Research comm profsThe faculty in the Department of Communication have been busy researching, writing and presenting in the field of communication. Here are a few highlights of what the professors have been up to of late:

Department chair Dr. Lee Krähenbühl is coordinating the Maryland Communication Association Conference and serves as MCA’s First Vice President. Dr. Heather Harris will deliver the keynote address on the conference theme, “Diversity in Communication: Communication and Social Justice.” The department will work with students to present at the conference in the spring.

Dr. Deric Greene will host Dr. Felicia Stewart, a dean from Morehouse College, who will talk about her journal article “I am not a thief: Retelling my story to understand a racist encounter” (The Qualitative Report, 25[10]) as a part of his CM 211 Intercultural Communication class’s discussion on “What Causes Us to Hold Biases against Outgroups?”

Dr. Heather Harris participated in the first Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas in celebration of the centenary of Paulo Friere, October 15-17, and is also attended the National Communication Association annual meeting in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Krähenbühl presented his research to the annual conference of the John Whitmer Historical Association on October 23. The article synopsized, “Actors Wandering Through the Desert to Brigham: The Strange, True Tale of Carter’s Dramatic Combination and their ‘Spirit Gudies,’ 1871,” and will appear in the Spring/Summer 2022 volume of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal. Lee also chaired and presented in the panel “Administrating and Teaching Communication Past Three Milestones: Pre-and Post-Internet, Smart Tech, and-COVID-19” for the Association for Communication Administration at the National Communication Association annual meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 19.

Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus co-authored “Instructor Perceptions of Rapport with Students: Impacts on Out of Class Communication, Caring, and Burnout,” which was selected as a “TOP PAPER” presented at the National Communication Association’s Annual Convention.

Prof. Stephanie Verni published two novellas: "From Humbug to Humble: The Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge," which picks up with Dickens’ Scrooge after he saw the Sprits and imagines what he ACTUALLY did to become a better human being. The other novella, "Anna in Tuscany," is about a writer who lives in Tuscany for a year and has to write a Valentine's Day article. Both are available on Amazon.com. Stephanie will attend “A Dickens of A Christmas” in Chestertown, MD, on December 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and “An Evening with Dickens” in Severna Park at Park Books in Severna Park, MD, on December 7 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., where she will sign books and participate in the festivities.