Faculty members present papers, attend conferences

Posted 9-10-2012 by Barrie Hill

While many students take the summer months off from classes, Department of Communication faculty members are busy presenting research papers and attending educational conferences.

Here's a look at what some of our faculty members were up to this summer.

Dr. Tom Christie and Dr. Andrew Clark presented their co-authored paper, "Cultivating Images of the Enemy in Media: A Content Analysis of Popular War Cartoons" at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression in Budapest, Hungary this summer.

Dr. Sheetal Patel had two co-authored papers accepted for publication. “Parents of children with eating disorders: Developing theory-based health communication messages to promote caregiver wellbeing” was published in Journal of Health Communication. “Teaching Advertising Media Planning in a Changing Media Landscape” was published in Journal of Advertising Education.
Dr. Chunke Su had two co-authored manuscripts accepted for publication in August. One will be published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and one in The Journal for East European Management Studies.

Dr. Eronini Megwa presented a paper in July at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Durban, South Africa. The Paper is titled, "Media and Poverty Index (MAPX): A Framework for Analyzing the Relationship Between Media Access and Poverty Reduction."

Dr. Megwa is also working with Sage Publications as an associate editor this summer. Dr. Megwa will be working with reviewers from all over the world in the social sciences and humanities to review and edit manuscripts for SAGE's online journal, SAGE Open Scholar One Manuscript.

Dr. Brian Horton presented two solo-authored conference papers at the International Conference on Language and Social Psychology in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in June 20-23. The papers are entitled “Communication of and about religious/spiritual identity in the workplace” and “Easy to opt-in, hard to opt out: A comparison of subscription and unsubscription messages in e-mails and websites.”

Dr. Dustin Harp presented co-authored papers at several conferences this summer:
“Alternative Media in a Digital Era: Comparing Information Use Among U.S. and Latin American Activists” was presented to the Communication Technology Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Chicago this summer.
“Co-opting feminism: Media discourses on political women and the definition of a (new) feminist identity” was presented to the Feminist Media Studies Division, International Communication Association annual conference in Phoenix.
Harp presented the paper “Indian activists’ use of social networking sites (SNS): An exploratory study” to the Division, International Communication Association annual conference.

Broadcast lecturer Lance Liguez put his voice talents to work serving as public service announcer for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs Labor Day weekend. Liguez landed the gig thanks to Journalism student Matt Sneed who runs his own freelance photography and videography company.  Check out Matt’s website at http://www.mattsneedcreative.com/.

Communication lecturer Mike Putnam is serving as coach-on-site at the Dallas UT-MBA location at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. Putnam is working with MBA students on oral and written communication skills.

Department of Communication lecturer Geoff Campbell wrote a chapter for a new media writing textbook – “Writing for media audiences: A handbook for multi-platform news” – published in fall 2012 by Kendall Hunt. Campbell’s chapter provides students with guidance on when to attribute information in news articles, advertisements, and public relations literature pieces. Campbell is the author of seven non-fiction books and served as a researcher for Jeff Guinn on his “Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro,” winner of the 2003 Texas Book Award and the TCU Distinguished Award for the best book about Texas. Campbell has extensive professional writing experience that includes work for weekly newsletters, daily newspapers, magazines, a bank trade association, a public relations firm, and a wire service. He has been a full-time lecturer at UT-Arlington since January 2009.

Comm Studies lecturer Melanie Mason lent her directing skills to Theatre Arlington this summer, directing the production Hollywood Arms. Pegasus News’ reviewer Chad Bearden complimented Mason on her vision for the show, noting: “And credit should go to Director Melanie Mason for coaxing very nice performances from a very fine cast. An audience member can never be quite sure how much of an interesting performance is the specific choices of an actor and how much it is the vision of the director. However much direct influence she may have had, Mason pulls together several varied approaches of confronting the material into a cohesive whole.”