Faculty and Graduate Students Shine at WSCA2017

By

Lynne MacDonald

Hugh Downs School faculty and doctoral students will receive top paper awards and recognitions at the annual Western States Communication Association convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 18 - 21, 2017. This year's theme is "Centralizing Marginalty - Marginalizing the Center."

The Western States Communication Association’s purpose is to unite people in the Western States who have an academic, lay or professional interest in communication and who want to promote their mutual educational interests. WSCA includes members from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as from the other 37 states and other countries.

Top Papers:

TOP FOUR PAPERS IN HEALTH COMMUNICATION
Health Communication Interest Group
Elissa A. Adame, co-author, Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University
“Training Anesthesiologists to Frame Feedback: An Experimental Investigation of Feedback in a Healthcare Setting” Top Paper

TOP FOUR PAPERS IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Organizational Communication Interest Group
Heewon Kim, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
“Enhancing Organizational Awareness for Distributed Knowledge Sharing through the Use of Enterprise Social Media”

TOP FOUR PAPERS IN RHETORIC AND PUBLIC ADDRESS
Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group
Brandon B. Ferderer, doctoral student, Arizona State University
“Portals: Blurring Public/Private, Otherworldly Places, and a Return to (Digital) Co-presence” top paper

TOP FOUR PAPERS IN LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
Language and Social Interaction Interest Group
Sophia Holeman, doctoral student, Arizona State University
“Charisma: A Social Superpower” Top Debut Paper

TOP PAPERS IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
Bailey M. Oliver, doctoral student, Arizona State University
“It’s Not Your Day, It’s Hers”: Role Motivations & Conflict in the Storied Experiences of Female Bridesmaids” Top Student Paper

TOP FOUR PAPERS IN LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
Language and Social Interaction Interest Group
Rikki Tremblay, co-author, doctoral student, Arizona State University
“Just Kidding!: The Identity of the Standup Comedian From a Communicative Perspective” Top Paper

Honors/Awards:

2016 MASTER TEACHER AWARDEE
Communication and Instruction Interest Group
Pauline Hope Cheong, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
The Communication and Instruction Interest Group has recognized and honored great teachers since 1988. Come celebrate this year’s award winners, hear about her approaches to teaching, and engage in a rich discussion of the art and practice of teaching in our field.

CENTRALIZING THE MARGINS IN THE FOUR SEASONS OF ETHNOGRAPHY: HONORING THE SCHOLARSHIP AND TEACHING OF AMIRA de la GARZA
Intercultural Communication Group and Performance Studies Interest Group
Amira de la Garza, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Amira de la Garza’s (2000) essay, “The Four Seasons of Ethnography: A Creation-Centered Ontology for Ethnography,” has become a landmark essay in ethnographic, decolonial, and indigenous studies. de la Garza’s monograph and methodology have informed writers on indigenous methodologies around the world and across disciplinary interest areas, but the work itself has remained marginal within the field of Communication Studies.

Complete listing of papers and presentations by HDSHC faculty and students.