Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

School of Communication Spring 2018 Colloquia

A Celebration of People and Ideas

School of Communication Spring 2018 Colloquia

First Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (COMM 209)

The SDSU School of Communication invites you to our spring semester’s faculty-led colloquia! Colloquia provide opportunities provide a space for critical conversations of current and future research in the communication discipline. Colloquia allow graduate students to connect with potential advisers, as well as to learn about the interests of other faculty members in the department.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Dr. Luke Winslow
“Economic Injustice and the Rhetoric of the American Dream”

Our economic arrangements require a persuasive story that can explain who is rich, who is poor, and why. This story shapes our attitudes toward what is just and unjust; this story dispenses power to some and withholds it from others; and the deeply political and paradoxical nature of this story presents a valuable site of rhetorical inquiry. At this research colloquium, Dr. Luke Winslow will share part of the findings from his new book that address these issues. Economic Injustice and the Rhetoric of the American Dream aims to fill an important scholarly gap by connecting the need to make sense of economic arrangements with the rhetoric of the American Dream. This colloquium will examine how the rhetoric of the American Dream has emerged as a dominant cultural touchstone in oscillation with a widespread shift to individualistic explanations for economic arrangements, the arrival of neoliberalism, growing levels on inequality, and dismal rates of economic mobility. By detailing the tools of rhetorical and ideological criticism the colloquium will explore the American Dream in relation to religious, economic, educational, and political institutions ranging from Prosperity Theology to the candidacy and election of Donald Trump.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Dr. Wayne Beach
“wo::w, ba:m”: Conversation Analytic (CA) Data Session of a Breast Cancer Interview

This colloquium provides an opportunity to participate in a CA data session. While our colloquia usually focus on presenting findings and manuscripts-in-process, this session will introduce how CA relies on video recordings and transcriptions of naturally occurring interactions to identify how speakers vocally and visibly (e.g., facial expressions, gaze, gesture, touch) produce social actions. The goals of CA data sessions are to a) identify key practices for organizing interactions, b) build collections of moments to establish communication patterns in everyday social life, and c) from these data, raise implications for understanding and improving patient-provider relationships by providing more personalized care. The session will focus on a 1:30 excerpt involving a female cancer patient who was previously (5 years ago) diagnosed with breast cancer and is now facing recurrence. She meets for the first time with a prominent female oncologist to discuss her diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis. Also present during the encounter are patient’s husband and an oncology resident. The excerpt focuses on the difficulties faced by a younger woman and mother who strives to balance the realities of diagnosis with the hope for effective medical interventions. The communication challenges for clinicians facing delicate moments are also readily apparent. Actions such as ‘crying’, ‘laughing’, and being ‘compassionate’ will be closely examined.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Dr. Chuck Goehring, Dr. Matt Savage, & Dr. Brian Spitzberg
BEST Practices: Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Communication

Colleagues, Join us for a colloquium focused on Pedagogical Approaches to Communication? Bring an assignment or activity that you would like to share. Here is what we will be sharing.

Chuck Goehring- Concept Mapping
This assignment asks students to to creatively merge concepts from Com 300 and Comm 350. In addition to providing an additional assessment tool, the idea of concept mapping can be applied to multiple learning objectives and/or courses, and can push students’ critical thinking outside of single classes to conceptualize the study of communication with more breadth.

Matt Savage- Reading Summary Forms
An assignment to facilitate understanding of peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters in upper-division courses. As a class, we identify concepts, words, and findings they do not understand and start off class with these discussions to address and overcome limitations at the outset of our learning experience. We then use their understanding of the scientific process to examine empirical research studies in a way that is understandable and applied.

Brian Spitzberg-The Proposition Paper
An assignment that requires the following competencies: (a) library search engine use to locate scholarly journal sources, (b) interpretation of research to formulate propositions (hypotheses; i.e., scientific literacy), (c) deductive logic to formulate a syllogism (i.e., critical thinking), (d) APA style mastery, (e) ability to employ Toulmin-like arguments in the process of explanation (i.e., critical thinking), and of course, (f) to do all of this without plagiarizing, and (g) in the span of a 2-page assignment (not including references and screenshot of search history), so as to minimize grading in applying its assessment rubrics.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Dr. Brian Spitzberg, Alanna McLeod, & Eliza Hensley
Creeping up on the Concept of Creepiness

Most English-speakers have a colloquial concept of things, places, events and people that are experienced as “creepy.” To date, however, little systematic investigation has been made into this phenomenon. Building on the work of Alanna McLeod and Eliza Hensley, this presentation conceptualized and measured creepiness as an experience situated in a liminal perceptual continuum between uncertainty and threat. Specifically, creepiness is conceptually defined as an awareness of a moderate intensity arousal state associated with a person or encounter that (a) is ambiguous or ambivalent, and implies something (b) is inappropriate, unexpected, or ‘out of place;” (c) is potentially threatening or dangerous and/or (d) that evokes a physiological sense of unease or repulsion, which (e) is sufficient to result in a verbal attribution of “creepiness” (or some derivation thereof) among English speakers. A conceptual model and the results of a measurement development study are presented.

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