Member News & Notes

Member News
November 9, 2021


Ronald J. Matlon, Towson University, has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Trial Consultants, where he served both as President and Executive Director for many years.

In the Media

Darius Benton, University of Houston Downtown, explained Critical Race Theory to FOX 26 after a Texas school district canceled an event because of parental criticism of the theory. 

In Insider, Bradley Bond, University of San Diego, and Marie-Louise Mares, University of Wisconsin–Madison, commented on the growing number of animated shows that feature LGBTQ characters of color.

In an episode of Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, Jonathan Bowman, University of San Diego, discussed different scenarios when dealing with difficult people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, spoke with AARP about communication within blended families. 

In a Quad-City Times op-ed, Richard Cherwitz, University of Texas at Austin, examined President Biden’s response to the crisis in Afghanistan. Cherwitz also wrote in the El Paso Times about how the scientific principle of “falsification” documents the severity of the extreme polarization threatening our democracy. 

In response to a TikTok trend that encouraged students to slap teachers, Jennifer Cox, Salisbury University, weighed in on WBOC about how social media can influence children’s behavior. 

Travis Dixon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke with USA Today about persistent negative racial stereotypes in the media. 

In the Courier & Press, Katharine Head, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, commented on COVID-19 vaccine-related public health campaigns. 

In a Reuters article, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, compared the creation of One America News and Fox News.

Karen Lollar, Metropolitan State University of Denver, spoke with the Washington Post about what it feels like to lose possessions in a wildfire and the grief that follows. 

How do you communicate about the Delta variant if you’re Delta Air Lines? Chris McCollough, Jacksonville State University, weighed in on the company’s strategy in the Washington Post.  

In Vox, Tanya Melendez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wrote about how abortion has been depicted on television in the United States.

NCA Immediate Past President Kent Ono, University of Utah, spoke with AP News about how the Gabby Petito case has renewed calls to spotlight missing people of color, including Asian Americans.

On WUWF, Joshua Scacco and Stephen Neely, both of University of South Florida, discussed their survey, which found that Floridians support various environmental reforms. 

In the Washington Post, Karla Scott, Saint Louis University, weighed in on the ways that people use the term “self-care.” 

In The Conversation, S. Shyam Sundar, Penn State University, argues that some “high-threat” messages may not be effective in encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Tammy Vigil, Boston University, spoke with the Associated Press about First Lady Jill Biden returning to work. 

In Transition

Jennifer Walton has been appointed Director of the School of Communication at Radford University.

New Books

David Dewberry, Advanced Public Speaking: Theory and Techniques Based on the Rhetorical Canon (San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2021). ISBN: 978-1-7935-1327-4

Stephen K. Hunt and Kevin R. Meyer, Engaged Persuasion in a Post-Truth World (San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2021). ISBN: 978-1-5165-4823-1

Daniel P. Modaff and Jennifer A. Butler, Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, Fifth Edition (San Diego, CA: Cognella, 2021). ISBN: 978-1-7935-1590-2