Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite and Colleagues on the Book Publication.

The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite, and colleagues Elizabeth Suter and Kory Floyd, on the publication of their book, Engaging theories in family communication, 2nd edition (2018, Routledge).

Dr. Denker Discusses Difficult Classroom Conversations

Dr. Kathy Denker of Ball State University visited UNL today to work with us and talk with our faculty, lecturers and GTAs about the topic of Difficult Classroom Conversations. Dr. Denker talked about her instructional communication research projects on the topic and about some of her own classroom approaches and interventions. Thanks for visiting Kathy Denker!

Bravo Laura Springer




Friday, September 22, 2017

Dr. Seiler Recognized for 45 Years of Dedicated Service to the University

Chancellor Ronnie Green recognized the university's 45 and 50 year employees on stage at his State of the University Address on September 19. Congratulations to Department of Communication Studies’ Dr. Bill Seiler on his 45 years of dedication and service to the university and our department. We recognize especially his outstanding teaching and 21 years as Department Chair.

Dr. Kelly Wins the 2017 Early Career Award

Congratulations to Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, who has won the 2017 Early Career Award from the National Communication Association’s Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division. This award recognizes scholars who have a clear and impressive record of scholarly research and exhibit the potential to contribute significantly to the field. One of his nominators expressed: “In short, Casey Ryan Kelly has accomplished early in his career what many of us strive to finish across a longer time span. He is a superstar critic-theorist. He is eminently deserving.”

Friday, September 15, 2017

Doctoral Candidate Adam Blood Kicks off Communication Studies' 17-18 Colloquium Series

Doctoral Candidate Adam Blood kicked off Communication Studies' 17-18 Colloquium Series September 13. The presentation, titled Arguing About Threats to Loyalty in the Internet Age, featured a discussion on his work with Dr. Ron Lee on loyalty in the age of terror. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite Receives Samuel L. Becker Award

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Willa Cather Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, will be awarded the National Communication Association Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a lifetime of outstanding service to the Association and to the profession. The Award is presented to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the association and to the profession during her or his career in research, teaching, or service. In most cases, the individual selected will have made outstanding contributions in all three areas. Braithwaite was the President of the National Communication Association in 2010 and the Western States Communication Association in 2009.

Dr. Braithwaite’s nominator wrote, “Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite is an ideal (if not, quintessentially the best) person for this award because of her exceptional service to NCA, her extensive number of service roles, and her ways of making a qualitative difference in the discipline. Her impressive record of service extends to multiple associations and goes in tandem with her scholarship and leadership in the profession. I believe she embodies the spirit and the values of this prestigious honor.”

Dr. Casey Kelly's "Abstinence Cinema"

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Congratulations to Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, joining the faculty in Fall 2017. His newest book, Abstinence Cinema (Rutgers University Press), has been included on the National Communication Association’s Bookshelf, offering profiles of new and notable books written by Communication scholars. Dr. Kelly's book won the National Communication Association Visual Communication Division’s 2016 Diane Hope Book of the Year Award.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Graduate Students: Fall 2017

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Welcome to new Communication Studies graduate students/graduate teaching assistants Fall 2017: Jonathan Baker (BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Jordan Johnson (MA Kansas State University), Morgan April (MA, Texas Christian University). Robbie Hall (MA, Illinois State University), Mallory Marsh (MA, U of Alabama), Megan Cardwell (BA, U of Buffalo). Go Big Red!

British National Debate Team vs UNL Speech & Debate

British National Debate Vs. Nebraska Speech and Debate Team



Since 1922, the National Communication Association has sponsored international student exchange tours for the purpose of promoting debate, discussion, and intercultural communication. Renowned for their wit, humor, and eloquence, members of the United Kingdom’s English-Speaking Union tour the United States each year, debating the best and the brightest at our institutions of higher learning.

On Tuesday November 7th, UNL Speech & Debate will be hosting a debate with the British National Debate team in the Lied Center. For more information, visit the Lied Center's website at: http://www.liedcenter.org