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Faculty in Scholarship and Leadership roles at WSCA 2018 Conference

Faculty in the Department of Communication Studies will travel to Santa Clara on February 16-19, 2018 to participate in the annual Western States Communication Association conference.  Act this conference, faculty are both active in presenting scholarship and in leadership roles in the association. Assistant Professor, Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez, will be participating in a roundtable discussion … Continue reading Faculty in Scholarship and Leadership roles at WSCA 2018 Conference

Faculty and Graduate Students Presenting at the National Communication Association Convention

In November 2017, faculty and graduate students will be presenting their research and current projects at the National Communication Association convention in Dallas, TX. Dr. Sarah Blithe is presenting a co-authored project:  “Thinking Through the Legacy of Sex Work: Life Stories of Former Legal Prostitutes” for the Ethnography division with graduate student, Breanna Calvin.  Calvin … Continue reading Faculty and Graduate Students Presenting at the National Communication Association Convention

Dr. Hanchey wins Dissertation Award

Assistant Professor, Dr. Jenna Hanchey, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical and Cultural Studies division of the National Communication Association and the annual convention this November in Dallas.  Hanchey’s dissertation work looked that international aid and nonprofit organizations working in Africa. Dr. Hanchey recently earned her PhD from the University of … Continue reading Dr. Hanchey wins Dissertation Award

Recent Faculty Publications on spirituality, myth, and activism

Assistant Professor, Robert Gutierrez-Perez has recently published articles centering on issues of spiritual activism, actual spirits, and the storytelling surrounding them. “Bailando Con Las Sombras: Spiritual Activism and Soul Healing in the War Years” is co-authored with Dr. Luis Manuel Andrade and is published in Qualitative Inquiry. By utilizing performative writing and personal narrative, this poetic essay dives into … Continue reading Recent Faculty Publications on spirituality, myth, and activism

Recent Faculty Publications

Research faculty in the Department of Communication Studies have been busy with publishing articles.  Over Spring/Summer 2017, the following have been published: Dr. Sarah Blithe continues to work on her research related to legal brothels in Nevada with this article in Human Relations: Blithe, S.J. & Wolfe, A. (2017). Embracing Opportunities for Work-life “Balance” in … Continue reading Recent Faculty Publications

Communication students win awards!

Communication Studies students received a few awards and recognition in Spring 2017. Morgan Smith won the Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholarship; Madison Thorpe won the SSRJS Outstanding Student Award for 2016-2017; Claire Santamaria won the Communication Studies Outstanding Student Award for 2016-2017 Congratulations to our outstanding students!

Changes in the Communication Studies Department

Fall 2017 brings some changes to our Communication Studies department. Undergraduates will see a recognized face in a new role with Amy Arias taking over student advising duties along with Saralinda Kiser. Gwen Hullman has taken a new job opportunity in Ohio, and in her place, Dr. Sandy Ott from Basque Studies has been appointed … Continue reading Changes in the Communication Studies Department

Jenna Hanchey joins as new assistant professor

The Department of Communication Studies welcomes Assistant Professor Jenna N. Hanchey, who comes to us from finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hanchey studies the politics of international aid and assistance, focusing primarily on organizations that work in and with Sub-Saharan African communities. Her work draws from postcolonial, decolonial, and … Continue reading Jenna Hanchey joins as new assistant professor

Gwen Hullman recognized for extraordinary Service

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, recently recognized Dr. Gwen Hullman for Extraordinary Service.  This special Dean’s award recognized Dr. Hullman’s service to the university over the past 7 years, serving as Department Chair.  Dr. Hullman has also been active on other university service commitments including Faculty Senate.  Congratulations!

Nevada Debate Union named Outstanding Student Organization

The Associated Students have recognized the Nevada Debate Union as the 2016-17 Outstanding Student Club of the Year. Coming on the heels of another solid year of performance by the UNR Debate Team and continued on-campus events and outreach, the award recognizes the clubs national accomplishments, community, engagement, and outstanding success. This is the second time … Continue reading Nevada Debate Union named Outstanding Student Organization