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Dr. Harris Scholarship ShowcaseCommunication professor, Dr. Heather Harris, presented on the Plenary Panel of the annual Paul D. Lack Scholars' Showcase on Friday, February 24, in Rockland on the Owings Mills campus. Dr. Harris conceptualized and founded the Scholars' Showcase in 2014. Along with Dr. Deric Greene, who served as co-chair, the pair established a committee and organized the showcase for five years as it got off the ground. This year's committee organized an excellent showcase, and Dr. Harris discussed the importance of diving into research. “Trust and act when an idea comes to you,” Dr. Harris shared with the crowd, encouraging others to listen when an idea for research presents itself. "I write notes at night or in my car. I will delete it or use it for another time." When the idea came to Dr. Harris to write about the Obama effect, she decided that she would rather serve as an editor of the book, so that different perspectives could be featured and researched. "I wanted to share other people's perspectives other than mine," she said. Her tip when editing a book instead of writing it? "Make sure writers understand the theme and that everyone is on the same page," Dr. Harris said. Dr. Harris, Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt, and Dr. Catherine R. Squires are the editors of "The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign." Dr. Harris and Dr. Moffit are the editors of "Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Race, Representation, and American Political Institutions)." Congratulations, Dr. Harris! It was great to hear your perspective on research and publishing!


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 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.

NCA logoNow that the National Communication Association's 105th convention has concluded, let's take a look at how Stevenson's communication professors were involved in the conference.

Dr. Heather Harris presented at two sessions: "Celebrating the Contributions and Impact of African American Health Communication Pioneer Dr. Carolyn A. Stroman" and "Women in the Running: Surviving the Races." She also  chaired a panel called "Communication for Survival in Post Obama Neo-Race Realities."

Dr. D. M. Greene presented in the panel titled "Women in the Running: Surviving the Races," and co-chaired a panel called "African Americans’ Survival of Health Disparities."

Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus presented as part of "Thriving and Surviving in the Social Media Age: Leveraging Technology for Effective Teaching and Research," and in "A Student's Guide to Surviving Communication Ethics." She also served as a respondent in "Contributions from Chinese Communication Studies, Disability Studies, Communication & the Future, Freedom of Expression, Mass Communication, Performance Studies and Philosophy of Communication."

Congratulations to the professors for sharing their research with a national audience!

Business Communication faculty presenting at showcase

Three members of the Business Communication faculty presented their research at the 2019 Paul D. Lack Scholars Showcase on March 29, 2019.

From left, in the photo, Professor Stephanie Verni presented "Using Participatory Arts to Teach Advertising Concepts" with Inna Alesna, assistant professor  of Graphic Design, as part of an Arts Integration Grant. At center, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus spoke about "Communication Ethics and the Social World" as part of a Faculty Research and Scholarship Grant. At right, Professor Lee Krahenbuhl presented research entitled " 'Joseph's Actor': Rediscovering the Life of the Eminent Tragedian Thomas A. Lyne (1806-1890), Accidental Father of Theatre and Elocution Among the Latter-Day Saints."

Congratulations to the three professors for their interesting and engaging work.

Four of the Business Communication faculty will be presenting at the 2018 National Communication Association convention, held in Salt Lake City in November. Their papers and presentations are listed below.


"Wakanda: For Real or for Play?"

This panel speaks to the thought-provoking and rhetorical power of the imagined African-inspired country and people of Wakanda. Dr. Heather Harris and Dr. Deric Greene presenting.

"Don't Play with My Hair! Don't Play with Our Blackness!"

These papers examine blackness is various ways from how a person feels about their hair, how some have "played with" the idea of Blackness, and how Black masculinities play out in popular culture. Dr. Heather Harris responding.

"African American Communication and Culture"

This session includes presentations that address African American communication and culture in a variety of contexts from a range of methodological approaches. Dr. Deric Greene responding.

"Communication at Play in the Classroom: Examining Various Communication Ethics Activities"

This panel offers participants the opportunity to learn about various activities designed for any communication ethics course or area of communication that focuses on communication ethics. Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus presenting.

"Teachers on Teaching Series: Honoring the Pedagogy of Janie Harden Fritz"

This panel honors the teaching of Janie Harden Fritz, someone "...who is our cheerleader and our advocate. She is not only knowledgeable in the field of organizational communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and ethics..." Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus presenting.

"Hot Topics as Play in the Classroom"

This project will discuss a Hot Topic activity that encourages and promotes classroom engagement and discussion as a type of play in the classroom. Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus presenting.

"How Obama's Hybridity Stifled Black Nationalist Rhetorical Identity: An Ideological Analysis on His Two-Term Third Space Leadership"

This paper attempts to explore the underlying disruptions in which hybridity, as a relational interactional concept, unintentionally assaulted the normative Black Nationalist rhetoric that created a safe space for both of the oppositional others – Blacks and Whites -- to remain in their camps, from which they could shout, feel guilt, shame, inclusion or exclusion. Dr. Omowale Elson presenting.

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