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December 14, 2015


Leanne Knobloch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named University Scholar of the University of Illinois.

Susan Mackey-Kallis, Villanova University, has been awarded a Fulbright and will travel to Japan to teach and lecture at Ochanomizu University and Japan Women's University.

Terri R. Metzger, California State University San Marcos, has been awarded the President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer, 2014-2015.

Jonathan Shailor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, has been awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award by the Kenosha-Racine Chapter 1123 of Phi Delta Kappa International.

Adrienne Viramontes, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, has been awarded the University of Wisconsin System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award.

Matthew Weber, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and his team, led by the Internet Archive, have been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science to research and create application programming interfaces for accessing archival Internet data. This development will allow users to better access a wide range of archived media and integrate these data into their own application. The grant begins in January 2016 and runs through December 2017. In a separate grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Dr. Weber’s team was awarded $24,000 to bring together scholars for a hackathon to be hosted at the University of Toronto. The hackathon will help train young academics to work with archived Internet data.

In Memoriam 

Dr. Richard Bruce Hyde, an actor best known for his role as Kevin Riley in the original "Star Trek" television series, and for the past 25 years a university professor, died on October 13, 2015. He was 74.

Dr. Hyde was an English major at Northwestern University, where he took acting classes and became active in theatre. After his graduation in 1963, he appeared on Broadway in "Canterbury Tales" and performed in numerous summer stock theatres in various locations. He eventually moved from New York City to Los Angeles, where he was under contract to Desilu Studios and appeared in "The Beverly Hillbillies," "That Girl," and several episodes of "Dr. Kildare." His most noteworthy role was in two episodes of "Star Trek" entitled "The Naked Time" and "The Conscience of the King," in which he played Lt. Kevin Riley.

During the 1970s Dr. Hyde lived in San Francisco, where he starred as Berger in a stage production of "Hair" at the Geary Theatre. He left acting to work for several years painting Victorian-era homes, lived out of a Volkswagen van for a year, and then moved to Nashville where he wrote and performed music.

Dr. Hyde returned to academia in the 1980s. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from North Texas State University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Southern California in 1990. He then joined the faculty at St. Cloud State University, in Minnesota, and taught there until his retirement this year. Dr. Hyde revived his acting career during this time, performing on numerous stages in the Twin Cities area. His academic interests were in the study of dialogue, Martin Heidegger's contributions to Communication Theory, and Ontological Rhetoric.

Dr. Hyde was co-author of a book that will be published posthumously. Speaking Being emerged from his decades-long commitment to the method of inquiry developed by Werner Erhard, first in EST and later in the Landmark Forum, and from his Ph.D. dissertation and several scholarly papers that examined Erhard's "ontological" communication. He incorporated his ideas about dialogue and ontological communication into his classes. He was an award-winning teacher and a respected colleague.

Dr. Hyde is survived by his wife, Susan Saetre; two step-children, Ben and Tim Saetre; and his sister, Janie Miller, and her husband, Riley.

Dr. Leland (“Lee”) H. Roloff, professor Emeritus of Interpretation and Performance Studies at Northwestern University passed away at his home in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, October 8, 2015. He was 88.

Dr. Roloff received his B.A. in Speech from San Diego State University, his M.A. in Literature from Northwestern, and his Ph.D. in Communication (Interpretation) from the University of Southern California under the direction of Janet Bolton. After teaching at Occidental College and Southern Methodist University, he joined the Interpretation faculty at Northwestern in 1968, offering courses in the analysis and performance of literature, particularly poetry. He was especially well-known for creating and teaching courses in performance art, and for challenging students to produce multimedia, imagistic pieces that moved lyrically, disrupting conventional narrative. His classes were famous for inspiring students to think deeply about the affective and imaginal work of performance, and for pushing beyond convention to generate more compelling and exacting expression. A formidable performer and critic, he combined playfulness and gravitas in equal measure. His textbook, The Perception and Evocation of Literature (1973) articulated his commitment to performance that evokes rather than denotes, and to close critical reading that attended to the affective as well as stylistic dimensions of literary texts.

 In midlife, Dr. Roloff trained as a Jungian analyst, receiving his diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1978 and maintaining an active psychoanalytic practice until moving to Seattle after retiring from Northwestern in 1991. His Jungian perspective informed his work as an author and critic; he was an active discussant of contemporary drama in the “Play Talks” initiative of the award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre, and published actively in journals of analytical psychology, drama therapy, and storytelling. He was an inspiring advisor of doctoral and undergraduate students in Interpretation, Performance Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication Studies. His mentees include well-known directors, artistic directors, performance and visual artists, and university faculty.

Dr. Roloff remained active in retirement, giving lectures and performances in the Seattle area. Above all, he was a deeply generous mentor, ever alert to the reality that scholarly production is an affective, social enterprise. He will be deeply and profoundly missed for his fearless advocacy of performance as a mode of personal and social exploration, for his elegant and compelling presence, for his energetic embrace of new media in performance practice, for an evocative pedagogical style that continues to inspire his former students, and for a restless intellectual and aesthetic curiosity that made him impatient with convention.

In the Media 

Nicholas Bowman, West Virginia University, was featured in a article for his research about wearable technology and communication.

Steven D. Cohen, University of Baltimore, was quoted in a Slate article about the importance of taking a public speaking course in high school, college, or a continuing education program.

Bryan Crable, Villanova University, was featured in a Washington Post article about the evolution of the Catholic Church’s image in contemporary media.

Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University, was featured in a Contra Costa Times article about the negative associations connected to the word feminism.

Anita Foeman, West Chester University, was quoted in a Newsworks article about her work using DNA tests to allow students to explore and understand race and themselves.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about conservative ideologies in the Republican Party.

Susanne Jones, University of Minnesota, was featured in an article about why people may not always be happy when good things happen to friends.

Chenjerai Kumanyika, Clemson University, contributed an article to New Hampshire Public Radio about a white South Carolina teenager’s death in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Allen Louden, Wake Forest University, was quoted in an article about how candidates in a debate going off-script can give the public insight into their character.

William Rawlins, Ohio University, was quoted in a Business Insider article about expectations people of all ages have for friendships.

Joseph Reagle, Northeastern University, was featured in an Inside Higher Ed article about the new app, Peeple.

Glenn Sparks, Purdue University, was featured in an Imperial Valley News article about how violent movie trailers can affect children.  

Joe Turow, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in an article about online privacy in the wake of the Ashley Madison hacking.

Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania, contributed an article to about how photos can be more compelling when narrative details are included.

In Transition 

Fay Akindes has been promoted to Full Professor and appointed Faculty Director of Community-Based Learning & Research at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Delindus Brown has been appointed Interim Chair, Department of English & Modern Languages, at South Carolina State University.

Theresa Castor has been appointed Chair of the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

George Cheney has been appointed Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, effective January 2016, and remains Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah and the University of Waikato.

Christine S. Davis has been promoted to Full Professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Mark DiCorcia is joining the faculty at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and has been promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.

Amanda Nell Edgar has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Memphis.

Cara Finnegan has been promoted to Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joy Goldsmith has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Memphis.

Nancy Grass has been appointed Interim Associate Dean of Student Life at Santa Monica College.

Andre E. Johnson has been appointed Assistant Professor at The University of Memphis.

Craig Leake has been promoted to Full Professor at The University of Memphis.

Marina Levina has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Memphis.

Lauren Mackenzie has been appointed Professor of Military Cross-Cultural Competence at the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning at Marine Corps University.

Megan Mullen has been appointed Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Terry Nance has been promoted to Associate Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Villanova University.

Sally Planalp has been appointed Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, effective January 2016.

Brian Quick has been promoted to Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Craig Stewart has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Memphis.

Inger Stole has been promoted to Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lance Strate has joined the Department of Communication at Villanova University for the Fall semester as the 2015-2016 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication.

New Books  

Jennifer Y. Abbott, Todd F. McDorman, David M. Timmerman, and L. Jill Lamberton, Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speech, Deliberation, and Analysis in the Civic Realm, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-933859-7.

Lance Brendan Young, Bianca Wolf, and Cindy O'Toole, Communication Skills for Dental Health Care Providers, Quintessence Publishing, 867156902.

Sherwyn Morreale and Janice Thorpe, Public Speaking 3.0: Technology and 21st Century Presentations, Kendall Hunt, 978-1-4652-7849-4.

Of Interest 

William L. Cowen, IV, Ed.D., recently completed the degree Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership and Transformative Studies at the University of New England (UNE). He made University history as the first graduate of the program’s inaugural cohort and received the first doctorate granted by UNE's College of Arts and Sciences. Cowen is Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of the Public Relations specialization in Villanova's Department of Communication.

Quality Matters (QM) recently certified the first fully online course at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The course, “Public Speaking,” is taught by Kim James at the School of Communication and Information. The QM certification was achieved through the efforts of NCA member Nick Linardopoulos, the course director, and the instructional design team at the school. To meet QM’s rigorous standards, the course underwent a faculty-focused, intensive peer-reviewed process that examined the course’s learning objectives, assessment, evaluation, and instructional materials.

Jie Xu, Villanova University, was selected as a Plank Center Educator Fellow in summer 2015. The fellowship aims to bridge the gap between practice and education in public relations. Xu worked with Deveney Communication in New Orleans for two weeks.