Update from the Department of Communication

The communication department has provided a roundup of activities and accomplishments from fall 2013.

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Mary M. Dalton, Susan Faust, John Llewellyn, and Ananda Mitra are part of the inaugural Faculty Fellows program.

Mary Dalton was featured in 88.5 WFDD NRP News & Triad Arts, in a behind-the-scenes interview about her documentary, Living in the Overlap. The documentary sneak preview was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal. Dalton was also featured in Wake Forest’s Old Gold & Black as a Deacon Profile and she co-authored a blog post in the Huffington Post titled, “A Pratfall Too Far.”

Steve Giles has a chapter in a newly released book, “Parenting and Teen Drug Use: The Most Recent Findings from Research, Prevention, and Treatment.” The chapter provides “comprehensive coverage of the most current research on youth drug use and prevention.”

Michael J. Hyde was awarded the discipline’s highest academic acknowledgment, the National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award. He was recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC at the 99th National Communication Association Conference on November 23.

Marina Krcmar, Jennifer Priem, and Ron Von Burg were selected to participate in the first class of Writing Associates at Wake Forest.

John Llewellyn commented on the “I Have a Dream” speech in the Winston-Salem Journal and participated in television interviews discussing the “I Have a Dream” speech on News 14, WGHP and WFMY. John also discussed how the facts of the infamous McDonalds hot coffee case were lost in the media uproar in a New York Times Retro Report video.

Allan Louden was invited to give a lecture entitled “Language and the effective stump speech,” at the Institute for Public Trust in Charlotte, NC. He also presented lectures at the “Peace building in Eastern Europe: European Conference of the BFTF Alumni,” in Chisinau, Moldova, and participated remotely in the Malta United Nations Society. Louden was also appointed as a member of the 2013-2015 editorial board for Argumentation and Advocacy, the journal of the American Forensics Association.

Ananda Mitra was invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC), a research outlet focusing on communicating with computer-based media technologies. Mitra was also featured in a Fox 8 Buckley Report on “Why ‘selfies’ matter” and has been in the news for his work recruiting students from India.

Dee Oseroff-Varnell led Pedometers and Pedagogy throughout the entire fall semester.

Jen Priem was elected to be Secretary of the Interpersonal Division for NCA and a member of the awards committee. Priem was also selected for the editorial board at Western Journal of Communication and had a paper accepted to the Journal of Applied Communication Research titled, “The Content of Relational Uncertainty in Non-Engaged Cohabiting Relationships.”

Randall Rogan was interviewed for a Dutch newspaper piece about a recent hostage situation. His commentary was included in the De Telegraaf Newspaper. Rogan also presented “What to expect in jihad: AQAP’s Inspire publication” at the World Summit for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel.

Alessandra Von Burg was a guest lecturer for Furman University students studying in Brussels and interning for the European Union Parliament.

Ron Von Burg, Allan Louden, Alessandra Von Burg, and Bronwen Gainsford published the paper “Debate, Civic Engagement and Post-Training Social Networking” in the proceedings of the Qatar International Argumentation Conference.

Ron Von Burg, Alessandra Von Burg, and Michael Hazen received the Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence to support the 15th Biennial Wake Forest University Argumentation Conference, to be held in April 2014. They also received Global Affairs Funds for International Conferences and funding from URECA.

Chris Zaluski was a finalist in the “Our State” magazine competition with his film, “The Duke of Rougemont,” a short documentary that explores the eccentric hobbies of artist, storyteller and craftsman Stacey Harris.

Margaret Zulick published the chapter “The Suppression of Native American Presence in the Protestant Myth of America,” in Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History (Peter Lang, 2013).