“The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity”

Kiah Bennett’s paper published in Television & New Media Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett has published the paper “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity” in Television & New Media. Abstract: This essay theorizes a millennial-era iteration of stand-up comedy: refractive comedy. Through close textual analysis of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (2018), I argue refractive […]

Graduate students impress with 2022 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Our graduate committee was beyond impressed by the nominations received for the Excellence in Teaching Award at the M.A. and Doctoral levels this year. Communication Studies graduate students are doing amazing work and are making phenomenal contributions in the classroom. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards, Emily Scroggins (M.A. Student) and Kira Marshall-McKelvey […]

“(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro’s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric”

Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring’s article published in Popular Culture Studies Journal Ph.D. students Mitch Combs and Kristen Herring have published the article “(W)reckoning dual pandemics through food and hip-hop topoi: An analysis of Ghetto Gastro‘s Afrocentric PCI rhetoric” in Popular Culture Studies Journal. Excerpt: Contemporary chefs are pushing the boundaries of their work beyond the kitchen, […]

“A transcription system for nonverbal listening behavior”

Elizabeth Parks and Kiah Bennett’s article published in International Journal of Listening Assistant Professor Elizabeth Parks and Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett have published the article “A transcription system for nonverbal listening behavior” in International Journal of Listening. Abstract: Nonverbal communication behavior is central to the communicative performance of listening. Yet listening scholarship has primarily been […]

Reconnecting at the 2022 WSCA Convention

Last month, communication studies scholars were excited to gather from around the region for their first in-person Western States Communication Association (WSCA) annual convention since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They met up in Portland, Oregon, where CSU hosted a special reception for graduate students, faculty, and alumni one night to celebrate.  Many of our faculty […]

“Masked Accents and Muffled Sounds: Teaching Behind the Mask”

PhD candidate published in Faculty Focus Graduate teaching assistant and PhD student Nancy Achiaa Frimpong, originally from Ghana, writes on “strategies to foster an accent-inclusive classroom” in Faculty Focus, an online publication focusing on teaching strategies in higher education. In her article, titled “Masked Accents and Muffled Sounds: Teaching Behind the Mask,” Nancy Achiaa Frimpong […]

First Generation Alumni Support First Generation Students

Every year in late April, the Department of Communication Studies, with support from the College of Liberal Arts, has hosted a first-generation celebration for communication studies majors. Whether graduating in a few short weeks, or several years from earning a degree, all first-generation majors are invited. The event aims to help students build connections with their peers, department faculty, especially those who also identify as first generation, and first-generation alumni.   Prior to the […]

Communication Studies Graduates First Ph.D. Cohort

Congratulations to the Department of Communication Studies first Ph.D. cohort.   Emily Amedée, Jordin Clark, Andy Gilmore, Hailey Otis, and Kristin Slattery began their journey through the communication doctoral program fall semester 2017. The cohort has published their research in highly regarded scholarly journals, won prestigious awards, and developed robust teaching portfolios.   All are on track to complete their degrees in 2021, which puts them under the 5-year national […]

2021 Communication Studies Awards & Honors

This content originally appeared online in Celebrate CLA! on CLA Source.  Each spring the College of Liberal Arts recognizes faculty and staff for their contributions to their units, the college, the university, their colleagues, and to their profession or discipline. This year four members of the Department of Communication Studies were honored with the following awards.   Distinction in Curricular Innovation Award – Karrin Vasby Anderson  This award is […]

We stand with Black Rams Matter and Black Lives Matter

Dear colleauges, students, alumni and friends: The Department of Communication Studies condemns the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Sean Reed, and the continued enactment of white privilege across the nation. These are moments when, for many of us, communication fails, words fall far short, and the sounds and images scrolling on […]