I am currently working with a group of SPSU faculty, staff, and students to develop
a series of events for National Women's History Month in March 2014. Information about
National Women's History Month can be found on the National Women's History Project website.
I worked with a group of SPSU faculty, staff, and students to host a Women's Social
in November 2013. This event was part of a larger project related to recruiting and
retaining women to study and work at SPSU.
I am continuing to develop outreach projects focused on public speaking and advocacy.
The workshops we hosted at SPSU in February 2013 were extremely successful and we
have been asked to offer similar workshops again. I am also working to develop additional
programs in hopes of working with a wider range of individuals on similar and related
Several SPSU colleagues and I recently completed the first edition of a custom textbook
for the SPSU Public Speaking course. This book was first adopted for use in the fall
I am currently working on final edits on a book chapter (co-authored with Dr. Catherine
Helen Palczewski) in a forthcoming book on social movements and counterpublics. Our
chapter examines how protest actions regarding the abortion controversy serve as prime
examples of protest not directed at the establishment (state). Using specific examples
of protest action we provide a new approach to studying social movement phenomena
through the lens of counterpublicity and a more fluid notion of power.
I recently developed and organized a group of colleagues who successfully proposed
two new communication minors. The new minors, Global Communication and Leadership
and Organizational Communication, will be available to SPSU students beginning in
I presented a paper on forensics pedagogy at the 2013 Southern States Communication
Association annual conference. In my paper I discuss the process of using Augusto
Boal's Legislative Theater in an Argumentation and Debate course and explore the potential
of using Performance Studies pedagogy in non-performance courses.
As part of a larger outreach project regarding social change, public speaking and
personal advocacy, I organized a one-day workshop for local Girl Scouts in February
2013. Junior and Cadette-level Girl Scouts spent the day working with SPSU faculty
on public speaking and creative writing. The workshop culminated with a public performance
in which they shared their original work and earned a new badge.
I presented research as part of a panel discussion at the 2012 Polytechnic Summit
regarding competitive forensics (speech and debate) and the benefits they offer STEM
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