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Recent Publications 

Dr. Ross Collins has a new book published by Peter Lang.  The title is Children, War and Propaganda. Here is a description written by Dr. Collins:

We have often ignored the wartime contributions of children. What were they expected to do? How did they contribute to the war? How did war affect their lives? This history attempts to respond to these questions by examining activities of children in the United States during world wars I and II. Modern propaganda helped to draw children into those wars. A variety of authorities participated in the school, on the playground, at work or at home. They promoted military ideals and activities in the hope these might reduce fear, build character, prepare for service, and even tangibly help the war effort. In doing so, authorities brought war themes to children on a day-to-day basis, a militarization of American childhood.

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Dr. Elizabeth Crisp Crawford has a new article accepted in the Electronic News Journal.

"Social Identity and Convergence: News Faculty and Student Perspectives on Web, Print, and Broadcast Skills," which she coauthored with Glenn Hubbard of East Carolina University and Vincent Filak of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, explores the group psychology of convergence and argues for the necessity of converged media education in the new media age.

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Dr. Amber Raile has two new publications: 

Dr. Raile, assistant professor; Dr. Anna Carmon, recent doctoral graduate; Amy Miller, doctoral student; and Michelle Roers, master’s program graduate, have published an article that will appear in an upcoming issues of the Journal of Family Business Strategy. "Fusing family and firm: Employee perceptions of perceived homophily, organizational justice, organizational identification, and organizational commitment in family businesses" explores the organizational identification of non-family member employees. Based on previous research, it seems likely that, for family business employees, organizational identification mediates the relationship between organizational justice, homophily, and commitment. This study proposes a model of identification for family business employees based on these considerations.

Dr. Raile has also published an article with Dr. Eric Raile, assistant professor of political science, and Lori Ann Post of Yale University. Their article, "Defining Political Will," which will appear in the journal Politics & Policy, constructs an operational definition of political will that permits analysis and assessment. This work represents an important first step in a broader research agenda of identifying specific shortcomings in political will and designing appropriate strategies and tactics to secure political will for beneficial social change.


Dr. Judy Pearson and nine of our current or former graduate students have co-authored six publications this year.

Click here to read more about these publications.

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Dr. Stephenson Beck has two new publications:

Beck, S. J., Miller, A., & Frahm, W. (in press). An alternative approach to family communication: Study the family from a group communication perspective. Communication Yearbook, 35.

This essay, which he wrote with doctoral student Amy Miller and master's student Whitney Frahm, argues that family communication scholars are missing critical family communication dynamics by relying primarily on interpersonal communication approaches. The manuscript provides three group communication approaches that will prove beneficial to understanding family interaction.

Keyton, J., Beck, S. J., Messersmith, A., & Bisel, R. (2010). Ensuring communication research makes a difference: Thermometers, maps, and duct tape of communication practice. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 306-309.

This essay, which he wrote with Amber Messersmith (James Madison University), Ryan Bisel (University of Oklahoma), and Joann Keyton (North Carolina State University), argues that communication scholars must take certain steps to ensure that their academic endeavors are indeed making a difference.


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Assistant Professors Zoltan Majdik and Carrie Anne Platt with Associate Professor Mark Meister have a publication accepted in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Their article entitled, “Calculating the Weather: Deductive Reasoning and Disciplinary Telos in Cleveland Abbe’s Rhetorical Transformation of Meteorology,” explores the rhetorical basis of a major paradigm change in meteorology, from a focus on inductive observation to deductive, mathematical reasoning. 

Analysis of Cleveland Abbe’s “The Physical Basis of Long-Range Weather Forecasts” demonstrates how in his advocacy for a new paradigm, Abbe navigates the tension between a piety to tradition and the dissent necessary for innovation through the rhetorical imagination of and appeal to a disciplinary telos. This strategy allows him to dismiss the traditions of meteorology while simultaneously creating common ground between a new paradigm and an audience of contemporary scientists whose traditions he rejects.

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Dr. Nan Yu and master's students Dennis Frohlich, Jared Fougner, and Lezhao Ren have a journal article accepted in the International Public Health Journal, a peer-reviewed journal aimed at the scientific community interested in the broad area of public health.

The title of the article is “Communicating a health epidemic: A risk assessment of the swine flu coverage in US newspapers." Using content analysis, this study analyzed the 2009 swine flu coverage by major U.S. newspapers. The study examined the general pattern of swine flu coverage, the presentation of risks, and the explanation of consequences. One of the findings was that media provided conflicting and uncertain messages about the H1N1 vaccination which health professionals highly recommended for at-risk groups.

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Dr. Amy O'Connor, Associate Professor of Communication, and Michelle Shumate (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) have three articles forthcoming from their research about NGO-corporate partnerships: "An economic and institutional level of analysis of corporate social responsibility" in Management Communication Quarterly; "Differences among NGOs in the business-NGO cooperative network" in Business & Society, and "Doing good by communicating well: Corporations and the causes they support" in Communication Currents.

O'Connor and Shumate's research uncovers patterns in NGO-corporate partnerships and identifies how the partnerships are communicated to stakeholders.

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