanding Newcomer Award. The award is presented to a communication center administrator who has been in their role for at most five years and shows evidence of innovation, scholarship/intellectual work, mentoring, and effectiveness, as well as participation in NCA’s Communication Centers section and the NACC conferences. Please be sure to congratulate Carl the next time you see him!

12/2017

VANDANA PEDNEKAR-MAGAL SPEAKS AT BGSU COMMENCEMENT

Multimedia Journalism professor and former SoC Director Vandana Pednekar-Magal spoke at Bowling Green State University’s Fall 2017 commencement ceremony. More information can be found on BGSU’s website.

01/2018

BUDDY ALLMAN WINS PEW TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

Communication Studies part-time faculty member Roger “Buddy” Allman was selected to receive the Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Please be sure to congratulate Buddy on this well-deserved honor.

02/2018

WALLACE & SPRING IN AEJMC WEBINAR

Adrienne Wallace and Robin Spring will be panelists for an AEJMC webinar entitled The Killer Crossover: Student projects that transcend courses or semesters, resulting in work that makes an impact. Adrienne and Robin will join panelists from James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Elon University to “share methods and examples of how student projects can be extended beyond the original scope, offer cross-disciplinary collaboration or span multiple courses / semesters.”

03/2018

VANDANA PEDNEKAR-MAGAL NAMED CHAIR OF AREA & GLOBAL STUDIES

Our colleague and former SoC Director Vandana Pednekar-Magal has been named Chair of the Department of Area and Global Studies in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. She will still be teaching in the SoC (although not quite as much) and remains committed to being involved in the School. Please be sure to congratulate Vandana next time you see her!

07/2018

ROBIN SPRING AND FAYE YANG EARN TOP PAPER HONORS

Robin Spring and Faye Yang’s paper, Ethnic Diversity as a Solution to the Advertising Industry’s Creative Problem, was accepted for presentation at the upcoming AEJMC conference in August—and was selected as the Top Paper in its category! Please be sure to congratulate Robin and Faye on this accomplishment.

10/2018

ROBIN SPRING PUBLISHES MODULE ON GROUP PROJECT SUCCESS

Robin Spring recently published a module entitled 15 Steps to Group Project Success: Using the UDL Model to Elevate Team Collaboration on the College STAR website. College STAR focuses on developing initiatives to help colleges and universities better serve students with learning and attention differences.

SOC FACULTY AND STUDENTS ACTIVE AT NATIONAL COLLEGE MEDIA CONVENTION

SoC faculty and students were active at the College Media Association’s National College Media Convention last week in Louisville, KY.

APR student Rachel Syrba, who serves as general manager of student radio station WCKS, led a session called “Getting Your Station Noticed On Campus.” Syrba and station music director Kevin Brennan talked about ways to build enthusiasm for student media in front of a packed room of students and faculty advisers.

Assistant Professors Len O’Kelly and James Ford shared with other faculty advisers their experiences bringing student media into curriculum in a session called “Integrating Student Media Into the Classroom: Two Case Studies.” Prof. O’Kelly also delivered a session on the future of college radio called “Fighting Back: Uniting College Radio To Ensure Its Survival,” which was co-authored with Dr. Rob Quicke of William Paterson University in New Jersey.

ROBIN SPRING PRESENTS AT LILLY CONFERENCE

Robin Spring presented a session entitled Perpetual Handbook: Extending Experiential Learning via the Learning Process Method at the 2018 Lilly Conference in Traverse City, MI. The Perpetual Handbook uses the Learning Process Method to motivate students and encourage deeper learning through reflection while preserving important project processes and ideas. For more information on the Lilly Conference, visit the conference website.

11/2018

ERIC HARVEY PUBLISHES PIECE ON SNL’S PETE DAVIDSON

Our own Eric Harvey stepped into the recent buzz surrounding SNL’s Pete Davidson with a piece on Slate entitled Pete Davidson Is Taking Over SNL. You can read the full piece here.

SPRING AND NESTERENKO PUBLISH ARTICLE IN THE JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Robin Spring and Alex Nesterenko recently published an article, “Liberal vs. professional advertising education: A national survey of practitioners,” in the Journal of Professional Communication.

SPEECH LAB STUDENTS AND FACULTY PUBLISH IN COMMUNICATION CENTER JOURNAL

GVSU students and faculty associated with the Speech Lab recently published two articles in the NACC’s Communication Center Journal. 

The first article, “Stronger together: Nonsummativity and the Grand Valley State University Team” was written by Carl Brown, Jennifer Torreano, Jeannine Lane, and GVSU/SoC alum Skye Gregory-Hatch. The second article, by Speech Lab Student Directors Jeannine Lane and Justin Sims, is a review on Nancy Duarte’s book slide:ology.

12/2018

ADRIENNE WALLACE SIGNS BOOK DEAL

Adrienne Wallace signed a book deal to co-author a book entitled “Introduction to Social Media” with Regina Luttrell and Kelly Gaggin from Syracuse University. The book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2021. More information is available on Syracuse’s website.