Art Herbig and Co-presenters Win Top Panel Award

A panel presented by Art Herbig, assistant professor of media production, and three co-presenters won the Top Panel Award at the Central States Communication Association 2016 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 13-17.

The panel, “Building on Foundations: Creating Multiple Methodological Spaces in Media
Studies” included  four presentations.

From the program description:
Panelists will discuss how to build on foundations of traditional media research and use multiple methodological approaches in conjunction with one another. By engaging with multiple methods together—including rhetorical criticism with ethnographic field methods, critical rhetoric and performance with documentary, qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, and critical/cultural analysis with autoethnography—panelists offer ways to take media studies into the future and offer insights that could not be accessed without using multiple methods together.

With a Pen, a Computer, a Camera, and a Microphone: Critical Rhetoric in Media
Art Herbig, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne

Potentials of Rhetorical and Ethnographic Methods for Examining Production, Representation, and Audience
Jennifer C. Dunn, Dominican University

Deprogramming Health Programing: Mixed Method Evaluations of Mediated Health Narratives
Malynnda Johnson, University of Mount Union

Breaking Boundaries: A New Look at the Cultural Work of Popular Media
Tasha Rennels, Augustana University


Irwin Mallin Co-Presents Seminar at Campus Compact Conference

Irwin Mallin, lead advisor and associate professor of communication, and Rebecca Townsend, Manchester (CT) Community College, presented a seminar titled “Building Education Partnerships for Readiness, Access, Retention, and Learning” at the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference in Boston MA, March 21-23.

From the abstract:
This session establishes a creative space to think about partnerships within the academic ecosystem of high schools, two-year, four-year public and private colleges and universities for impact on college readiness, access, retention and learning. Discussion will be sparked by questions about facilitating college readiness, supporting transfer students, improving learning for students attending multiple institutions in the same geographic area, the impact of “one size fits all” state policies and more.

Participants will join in group discussions focused on readiness, access, retention, and learning to generate ideas for partnerships across different sectors of the academic ecosystem that have the potential for major impact, sharing experience and ideas.

Campus Compact describes its conference as “administrators, faculty, and other higher education leaders [convening] for a critical dialogue about past and present efforts to achieve our shared goals and how we can move higher education to more fully embrace its public purposes.”


Marcia Dixson Joins NCA Initiative

Marcia Dixson, assistant vice chancellor for teaching and learning and associate professor of communication, was elected to the leadership of the National Communication Association’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiative.

She will serve as secretary in 2016, program planner in 2017, and chair in 2018.

Irwin Mallin, associate professor of communication, served in the same positions from 2008-2010.

Seven Communication faculty and two alumni to present at National Communication Association 2015 Convention

Seven Department of Communication faculty members and two Master’s alumni will give presentations at the National Communication Association Convention in Las Vegas, November 19-22.

Marcia Dixson, assistant vice chancellor for teaching and learning and associate professor of communication, will present the paper “The Role of SoTL in the Academy: Upon the 25th Anniversary of Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered,” which she co-authored with Beth Kern and Gwendolyn Mettetal, both of IUSB, and Robin Morgan of IUS. This paper was awarded as a Top 5 Paper in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dixson has now earned this honor for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the past seven years.

Art Herbig, assistant professor of communication, will present his documentary, “Never Forget: Public Memory & 9/11″ as part of the inaugural NCA Film Festival. Herbig is the director of the film, which he co-produced with Aaron Hess of Arizona State University and Alix R. Watson of Ball State University

Michelle Kelsey Kearl, assistant professor of communication, and Giuliana Sorce (M.S. ‘14) will present their paper “LGBTQ Coalition Building: Finding an Identity, Sharing Resources, and Improving Lives in the Community.”

Sarah LeBlanc, visiting instructor of communication, will present her paper “‘So That’s What They Are For’: An Autoethnographic Journey into Breastfeeding.”

Irwin Mallin, associate professor of communication, will present his response to the panel “Embracing Student Success: Adequately Preparing Students for the ‘Real World'”

Nadia I. Martínez-Carrillo, assistant professor of communication, and Daniel Tamul, assistant professor of communication, will present their paper “Unaccompanied Minors on Our Doorstep: Communication Origins and Solutions for the Central American Child Refugee Crisis,” co-authored with Colleen Connolly-Ahern of Penn State University.

John Kaufeld (M.A. ’13), chief communications officer, will present “‘Since we are playing together, we will have something in common:’ Playing with the research and application possibilities of Euro-style board games,” as part of the panel “Researching the Impact of Meeples: Does Communication Got Game?”

Featured Faculty Award for Teaching awarded to Adam Dircksen & Michelle A. Drouin

Adam D. Dirksen

From the time Adam D. Dircksen, continuing lecturer in the Department of Communication, started working on a master’s in professional communications, his interests have focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Investigating, implementing, and teaching innovative and effective strategies to engage students in online classes has long been his work’s emphasis. Dircksen is committed to helping the IPFW community build and deliver effective and engaging online and face-to-face courses. He has been certified as a Quality Matters Course Reviewer and has reviewed nearly a dozen online courses as part of IPFW’s online course design review team. He has served as a CELT teaching fellow and as lead fellow, and an online course retention mentor. As online course director for the Department of Communication, he has worked closely with more than a dozen faculty as they have built and taught their first online courses. He became a member of FACET in 2014 and currently serves on IPFW’s FACET leadership team, investigating retention in IPFW’s online courses.

Through CELT, the Department of Communication, and various departments/ divisions across campus, Dircksen regularly presents on SoTL related topics, including retention in online courses, student engagement in the classroom, accessibility in online courses, developing effective online teaching evaluations, service learning in face-to-face courses, service learning in online courses, conducting effective online discussions, constructing rigorous and meaningful online courses, oral presentations in online courses, facilitating real-time online discussions, and more. He began as a visiting instructor in the communication department in 2002 and was hired as a continuing lecturer in 2004. He has served as the department’s online course director since 2008.

Michelle A. Drouin

Since joining the IPFW Department of Psychology, Michelle A. Drouin, associate professor, has developed a synergy between her teaching, research, and service. This has resulted in an active undergraduate research lab, a productive research agenda that has attracted international media attention, and service to campus that has helped to enrich teaching and learning. Drouin mentors 5-15 research assistants (RAs) each semester in conducting psychological research. These RAs are also encouraged to present their collaborative work at local, regional, and national conferences and serve as coauthors on peer-reviewed publications. Drouin has supervised more than 60 RAs—33 have presented their work at conferences and 9 have been coauthors on publications. These experiences provide a wonderful foundation for future graduate work and give undergraduates practice in the oral and written presentation skills necessary for any future career.

Since 2008, Drouin has had a two-pronged research agenda, producing both disciplinary and pedagogical works related to the impacts of technology on relationships, communication, and teaching and learning. Drouin’s work on sexting, digital infidelity, and technology addiction has attracted attention from international media sources like The Huffington Post, NBC News, and The New York Times. Many students have been coauthors on these works, and she has also developed active collaborations with a number of IPFW faculty members by integrating issues related to technology into their existing research agendas. Meanwhile, Drouin has also been focused on the ways in which technology can be used in the classroom and mentoring online teachers to improve online students’ learning. With regard to service related to teaching, Drouin is a SoTL mentor for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, providing SoTL mentorship to psychology colleagues at various institutions across the U.S., and she also coordinated a SoTL writing workshop at IPFW.

Additionally, Drouin has served on the CELT Advisory Board, and is currently the lead teaching fellow, an active FACET member, the chair of the Assessment Council, and a member of the Online Course Review Team. In all of these roles, Drouin works hard to support teaching and learning at IPFW and beyond.

IU CSRES forum publishes an essay by Steve Carr on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society published an essay by Steve Carr, associate professor of communication, titled “Democracy Is Coming to the RFRA, or, There’s No Such Thing as Religious Freedom … and It’s a Good Thing, Too.”

RFRA graphicThe essay argues that the public should continue discussing the controversial RFRA, but old and new media outlets should do a better job of structuring and supporting the debate. “A structured public discussion across different media platforms can help contribute to a more productive climate for communication,” writes Carr. “While that climate doesn’t necessarily result in agreement or consensus, it does move discussions about contentious topics like RFRA beyond mere portraiture of polarized and entrenched viewpoints.”