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NCA 2014 Congratulations to Faculty and Graduate Students
Faculty and graduate students with the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication received top paper awards and recognitions at the National Communication Association's 100th annual convention in Chicago, Illinois November 20-23. This year's theme was "The Presence of our Past(s)".


Adame, Bradley

"Online Training in the Mitigation of Anchoring Bias: A Test of the Consider the Opposite Strategy" Training and Development Division, Author

Brouwer, Daniel

“Response to 'Text +field: Criticism at the intersection of rhetoric and field methods’”, Invited Presenter

Cheong, Pauline

Brummans, B.H.J.M., Hwang, J.M. & Cheong, P.H. "Transcendent Cultural Systems: The Communicative Dynamics of Global Religious Nongovernmental Organizations." Paper

Yang, A. & Cheong, P.H. NGO "Incubators: Boundary Spanners and the Creation and Transformation of Social Capital in Chinese Civil Society",  Paper

Dutta, Uttaran

 “Questioning Dominant Development: Voices of Indigenous Subalterns at the margins” Challenging and Resisting the Normative in Intercultural Communication Studies, Author

Floyd, Kory

“Relationship-Specific Affectionate Communication Predicts Oxytocinergic Responses to Laboratory Stressors in Healthy Adults,” Author

“Affectionate Communication is Associated with Emotional an Relational Resources in the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship” Co-Author

Mongeau, Paul

“Is It Just Sex? Exploring Social Support in Emerging Adults’ Friends with Benefits Relationships” Co-Author with Lisa van Raalte, Lori A. Bednarchik, Rebecca Murphy-Keith, Paper

“Defining Sexual Consent: Perspectives from a College Student Population” Co-Author with Lori A. Bednarchik, Mark Generous, Benjamin Wiedmaier, George Bryant, Paper

“Relationship Maintenance across Friends with Benefits Relationship Types” Co-Author with Lisa van Raalte, Lori A. Bednarchik, Mark Generous, Paper

Roberto, Anthony

“Predictors of Cyberbullying Perpetration and Victimization by Middle School Students” Co-Author

Tracy, Sarah

“Compassion, Presence, and Hope in the Face of Terror: How a School Bookkeeper Communicatively Transformed a Would-be School Shooting” Author


Ferderer, Brandon

“Narrating Community and Imagining Neighborhood Futures: Community-based Performance and Community Mapping as Ethnographic Place-making” Author

Salinas, Chema

“Star Trek’s ‘X’: A Mass-Mediated Trickster”, Author

“Akshun Man! Andre Stitt’s Critical Trickster Dialogics”, Author

Grad Students:

Bednarchik, Lori

“Is It Just Sex? Exploring Social Support in Emerging Adults’ Friends with Benefits Relationships”, Co-Author

“Defining Sexual Consent: Perspectives from a College Student Population” Author

“Relationship Maintenance across Friends with Benefits Relationship Types” , Co-Author

Brooks, Margaret

"Reining in “Stallion” Women: Executive Coaches’ Metaphorical Descriptions and Perceived Rationales for Female Assertiveness-Based Conflict in Organizations" Author

Cayetano, Catalina

Top Papers “Resilience at Midlife: Change, Adaptation, and Optimization in Long Marriages” Communication and Aging in the Communication and Aging Division Co-Author with Dr. Vincent Waldron

Chen, Tzu-Chiao

“How do the elements construct Mandarin from Iron Man 3: The Evolution of Asian Villains” Performance, Philosophy, and Communication Ethics, Author

Chen, Yashu

 "Self-disclosure patters among Chinese Nationals at Social Networking Sites vs. in Face to Face Communication" International and Intercultural Communication, Author

Chevrette, Roberta

“(Wild) Western Assemblages and Their Borders: Whiteness, Brotherhood, and the Israeli Frontier”, Author

Flores, Carlos

"Is it Parody or Perilous? An Analysis of Post-Election Commentary by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart" Political Communication Division, Author

Franks, Tara

“(Not so) Wisecracks: A Feminist Critique of Organizational Humor” Top Student Paper, Feminist and Women Studies Division, Author

Generous, Mark

  “Cursing in Class: College Students’ Specific Reactions and General Attitudes Towards Instructor Swearing” Instructional Communication Division, Co-Author

“The Challenges of Final Conversation for the Living: A Reflection of Dialectical Tensions” Interpersonal Communication Division, Co-Author with Keeley, M.

"Relationship Maintenance Across Friends with Benefits Relationship Types” Interpersonal Communication Division, Co-Author with van Raalte, L., Bednarchik, L. A., & Mongeau, P. A.

“Defining Sexual Consent: Perspectives from a College Student Population” Interpersonal Communication Division, Co-Author with Bednarchik, L. A., Mongeau, P. A., Wiedmaier, B., & Bryant, G.

Hoffman, Trisha

“Grandma’s Noodles: A Link to Family Heritage and Cultural Identity” Ethnography Division Top 4 Student Paper, Author

“Battling Bureaucracy: Gaining Access to the Veterans Affairs Hospital” Applied Communication Division, Author

Huang, Shuzhen

“Unconfronted Negotiation of Queer Desires: The Emerging Xinghun between Gay Men and Lesbians in Contemporary China”, Author

Jones, Sarah

“Targeting the Stop.Think.Connect Cybersecurity Campaign to University Campuses”, Co-Author

Muasya, Gladys

“Comparing the Fearful and Mixed Emotion Appeal Messages to Prevent HIV/AIDS in College Students Using the Extended Parallel Process Model”, Co-Author

Murphy-Keith, Rebecca

“Is It Just Sex? Exploring Social Support in Emerging Adults’ Friends with Benefits Relationships”, Co-Author

“Rhetoric, Ethnography, and Identity: A Critical Intervention in Post-Abuse Narratives”, Author

Patmos, Alyssa

“Home is Where the Work is: Communication Channel Satisfaction, Personality, and Job Satisfaction for Teleworking Employees”, Co-Author

Stein, James

“Adult Children’s Experiences of Their Parents’ Late-Life Divorce: Perceptions of Family Changes and Family Uncertainty”, Co-Author

“A Relational Turbulence Model of Irritating Partner Behavior during the Transition to Parenthood: Sources of Irritations, Severity of Irritations, and Perceptions of Turmoil”, Co-Author

Suwinyattichaiporn, Tara

“Assessing the Effects of a Public Speaking Course on Native and Non-Native English Speakers” Instructional Communication Division, First Author

van Raalte, Lisa

“Is It Just Sex? Exploring Social Support in Emerging Adults’ Friends with Benefits Relationships” Interpersonal Division, First Author

“Relationship Maintenance across Friends with Benefits Relationship Types” Interpersonal Division, First Author

Zirulnik, Michael

“A Preliminary Research Study in Nonverbal Communication and Attraction between Gay Men via an Emerging CMC, Location Based Technology Software App (Grindr)”, Author


View a complete listing of all papers and presentations.


Intercultural Dialogue Workshop

Hugh Downs School doctoral students facilitated a structured dialogue workshop with 30 ASU graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni. Participants examined "challenges in building an inclusive and supportive climate for intercultural dialogue at ASU," and they proposed "ways to foster a learning community at ASU that values and practices intercultural dialogue."


The creative ideas generated during the workshop offered possibilities for meaningful steps to be taken for improving the climate for dialogue at ASU, both at the local unit level and university-wide. The results from the workshop will be presented to various administrative and academic units at ASU.

Intercultural Dialogue Workshop participants


The facilitation team consisted of members of the COM 691 seminar under the guidance of Professor Broome. The team has been reading and discussing articles about facilitation and dialogue since the beginning of the semester, and they experienced their own day-long facilitated session in September. They now have designed, organized, and facilitated a workshop of their own, with their instructor serving as advisor. The members of the facilitation team were: Qingqing Hu, Anna Marie Campbell, Peng Pan, Yashu Chen, Tara Suwinyattichaiporn, Chiao Chen, Luke Brenneman, Rosalie Fisher, Melissa Framer, Bhoomika Bhagchandani, Versha Anderson, Gladys Muasya, Donna Suo. 


Members of this group will also facilitate a workshop at WSCA in Spokane in February. The Intercultural Dialogue Workshop was sponsored by the Hugh Downs School's Transformation Project


HDSHC Professor Keynote Speaker at International Education Conference

Dr. Eric MargolisEric Margolis, associate professor with the Hugh Downs School, gave the keynote speech “Universities Changing: Research and Reflection” on the history of higher education at The International Conference on Quality in Higher Education Curriculum: Standards, Strategies, Approaches held in Isfahan, Iran, October 22-23, 1914. This represented an important step as Iran reaches out to the global academic community. The conference included scholars from Japan, Australia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, and South Africa among others.


Margolis’s work on higher education is internationally known. “The Department is Very Male, Very White, Very Old, and Very Conservative”: The Functioning of the Hidden Curriculum in Graduate Sociology Departments” (with Mary Romero) appeared in The Harvard Educational Review, and has been included in 2 anthologies. The Hidden Curriculum in Higher Education, was published in 2001 and reprinted in traditional Chinese characters (Taiwan, 2004); reprinted again in simplified Chinese characters (Shanghai, 2006). The Hidden Curriculum anthology is currently being translated into Farsi and Arabic.


Hugh Downs School Professor Shares Leadership Skills

Professor Sarah Tracy conducted a three-day leadership workshop entitled, “Being a Leader, an OPPT-in Approach to Pedagogy”.


The workshop was about being a leader instead of just learning about what leaders do. Through workshop, group activities and sharing, participants were provided access for leading and creating a future that was not going to happen anyway—for themselves, for those participants lead, and for those who grant leadership. While typical leadership classes leave participants knowing about leadership and other leaders, this workshop aimed to leave participants being leaders.


Leadership Workshop participantsWorkshop participants included a mixture of twenty-eight people - doctoral students and faculty from the Hugh Downs School as well as faculty from across ASU and community contributors. The workshop consisted of interactive workshop, group exercises, journaling, and designing a leadership project.


The workshop was part of the Hugh Downs School Conflict, Transformation, and Wellness Initiative for fall 2014.


Hugh Downs School Professor on NPR

Dr. Sarah Tracy was interviewed by NPR as part of their 'Men in America' special series, More Men Put Ambitions On Back Burner For Their Partners' Careers. Dr. Tracy, professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, studies work-life issues and family communication and is the director of the Project for Wellness and Work-Life (PWWL). Read the full article or listen to the KJZZ story.


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