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Write a Story, Tell a Story

Professor Lee Gutkind, together with associate professor Amira de la Garza, coordinated two public programs for ASU graduate students in Gutkind's Creative Nonfiction course to tell the stories they have been writing. Changing Hands Bookstore hosted Gutkind and four students, including HDSHC doctoral students Tricia Hoffman and Lou Clark, in a public story-telling event entitled, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up." Innovative Inquiry sponsored an event for the ASU community to hear four additional students, including HDSHC doctoral student, Roberta Chevrette, on campus. Professor Gutkind shared with the audiences how the writing process to develop creative nonfiction essays challenged the writers as they worked to develop gripping scenes based on real facts, personal reflection, and research. Professor Jeff McMahon from the School of Theatre & Film in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts also worked with the students, coaching them as they developed their story-telling performances.

Hugh Downs School Professor Investigates Religious Organizations Use of Social Media

Dr. Pauline Cheong, associate professor, has interviewed more than 100 church and temple leaders of various faiths, from Catholics to Buddhists, on the use of new and social media. As the use of new and social media evolves into an integral part of people's daily lives, religious organizations are using media tools in increasingly ingenious ways to spread influence and build community. ASU News article

HDSHC Professor Receives Founder's Day Faculty Award

Dr. Steve CormanDr. Steve Corman received the 2013 Founder's Day Faculty Achievement Service Award at the February 21 award presentation ceremony. Dr. Corman is being honored for his service to the United States military related to his research on verbal and written communication within organizations.

Considered one of ASU’s most prestigious awards, the Founder's Day Awards honor the institution's origins as well as showcase award recipients for their world-changing innovations. The awards honor individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s predecessor institution as well as work to solve the challenges that will shape the world's future.

This year, Founders' Day 2013 will honor alumni, philanthropists, and faculty and staff members who have served in the U.S. military or whose work has made a contribution to the military, national defense efforts and veteran services. The event will feature some of the highest ranking Sun Devil military officials, generous contributors to campus military and veteran services, research and compelling narratives from ASU faculty members, and stories of service from ASU staff.

Read more about the event and Dr. Corman in the ASU News. Read more about the Center for Strategic Communication

Professor's Research Considered Health Boost

Dr. Kory Floyd's research on the relationship between affectionate communication and physical health is featured in the ASU news. Dr. Floyd and other researchers have found that communicating our positive feelings for others through words or actions offers a wide range of health benefits which include lower stress hormones, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. ASU News article: Expressing love can improve your health

HDSHC Professor Promotes Heart Health

Associate professor Olga Davis, in affiliation with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, participated in a heart health promotion event, "Health Disparities in Our Community: Reflections on Heart Health". The event was a kickoff for National Heart Awareness Month and Black History Month and is inspired by a NIH-sponsored demonstration project Davis is leading on health literacy in the African American community concerning cardiovascular disease. The effort is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease including stroke, obesity, hypertension, effects of stress, diet, high blood pressure, etc. in the Phoenix community-at large and specifically the African American community. African American men top the morbidity rate of populations most likely to die of cardiovascular complications in Arizona (ADHS, 2010). To support and encourage greater understanding, participating health organizations from across the city provide health educational materials, brochures, pamphlets, handouts, goodie bags, etc. that inspire health and wellness overall, and heart health specifically.

Faculty and Graduate Students Receive WSCA Top Awards

The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students received top paper awards and recognitions at the Western States Communication Association’s convention in Reno, Nevada on February 15-19, 2013.

Paul Mongeau, professor, has been elected a First Vice-President of WSCA. Dr. Mongeau will assume his duties at the end of the 2013 WSCA conference in Reno, Nevada. His leadership role will continue on as President-elect then President of WSCA in 2015.

Genetic Risk and Reproductive Decision-Making: How Couples Communicatively Manage Uncertainty about Family Planning
Tara M. Hack, doctoral student

Equity, Relational Maintenance Strategies, and Marital Satisfaction in Parents of Children with Autism
Daniel J. Canary, professor; Danielle C. Jackson, HDSHC alum;Heather E. Canary, HDSHC alum

“Shop Local, Shop Authentic”: Consuming the Authentic Ethnic in Southwestern Native American Museums
Roberta Chevrette, doctoral student

Humor as Pedagogy: Stories, Bodies, and Laughter (or Not?), Top Student Paper
Tara M. Hack, doctoral student

Participant: Benjamin Wiedmaier, doctoral student

Between “Liquid Courage” and “Liquid Stupidity”: Toward a Model of Relational Drinking
Co-authors: Aaron Hess, HDSHC alum; Lisa Menegatos, HDSHC alum 

A Pep Talk in Every Drop: HALLS Rhetoric as Exemplifying Problematic Ideologies of Disciplining (Sick) Bodies (for Work)
Elizabeth K. Eger, HDSHC alum

HDSHC Instructor and Alum Featured at Super Bowl 47 Event

Jill SchiefelbeinJill Schiefelbein, Hugh Downs School instructor and alum, participated in the 13th Annual NFL Players Networking Event on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. This NFL sanctioned Super Bowl 47 event is designed to help both active and former NFL players in their transition from players to post-football-careers.

Jill, owner of Impromptu Guru, was interviewed during a live broadcast titled “Handle Your Business” alongside featured guest host and former Detroit Lions player, Lamar Campbell. She was also interviewed on a television broadcast through VoiceAmericaTV. In both appearances Jill discussed the importance and role of communication during and after a player's football career. Listen to the broadcast.

“I’m thrilled to be an official sponsor of the broadcast and to take part in this event,” says Jill Schiefelbein, founder of Impromptu Guru and former athlete. “Understanding the mindset and the needs of an athlete in transition is important, as taking the first steps off of the playing field isn’t an easy feat. During the broadcast interview I hope to convey how investing time in practicing and learning communication and presentation skills can help an athlete at all stages of his/her career.”

Impromptu Guru is a Phoenix-based consulting firm specializing in public speaking coaching and communication and messaging strategy. Jill works with business executives, professional athletes and politicians to help them gain confidence and improve their communication and speech delivery. For more information on how Impromptu Guru helps athletes take their communication and presentation skills to the next level, visit In June of 2012 Impromptu Guru was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award for best new business by the Gilbert Chamber, and was featured in the East Valley Tribune.

HDSHC Faculty and Graduate Students Receive Top Awards at NCA

The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students will receive top paper and research awards at the National Communication Association’s national convention in Orlando, Florida on November 15-18, 2012.

Kory Floyd, professor and associate director, will deliver a keynote address at the opening session of the convention at the invitation of First Vice President Steven Beebe. Dr. Floyd will join Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the University of Pennsylvania and Navita Cummings James of the University of South Florida in addressing the concepts and principles that unite the study of human communication. Celebrating What Unites Us as a Communication Community. Dr. Floyd has also been named Editor-Elect of Communication Monographs by NCA, one of the association's most prestigious journals.

Associate Professor Sarah Tracy will be one of the scholars participating in the Moving Methodology 2012 Organizational Communication Division Preconference at the National Communication Association conference in November. This preconference focuses attention on the following general question: “What are the pressing pragmatic, political, social, and theoretical developments that invite methodological agility in organizational communication research?” Or to put it more simply, “What do we need to talk about that we don’t, but should, in order to broaden our methodological practice and do the kind of research that inspires us and others?”

Dr. Sarah Tracy and Kendra Rivera (Ph.D. alumna) will receive the 2012 Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article from the Applied Communication Division of NCA for their 2010 article, "Endorsing equity and applauding stay-at-home moms: How male voices on work-life reveal aversive sexism and flickers of transformation," published in Management Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Daniel Brouwer, associate professor, will receive the 2012 Randy Majors Memorial Award at NCA's Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns. This award is presented annually by nomination to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies.

The NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

Mark Generous, co-author,
Final Conversations Phase II: Emergent Themes from Children's Final Conversation Messages with Dying Family Members

Jie Gong, author,
Re-asserting an Ancient, Emergent Superpower: The PRC's 2009 Military Parade, Public Memory, and National Identity

Dr. Sarah Tracy and Shawna Malvini Redden, co-authors
Are 'Liquid Handcuffs' Worth 'Money in My Pocket'? A Metaphor Analysis of Recovering Substance Abusers' Sensemaking of Medication Assisted Treatment

The Hugh downs School is well represented with papers, presentations, and panel participation in all areas. Faculty and Graduate Student NCA papers, panels, and presentations.

The Hugh Downs School and Center for Strategic Communication Welcomes New Staff

We are pleased to welcome postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Nathaniel Greenberg, to the Center for Strategic Communication (CSC) and The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Dr. Steve Corman's blog post reads as follows: “Nathaniel completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and was the recipient of the 2012 Dean’s Medal for the Humanities, the University’s highest recognition for overall achievement in that division. His research focuses on modern Arabic, particularly Egyptian literature. But he has published on a range of subjects, from a study of the Palestinian artist Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and the Baghdad Modern Art Group in post-revolutionary (1958) Iraq, to a discursive analysis of terrorism in Argentina in the 90s. He has lived in Egypt and Morocco on various occasions over the past ten years and most recently was in Cairo during the uprising against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. His articles about the first ten days of the revolution were published in The Seattle Times and the online magazine The Common Language Project. He is currently writing a book about the post-revolutionary (1952) novels and screenplays of the Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz. Greenberg will support CSC research on post-revolutionary North Africa.”

The CSC also welcomes Norman Vasu from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. At RSIS, he is an assistant professor and Deputy Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security. His research interests are in nationalism, multiculturalism and citizenship. At the CSC, Vasu is beginning a three month residency as a Fulbright Fellow. He will be working on a project entitled “Teaching America: Narratives of the Nation and the Foreign in U.S. High School History Textbooks since the End of the Cold War.”

Professor Broome Involved in Global Engagement Projects

Summer 2012 was a busy period for Professor Benjamin Broome, who was involved in three global engagement projects. Leaving Arizona in May, Broome first traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, where he offered a training workshop to the M.A. students in Sabanci University's Conflict Analysis and Resolution program. In June, Professor Broome was in Galway, Ireland, where he worked with faculty and graduate student colleagues at the National University of Ireland. He assisted in the design and facilitation of a national workshop on "Well-Being in Ireland." In July, Broome traveled back to Turkey, this time to the small island of Heybeliada in the Sea of Mamara, for the International Neighbourhood Symposium, organized by the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University. Read more about Professor Broome's Global Engagement Projects

IVSA 2012 Rieger Award for Best Visual Dissertation

Karen Stewart with Dr. Eric MargolisKaren Stewart (Ph.D. 2010) won the 2012 Rieger Award for the best visual dissertation at the annual meeting of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) held in July at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.

Eric Margolis, co-chair of Stewart’s doctoral committee along with H.L. (Bud) Goodall, wrote in his nominating letter: “I first met Karen when she was a student in my advanced qualitative research methods course on Visual Ethnography. I was impressed by her well-developed knowledge both of qualitative research in general and specific methods of research in communication, sociology, cultural studies and rhetoric. She is well-versed in communication theory and specifically interested in three elements of visual research: the use of photographic and other cultural images in the public sphere as part of the research process, as a vast semiurgic cultural medium in and through which communication circulates, and as an underdeveloped resource for the transmission of research findings. Her dissertation on the ‘Burning Man’ festival explores and is exemplary of each of these three aspects of scholarship.”

HDSHC Alum Named Rookie of the Year

Jill Schiefelbein's (B.A. 2004; M.A. 2006) business, Impromptu Guru), was named the 2012 Rookie of the Year at the annual Gilbert, Arizona Business Awards on June 26, 2012. Read the full article. Additionally, on September 20, Impromptu Guru started a new video campaign called 60 Second Guru. Once a week for an entire yera Impromptu Guru will release a free video that allows you to improve your communication in under a minute! Visit Impromptu Guru

A Life Well Lived: In memory of Bud Goodall

H.L. H.L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr., professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, passed away on August 24 at the age of 59 after a 15-month struggle with pancreatic cancer . Dr. Goodall served as director of the Hugh Downs School from 2004 to 2009 and worked to elevate the research profile and the national reputation of his school and his university. He oversaw degree programs with 2,000 majors, 900 minors and 100 graduate students; established freshman seminars; and created a Communication Majors Club and a chapter of the National Honor Society in Communication for undergraduate students. He also expanded alumni contacts; contributed to diversity initiatives; and created “Professor of Practice” positions, to advance the transfer of practical business and new media skills to undergraduates and transfer of scientific and humanistic forms of academic scholarship into the public sphere.

Dr. Goodall established the annual Hugh Downs Award for Communication Excellence, which recognized Larry King and Stephen Spielberg and was instrumental in creating the Center for Strategic Communication, the first ABOR-approved research center in the school’s history.

A prolific author, Goodall published nine scholarly books, numerous textbooks, white papers, book chapters, book reviews and trade books, including a cookbook designed to encourage cross-gendered conversations. He considered himself a narrative ethnographer who used qualitative methods - deep immersion in cultures, participant-observation, interviews, writing fieldnotes, and mining rhetorical and narrative data from historical archives-to construct personal accounts of the intersections of communication and cultures.

When asked about the study of communication Dr. Goodall replied, “I believe that communication is a transdisciplinary field of study, which means that communication theories, methods, activities and practices shape and inform all other disciplines and subjects. Ours is an infinitely complex field of study because communication between and among people is an always evolving symbolic phenomenon. One reason I selected communication as a field of study is that it is sufficiently complex to embrace a lifetime of inquiry. As the philosopher Georges Gusdorf once put it, ‘Communication calls the world into being.’ The purpose of my research is to teach others through diverse cultural examples how they may choose to live.” To read more about Dr. Goodall and his work.