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Faculty and students present at communication conference

COM faculty and students represent Missouri State at national convention
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Communication Department logoFaculty and graduate students from the department of communication at Missouri State University presented peer-selected research papers and panels April 2–7 at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Shawn Wahl, communication department head, presented “Teaching the College Persuasion Course.”

Dr. Nick Carcioppolo, assistant professor, presented “Entertainment Television and Persuasion: The Mediational Role of Discrete Emotion in the Media Influence Process” in the Competitive Papers in Health Communication panel.

Dr. Elizabeth Dudash, associate professor, spoke about “Constructing Civility: A Citizen-Centered Inquiry” in the Playing Nice: The Political Civility of Citizens and Politicians panel and “Doing Women a Disservice? Feminine Style, the Cult of Domesticity, and Political Identity” in the Competitive Papers in the Women’s Caucus II panel.

Dr. Kelly Wood, associate professor, gave a talk entitled “Talk to Your Doctor About Whether This is Right for You: Physician Perceptions of Communication with Their Patients about Direct-to-Consumer Advertisements” with Dr. Maria L. Cronley in the Competitive Papers in Health Communication panel.

In addition to presentations from faculty, communication graduate students on the following topics:

  • Dana Dominguez — “Rhetoric in the Vernacular: Identification and Symbolic Convergence in Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc.”
  • Carmen Garcia — “The Predominance of Scene and Purpose in Environmental Rhetoric: Burke’s Pentad Applied to Al Gore’s Power Shift 2011 Speech”
  • Kate Shellenberg and Kelly Nickel — “The Meaning Behind the Metaphor: Analysis of the 2011 News Coverage of the ‘Arab Spring’”
  • Kelly Nickel — “Media Conceptualizations of Women’s Health Issues: Contraceptive Coverage in the Affordable Care Act”
  • David Van Bebber — “The Koran on the Cross: A Qualitative Analysis of Islamophobia and Evangelicalism”

For more information, contact Wahl at (417) 836-4423.


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