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WSCA 2015 Top Awards and Recognitions

Hugh Downs School faculty and doctoral students received top paper awards and recognitions at the 86th annual Western States Communication Association convention in Spokane, Washington on February 20-24, 2015.

Dr. Paul Mongeau, WSCA PresidentPaul Mongeau, professor and associate director, assumed the position of President of WSCA at the 2015 convention, also serving as the Primary Program Planner for the convention. This year's theme was "Accentuate the Positive."

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 and awards:
Kory Floyd, professor
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
Affection Deprivation is Associated With Physical Pain and Poor Sleep Quality
2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award Recipient
Relational and Health Correlates of Affection Deprivation (WJC, 78, 383-403)

Bradley Adame, professor
Top Four Paper in Health Communication
Health Communication Interest Group
Accentuating the Positive in a Zombie Apocalypse: An Experimental Test of the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Campaign

Lisa van Raalte, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

Lori Bednarchik, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

Mark Alan Generous, doctoral student
Top Four Papers in Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Interest Group
The “Dos and Don’ts” of Friends With Benefits Relationships: A Dialectical Analysis of Relational Rules

View a complete listing of all papers and presentations.

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)".

Grad Students:

Cayetano, Catalina
“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, Top Paper
Franks, Tara
“(Not so) Wisecracks: A Feminist Critique of Organizational Humor” Top Student Paper, Feminist and Women Studies Division, Author
Hoffman, Trisha
“Grandma’s Noodles: A Link to Family Heritage and Cultural Identity” Ethnography Division Top 4 Student Paper, Author

The Hugh Downs School was well-represented with over nineteen faculty and instructors and twenty-four doctoral students presenting papers and/or presentations and participating in panels at the national convention.

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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