• Doug Barthlow and Colleen McEdwards are among the most recent recipients of GSU Digital Champions fellowships, for projects they will each implement in 2014. Administered by the Center for Instructional Innovation, the grants enable faculty to integrate innovative digital strategies into particular courses.  The hope is that successful projects will be implemented at a larger scale, improving learning outcomes as a result. McEdwards has also received competitively awarded travel funds from the Office of International Initiatives for a trip to Hong Kong, necessary to finalize the logistics of a summer 2014 study abroad she will direct there in concert with colleagues at Hong Kong Baptist.
  • Last year I circulated news about a new staging of Shirlene Holmes’ A Lady and a Woman, that was performed at Theatre Rhino in San Francisco.  In an end-of-year “best of” list, the Bay Area Reporter (12/26/13) named the production one of the region’s Top Ten for 2013.  Congratulations!  More here:http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=theatre&article=988
  • Katelyn Brammer, who earned her M.A. in film production in 2013, was named standards and practices editor for original programming at TBS earlier this year.  Since June 2013, Katelyn has been screening original programming for TNT, TBS, and truTV, and assigning episode ratings.
  • Right before the holiday break started in late December, Tony Lemieux got word from the Minerva Steering Committee (the funding for which is administered by the Office of Naval Research) that a proposal he’s a part of, PI’d by Greg Berns at Emory, has made it successfully past first round review.  The research team, which is proposing a project around the topic “economic disparity and the effect of narratives on the brain,” has been asked to submit a full proposal by February 14.
  • Nate Atkinson and Sharon Shahaf were both on leave in the FA13 semester, thanks to their strong pre-tenure research trajectories, and both used the time to make progress on major book projects.  Welcome back!  This SP14 term, Mary Stuckey is on leave, thanks to her strong post-tenure research trajectory.
  •  Randahl (Tami) Morris, who earned her doctorate in Communication in 2011, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Southern Conservation Trust, a community trust founded by Fayette County residents eager to preserve green space across south Atlanta.  Morris has been active in the organization for some time, most recently serving as Secretary on the board.
  •  The latest issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (Winter 2013, 68.4, pg. 424) includes a book review written by Greg Lisby.  Greg reviews Peter Seel’s Digital Universe: The Global Telecommunication Revolution (Wiley-Blackwell 2012).
  • On January 3, 2014, the Southern States Communication Association circulated acceptance and program information for its 84th annual convention, set to run in New Orleans from April 3-6.  Two items of note:  Congratulations to Nick Sciullo, who is receiving the top student paper award from the Political Communication Division for his paper on George White’s Congressional farewell address.  And congratulations also to Casie Laird, whose paper is also among the top student papers in Political Communication – this is especially noteworthy since Laird is an undergraduatespeech major (the project was mentored by James Darsey). A number of GSU Communication colleagues will be presenting in New Orleans and otherwise active in associational work:

o   Nate Atkinson: “Oversight: Seeing the Control of Atomic Energy”

o   Jay Wood: “Who’s Afraid of Fully Formed Subjects? On Biesecker on Vatz and Bitzer”

o   Joe Trahan: panelist on “Preparing Millennials to Lead the PR Profession into the Future”

o   Christian Norman: “’Chickified Church Boys’: Rhetorical Construction of Masculine Identity in Evangelical Christianity’s New Masculinity Movement.”

o   David Cheshier: panelist on “Directing Graduate Work.”

o   Evan Johnson: “Similar Texts, Disparate Effects: Analyzing the ‘White Papers’ and Holder’s Counterterrorism Speech to Northwestern Law as Justification for an ‘Effective Critical Turn.’”

o   Nick Sciullo: “George Jackson’s December 1964 Letter to His Father: Agency from Within the Prison Walls”; “’Outraged, Heartbroken, Bruised, and Bleeding’: George H. White’s Farewell Address to Congress”; “Must We All Be Beholden to Peer Review?: On the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Law Review Model for Rhetorical Scholarship.”

o   James Darsey: panelist on “Queering the South: A Rhetorical Retrospective”; respondent for a panel, “Defining Regions and Rhetorical Boundaries: Images of the South and Its People”; panelist on “Time and Rhetoric: Envisioning the Future of the Field.” Darsey is also moderating the annual roundtable event run by the Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric.

o   M. Lane Bruner: with Susan Balter-Reitz, “For-Profit Corporations as Religious Persons: Hobby Lobby v. Obamacare.”

o   Scott Tulloch: “Sensory Excess and Imbalance: Parables from the Hum of ‘Times Square.’”

o   Casie Laird, “President Obama, the Rhetoric of Personal Responsibility, and the War on Drugs.”

  • Josh Ritter, who earned his doctorate in Communication in 2010, has just accepted an appointment to serve as the Assistant Director for Formation at Baylor University.  The formation program, which partners Baylor with the Texas Baptists, supports student spiritual growth at Baylor University by organizing Bible study groups, retreats, and international meals, among other outreach efforts, all aiming to strengthen religious community.  Josh most recently has been on the first-year rhetoric and writing faculty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.