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UNR Faculty and Students Present at National Communication Association Convention

The 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention will take place in Salt Lake City over November 8-11.  Members of the Communication Studies department will present their research.  NCA is one of the main professional associations for communication studies in the United States. Graduate student Tandace Crane will be part of a roundtable discussion for the … Continue reading UNR Faculty and Students Present at National Communication Association Convention

Graduate Student featured TedX speaker!

Jenna Weiner, a recent Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient, has recently been selected to speak at the UNR TedX event this coming spring.  Weiner will discuss advocacy for trans athletes.  You can read more about Weiner at this Nevada Today story.

Welcome Drs. Vik and Huerta!

Two new Assistant Professors joined the Department of Communication Studies this Fall. Dr. Tennley Vik received her PhD from Ohio State in 2012, and joins us from previously teaching at Emporia State in Kansas. Vik’s research focuses on sexuality and communication. Her research interests include family communication about sexuality and reproduction, as well as disclosure, … Continue reading Welcome Drs. Vik and Huerta!

Dr. Sarah Blithe publishes: Sex and Stigma

Associate Professor, Sarah Blithe, has recently published the book, Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada Brothels.  This book continues her previous research exploring “hidden” organizations and the organizational life of brothel workers.  Read more about this book on Nevada Today.

Faculty Jenna Hanchey explains Peace Corp recruitment

Assistant Professor, Jenna Hanchey, was recently interviewed by the Daily Press in relation to The Peace Corps recruiting from HBCUs or in African American businesses.  Hanchey explained how previous recruiting practices often enforce stereotypes, but that having volunteers from diverse backgrounds is important.  Read the full article here.

Dr. Blithe’s research on brothels featured in Reno Gazette Journal

Dr. Sarah Blithe was recently interviewed and spoke on recent controversies related to legal prostitution in Nevada as part of her research and recently published book: Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels,” coming Jan 2019 with New York University Press. See the Reno Gazette Journal article here

First Wolf Pack Community Howl a success!

Students in COM 468: Facilitating Difficult Discussions worked with the ASUN Center for Student Engagement to facilitate community dialogues about mental health and its impacts on our communities.  Following the model of deliberative discussions by the National Issues Forums and Kettering Foundations, students facilitated small groups of other UNR students and staff in discussing how … Continue reading First Wolf Pack Community Howl a success!

Communication Experts on the Radio!

Recently, Debate Director Phil Sharp, debate team captain Joshua Nelson, and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Amy Pason were featured on local news program, “Nevada Outlook” on KOH AM 780.  They were interviewed for a special report titled “Communication Breakdown.”  They responded to a variety of questions related to how political discussion has become more … Continue reading Communication Experts on the Radio!

Communication Studies Recognizes Award Winners!

The end of this academic year has been a successful one for our faculty and students who were recognized for their achievements this year. Daniel Lang (Communication Studies minor) was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Chinese this summer in Xi’an, China. The award is part of the … Continue reading Communication Studies Recognizes Award Winners!

Dr. Sarah Blithe granted tenure and promotion

Dr. Sarah Blithe has recently been granted tenure by the Board of Regents and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  Dr. Blithe has received numerous awards on her research in gender issues in organizations, and has recently gotten a contract for a book about organizational issues in Nevada’s brothels. Congratulations to Sarah on … Continue reading Dr. Sarah Blithe granted tenure and promotion