The College of Media & Communication was well represented at the conference.
The 2016 National Communication Association (NCA) conference featured presentations from more than a dozen professors and graduate students from Texas Tech University's College of Media & Communication.
The conference was held Nov. 8-13 in Philadelphia
Glenn Cummins, associate dean for research in the College of Media & Communication, said the college's presence at the conference is a testament to the excellent quality of research produced by its faculty and students.
“The conference is a showcase for some of the best and timeliest research in our field,” Cummins said. “Having faculty and students from the College of Media & Communication among the presenters is proof of the great research coming from our college.”
Faculty members who delivered presentations included:
- Marjorie Buckner, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies
- Erik Bucy, the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communications, Department of Advertising
- Mark Gring, associate professor and assistant graduate director, Department of Communication Studies
- Luke LeFebvre, director, Communication Training Center
- Katie Langford, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies
- Narissra Punyanunt-Carter, assistant dean of international affairs and associate professor, Department of Communication Studies
- David Roach, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor, Department of Communication Studies
- Jenna Shimkowski, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies
- Rob Stewart, professor and senior vice provost, Department of Communication Studies
- John Velez, assistant professor, Department of Journalism & Electronic Media
Also featured as presenters were several graduate students or instructors in the college – Richelle Hair, Terri Manley, Santiago Arias, Travis Loof and Casey Smith – as well as Sylvia Niehuis and Dana Weiser, professors of human development and family studies in the College of Human Sciences.
LeFebvre said it is a privilege and an honor to contribute to the NCA conference.
“It's an organization that helped to establish and recognize the value of our discipline each year through the sharing of research presentations, panel discussions, networking with colleagues at other institutions and serving in roles of division leadership to better the organization for future scholars in the field of communication,” LeFebvre said.
Brian Ott, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, said NCA's prestigious reputation creates a unique opportunity for scholars in communication studies to thrive.
“Our department is proud to have so many faculty and graduate students presenting their original scholarship in this venue,” Ott said. “It's an excellent opportunity to showcase the exciting and innovative scholarly work happening in communication studies at Texas Tech on a national stage.”
In addition to the presenters, the college's faculty also won Top Paper awards in the areas of international communication, advertising, mass communication and society, communication science, health, environment and risk, and communication theory and methodology.