Research

  • 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 issues. 

  • 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 2013 classes. 

  • 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 fall 2013. 

  • 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 students. 
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