Tamara Afifi - Interpersonal Communication
Afifi (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is a professor
in the Dept. of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.
Her research focuses on communication patterns that foster risk and
resiliency in families and other interpersonal relationships. She
received the Young Scholar Award from the International Communication
Association in 2006 and the Brommel Award for a distinguished career
of research in family communication from the National Communication
Association in 2011.
Penn State) is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Communication Department. Her interests run the full gamut
of rhetorical theory and criticism, but her research focuses principally
public commemorative places and practices. She is a National
Communication Association Distinguished Scholar. And she will
as NCA president
Barry Brummett - Taking the Rhetoric of Popular Culture Seriously
Barry Brummett (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978) is the Chair of the department and Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication. He taught at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before coming to the University of Texas-Austin. Brummett's research interests turned early to the theories of Kenneth Burke and to epistemology and rhetoric. In those studies Brummett laid the foundation for a research program that investigates the functions and manifestations of new rhetoric. One line of research took him into the study of apocalyptic rhetoric. Brummett's most recent, ongoing interests are in the rhetoric of popular culture. He has developed a general theoretical basis for understanding this rhetoric based largely on symbolic forms. Brummett has published a textbook, Techniques of Close Reading, and a fourth edition of his popular textbook, Rhetoric in Popular Culture is in preparation.
Stanley Deetz - What a Communication Perspective Has Brought to the Study of Organizations
Stanley Deetz (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Professor Emeritus, a President’s Teaching Scholar and a consultant regarding institutional change in the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance and a long term Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UCB. He is author/co-author of over 150 scholarly essays and several books including Leading Organizations through Transitions, Doing Critical Management Research, Transforming Communication-Transforming Business, and Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization. His work focuses organizational/institutional change and designing interaction processes to facilitate collaborative decision-making especially in relation to power dynamics. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and is a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar and an International Communication Association Past-President and Fellow. He has given over one hundred visiting scholar and invited public lectures at over sixty universities in twenty-two countries. Currently he serves as a safety culture consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Srividya Ramasubramanian - Media and Cultural Identities
Srividya ‘Srivi” Ramasubramanian (Ph.D., Penn State University) is Associate Dean in Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of Media Rise, a non-profit global alliance for media educators, creative media professionals, activists, and artists committed to media for social good. She has published extensively on media psychology, gender and racial stereotyping, global media & social change, and cultural diversity. Her recent projects examine media entertainment as a tool for prejudice reduction, digital new media literacies in youth contexts, and the relevance of mindfulness to the study of media. In 2013-2014, she was awarded a visiting fellowship by the London School of Economics and appointed as a visiting associate professor at the National University of Singapore. She has delivered public talks and lectures around the world including the USA, U.K., Germany, China, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, and India. She has conducted several professional development workshops on work-life balance, effective mentoring relationships, technical writing, and workplace diversity. She serves as the Chair of the Mass Comm. Division of NCA and is on the editorial board of Communication Monographs, Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Creative Communications, and Southern Journal of Communication.
Andrew Wolvin - Listening: Multidimensional Perspectives
Andrew Wolvin (Ph.D., Purdue University) is a Professor and the Executive Director of the Oral Communication Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. An internationally-recognized scholar in the area of listening behavior, he has published the widely-used Listening text, Perspectives on Listening, and Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century. An active member of NCA, he has been chair of the Instructional Development Division and the Applied Communication. He also has served as President of the International Listening Association and the Eastern Communication Association. In addition to managing the UMD general education oral communication courses, Wolvin teaches a senior seminar in listening behavior each semester. He has extensive experience as a Washington D.C. communication trainer and coach in many government agencies and private organizations