Monday, October 23, 2017

Braithwaite Working on Global Educational Initiatives in Oman

Dr. Chuck Braithwaite is in Muscat, Oman with University of Nebraska-Lincoln's International Engagement and Global Strategies officials working on global educational initiatives. He is pictured here in a meeting with Bader Al Suleimani, Director, External Relations Office, University of Nizwa, Birkat Al-Mouz Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman, discussing Chuck’s global classroom project. The university group is also traveling to the United Arab Emirates.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Castle Presents in Ireland

Dr. Kathy Castle, Department of Communication Studies' Director of Undergraduate Education, gave her presentation celebrating the Pearson Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology, for the Association of Business Communication in Dublin, Ireland.

Communication Studies Kelly, Bonander, Hoerl and Graduate Student, Baker, Attend LGBTQ History Dinner

Drs. Casey Ryan Kelly, Allison Bonander, Kristen Hoerl and graduate student Jonathan Baker represented the Department of Communication Studies at the 15th annual LGBTQ History Dinner on October 19th. This was their largest event, celebrating 10 years of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center on UNL's campus. Awards went to State Senators Adam Morfeld and Patty Pansing Brooks for their work for inclusion, and PFLAG as the longest running LGBTQ support institution in Lincoln. The keynote speaker was Ryan Sallans, a trans advocate and UNL alumni. Pictured: Kelly, Bonander & Baker.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blood Named Japp Scholar

The Department of Communication Studies congratulates doctoral candidate Adam Blood, named a Phyllis Japp Scholar. This fund is named for Dr. Phyllis Japp who was a member of our faculty from 1986-2009. The fund is generously supported by valued alumni, faculty, and the Japp family, including the Phyllis and Lyle Japp Endowment. In addition to his excellent scholarship and teaching, Adam Blood is the graduate student coach for UNL’s debate team, part of the Cornhusker Speech & Debate program, and a UNL Graduate Student Ambassador.

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!

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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:

Julia Moore NCA Award

Julia Moore

Dr. Julia Moore (PhD 2016), Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Utah, has won the National Communication Association’s Gerald Miller Dissertation Award. The association-wide Miller Dissertation Award was endowed in 1971 and honors top dissertations across the Communication discipline. Dr. Moore is the first UNL graduate to win this award (and we know more awards are in our future). The faculty in Communication Studies. her committee, and Dr. Moore’s Advisor, Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite, are extremely proud of Julia and her work. Dr. Moore has also been named the winner of the National Communication Association Interpersonal Communication Divisional Dissertation Award as well.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Ángel Maldonado!

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Department congratulates Dr. Ángel Maldonado, who successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Utah (his advisor Dr. Kent Ono is to his right in the photo). Dr. Maldonado joins our faculty this Fall.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dr. Kaitlin Phillips

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies sends congratulations to Dr. Kaitlin Phillips (middle) who defended her dissertation today. Her advisor, Dr. Jordan Soliz, and committee (Dawn O. Braithwaite, Julia Torquati, and Jody Koenig Kellas) were pleased to celebrate her accomplishment).

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why Taming the Office Bully Isn't Easy

Communication Studies PhD alumna Stacy Tye-Williams and professor Kathy Krone provide very helpful insights about workplace bullying:…

Why Taming the Office Bully Isn't Easy

The advice given to victims of workplace bullying typically either doesn’t help the situation or makes things worse. A new study details why.

Monday, July 3, 2017

During Terminal Illness, Hope Has a Dark Side.

The Department of Communication Studies is proud of the important research on "Communicatively Constructing the Bright and Dark Sides of Hope: Family Caregivers’ Experiences during End of Life Cancer Care" by professors Jody Koenig Kellas, Kathy Castle, alumna Alexis Johnson, and Marlene Z. Cohen of University of Nebraska Medical Center.…/during-terminal-illness-hope-has…/

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Longtime Administrative Assistant is relay coordinator for Tractor Relay Across Nebraska

Communication Studies' longtime Administrative Assistant, Donelle Moormeier, is the relay coordinator for the Tractor Relay Across Nebraska (TRAN). Riders on antique tractors drive across the length of the state for ten days in June. This year, 25 tractors traveled across the state, visiting many communities and highlighting agriculture. In celebration of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary of statehood, Donelle organized a tractor drive around the Nebraska State Capitol on June 10. 152 antique tractors were driven around the capitol. Congrats to Donelle and the Nebraska Antique Farming Association.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Congratulations to Communication Studies Majors and Minors Graduating Saturday and to Today's Doctoral Graduates.

Congratulations to all of our Communication Studies majors and minors graduating Saturday and to doctoral graduates Dr. Nicole Allen, Dr. Jonathan Carter, and Dr. Jamie Downing graduating today, Have wonderful time celebrating and remembering all of your professors, family, and friends who have supported you. We have benefited greatly from your presence here and will watch proudly as your careers and lives develop. We hope you’ll stay actively connected to our community, Top of Form

Dr. Jonathan Carter
Dr. Jamie Downing

Dr. Nicole Allen

Friday, April 28, 2017

Wonderful Years of Intercultural Communication in Action.

Dr. Chuck Braithwaite's Intercultural Communication Global Classroom students were visited by Turkish children from the campus of Yeditepe University in Instanbul, Turkey. Professors Braithwaite and Ayseli Usulata and their students celebrated another successful semester teaching together.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chancellor Hosts a Dinner for the Cornhusker Speech & Debate team and coaches

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies is delighted that the Cornhusker Speech & Debate team has their home in our department. UNL's Chancellor hosted a dinner for the team and coaches last night. We deeply appreciate the support of Chancellor Ronnie Green and Jane Green and their enthusiasm and long family history with this important co-curricular activity.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Congratulates COMM 495 Senior Capstone Students

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies congratulates COMM 495 Senior Capstone students on the completion and presentation of their research projects in an April 26th poster session in the Nebraska Union. Well done students and professors Dr. Ron Lee and Jordan Allen.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Honors and Awards Ceremony 2017

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Communication Studies held our annual Honors and Awards event on April 23rd to celebrate our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, Speech & Debate students, and faculty. A wonderful celebration of these scholars and community members!

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For a full gallery of pictures visit the UNL Communication Studies Facebook page

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Debate team takes fifth in the nation Lincoln-Douglas debate

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Back Row Left to Right: Zach Hadenfeldt, Jackson Slechta, Colten White; Front Row:Ashley Holland and Britnee Hart
UNL Department of Communication Studies is very proud of the Husker debaters and coach Adam Michael Blood for coming in fifth in the nation Lincoln-Douglas debate at the National Forensics Association national tournament. Congratulations to Britnee Hart for earning a first place/national championship as a novice debater. Congratulations to the team!

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Gretchen Bergquist honored at UNL Research Fair

Congratulations to UNL Department of Communication Studies doctoral candidate Gretchen Bergquist whose poster won an award at the UNL Research Fair for her project: “Investigating Layers of Identity and Identity Gaps in Refugee Resettlement Experiences in the Midwestern United States.”

Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, discusses a research project with students during the 2017 Spring Research Fair.

Welcome to our new assistant professor: José Ángel Maldonado!

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is delighted to announce that José Ángel Maldonado will join our faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2017, focusing on Rhetoric of Identity and Difference. Coming out of the University of Utah program, Prof. Maldonado centers his work in Communication and Rhetorical Theory, Critical and Cultural Studies, Globalization and Neoliberalism, and Transnational Indigeneity, with a particular interest in Mexican Communication Studies. Welcome to Nebraska, Ángel!
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University of Nebraska Speech team continues to impress

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Congratulations to the Cornhusker Speech team for their 8th place finish in the nation at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. UNL has the significant accomplishments of placing in the top 10 for the 10th straight year and in the top 20 for 22nd straight year. Four Nebraska teams (UNL, UNO, Doane, and Hastings) were in the top 20, showing the important shared commitment to speech and debate in our state’s colleges and high schools.
The Department of Communication Studies is so proud of the student competitors who have been going to tournaments since September and preparing even longer. Congratulations to Director Dr. Aaron Duncan, Assistant Director Dr. Allison Bonander, and our wonderful coaches, Dr. Jon Carter and Dr. Amy Martinelli. Congratulations to Dr. Allison Bonander who won a select New Coach Award from the American Forensics Association.
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The Debate program's national tournament is coming up! Go Big Red!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dawn O. Braithwaite Award Initiated

Thanks to Dr. Jimmie Manning's kindness and generosity, Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite will have the opportunity to announce the inaugural recipient of the Dawn O. Braithwaite Award for Qualitative Research as Chair/Program Planner at next year's CSCA Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Interest Group Business Meeting in Milwaukee! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

University of Nebraska Speech & Debate Showcase Their Abilities.

The University of Nebraska Speech and Debate team showcased their abilities on March 8 to a crowded room of UNL faculty, students and staff. The presentations had the audience laughing and crying as they become thoroughly engrossed in the dramas presented by the students.

Dr. Mohan J. Dutta, University of Singapore, Shares Groundbreaking Activist Health Communication Research.

The Department of Communication Studies was honored to have Dr. Mohan J. Dutta, Provost's Chair, Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS) visit with us. He spoke to the department and the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Group of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium and the Minority Health Disparities Initiative on campus and shared his groundbreaking activist health communication research.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kathy Castle Health Communication Research

Dr. Kathy Castle, Department of Communication Studies, presented about her mixed methods health communication research to the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Interest Group (QMM) of the UNL Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative, February 6, 2017.

Welcome to the new faculty of UNL Communication Studies!

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies is very pleased to announce that Dr. Kristen Hoerl and Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly will be joining our faculty as Associate Professors in Rhetoric and Public Culture, starting August, 2017. Dr. Hoerl (PhD, University of Texas at Austin), and Dr. Kelly (PhD, University of Minnesota) are currently members of the faculty at Butler University. Welcome Kristen and Casey!

Dr. Kristen Hoerl
Dr. Casey Ryan Kelly

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cornhusker Speech & Debate hosted the inaugural Jack Kay Swing Tournament this past weekend

Cornhusker Speech & Debate hosted the inaugural Jack Kay Swing Tournament this past weekend here at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jack was our Director of Forensics and then our Department Chair in Communication Studies. His legacy lives on at Nebraska and in all of his students, colleagues, friends, and of course family. Pictured at the awards ceremony, Dr. Aaron Duncan tells the assembled about Jack. We are also working to endow a Jack Kay Scholarship for a Speech & Debate in his honor. Jack Kay will always be a Husker in our hearts.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Rhetoric and Public Culture doctoral students proposals accepted to the Midwest Winter Workshop

Congratulations to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Rhetoric and Public Culture doctoral students Nicole Allen, Chase Aunspach, Jon Carter, Will Cooney, Ashely Garcia, Jamie Downing, and Jen Rome whose proposals were accepted to the Midwest Winter Workshop held the University of Iowa on January 28th. Thanks to the hosts at Iowa and the rhetoric colleagues who came and shared their expertise. Great road trip!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite quoted in World Herald article.

Dr. Dawn O. Braithwaite, Will Cather Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, was quoted in a January 3 article in the Omaha World Herald.

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