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News about Communication Faculty, Grad & Undergrad Students, and Staff Doings

The Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a vibrant community of scholars whose members share a commitment to excellence and innovation in communication research and teaching. ‘COMM Plishments is our way of sharing news about the accomplishments of all of us with each other. People are doing all kinds of wonderful things and we often are unaware of what others do.  It is valuable for us as a community to know and celebrate the accomplishments of each other.

‘COMM Plishments may be received in the following categories:

  • Conference paper or presentation acceptances
  • Acceptance of journal articles & book manuscript proposals
  • Appearance of journal articles & books
  • Appearance of book chapters, referred proceedings, reviews, encyclopedia entries,. etc.
  • Awards & recognitions of any kinds
  • Appointments  or election to important university or professional committees
  • Grants received (at the university and from agencies)
  • Outside the university speaking engagements


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Volume 3, Issue 3: November 1, 2015

Nicoli BowleyMegan HaaseBen KaufhardtLexie Pike, and Jordan Travis, Undergraduate students working with Professor Motter,  attended the Republican presidential candidate debate and tweeted their analysis of arguments made during the debate.

Bob Craig, Professor Emeritus, published “The constitutive metamodel: A 16-year review” in Communication Theory, 25(4), 356-374. doi: 10.1111/comt.12076 This invited article appears in a special issue for the 25th anniversary of Communication Theory, of which Bob was the founding editor (1991-1993). It reviews applications and criticisms of the constitutive metamodel of communication theory presented in Bob’s 1999 article.

Elizabeth EgerPhD student, was recognized as one of the recipients of the NCA Caucus Student among competitive applicants for travel funding for NCA.

Lisa Flores, Associate Professor, presented “Laboring to Belong: Differentiation, Spatial Relocation, and the Politics of Visibility in the United Farm Workers ‘Take Our Jobs’ Campaign,” on September 30th  as part of the University of South Carolina Upstate, Communication Studies Lecture Series.

Larry Frey, Professor, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Edited Book Award from NCA’s Applied Communication Division for his book, Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice (2014). Larry also was elected and completed his first month as the Chair of the CMCI Faculty Council.

Jeff Motter, Instructor, attended the Republican Debates with five of our students. He appeared on Denver’s 9News as a commentator, was quoted in the Denver Post and Columbus Dispatch, and also talked to media from other news outlets.

Karen Tracy, Professor, is presenting a colloquium on November 5th at Carnegie Mellon in their English Department’s Rhetoric Series. The title of her talk is “Discourse, Identity, and Social Change in the Marriage Equality Debates.”

Cindy White, Associate Professor, was selected as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Curriculum and Programs in CMCI and just completed her first moth of service.

Many of the department’s graduate students are presenting papers and chairing sessions at the National Communication Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. On the upcoming November program are the following:

  • Nathan Bedsole, PhD student: “Learning from Winston-Salem: Reclaimed Architecture, Ethical Materiality, and the New Publicity of Public Health Rhetorics,” and “Putin will Teach you how to Love: Structure and Agency at the 2014 Sochi Olympics,” which is a Top Student Paper.
  • Norell Bond, PhD student: “The City as Network for Collaborative Communication(s).”
  • Claire Chase, PhD student: “The Siloed City: 100 Resilient Cities as Communication Design Intervention.”
  • Ace Eckstein, MA student: “Embracing and Centering Transgender Communication Studies: Research(er) Ethics, Positionalities, and Opportunities.”
  • Elizabeth Eger, PhD student: “Embracing and Centering Transgender Communication Studies: Research(er) Ethics, Positionalities, and Opportunities, “ “Creating Justice and Inclusion Guidelines from Organizational Participants’ Narratives: Applying Difference-based Fieldwork Findings for Varied Organizational Audiences,” and  “Organizing, Analyzing and Coding Qualitative Data: Creating a Path through the Maze.”
  • Constance Gordon, PhD student: “What’s Moving in Social Movements Today? Identifying Trends and Setting an Agenda for Studies in the Rhetoric of (New) Social Movements” and “Food Justice and/or Farmworker Justice: Examining the Role of the Fair Food Movement.”
  • Stephanie Hartzell, PhD student: “An (In)visible Universe of Grief: Motherhood, Affect, and Anti-Racist Possibilities,” and she is also chairing a session, “Rhetorical Risk Taking and Opportunity Creating: Contributed Papers in Public Address.”
  • Elyse Janish, PhD student: “Victims, Villains, and Heroes: The Symbolic Resistance of Filibuster in the Texas State Senate.”
  • Jared Kopczynski, PhD student: “Reimagining Work/Life Balance as Work/Life Struggle in Terms of Space.”
  • Adam Lauver, PhD student: “(De)constructing Rape Culture: Ideology, Membership, and Framing in Online Discussions about Rape.”
  • Andrew Long, PhD student, is chairing a session, “Competitive Papers on (Grand)parenting.”
  • Ricky Munoz, PhD student: “Violence and Consensus: Deliberations on Tactics in Occupy Portland Interagency.”  He is also chairing a session—“Interorganizational Relationships and Organizational Communication.”
  • Eric Netterlund, PhD student: “Heresies of Personal Finance: The Neoliberal (Mis)taking of Theology to Legitimate Capitalism.”
  • Lydia Reinig, PhD student: “Speaking Analytically: Learning to Analyze Everyday Talk Examples in the Communication Classroom.”
  • Rebecca Rice, PhD student: “Impure Political Strategy in Environmental Nonprofits: Sierra Club’s Endorsement of Green Works.”
  • Amanda Szabo, PhD student: “Entrepreneurial Exploitation: Relationality, Autonomist Marxism, and Exploitation.”
  • Bri Wiens, MA student: “Embracing and Centering Transgender Communication Studies: Research(er) Ethics, Positionalities, and Opportunities.”

Vol. 3, Issue 2: October 1, 2015

Bob Craig, professor emeritus,  is presenting a keynote lecture, “Models of Communication In and As Metadiscourse”  at ECREA Philosophy of Communication workshop on “Models of Communication” in Vilnius, Lithuania on October 8, 2015.

Elyse Janish, PhD student, published an article: Evans, S. B., & Janish, E. (2015).“#INeedDiverseGames”: How the queer backlash to GamerGate enables non-binary coalition. QED, 2(2), 125–150.

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, associate professor, is participating in the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference COP21 for the first week of November as the head of the International Environmental Communication Association’s Climate Negotiations Working Group:

Amanda Szabo, PhD student, published the article, “Organizing the (sociomaterial) economy: Ritual, agency, and economic models.” It’s appearing in Critical Discourse Studies and the advance online publication may be accessed at: doi:10.1080/17405904.2015.1074597.

Karen Tracy, professor, will be  giving the James Bradac lecture  at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in October. The title of her talk is “Discourse Style Variation among Judges in Small Claims Courts: Its Consequentiality.”

Vol. 3, Issue 1: September 1, 2015

David Boromisza-Habashi, Assistant Professor, had his book, Speaking Hatefully, positively reviewed this summer in the journals, Semiotica and Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Nicole Castro, MA student, published a review of the book Coming to narrative: A personal history of paradigm change in the human sciences, by A. P. Bochner in Southern Communication Journal, 80, 335-337. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2015.1068366g

Bob Craig, Professor Emeritus, gave a keynote lecture at the conference on “Communication as a Discipline and as a Field: Sharing Experiences to Construct a Dialogue,” held by the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, July 9.

Larry Frey, Professor, had a summer of accomplishments including two publications: (1) Frey, L. R. (2015). Celebrating and challenging Caribbean communication scholarship. Journal of Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean, 1(1), 140–155, and (2) Palmer, D. L., & Frey, L. R. (2015). Fostering civic resilience and hope through communication activism education. In G. A. Beck & T. J. Socha (Eds.), Communicating hope and resilience across the lifespan (pp. 235–258). New York, NY: Peter Lang. He was also interviewed April 6 on Riprap: The Academic Book Television Program about his new coedited book, Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice, which is available from The book also was reviewed in Southern Communication Journal, Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and Central States Communication Association Newsletter. In addition, Larry was elected Vice Chair (and 2016 Program Planner) of the newly established Activism and Social Justice Division of the National Communication Association, and he gave a plenary session, The future of the study of communication at the meeting of the Media Ecology Association, Denver, CO. Available at Larry was appointed to CU-Boulder’s Puksta Scholars Advisory Council.

Joanne Esch, PhD student, was competitively selected for and participated in the 2015 National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar this summer. The focus of the conference was about “Solving Social Problems through Communication Research.”

Jody Jahn, Assistant Professor, published a chapter: Jahn, J., Putnam, L. L., & Myers, K. (in press). Metaphors of Communication in High Reliability Organizations. In R. Ramanujam & K. Roberts (Eds.), From High Reliability to Reliable Organizing: A Handbook. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.

Juedon Kebede, recent graduate of our undergraduate program, received the Undergraduate Award from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community. He was a Tri-Executive for CU Student Government and president of student affairs. He was recognized for academic achievement, outstanding service to the university community, and noteworthy service to or on behalf of CU-Boulder’s diverse communities.

Adam Lauver, PhD student, published a review of the book, Voices of resistance: Communication and social change by M. J. Dutta. It appeared in Southern Communication Journal, 80, 155–158, 2015. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2015.1009152

Adam Lauver and Greg Russell, PhD students, presented a workshop, Exploring modes of resilience within the prison-industrial complex: A democratic communication workshop, at the 2015 summer Aspen Conference on Engaged Scholarship in Aspen, Colorado.

Matt Koschmann, Assistant Professor, published three articles: (1) Koschmann, M. & Burk, N. (in press) Accomplishing authority in collaborative work. Western Journal of Communication; (2) Koschmann, M., Isbell, M., & Sanders, M. (2015). Connecting nonprofit and communication scholarship: A review of key issues and a meta-theoretical framework for future research. Review of Communication; and (3) Koschmann, M. & Wanberg, J. (in press). Assessing the effectiveness of collaborative interorganizational networks through client communication. Communication Research Reports.

Katie Peters, PhD student, published a chapter “Showing we’re a team”: Acting and relating in online/offline hybrid organizational meetings. In T. Milburn (Ed.), Communicating user experience: Applying local strategies research to digital media design (pp. 63–86). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.

Phaedra C. Pezzullo, associate professor, coauthored the 4th edition of Environmental Communication & The Public Sphere (2015, Sage) with Robert Cox.

Bingjunan Xiong, PhD Student, published “Tell China’s Story Well?: Cultural Framing and Online Contestation” at the latest issue of International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) 5 (1), 2015. The abstract is available online at

Vol. 2, Issue 8: May 1, 2015

Harry Archer PhD student, will have his review of the book, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics, by Sarah Sharma, published in a forthcoming issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication.

Rebecca Avalos, PhD student, is one of the primary student leaders who designed the reporting bias campaign; see DiStefano’s statement:

Ace Eckstein, MA student has had his paper, “Problematizing transgender visibility in talk show interviews.” Published in Teaching Media Quarterly, 2015, 3(2), Article 1. Retrieved from

Joshua Chen, undergraduate student, will give the closing charge to graduates at the graduation ceremony

Ellen Crossley, undergraduate student, will give the welcoming speech at graduation.

Elizabeth Eger, PhD student, received a $1,000 Award from CARTSS (Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences) in support of her project entitled Organizational Communication Research for Transgender Outreach Organizing. She, along with Wilfredo Alvarez and Janell Bauer (both past PhD graduates of the department) published an essay, “(Making a) Difference in the organizational communication undergraduate course.” Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 302–308. doi:10.1177/0893318915571352

Ryan Hartwig, a PhD graduate from several years ago, gave a TEDx talk on “The Myth of Meaningful Work”:

Elyse Janish, PhD student, has a paper “#INeedDiverseGames: How the Queer Backlash to GamerGate Enables Non-Binary Coalition”  coauthored with Sarah B. Evans of North Carolina State University that will  be published in QED Vol. 2, issue 2, in June 2015. They are also presenting the paper at the DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) conference in May in Luneburg, Germany.

Darcy Jerman, undergraduate student, will receive the Academic Leadership Award at graduation,presented to a student whose exceptionally rich life experiences and valuable perspectives lead the class to learn and grow in ways that might not be possible without them.

Adam Lauver, PhD student, has had his paper “Think About Fish and Water”: Mapping Metaphor, Narrative, and Ideology in David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Address” accepted for presentation at the David Foster Wallace Conference, to be held at Illinois State University on May 28-29.

Jen Malkowski, recent PhD graduate, accepted a tenure-track position at California State University-Chico.

Renee Marino and Molly Curtis, both undergraduate students, will receive  the Academic Achievement Award at graduation,  presented to someone in the top one percent of graduating seniors as determined by grade point average, communication skills, intellectual curiosity, analytical capabilities, and academic creativity.

Kathleen de Onis, incoming PhD student, published “Lost in Translation: Challenging (White, Monolingual Feminism’s) <Choice> with Justicia Reproductiva. ” This was the lead article in the latest issue (Volume 38, No. 1) of Women’s Studies in Communication.

Elizabeth Roberts, undergraduate student, will receive the Civic Engagement Award at  graduation,presented to a student whose sustained involvement in and service to the university or Boulder community has contributed to the greater good and made life better for others.

Lora Roberts, undergraduate student, will receive the Phillip K. Tompkins Award for Student Achievement at graduation. This award is presented to a student whose outstanding all-around achievement cuts across academics, intellectual initiative, and community service. She is also the recipient of  Jacob Van Ek Award, a highly prestigious university-wide award that recognizes outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the university.

Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, is PI on a $400,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation to support “Assessing deliberative spaces for engagement across difference: Two new civics measurement instruments.” The project team includes faculty and graduate students from Communication, CU Engage, and CU Dialogues.  She is also the author, along with Jess Hughes, PhD student on “A new perspective on stories in public deliberation: Analyzing small stories in discussions about immigration”  that is in press at Text & Talk.  In addition, she is a co-author along with M. Carcasson (2015): Beyond problem solving: Re-conceptualizing the work of public deliberation as deliberative inquiry. Communication Theory. Available at

Bryan Taylor, Professor, was awarded $2,500 in Scholar Funds By CARTSS (Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences) in support of hos project entitled Traveling Methods: Nations, Disciplines, and the Globalization of Qualitative Research Methodology.

Karen Tracy, Professor, is Editor-in-Chief of the three  volume, 200 entry, International Encyclopedia of  Language and Social Interaction, edited by Karen Tracy, Cornelia Ilie, and Todd Sandel  (2015). Boston: John Wiley & Sons, which just appeared. Many Department folks published entries in this handbook including:

David Boromisza-Habashi, Assistant Professor, published an entry of “Hate Speech,” pp. 715-725, and he also co-authored an entry on “Ethnography of Communication with Donal Carbaugh, pp. 537-552.

Robert Craig, Professor Emeritus, published an entry on “Grounded Practical Theory,” pp 703-713.

Jessica F. M Hughes, PhD student and Karen Tracy, Professor, coauthored “Indexicality,” pp 788-793,

Chris Ingraham, recent PhD graduate,  contributed the entry on “Narrative,” pp. 1059-1064.

Russell Parks, PhD student, and Karen Tracy, Professor, coauthored an entry on ”Discourses of Religion,” p. 456-465.

Leah Sprain, Assistant Professor, contributed an entry on “Deliberative Democracy Discourse,” pp. 331- 340 and an entry on “Expertise Discourse,”  pp. 574-578.

Karen Tracy, Professor, contributed the “Editor’s Introduction,” pp. xxvii- xlviii.

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