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Faculty Research & Scholarship

Faculty in our school actively engage in research and scholarship.

Graduate and undergraduate students also actively participate in research. Whether assisting a faculty member or leading their own project, student research is an important part of the learning environment within the school.

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SPCM majors at the 2016 University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference.

Pictured with Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Becky Kuehl, several undergraduate speech communication majors and Lambda Pi Eta members presented revised research papers from SPCM 416: Rhetorical Criticism.


Recent Research Awards

2017

Jenn Anderson & Andie Malterud. Top Paper, Health Communication Division, Central States Communication Association

2016

Joshua Westwick. Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference (NCA).

Joshua Westwick. Douglas M. Trank Award for Top Paper in the in Basic Course Division, Central States Communication Association Annual Conference (CSCA).

2015

Jenn Anderson. Sherwood & Elizabeth Berg Outstanding Young Scholar Award, awarded by SDSU in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments by early career faculty, $3000.

Joshua Westwick. Melissa Beall Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division (CSCA).

2014

Laurie Haleta, Karla Hunter, & Joshua Westwick. Top Panel in the State’s Advisory Division (CSCA).

Karla Hunter, Joshua Westwick, & Laurie Haleta. Top Three Paper in the Basic Course Division (CSCA).

Karla Hunter, Joshua Westwick, & Laurie Haleta. Manuscript of the Year presented by the Communication Apprehension and Competency Division (NCA).*

Joshua Westwick, Karla Hunter, & Laurie Haleta. Top Four Paper in the Communication Apprehension and Competency Division (NCA).


Recent Grants

2017

Broeckelman-Post, M. (PI), Anderson, L. B., Wolvin, A. D., Hosek, A. M., Simonds, C., Hunter, K., Ruiz-Mesa, K., &  Brazeal, L.  A National-Level Assessment of Core Competencies in the Basic Communication Course. NCA Advancing the Discipline grant.

2016

Britt, B. C. (PI), Anderson, J. (Co-I), & Britt, R. K. (Co-I). “Sharing Hope and Healing: Evaluating and promoting living kidney donation via a social media campaign.” Additional aim funded by the SDSU Nursing Department, $100,000; via a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHMD) to the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH). Award #050113252, $3,000,000.

2015

Redlin, M. (PI), Tolman E. G. (Co-PI), & Jantzer, A. M. (Co-PI). South Dakota Working in STEM for Equity (SD-WISE): A System, Institutional, and Individual Level Approach to Policy Change. National Science Foundation ADVANCE STEM PLAN-IHE. $749,873, Funded September 1, 2015.

2014

Anderson, J. (Co-PI), Kuehl, R. (Co-PI), Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Yoder, J., Gullickson, H., Hildreth, M., Bachman, C., Drury, S. “Baby-Friendly Brookings: Promoting Civic Discourse to Support Breastfeeding.” Funded by the Bush Foundation, $73,721.

Hunter, K. (PI). “Careers in Communication Speaker Series.” Funded by the SDSU Student Association/University Program Council/Speakers Bureau, $5,200.

Hunter, K. (PI). “Communication Connections Conference.” Funded by the South Dakota Humanities Council, $1,000.


Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Forthcoming

1) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., Drury, S. A. M., Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Yoder, J., Bachman, C., Hildreth, M., Gullickson, H., & Lamp, J. (2017, in-press). Brookings Supports Breastfeeding: Using public deliberation as a community-engaged approach to dissemination of research. Translational Behavioral Medicine.

2) Bresnahan, M., Zhuang, J., Anderson, J., Zhu, Y., Nelson, J., & Yan, X. (2017, in-press). The “Pumpgate” incident: Stigma against lactating mothers in the U.S. workplace. Women’s Health.

3) Drury, S. A. M., Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2017, in-press). Deliberation as civic education: Incorporating public deliberation into communication studies curricula. In J. M. Hogan (Ed.), Speech and debate as civic education. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

4) Jantzer, A. M., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. A. (accepted for publication). Pumping up breastfeeding support in the workplace: Perceptions of breastfeeding support and linkages to the work-life interface. Journal of Human Lactation.

5) Tolman, E. & Jantzer, A. M. (chapter proposal accepted for edited book). Career life initiatives: A content analysis of funded NSF Advance STEM IT proposals. In E. Hatfield (Ed.), Gender and Work/Life Balance. Washington, D.C.: Lexington Books.

6) Tolman, E. (chapter proposal accepted for edited book). Using Trigger Warnings in the Introduction to Women’s Studies Course: Justification and Examples of Course Content. In E. Knox (Ed.), Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context. Washington, D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield.

2017

1) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., & Drury, S. (2017). Blending qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical methods to engage citizens in public deliberation to improve workplace breastfeeding support. In SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2. doi:10.4135/9781473953796

2) Anderson, J., Zhu, Y., Zhuang, J., & Bresnahan, M. (2017). Metaphors that convey weight-based stigma in political news: A case study of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. European Review of Applied Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.erap.2016.12.007

3) Bresnahan, M., Zhuang, J., Anderson, J., Zhu, Y., & Viken, G. (2017). “Governor of the House of Pancakes”: A content analysis of the political framing of Chris Christie’s size in online news media. Fat Studies, 6, 2-16. doi:10.1080/21604851.2016.1129930

2016

1) Anderson, J., Westwick, J., & Anderson, J. (2016). More alike than different: Learning about diversity from people with disabilities. Communication Teacher, 30(3), 159-164. doi:10.1080/17404622.2016.1192661

2) Bresnahan, M., Zhuang, J., Anderson, J., Zhu, Y., & Viken, G. (2016). “Governor of the House of Pancakes”: A content analysis of the political framing of Chris Christie’s size in online news media. Fat Studies, 1-15. [online ahead of print] doi:10.1080/21604851.2016.1129930

3) Bresnahan, M., Zhuang, J., Zhu, Y., Anderson, J., & Nelson, J. (2016). Obesity stigma and negative perceptions of political leadership competence. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(11), 1362-1377. doi:10.1177/0002764216657383

4) Horstmann, H. K., Anderson, J., & Kuehl, R. (2016). Communicatively making sense of doulas within the U.S. master birth narrative: Doulas as liminal characters. Health Communication [online ahead of print]. doi:10.1080/10410236.2016.1234537

5) Malterud, A., & Anderson, J. (2016). Weight-based stigma and self-esteem: A test and extension of the stigma communication model. Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD, 3, 16-38. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxzZHNwZWVjaGNvbW18Z3g6MzI3YzIxNTE0NDFiNWU0NQ

6) Westwick, J., Hunter, K., & Haleta, L. (2016). A Digital Divide? Assessing Self-Perceived Communication Competency in an Online and Face-to-Face Public Speaking Course. Basic Course Annual, 28, 28-86.

2015

1) Anderson, J.,Kuehl, R. A., Drury, S. A. M., Tschetter, L., Schwaegerl, M., Hildreth, M., Bachman, C., Gullickson, H., Yoder, J., & Lamp, J. (2015). Policies aren’t enough: The importance of interpersonal communication about workplace breastfeeding support. Journal of Human Lactation, 31(2), 260-266. doi:10.1177/0890334415570059.

2) Britt, R., Britt, B., & Anderson, J. (2015). Theoretical implications addressing rural college students’ organ donation behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology [online ahead of print]. doi:10.1177/1359105315611953

3) Holmquist, H., Konda-Varilek, K., & Westwick, J. (2015/2016). The Writing on the Wall: Exploring Student Experiences with Public Speaking Anxiety. Journal of the Communication, Speech, & Theatre Association of North Dakota, 28, 69-72.

4) Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2015). Designing public communication about doulas: Analyzing presence and absence in promoting a volunteer doula program. Communication Design Quarterly, 3(4), 75-84. doi:10.1145/2826972.2826979

5) Kuehl, R. A., Drury, S. A. M., & Anderson, J. (2015). Civic engagement and public health issues: Community support for breastfeeding through rhetoric and health communication collaborations. Communication Quarterly, 63(5), 510-515. Doi:10.1080/01463373.2015.1103598

6) Lapinski, M., Anderson, J., Cruz, S., & Lapine, P. (2015). Social Networks and the Communication of Norms about Prenatal Care in Rural Mexico. Journal of Health Communication, 20(1), 112-120. doi:10.1080/10810730.2014.914605

7) Westwick, J., & Chromey, K. (2015). A Life-Changing GIFT: The Impact of Classroom Climate and Community Building.  Discourse: The Speech Communication Association of South Dakota Journal, 2, 10-14.

8) Westwick, J., Hunter, K., & Haleta, L. (2015). Shaking in Their Digital Boots: Anxiety and Competence in the Online Basic Public Speaking Course. Basic Course Annual, 27, 43-77.

2014

1) Anderson, J., Bresnahan, M. J., & Musatics, C. (2014). Combatting weight-based cyberbullying on Facebook with the dissenter effect. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 281-286. doi:10.1089/cyber.2013.0370

2) Anderson, J., Bresnahan, M. J., & DeAngelis, B. (2014). The impact of personal metaphors and memorable interpersonal communication on body satisfaction. Qualitative Health Research, 24, 727-737. doi:10.1177/1049732314529665

3) Anderson, J., Cornacchione, J., & Maloney, E. (2014). Normative beliefs and social support in weight loss communication. International Journal of Communication and Health, 1, 31-37.

4) Hunter, K. M., Westwick, J., & Haleta, L. (2014). Assessing Success:  The Impacts of a Fundamentals of Speech Course on Decreasing Public Speaking Anxiety. Communication Education, 63(2), 124-135. *Top Journal Article of the Year by the National Communication Association Communication Apprehension and Competence Division.

5) Kuehl, R. A. (2014). Extending civic rhetoric: Valuing rhetorical dimensions of global citizenship in civic education. In C. Kock & L. S. Villadsen (Eds.), Contemporary rhetorical citizenship: Purposes, practices, and perspectives (pp. 291-308). Leiden, the Netherlands: Leiden University Press.

6) Kuehl, R. A., Westwick, J. N., & Hunter, K. M. (2014/2015). “Y R U NOT RESPONDING:” Teaching effective email communication. Journal of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota, 27, 23-30.

7) Lapinski, M., Anderson, J., Shugart, A., & Todd, E. (2014). Social influence in childcare centers: A test of the theory of normative social behavior. Health Communication, 29, 219-232. doi:10.1080/10410236.2012.738322

8) Westwick, J., & Chromey, K. (2014). Exploring the Canons of Rhetoric through Phil Davison’s Campaign Stump Speech. Discourse: The Speech Communication Association of South Dakota Journal, 1, 74-78.

9) Westwick, J. (2014). Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety: Practical Applications for Classroom Instruction. Discourse:Speech Communication Association of South Dakota Journal, 1, 15-19.


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Undergraduate Speech Communication major, Maggie Stiles, pictured on the left, won the top poster award from the Department of Communication Studies' faculty at SDSU's Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Day (URSCAD) in April 2016.

Public Scholarship

2016

1) Anderson, J. (2016). Student feedback on advocacy for Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative pilot case: Brookings, SD. Report prepared for South Dakota Department of Health. https://works.bepress.com/jenn-anderson/17/

2) Anderson, J. (2016). Impact of student canvassing for Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative in pilot community: Brookings, SD. Report prepared for South Dakota Department of Health. https://works.bepress.com/jenn-anderson/2/

2015

1) Drury, S. A., Kuehl, R. A., & Anderson, J. (2015). Community Conversation Report. Report prepared from Brookings Supports Breastfeeding Community Deliberation Event. http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/comm-theatre_pubs/13/

2) Lane, J. D., & Hunter, K. M. (2014). Getting a D-: The dearth of women in South Dakota public office. In M. Redlin, C. Stewart-Nunez, J. M., Barst (Eds.), South Dakota Women: Vision, Action & Voice. South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum: Brookings, SD.

2014

1) Anderson, J., Kuehl, R. A., Hungerford, H., & Kang, S. (2014). Evaluation of the volunteer doula program at Brookings Health System. Report prepared for Brookings Health System OB staff and Brookings community.

2) Hunter, K., Westwick, J., & Haleta, L. (2014). Teaching Students to Face Their Fears Eases Public Speaking Anxiety. Communication Currents, 9(3). https://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=5014

3) Kuehl, R. A.,Anderson, J., & Drury, S. A. (2014). Community Conversation Guide. Report prepared for Brookings Supports Breastfeeding Community Deliberation Event. http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/comm-theatre_pubs/12/