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Recent Faculty Publications and Awards

The Communication Department at UMD is a particularly vibrant place for the conduct of research and teaching. Below is a list of of the recent publications, awards, and accomplishments of our outstanding faculty. Please visit each faculty members individual sites to view more concerning their scholarship, teaching, and personal interests.

Recent scholarly publications

de Souza, R., Dauner, K, Goei, R., LaCaille, L., Kotowski, M., Feenstra Schultz, J, LaCaille, R. & Versnik Nowak, A. (Accepted). An evaluation of the peer helper component of Go!: A multi-message,
multi-“step” obesity prevention intervention". Manuscript accepted to American Journal of Health Education.

de Souza, R. (in press). A qualitative study of roles performed by peer workers in the context of HIV in India. Journal of the Association of Nursing in AIDS Care.

Adamchak, S., Reierson, J. L., & J. Luko. (2013). Integrating HIV/FP programs: Opportunities for strategic health communication. In C. Okigbo, Strategic Health Communication in Urban Contexts.Springer.

Boyson, A. R. (accepted). Structurally deficient news? A framing analysis of news about the I-35 bridge collapse. Newspaper Research Journal.

Downs, E. P., Boyson, A. R., Alley, H*., Kotosky, N*. (in press).  iPedagogy: Using multimedia learning theory to iDentify best practices for MP3 player use in higher education. Journal of Applied Communication.

Feng, H. (2013). Understanding cultural variations in giving advice among Americans and Chinese. Communication Research, first published on April 30, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0093650213486668, 1-25. 

Reierson, J. L, & Littlefield, R. S. L. (2012). Reconsidering the Crisis Renewal Model: Developing a community-based model. Review of European Studies, 4(3), 29-44.

Nelson, S., & Reierson, J. L. (2012). New leader, new path: BP’s redemption through a post-crisis shift in rhetorical strategies following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill. Journal of the Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota, 25, 23-52.  

de Souza, R. (2012). Theorizing the relationship between HIV/AIDS, biomedicine, and culture using an urban Indian setting as a case study. Communication Theory, 22, 163-186.

Feng, B., & Feng, H. (2012). Examining cultural similarities and differences in responses to advice: A comparison of American and Chinese college students. Communication Research, first published on January 3, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0093650211433826, 1-22.

Feng, H., & Wilson, S. R. (2012). Cultural variations in the reasons people provide avoidance support. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 5, 64-87.

Feng, H. (2011). Politeness (keqi): the fragrance of Chinese communication. China Media Research, 7, 53-60.

Feng., H., Chang, H. C., & Holt, R. (2011). Examining Chinese gift-giving behavior from the poiteness theory perspective. Asian Journal of Communication, 21, 301-317.

Roberto, A. J., Krieger, J. L., Katz, M. L., Goei, R., & Jain, P. (2011). Predicting pediatricians’ communication with parents about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: An application of the theory of reasoned action. Health Communication, 26, 1-10.

Gore, D. (2011). Sophists and Sophistry in the Wealth of Nations. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 44, 1-26.

Gore, D. (2011). Mormonism and America as Promised Land in Joseph Smith's Letter from Liberty Jail. In J. A. Edwards & D. Weiss (Eds.),The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays (pp. 101-117). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Larson, G. S., & Pepper, G. L. (2011). Organizational identification and the symbolic shaping of information communication technology.Qualitative Research Reports12(1), 1-9.

Sunnafrank, M. (2011). Three of a Human Kind. Booklocker Press.

Titus, B. & de Souza, R. (2011). Finding meaning in the loss of a child: Journeys of chaos and quest. Health Communication, 26, 450-460.

Meyer, M. H., Burrows, R., Jeannette, K., Welty, C., & Boyson, A. R. (2010). Master gardener's confidence and use of integrated pest management. Hortechnology, 20, 812-816.

de Souza, R. (2010). Local perspectives on empowerment and responsibility in the new public health. Health Communication, 24, 1-12.

de Souza, R. (2010). NGO's in India's elite newspapers: A framing analysis. Asian Journal of Communication, 4, 477-493.

de Souza, R. (2010). Women living with HIV: Stories of powerlessness and agency. Women's Studies International Forum, 33, 244–252.

Goei, R., Boyson, A. R., Lyon-Call, S. K., Schott, C., Wasilevich, E., & Cannarile, S. (2010). An examination of EPPM predictions when threat is perceived externally: An asthma intervention with school workers. Health Communication, 25, 333-344.

Gore, D. (2010). “Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail as an Epistolary Rhetoric,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 43, 43-70.

Nelson, E. J. (2010). Compassionate listening and the ethics for the new millennium. The International Journal of Listening, 24.

Pfau, M. W. (2010). Conclusion: Contextualizing fear in history, scholarship, and the economy of affect. In C. Chaput, M.J. Braun, & D. Brown (Eds.), Entertaining Fear: Rhetoric and the Political Economy of Social Control. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Ramirez, A., Sunnafrank, M., & Goei, R. (2010). Predicted outcome value theory in ongoing relationships. Communication Monographs, 77, 27-50.

de Souza, R. (2009). Creating “communicative spaces”: A case of NGO community-organizing for HIV/AIDS Prevention. Health Communication, 24, 692 – 702.

Downs, E., & Smith S. L. (2009). Keeping abreast of hypersexuality: A video game character content analysis. Sex Roles. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11199-009-9637-1.

Hendrickson, B.*, & Goei, R. (2009). Reciprocity and dating: The effect of favor and status on compliance with a date request. Communication Research, 36, 585-608.

Gore, D. (2009). “Attitudes toward money in Kenneth Burke’s dialog between the Lord and Satan,” KB Journal, [Online]: http://www.kbjournal.org/david_gore

de Souza, R., & Dutta, M. (2008). Global and local networking for HIV/AIDS prevention: The  of the Saathii E-Forum. Journal of Health Communication, 13, 326–344.

Dutta-Bergman, M. & de Souza, R. (2008). Reconciling the past and present: Reflexivity in the critical-cultural approach to health campaigns. Health Communication, 23, 326- 339.

de Souza, R., Basu, A., Kim, I., Basnyat, I., & Dutta, M. (2008). Who agreed to the neoliberal trade agreements? A discussion of the impact of “fair trade” on the health of marginalized communities. In H. Zoller & M. Dutta. (Eds.), Emerging Perspectives in Health Communication: Interpretive, Critical, and Cultural Approaches, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Feng, H., & Mattson, M. (2008). Health communication. In S. Lu (Ed.), An analysis on development of communication research in the West [xifang goutong jiaojixue qianyan fazhan pingxi] (pp. 279-300). Beijing, China: People's University Press.

Gore, D. (2008). J.S. Mill’s Art and Business of Life and the Humility of Bona Fide Scholarship. In E.M. Clift (Ed.), How Language is Used to Do Business: Essays on the Rhetoric of Economics (pp. 29-46). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Pfau, M. W. (2007). Who’s Afraid of Fear Appeals? Contingency, Courage and Deliberation in Rhetorical Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Rhetoric, 40, 216-237.

Recent Faculty Awards, Grants, & Accomplishments

Dr. Hairong Feng, Top Four Paper, Intercultural Communication Division of the 63rd annual International Communication Association Convention, London (2013).

Dr. Jennifer Reierson, Top Paper Panel (2nd place), Public Relations Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference (2012)

Jean Farrell, Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts (2012)

Dr. David Gore was awarded a 2011 Imagine Grant from the University of Minnesota for the project Mormon Rhetoric in the Twenty First Century

Dr. Edward Downs, Outstanding Advisor Award, University of Minnesota Duluth (2011-2012)

Dr. Rebecca de Souza, Outstanding Research Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth (2011-2012).

Dr. Rebecca de Souza, Co-Primary Investigator, The food-based community economy: Understanding how community enterprises provide for those experiencing food scarcity. Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota (2011-2012), $14,276

Dr. Rebecca de Souza, Primary Investigator, Training the “Diseased Body” for Participation in the Public Sphere, Office for Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota, Duluth (2008-2009), $ 8,325.

Dr. Rebecca de Souza, Primary Investigator, Training the Body for Participation in the Public Sphere, Collaborators: Adam Pine and Mark Zmudy,Body, Knowing Grant, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota (2008-2009), $25,000

Dr. Aaron Boyson was awarded the Office of Information Technology Faculty Fellowship (2010-2011), $10,000

Drs. Ryan Goei and Rebecca de Souza, Co-Investigators (PIs: Drs. Jennifer Schultz & Lara LaCaille) were awarded a grant from the University of Minnesota, Healthy Food Healthy Lives Institute Grant Program (2010-2011), $100,000

Dr. David Gore was awarded a 2010 Imagine Grant from the University of Minnesota to study Scottish archival documents relating to Adam Smith and David Hume, $4000

Dr. Ryan Goei (coauthored with Roberto, A. J., Krieger, J. L., & Katz, M.). Top Four Paper, Health Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association (2010)

Dr. Edward Downs (coauthored with Oliver, M.B.). Top Three Paper, Video Game SIG of the International Communication Association (2009)

Dr. Ryan Goei (coauthored with Roberto, A. J., Krieger, J. L., Katz, M. L., & Jain, P.). Top Four Paper, Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association (2009)

Dr. Hairong Feng (coauthored with Wilson, S. R.), Top Four Paper, International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2009)

Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Co-investigator (PI: Vicki Hansen) was awarded a Institutional Transformation/Catalyst grant from the National Science Foundation (2008), $200,000

Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, wrote a script for a Readers' Theater on The Book Thief, which was performed in the spring of 2008

Dr. David Gore, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth (2007)

Barb Titus, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth (2006)

Dr. Michael Pfau, Outstanding Research Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth (2006)

Dr. Ryan Goei, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth (2006)

Dr. Michael Pfau's The Political Style of Conspiracy: Chase, Sumner & Lincoln (Michigan State University Press, 2005), was a finalist, in the History category, for the Minnesota Book Award in 2006

* These co-authors contributed significantly to these publications while UMD Communication undergraduates

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