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Communication explores the complexities of human interactions in interpersonal, relational, and organizational contexts. It offers more focused studies in advertising and public relations and all aspects of the media production industry.

Faculty continue to serve and coordinate with other programs and the university at large. In an effort to support the media production needs of the university, Mike Bay and Rich Glinka produced video recordings for the Honors Convocation and Graduate Commencement. Program faculty have had several substantive conversations with Journalism to share classroom and studio resources.  

Reaching beyond the campus to foster partnerships, Mike Bay organized a meeting with representatives from ESPN (led by one of our alumni, Brittney Kelley). The meeting focused on promoting the ESPN recruiting program that may accept promising students interested in broadcast careers. David Petroski and Laura Bower-Phipps (EDU) met with planners from the Strong School in May to discuss a working relationship with the K-5 Charter School.

Several students produced fine work in the field. Graduate student, Celia Padmore, completed her thesis, “Perceptions Of Women Portrayed On Reality Television: A Descriptive Study,” under the supervision of Drs. McGinn and Madlock Gatison. Under the direction of Derek Taylor, students in COM 385 produced “The Campaign” where they followed a local West Haven politician (Steven Mullins) in his bid to unseat a 12-term state representative. From COM 492, several students produced “BPT” about the history of Bridgeport, CT and the perception of the city among its various constituencies. Both documentaries have had a greater “reach” in the community. 

Communication Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Michael Bay published a review of Beyond Continuity for Choice Magazine, American Library Association.

Dr. Bonny Farley-Lucas presented on engaged learning and teaching at national and international conferences. This summer, she conducted a workshop and participated in a roundtable discussion at the international conference on Improving University Teaching in Llubijiana, Slovenia and at the Lilly International Conference on College and University Teaching in Bethesda, MD. She continues to executive produce on feature length independent films such as “Dark Haul” and Wally Lamb’s “Wishin’ and Hopin’” for the Lifetime Channel.

Lisa Kuchta, Dr. David Petroski, and Ms. Sandy DiFrancesco have edited the work, Conversations with Your Audience: A Practical Guide for Preparing and Delivering Professional Presentations, which includes individual contributions from several faculty.

Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison recently published an article, “The Pink and Black Experience: Lies that Make us suffer in Silence and Cost us our Lives,” in the journal, Women's Studies in Communication. Her book, Resistance is Futile: Black Women Embracing the Pink Identity, is under contract with Routledge Publishing.

Dr. Jane McGinn received a CSUS research grant for her project, “Increasing Student Engagement in The College Classroom: Use Of An Online Social Network To Create A Participatory Culture For Learning.”

Dr. David J. Petroski presented his work on Gamification at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in New Orleans and for the SCSU Teaching Academy. In December he screened a film, “Growing Anxiety,” at 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In November, through a faculty development grant, he conducted a workshop on using gamification to facilitate engaged learning.

Dr. Frank Tavares recently published his short story, "Flyover" in the literary journal, Tales of the Talisman. He presented “Lessons Learned @ NPR” at the recent Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans.

Dr. Derek Taylor screened several films at national venues including “Someone To Ride The River With” at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art’s Providence & Friends in Brooklyn, NY and “We Sing Our Own” at Purdue University’s Fountain Gallery series Set in Motion – Under the Surface.