The Department of Communication hosts a number of ongoing research groups and related events:
Wednesday Data Sessions
As the name suggests, these weekly events bring together graduate students and faculty to look at (and listen to) data together. Typically, researchers bring data they are currently working with –often video or audio recordings, along with a written transcript -- but they may also present interview excerpts, electronic texts, or written institutional documents of some kind. The presenting researchers offer background comments to set the stage, and then the group collectively proceeds to examine and discuss several ‘chunks’ of data. After the presentation of each chunk, group members comment on features of the texts, ask questions, make associations to other studies and issues, and generally offer their reactions. These sessions are usually informal, short, and unexpectedly fun. One goal of these events is to build everyone’s abilities to notice, name, and argue about features of talk and texts. For the person bringing data, it provides a chance to rehearse and reflect on their evolving interpretations.
Research Lunch events occur every other week during the fall and spring semesters. They are typically held from 11:00 – 11:50 AM on Wednesdays. Research lunches are an opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to present projects that are in active development, and are thus ripe for discussion. The authors or co-authors of a study present their in-process work for about 25 minutes, and then the audience offers questions and comments intended to benefit the project. Research lunches are also a great chance to see fellow colleagues presenting, questioning, and debating ideas – activities that are all central to the professional development of communication scholars.