Department Holds Spring Public Speaking Contest

From left to right: Third place winner Tulsi Patel, First place winner Cassidy Fuller, and Second place winner Daniela Conroy

The Department of Communication Studies held its Spring 2018 Public Speaking Contest on Wednesday, April 18. The event, which was sponsored by Xanedu Publishing, was emceed by graduate student Steven Murray and showcased the following student speakers, listed alongside the names of their instructors:

Taylor Bush, “UGA Policy on Pre-Health Student Shadowing” – Anna Walling

Cassidy Fuller, “The Real P.T. Barnum Story” – John Banister

Jake Dickens, “The Importance of Making Sure You're Active as a College Student” – Clint Graves

Liu Named Lilly Teaching Fellow

Dr. Jiaying Liu

The UGA Department of Communication Studies wishes to congratulate Dr. Jiaying Liu, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, on her selection for UGA’s prestigious Lilly Teaching Fellows program!

Now in its 33rd year at UGA, the Lilly Teaching Fellows program is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of junior faculty development and engagement on campus. Competition for the ten positions in the 2018-2020 cohort was quite intense, with a plethora of talented applicants representing a wide range of academic interests.

So Recipient of M.G. Michael Award

Dr. Jiyeon So

Dr. Jiyeon So, assistant professor of Communication Studies, is a recipient of this year’s M.G. Michael Award. The M.G. Michael Award was established in 1944 to reward research excellence and encourage creative initiatives in the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The award comes with $3,000 research support and will be honored in a recognition ceremony later this year.

Cohen Receives International Research Fellowship

Heather S. Cohen, MA

Heather S. Cohen (MA, University of Georgia) is a recipient of the 2018 UGA Franklin College-University of Liverpool Doctoral Student Short-Term International Research Fellowship. In the spring of 2018, she will be traveling to Liverpool (under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Soulsby) to conduct research and teach about the importance of communication following the death of a close other in childhood.

Harris gives Lecture on Racial Microagressions

Dr. Tina M. Harris, Professor of Communication Studies and a recipient of UGA's esteemed Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, was recently invited to give a lecture at Texas A&M University on her recent work concerning student racial microgressions. The talk, entitled “‘I Wish I Had Said Something’!: A Qualitative Approach to Student Experiences with and Responses to Racial Microagressions in a College and Local Community,” was held on Thursday, October 19 on Texas A&M’s campus. The following is a brief summary of the study Dr. Harris presented:

Condit to Give Keynote Address

Distinguished Research Professor Celeste Condit will be giving a keynote address at the Scandinavian Rhetoric Society conference on September 27, 2017. The address, entitled “Making Angry Public Rhetorics Work Better for Us,” builds upon Dr. Condit's earlier research on pathos and will take up the subject of her forthcoming book titled 9/11’s Angry Public Rhetorics.

Kristi Schaller Honored at Online Learning Faculty Fellows Luncheon

Kristi Schaller, Senior Lecture in the Department of Communication Studies, was honored over the summer at a lunch held in appreciation of UGA's Online Learning Faculty Fellows. Schaller was granted an Online Learning Faculty Fellowship to develop an online version of COMM 1500: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication. She and several of the department's graduate students have taught multiple sections of and received positive feedback on the online version of COMM 1500 since its launch in the summer of 2016.