Faculty from the Communication and Philosophy Department have been presenting their research on campus this semester.
Jamie Landau, Associate Professor of Communication, was the invited speaker for International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Her presentation, titled “Rehumanization and Emotion and Interventions for Injustice,” focused on Rebecca Skloot’s biography of Henrietta Lacks.
Emily McGill-Rutherford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, spoke at the Keene State College Teach-In. Her presentation, titled “Grab Them By the Uterus: Reproductive Rights and Freedom,” discussed the current legal status of abortion and birth control access in the United States.
This summer, Assistant Professor of Communication Amber Davisson has been in the news!
On July 2, National Public Radio interviewed Dr. Davisson for an article about the presidential election and fan fiction. Dr. Davisson is an expert in digital communication, politics, and popular culture. As Dr. Davisson explained to NPR, “We’re talking about voters who have a really emotional attachment to candidates,” much like people are fans of Star Trek or Britney Spears.
About a month prior to that on June 14, Keene State College’s Office of Marketing and Communications interviewed Dr. Davisson for an article about her new co-edited book on digital ethics and how she teaches students about digital technology. For example, Dr. Davisson said, “We wanted to develop a book for the classroom. We really focused on controversies and case studies, to spark class discussion.”
Communication and philosophy faculty do more than teach. They research! Their research even enhances the classroom because faculty who actively research stay up on cutting-edge ideas in the profession and share that knowledge with students.
For example, just over this past academic year, faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy at Keene State College published several scholarly articles, wrote book chapters and book reviews, and even edited academic journals and books. Research topics range from health communication, feminism, and childlessness to post-Holocaust and digital ethics.
Listed below are citations to recent scholarship published by our faculty:
- Davisson, A. (2016). Passing around women’s bodies online: Identity, privacy, and free speech on Reddit (pp. 44-57). In A. Davisson & P. Booth (Eds.) Controversies in digital ethics. New York: Bloomsbury.
- Landau, J. (2016, in press). Feeling rhetorical critics: Another affective-emotional field method for rhetorical studies. In S. L. McKinnon, R. Asen, K. R. Chavez, & R. G. Howard (Eds.) Text + field: Innovations in rhetorical method. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
- Lee, S. (2016, in press). Primo Levi’s gray zone: Implications for post-Holocaust ethics. Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
This summer, Dr. Chitra Akkoor will be busy mentoring Mary Kate Stewart as she conducts original research about communicating learning disabilities. In fact, Mary Kate is the winner of the college’s Bruce Levine Mellion ’69 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)!
The number of college students across the country with all forms of disabilities is increasing. Since 2013, Mary Kate and Dr. Akkoor have interviewed 43 faculty and 16 students on campus about how professors accommodate and communicate about students with learning disabilities.
For the SURF, Mary Kate will continue to collect data by interviewing experts in the area of disabilities and staff in the Office of Disability Services at Keene State College. Mary Kate will also apply interpersonal and intercultural communication theories to analyze the interviews. Finally, she will design a professional development workshop for faculty about how to better work with students with learning disabilities, with plans to launch this workshop during the Fall 2016 semester.
Congratulations to Dr. Akkoor and Mary Kate Stewart!
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.
Dr. 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.”
McGill-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.”
Publishing research is one way that professors stay up-to-date in their fields of study and enhance their teaching in the classroom. For example, departmental faculty recently authored two peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and two chapters in edited academic books.
Dr. Chitra Akkoor’s chapter titled, “Is he my real uncle?: Re-constructing family in the diaspora,” published in the 2014 edited collection, Remaking “Family” Communicatively.
Dr. Jamie Landau’s article titled, “From in loco parentis to student-citizens: The 1964 Berkeley protests as detournement,” published in the November-December 2014 issue of the scholarly journal, Communication Quarterly.
Dr. Sander Lee’s chapter titled, “Love, meaning, and God in the later films of Woody Allen,” published in the 2014 anthology, A Companion to Woody Allen. In addition, his article titled, “The moral implications of the film, Gettysburg,” published this year in volume 18 of the scholarly journal, Film and Philosophy.
For more information about the research of professors in the Department of Communication and Philosophy, click the link to contact faculty and read their bios.
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The Department of Communication and Philosophy is excited to officially begin the search for two new tenure-track faculty!
Both positions are at the rank of Assistant Professor and scheduled to start at Keene State College in August 2015. However, one position is for a scholar of “Communication: Digital Culture/Technology” while the other position is for a scholar of “Social and Political Philosophy.”
For more information or to apply, see the college’s Office of Human Resources webpage about employment opportunities for faculty.
Throughout the month of October, artists-in-residence will collaborate with Keene State College students, faculty, and local Keene community members to perform democracy.
This civic engagement project is called City Council Meeting and involves art exhibitions, talks, a public dinner party and forum, book discussions, debate, and theatre.
Serving as the humanities expert on this unique collaboration is Dr. Brian Kanouse, a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Philosophy who is also the public speaking course coordinator and faculty advisor to the college’s Debate Club. Specifically, Dr. Kanouse will facilitate the following events:
- Monday, Oct. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre in Redfern Arts Center: “The Long Table: A Public Dinner Party and Forum on Presentation of Self”
- Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Putnam Science Center Room 101: “Keene State College Debate Club: The Role of Students as Local Citizens”
- Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Trustees Room in Keene Public Library: “A Debriefing of City Council Meeting and the Democratic Experience”
City Council Meeting is coming to Keene thanks to funding from Keene State College, the Keene Public Library, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Experience.
For more information, check out this events webpage of the college’s Redfern Arts Center.
President Anne Huot, Dr. Jamie Landau, and Jessica Gagne Cloutier attend the Presidents’ Awards ceremony
Dr. Jamie Landau is this year’s recipient of Keene State College President’s Good Steward Award.
This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff who has contributed her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on campus.
Keene State College President Anne Huot presented Dr. Landau with the Good Steward Award on April 8 at a ceremony organized by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire. Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a statewide consortium of college presidents who are committed to integrating community service and civic responsibility into higher education.
Dr. Landau received this recognition in honor of her leadership of the Safe Space Subcommittee of the Keene State College Campus Commission for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness, for her role as faculty advisor to KSC Pride, and since she teaches service-learning courses.
Professors do not always conduct research on their own, nor is it required to have a doctorate to engage in research. Undergraduate and graduate students do research, too!
Earlier this month, Dr. Jeff Halford presented two research papers at the International Association for Relationship Research Conference in Louisville, KY.
The first study, titled “The Halo Effect: Real vs. Perceived Traits Associated with Facial Symmetry,” was a collaboration with Samantha Bissell ’09, an alumna of Keene State College who is now getting a Master’s degree in psychology from City University of New York. The second study, titled “Less Satisfied but More Committed? How the Presence of Children Affects Marital Outcomes,” was based on Dr. Halford’s ongoing research program in marital communication and family planning.