Research

Commitment to Research

Communication faculty are heavily involved in research and creative activity in their field of study. For example, faculty are presenting research studies and publishing research manuscripts on such topics as journalism law, online technology and instruction, international communication, health communication and crisis communication. Faculty members are continually engaged with local, national and international associations and publications to expand and extend knowledge in communication-related areas.

 

  • Publications:

    • Aust, P., Thomas, G., Powell, T., Randall, C.K., Slinger-Friedman, V., Terantino, J., & Reardon, T. (2015, in press). Advanced Faculty Professional Development for Online Course Building: An Action Research Project. Internet Learning Journal, 4(2), http://www.ipsonet.org/publications/open-access/internet-learning.

    • Slinger-Friedman, V., Terantino, J. Randall, C., Aust, P., & Powell, T. (2014). Refining Advanced Development for Online Teaching and Course Building: An Evaluation from the Faculty Perspective. The International Journal on Advances in Life Sciences. http://www.iariajournals.org/life_sciences/tocv6n34.html

    • Terantino, J., Slinger-Friedman, V., Thomas, G., Randall, C., Aust, P., & Powell, T. (2014). Faculty perceptions of “The Project”: An advanced faculty professional development for online course building. Proceedings of The Sixth Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning, eLmL, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

    • Aust, P.J., (2013). The use of blogs on D2L to enhance online course structure and delivery of content. Talon Tips, 4(2), p. 3. Retrieved January 10, 2014 from http://www.kennesaw.edu/dlc/TalonTips/Volume/TalonTipsVol4Issue2.pdf.

     

    Presentations:

    • Terantino, J., Slinger-Friedman, V., Thomas, G., Randall, C., Aust, P., & Powell, T. (2014). Faculty perceptions of “The Project”: An advanced faculty professional development for online course building. Paper presented at The Sixth Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning, eLmL, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

    • Brett, N., & Aust, P. J. (2013). I’ve majored in Organizational Communication. Now what? An occupational catalog of jobs available for Communication Majors with expertise in Organizational Communication. Paper accepted to the 11th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI.

    • Aust, P. J., (2013). What’s in a name? A search for the phrase that best characterizes Organizational Communication content for its majors. Paper accepted to the 11th Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI.

    • Carolyn Carlson, Philip Aust, Barbara Gainey, Jake McNeil, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt, 2013,”Which technology do I use to teach online? Online technology and Communication course instruction,” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 334-347.

  • Publications: 

    • Joshua Azriel, Restricting Los Angeles Paparazzi: California Legal Efforts Impacting Free Press Rights (working title). Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield. To be published in 2020.

    • Joshua Azriel, 2019, "Celebrities' Legal Rights in California to Fight Paparazzi Intrusion." Madere, C. (Ed.). How Celebrity Lives Affect Our Own. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield.

    • Karmini Pillay and Joshua Azriel, 2012, “Banning Hate Speech From Public Discourse in Canada and South Africa: A Legal Analysis of the Roles of Both Countries’ Constitutional Courts and Human Rights Institutions,” South African Journal of Public Law, Vol. 12 , #2.

    • Joshua Azriel, 2012, “The Supreme Court’s 2010 U.S. v. Stevens Decision Striking Down 18 USC’s 48’s Ban on Depictions of Animal Cruelty: First Amendment Impact on Internet-Based Video Sales,” Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 15, #9.

  • Publications:

    • Cassilo, D., & Coombs, D. (in press). International media coverage of the Pakistan Super League. International Journal of Sport Communication.

     

    Presentations:

    • Cassilo, D., Hull, K., & Romney, M. (April, 2020). Hulu and Netflix have everything I need: How college students impact the future of cable and streaming subscriptions. Broadcast Education Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (Conference canceled)
  •  Publications:

    • Dr. Laura Beth Daws recently published a co-authored book with Dr. Susan L. Brinson called The Greater Good: Media, Family Removal, and TVA Dam Construction in North Alabama, with the University of Alabama Press. She continues to research and write in the areas of communication history, mass communication, and communication pedagogy.

    • Daws, L. B. & Pettigrew, J. E. (2018). Got muscle? A longitudinal study of masculinity in fragrance ads in Esquire and GQ. Submitted for consideration to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Conference, August 2018, Washington, DC.

    • Daws, L. B. (2017). Encouraging participation in classroom lectures: The index card technique. Communication Teacher.

    • Daws, L. B. (2017). Worst case scenario. In GIFTS Collection: Activities for teaching Communication in the Classroom. Edited by Seiter, J. S., Peeples, J. & Sanders, M. L. Published by Bedford/St. Martin Press.

    • Daws, L. B. (2017, June). eTools: Using Google Hangouts with YouTube Live in the classroom. NCA eTools.

    • Daws, L. B. (2015). Creating couples’ identities: Telling and distorting via “wedsite” relationship narratives. In C. Bruess (Ed.), Family communication in the age of digital and social media, p. 313-333, Peter Lang Publishers.

    • Daws, L. B. (2015, April). If they found out we lived together, they wouldn’t pay for the wedding: Lies and truths about identity on wedding websites. Paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association conference, Tampa, FL. Top faculty paper.

    • Gleason, J. P. & Daws, L. B. (November, 2011). Interactivity and its effect on student learning outcomes. In Ferris, S. P. (Ed.), Teaching, learning and the net generation: Concepts and tools for reaching digital learners. IGI Global: Hershey, PA.

     

    Presentations:

    • Dobransky, N., Aldrich, R. & Daws, L. B. (2017, November). Leaving our Legacy Online: Student Motivation and Instructor Immediacy in the Online Research Methods Course. Paper presented at the National Communication Association conference, Dallas, TX.

    • Dr. Laura Beth Daws, in fall of 2015, presented a short course with Dr. Rosalie Aldrich and Dr. Nicole Blau at the National Communication Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada over how to create effective online course videos. She also chaired a panel on the realities of celebrity culture and participated in a panel discussion about gender roles and salary negotiation.

    • Daws, L. B. (2014, February). Justifications for lying in wedsite relationship narratives. Paper presented at the Georgia Communication Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    • Daws, L. B. (2013, November). Social construction of identity on wedding websites. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 2013 conference, Washington, D.C.

    • Daws, L. B. (2012, August). Performance of gender identity on wedsites. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Publications: 

    • Carolyn Carlson, Philip Aust, Barbara Gainey, Jake McNeill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt, 2013,”Which technology do I use to teach online? Online technology and Communication course instruction,” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 334-347.

    Presentations:

    • Dr. Barbara Gainey, School Director, presented a session on "Building Resilience for Stronger Communities" at the March 10-11 International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Orlando, Fla. 
  •  Publications:

    • May Gao, 2020, Frames and Facilitators Used by China in Promoting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Thunderbird International Business Review. Volume 62, Issue 2. Wiley & Sons. pp. 125-134.

    • May Gao, 2019, Why Home Depot Failed in China? An Interview with Dr. May Gao. CNBC. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7QxeBwWXvY

    • May Gao, 2019, Book Review for Zhang, Alon & Latterman, 2018. "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Changing the Rules of Globalization." FIIB Business Review, SAGE Publishing.

    • Gao, M. H. (2018).  Chapter 17: Globalization 5.0 Led by China: Powered by Positive Frames for BRI. In Zhang, W., Alon, I., and Lattermann, C. (eds.), China's Belt and Road Initiative: Changing the Rules of Globalization. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 321-335.

    • May Gao, 2013, “Culture Determines Business Models: Analyzing Home Depot’s Failure Case in China for International Retailers from a Communication Perspective,” Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 173-191.

    • May Gao and Deanna Womack, 2013, “How Caucasian parents communicate identity to adopted Chinese daughters.” In Gonzalez, A., & Harris, T.M. (Eds.), Mediating Cultures: Parent Communication in Intercultural Contexts (pp.45-48), New York: Lexington Books.

    Presentations:

    • Dr. May Gao and MAIGC graduate student Ngozi Maduoma (from Nigeria) were invited to present at 6th World Forum on China Studies, Nov. 20-21, 2015, in Shanghai China. The Chinese government covered all of Dr. Gao’s travel expense because she has been identified as an Eminent Scholar on China Studies in the U.S. The title of the paper: Comparing Chinese Companies in the U.S. and Nigeria: Opportunities, Challenges, and Communication Strategies.

    Awards:

    • Dr. May Gao was recognized on October 5, 2019 as one of "Five Outstanding Asian Americans" by US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

    • Dr. May Gao was the principle investigator of multiple scholarships 2019 SAUPO-Shanghai and 2020 SAUPO-Atlanta conferences, raising a total of more than $65,000 in 2019.

  • Publications:

    • Kelsey Harr–Lagin has a chapter, co-authored with Catherine Helen Palczewski, included in a 2017 book. The chapter, titled “Pledge-a-picketer, power, protest and publicity: Explaining protest when the state is not the opposition,” examines theories of social protest as social movement and counter-publicity. It is published in "What democracy looks like: The rhetoric of social movements and counterpublics" edited by Christina K. Foust, Amy Pason, and Katherine Zittlow Rogness and published by the University of Alabama Press.
  • Publications:

    • Heflin, K. “The internet is not the antidote: A cultural-historical analysis of journalism’s crisis of credibility and the internet as a remedy,” is featured in the 2015 fall issue of Journalism History.

    • Heflin, K. “Finding, listening and participating in social media conversations – for free,” is featured in The Book of Social Media Strategies & Tactics, Vol. 1, a professional guidebook published by PR News Press (2015).

     

    Presentations:

    • In August of 2015, Dr. Heflin presented a paper titled “Digital mobilities as dispersed agencies: An analysis of Google Glass, Microsoft Kinect and Siri,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Conference in San Francisco. 

    • Dr. Heflin gave a presentation at the PRSA Educators Academy ‘Super Saturday’ Research Conference (part of the 2015 Public Relations Society of America International Conference) on a new approach she developed to teaching public relations campaigns.

  • Presentations:

    • Dr. Polly Howes presented a paper, "Does Media Coverage Matter? Perspectives of Public Relations Practitioners and Business Professionals on the Value of News Coverage," at the PRSA 2015 International Conference in Atlanta on Nov. 8. The paper was chosen for the session, "The Best of PRSA's Public Relations Journal 2014-2015," and appeared in the publication in 2014.
  •  Publications:

    • “The Anatomy of Information: Bio-Data and Wearable Technology Under Examination” by Dr. Amber Hutchins and Dr. Jake McNeill was published in Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum magazine. The article was based on their research, presented at the 2015 International Conference on Mobile Learning in Madeira, Portugal.
  • Publications:

    • Farooq A. Kperogi, Nigeria's Digital Diaspora: Citizen Media, Democracy, and Participation. University of Rochester Press. (2020).

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. (2020). “Sharia or Death: The Mass Mediated Hegemonic Rhetoric of Theocratic Populism in Nigeria’s Muslim North.” World Complexity Science Academy Journal (WCSAJ) 1 (1).

    • Kperogi, Farooq A., Adams, Tyler and Pitasi, Andrea. "Digitalization: The Internet of Things in the Turbulent Convergence of Our Times," Central European Political Science Review 20, 76, (2019): 63-92.

    •  Fabregat, Eduard & Kperogi, Farooq A. "White Norm, Black Deviation: Class, Race, and Resistance in America’s 'Post-Racial' Media Discourse." Howard Journal of Communications, 30, 3, (2018):265-283.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “‘Your English Is Suspect’: Language, Communication, and the Pathologization of Nigerian Cyber Identity Through the Stylistic Imprints of Nigerian E-Mail Scams.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 42, 3, (2018):218–240 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0196859918771351.

    • Witt, Leonard, Kperogi, Farooq A., Sinclair, Gwenette W., Bohrer, Claire, & Negash, Solomon.  Journalism: How One University Used Virtual Worlds to Tell True Stories. International Symposium on Online Journalism Journal 6, 1, (2016): 5-31. 

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “Networked Social Journalism: Media, Citizen Participation, and Democracy in Nigeria.” In Perspectives on Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa: A Connected Continent, edited by Bruce Mutsvairo, 19-33. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “Habermas in the African e-Village: Deliberative Practices of Diasporan Nigerians on the Internet.” In Debates for the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our Online World, edited by Danielle Coombs and Simon Collister, 287-304. Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2016.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World. New York: Peter Lang, 2015.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “Marxist Theory of the Media or Theory of the Media by Marxists? Reconciling Adorno with other Marxist Media Theorists.” Journal of Communications Media Studies (2015).

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. "Clash of Civilization or Clash of Newspaper Ideologies? An Analysis of the Ideological Split in British Newspaper Commentaries on the 2002 Miss World Riots in Nigeria." Asia Pacific Media Educator 23, 1, (2013): 121–143.

    • Farooq A. Kperogi, 2013, “News with Views: Post -objectivism and Emergent Alternative Journalistic Practices in America’s Corporate News Media,” The Review of Communication, Vol. 13. No. 1, pp. 48-65.

    • Farooq A. Kperogi, 2012, ”The Evolution and Challenges of Online Journalism in Nigeria.” In Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis (Eds.), Handbook of Global Online Journalism, pp. 445-461. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “Cooperation with the Corporation? CNN and the Hegemonic Cooptation of Citizen Journalism through Ireport.com.” New Media & Society 13, 2, (2011): 314–329.

     

    Presentations:

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. "Victorian Eyes: Examining Nineteenth-Century American Journalism Through Three Major English Travel Writers," Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, August 9, 2019. Won Third Place Faculty Paper Research Award, History Division

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “At Home Abroad, Abroad at Home: Transnational Journalism in the Age of Social Media and Diasporic Citizen Media Formations,” Paper presented at the international conference titled Journalism across Borders: The Production and “Produsage” of News in the Era of Transnationalization, Destabilization and Algorithmization, September 26th – 28th, 2018, Technische Universität, Ilmenau, Germany.

    • Kperogi, Farooq A. “Obama’s Communicative and Rhetorical Engagement with Africa.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the African Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 11, 2017.

  •  Publications:

    • McNeill, S. J. (forthcoming, 2020). COVID and Christ:  Remote Prayer with Religious Technology. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research.
    • Dr. Stephen J. McNeill, MCNEILL, Stephen J. Mobilizing Skin Care: Measuring and Tracking External Conditions with Light Emitting Diodes. Recent Ideas and Research in Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 17-21, Aug. 2019. ISSN 2312-8429.

    • McNeill, S. J., Wertz, E. K., Meaningful Living and Learning in a Digital World, OJDLA, ”Electrodermal Activity Monitoring: The Gamification of Meditation and Mindset,” Conference, National, published in proceedings, Accepted. (2018).

    • McNeill, S. J., Ryan, E. L., Mobile Learning 2016, IADIS, “Beyond the Course Management System,” Conference, International, published in proceedings, Accepted. (2016).

    • McNeill, S. J. (2016). Paradigm Shift: The Impact of Form and Content on a Visual Generation. Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

    • McNeill, S. J. (2015). New, a Reflection of Old: The Paradox of Media Innovation. Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

    • McNeill, S. J. (2015). Being and Time: A Rhetorical Analysis of Peter I, II. Journal of Culture and Religion, Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, v. 1-2, p. 169-182, 2015. ISSN 1849-675X.

    • McNeill, S. J., Hutchins, A. L. (2015). The Anatomy of Information. Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

    • Carolyn Carlson, Philip Aust, Barbara Gainey, Dr. Stephen McNeill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt, 2013, “Which technology do I use to teach online? Online technology and Communication course instruction,” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 334-347.

    •  Dr. Stephen McNeill, 2013, “New Media and Marshall McLuhan.” In Proceedings of “McLuhan’s Philosophy of Media”- Centennial Conference/Contact Forum, Yoni Van Den Eede, Joke Bauwens, Joke Beyl, Marc Van den Bossche, and Karl Verstrynge, (Eds.) (in press), 26-28, October 2011, Brussels: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Science and Arts.

     

    Presentations:

    • "The Anatomy of Information: Bio-Data and Wearable Technology Under Examination” by Dr. Amber Hutchins and Dr. Stephen McNeill was published in Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum magazine. The article was based on their research, presented at the 2015 International Conference on Mobile Learning in Madeira, Portugal.
  •  Grants:

    • Dr. Milad Minooie and Benjamin Taylor were awarded $15,000 for the 2020-2021 CHSS Faculty Scholarship Support Grant for "How Audiences, Social Media and Traditional Media Interact to Set the Public Agenda on Medicare for All." The present project will study how traditional media messages, social media messages, and audiences' personal beliefs and biases interact to shape the public opinion on important issues of the day. The effects are measured through content analysis of social media posts on the issue as well as the media coverage of the issues between May and August 2020. Utilizing the Agenda Community Attraction (ACA) formula as part of an agenda-melding approach, the measured effects will be used to estimate the contribution of various elements to opinion-formation on “Medicare for All” in the 2020 presidential election cycle.
  •  Publications:

    • Justin E. Pettigrew, Ph.D., Abigail R. Jensen, and Bryan H. Reber, Ph.D. Published in Public Relations Journal, Vol. 9, No.3, November 2015 “The Payoff of Pro-Bono: Conversations with Agency Principals” − This study looks at whether strategic cohesive decision-making and “smart” pro bono client selection and retention are considered in public relations firms. Through a series of research questions we considered pro bono work through the lens of institutional theory to explore some possibilities for agencies to improve their legitimacy. Can agencies enhance their professional status and enhance workplace satisfaction through careful selection of pro bono clients that match an agency’s core practices? Should there be institutional guidelines for pro bono practices? These are just two of the questions that spurred us to begin this line of research. Interviews have shown that while principals do not see the need for suggested professional guidelines for pro-bono work, most agree that engaging in their community helps to enhance their “trust barometer,” future reputation, and societal impact. At present, firms do not necessarily follow a set process in selection and retention of pro-bono clients. Most agencies see their pro-bono clients as relational partners.
  • Presentations:

    • Dr. Erin Ryan presented four scholarly papers at the 2015 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in August in San Francisco, including the Top Faculty Paper award-winning, "But First, Let Me Take a #selfie: An Examination of Self-Objectification and Face-ism on Instagram." 

    • Dr. Ryan presented two papers at the 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in May 2015 in Puerto Rico about her research into the use of Thomas the Tank Engine as a tool for assisting children on the Autism spectrum as they develop emotion recognition.

     

    Publications: 

    • Dr. Ryan had two manuscripts published in 2015 based on her research on adolescents, Twitter, and the proliferation of eating disorders: "The Intersection of the Disney Princess Mythology and Eating Disorders: A Case Study of @BunnieJuice on Twitter" in Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship, and "Collaborative Starvation and the Invisible Podium: Using Twitter as a "How To" Guide to Eating Disorders" in the Journal of Entertainment and Media Studies.
  • Publications:

    • Lisa Russell most recently published her third book Lost Mill Towns of North Georgia in April of 2020. Russell, Lisa M. Lost Mill Towns of North Georgia. History Press US, 2020.
    • Russell, Lisa M. Underwater Ghost Towns of North Georgia. The History Press, 2018.

    •  Russell, Lisa M. Lost Towns of North Georgia. The History Press, 2016.

  • Publications:

    • Speakman, B. (2019) Influencing interaction: Does technology increase public participation on community journalism websites? Newspaper Research Journal

    Grants:

    • Dr. Burton Speakman and Anisah Beth Bagasra were awarded $53,590 for Facebook's Content Policy Research on Social Media Platform research award for "Identifying and Examining Islamophobic Speech and Imagery." Facebook launched a request for proposals focused on content policies, specifically around hate speech and preventing offline harm.

     

  • Awards:

    • Dr. Amanda Weed was accepted for the 2020 PhDigital Bootcamp - sponsored by the Knight Foundation and hosted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University - San Marcos. This was a competitive selection process with only 20 fellows selected from 67 applicants. This program includes 10-weeks of online learning followed by a weeklong intensive workshop in May at TSU - San Marcos.

 

 

 

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