2015 Doctoral Honors Seminar

July 16 - 19, 2015
Department of Communication
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
United States

The 2015 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) was held July 16-19, 2015, in Columbia, Missouri. The Department of Communication at the University of Missouri served as host for the 2015 DHS. The theme of the 2015 DHS was “Solving Social Problems through Communication Research.” In selecting this theme, the host department sought to highlight Communication scholarship that addresses pressing issues of social concern. Through collaboration with seminar facilitators, participants explored avenues through which their research can foster interdisciplinary connections, achieve wider public dissemination, and be applied in service of the public good. Around this seminar theme, students will be placed into one of three groups reflective of the conventional divisions of Communication study and used in prior seminars, including Rhetoric, Mass Media, and Communication as a Social Science.

Faculty Seminar Leaders for the 2015 DHS include Communication & Social Science facilitators: Mohan Dutta (National University of Singapore & Purdue University), Patricia Parker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Jordan Soliz (University of Nebraska-Lincoln); Mass Media facilitators: Lissa Behm-Morawitz (University of Missouri), Travis Dixon (University of Illinois), and Kristen Harrison (University of Michigan);Rhetoric facilitators: Dan Brouwer (Arizona State University), Sharon Jarvis (University of Texas at Austin), and Robin Jensen (University of Utah).

The selection process for the 2015 DHS was highly competitive; the following students were selected and participated.

Communication & Social Science

  • Erin Basinger (Illinois)  
  • Samantha Close (USC)  
  • Cristin Compton (Missouri)  
  • Phokeng Dailey (Ohio State)  
  • Sharde Davis (Iowa)  
  • Kelly Dillon (Ohio State)  
  • Joanne Esch (Colorado)  
  • Peter Jensen (Missouri)  
  • Satveer Kaur (National University-Singapore)  
  • Erin Nelson (Texas)  
  • Deborah Sellnow-Richmond (Wayne State)  
  • Minhee Son (USC)  
  • Elizabeth Wilhoit (Purdue)  
  • Liliya Yakova (Purdue)  

Mass Media

  • Drew Cingel (Northwestern)  
  • Hilary Gamble (Arizona)  
  • Traci Gillig (USC)  
  • Joshua Hawthorne (Missouri)  
  • Robin Hoecker (Northwestern)  
  • Daniel Lane (Michigan)  
  • LeeAnn Sangalang (USC)  
  • Julie Snyder-Yuly (Utah)  
  • Ashton Speno (Missouri)  
  • Kira Varava (Illinois)  

Rhetoric

  • Mariam Betlemidze (Utah)  
  • Ellen Defossez (Pittsburgh)  
  • Amy Fallah (North Carolina)  
  • Whitney Gent (Wisconsin)  
  • Thomas McCloskey (Maryland)  
  • Brandi Rogers (Wisconsin)  
  • Thomas Salek (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)  
  • Michael Steudeman (Maryland)  
  • Bridget Sutherland (Indiana)  
  • Andrea Terry (Texas A&M)