New professors, new courses this fall

The search is complete for two tenure-track assistant professors in the Department of Communication and Philosophy! Dr. Amber Davisson and Emily McGill-Rutherford (Ph.D. candidate) will join the department this fall. They bring cutting-edge expertise to the curriculum and the Keene State College community.

ADavissonDr. Davisson is an interdisciplinary scholar of identity, politics, and digital technology. She is the author of Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture (McFarland, 2013) and co-editor of Controversies in Digital Ethics (forthcoming: Bloomsbury, 2015). Her scholarship about digital communication has also appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Media & Digital Literacy, Journal of Visual Literacy, and the American Communication Journal. The courses that she will teach during the Fall 2015 semester are COMM 175: Introduction to Communication Studies, COMM 220: Ethics in Communication, and COMM 290: Special Topics on “Democracy and the Networked Public.”

EMcGillRutherfordMcGill-Rutherford is currently a doctoral candidate in social-political philosophy whose teaching and research explore the relationship between political liberalism and feminism. She is especially interested in approaching the question of women’s autonomy from a multicultural or global perspective. Her publications include “Stoicism, Feminism and Autonomy” in Symposion and an edited volume titled Grotius and Law (Ashgate, 2014). The courses that she will teach during the Fall 2015 semester are two sections of IHPHIL 100: Logical Argumentation, and PHIL 490: Advanced Special Topics on “The Politics of Multiculturalism.”

Intern in Washington, D.C.

Washington CenterUndergraduates can work and learn in Washington, D.C. by interning with a public, private, or non-profit organization, an experience that could launch a career unlike any other!

Eliza Allison, a representative from The Washington Center that helps place students in these positions, will be on campus next week to specifically recruit Keene State College students. Sample internships include working for CSPAN, the Democratic National Committee, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Communication and philosophy students can meet Eliza during an open information session on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Room on the first floor of the L.P. Young Student Center.


Network with Boston Celtics communication professionals

Boston Celtics Speaker SeriesFor students who want to work in sports communication, sign up now for the Career in Sport Speaker Series run by the Boston Celtics!

The Boston Celtics contacted Keene State College to invite students majoring in communication or journalism to a unique event that involves watching the professional basketball team play a game and networking with top communication professionals who work for the team.

For instance, at the second evening session on Feb. 25, students have the opportunity to watch the Boston Celtics play against the New York Knicks and meet vice presidents and directors in digital media, corporate partnerships sales, and business development for the Boston Celtics. The deadline to register for Session 2 is Feb. 18, 2015.

Sign up by filing out the above form and e-mailing it to Marc Rogers at


Back to class

Typing on keyboardKeene State College students went back to class today. But sometimes it can be difficult to adjust to coursework after the long winter break.

Tips for planning a successful spring semester include introducing yourself to your professors, creating a detailed calendar of homework, staying ahead of assigned readings, reviewing class notes on a weekly basis, and beginning to search online for a summer internship or (if you’re a senior) a full-time job.




Winter break

KSC Arch of Appian GatewayFaculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy send warm wishes to students who are now on winter break.

The Spring 2015 semester at Keene State College starts on January 20, 2015.


Comm students reframe conversation, rebuild community

“Riots” do not define college students. Rather, Keene State College students are “Respectful. Intelligent. Owls. Together” who give back to the community.

This message was the focus of a public event yesterday in Central Square in the city of Keene. Students enrolled in COMM 378: Persuasion this semester with Dr. Jamie Landau organized the KSC Gives Back event as a final class project.B4MJDBWIQAAWPfr

Activities at the event included a march down Main Street with signs, collecting donations of non-perishable food and clothing items for local non-profits, giving homebaked treats, coffee, and “thank you” cards to the Police Department, Fire Department, and area businesses, as well as an acoustic guitar performance by communication major Jack Anderson who sang an original song called “Owls Together” that was dedicated to the city of Keene and written by Jack and his fellow students in the Persuasion class.

For more information, check out the music/YouTube video of the event, respectful owls on Twitter, the KSC Gives Back event on Facebook, and an article in the Keene Sentinel newspaper titled, “Mending experience: Keene State students stage march and greet.”









Student research presentations

SnrProjConfpromoCome ask questions about undergraduate research at the department’s Senior Project Conference next Monday, Dec. 8.

Students enrolled in COMM 479: Senior Project this fall semester will publicly share the results of their studies. Research topics include (but are not limited to) organizational satisfaction in the workplace, parasocial relationships with celebrities, online dating applications, private disclosure between students and professors, and existential philosophy in films such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Groundhog Day” and in books such as The Great Gatsby and Into the Wild.

Concurrent student presentation panels run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., and 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Morrison Hall Rooms #201 and #202.







It’s Career Week

Graduation may be next semester, but looking for a job should start now.

The college kicked off “Career Week” yesterday with a workshop about how to prepare for a career fair. Over the next few days, there will be a series of events to help students with their job search, including resume reviewing by alumni and an opportunity to meet employers who want to hire Keene State College and internship fair flyer 11-20-14

Students should come prepared and dress professional.

  • Drop-in resume reviewing with alumni: Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., first floor of the Elliott Center, Office of Academic & Career Advising
  • Motivational speech by an alum about the “Road to Career Success”: Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Madison Street Lounge in the Student Center
  • Career and internship fair with employers: Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center (see directory of employers here)








Debate current events like Pumpkin Fest

Nov. 12th Debate FlyerThe college’s Debate Club has a lot to argue about lately!

In response to the unrest near campus a few weeks ago that received national media coverage, students will debate whether the Pumpkin Festival should continue as an annual tradition in Keene.

Other current events that will be the topic of an upcoming public debate include the social media application called Yik Yak and college requirements for living on-campus.

  • Keene State Debate, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center


Student presents on pop culture and patriarchy

COPLAC RandlettKalie Randlett, a senior who is double majoring in communication and social science, wrote a research paper on Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 MTV Music Video Award performance for a class last year. She was then competitively selected to give a poster presentation on it this weekend.

Kalie’s rhetorical analysis argues that patriarchy is upheld today in pop culture even as women try to assert their empowerment.

Kalie is one of only 17 Keene State College students who were accepted to present at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference that runs November 7-8 at Keene State College.