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Graduate Student History & Highlights

Graduate Student Highlights

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies graduate students are teacher-scholars and leaders within our field, following the example set by the faculty to pursue academic excellence in the domains of scholarship, teaching, and service.

SCHOLARSHIP:

  • 1 book since 2017
  • 16 scholarly articles since 2014 (1 International, 11 National, 2 Regional, 2 State)
  • 14 Top Paper Awards since 2014 (1 International, 5 National, 4 Regional, 4 State)

LEADERSHIP IN THE FIELD:

  • Numerous service positions in national and regional organizations
  • Editorial Assistants for 3 journals

Scholarship

Following an apprenticeship model, our graduate students follow the standards set by our faculty. Committed to departmental excellence, our graduate students are actively publishing: 

Book

Arnett, Ronald C., Sarah M. Flinko, and Matthew Corr. Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy. New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2017.

Scholarly Journals 

Mancino, Susan. "Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic," The Atlantic Journal of Communication, 25.3 (2017): 139-150.

DeIuliis, David M., and Sarah M. Flinko, "Professional Civility and Problematic Relationships in the Workplace," Communication Research Trends, 35.1 (2016): 4-28.

Mancino, Matthew P. "Re-Considering Cyber Attacks: Seeking Communicative Insights." Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 72.2 (Dec2016): 34-58.

Corry, M. Shivaun. "Burke, Re-convenanting and the Apology for the Residential Schools." Rhetor: Journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, 6 (2016): 67-83.

Mancino, Susan. "The Museum Profession: Protecting and Promoting Professional Goods." Curator: The Museum Journal, 59.2 (2016): 141-152. 

Ronald C. Arnett, David DeIuliis, and Susan Mancino. "Existential Signs as Primordial Data: An Enigma Wrapped in Hypertextuality." Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 6.1 (2015): 3-20.

Mancino, Susan. "A Communicative Review of Museums." Review of Communication (2015): 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2015.1077988.

Karolak, Hannah. "Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Scholarship Beyond the One and the Other." Review of Communication, 15.4 (2015): 316-331.

Mullan, Margaret. "Constructing an Identity Online: Logging-On as 'Catholic'." Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture, 4.1 (2015): 96-125.

Hannah Karolak and Craig T. Maier. "From 'safe spaces' to 'communicative spaces': Semiotic labor, authentic civility, and the basic communication course." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34.2 (2015): 88-101.

Garnet C. Butchart and Margaret Mullan. "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34.1 (2015): 40-54.

Flinko, Sarah M. and Ronald C. Arnett. "The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Scholarship in the Classroom." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 33.1 (2014): 35-46.

Arneson, Pat, and Sarah M. Flinko. "Richard B. Gregg: Contributions to the Field of Communication." The Pennsylvania Scholars Series: Richard B. Gregg, 7 (2014): 3-16.

Flinko, Sarah. "Mother Teresa: A Call for Communicative Liberating Action." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.2 (2014): 74-86.

Mancino, Susan. "Communicative Practice at the Museum." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.2 (2014): 87-99.

Zwier, Steven. "The Embodiment of Self and Other." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 49.2 (2014): 100-111.

Awards

INTERNATIONAL:

  • 2015 Roberta Kevelson Award for Best Student Paper, Semiotics Society of American (SSA)

NATIONAL:

  • 2017 National Communication Association (NCA) Public Relations Division Top Student Paper Award
  • 2016 National Communication Association (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper Award
  • 2016 National Communication Association (NCA) Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper Award
  • 2015 National Communication Association (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper Award
  • 2015 National Communication Association (NCA) Kenneth Burke Society Top Student Paper Award

REGIONAL:

  • 2017 Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Philosophy and Ethics Communication Ethics Division Top Graduate Paper Award
  • 2017 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Media Communication Interest Group and The Media Ecology Association Affiliate Organization Top Student Paper
  • 2015 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Top Student Paper
  • 2015 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Applied Urban Communication Research Grant

STATE:

  • 2017 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Graduate Writing Competition 1st Place
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Graduate Writing Competition 1st Place
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Graduate Writing Competition 1st Place
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Graduate Writing Competition 1st Place

Since 2012, our department has recognized exemplary graduate student scholars with the Wilhem S. Wurzer Scholarship Award. Recipients include:

  • 2017 Hannah Karolak
  • 2016 Susan Mancino
  • 2015 Margaret Mullan
  • 2014 David DeIuliis
  • 2013 Julie Hunsberger
  • 2012 Anthony M. Wachs

Teaching

Since 2011, our department has recognized exemplary graduate student teachers with the Richard H. Thames Teaching Award. Recipients include:

  • 2017 M. Shivaun Corry
  • 2016 Sarah Flinko
  • 2015 Matthew Corr
  • 2014 Hongchao Qian
  • 2013 Brian Gilchrist
  • 2012 Beth Mihalec and Doug Marshall
  • 2011 Anthony M. Wachs

Additionally, our graduate students teach multiple sections of 100 and 200 level courses. For Public Speaking (COMM 102) and Business & Professional Communication (COMM 202), we hold speaking contests once per semester that demonstrate how instructors have guided their pupils to excellence.

Service

Our graduate students welcome opportunities to serve the discipline.

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SERVICE:

  • Philosophy of Communication Division Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Conference Planners, National Communication Ethics Conference
  • Conference Planners, Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference
  • Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Secretary, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • Theory and Methodology Interest Group Secretary, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • Local Arrangement Coordinator, Eastern Communication Association (ECA)

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS:

  • Journal of Communication and Religion
  • Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture
  • Journal of the Association of Communication Administration

Since 2013, our department has recognized exemplary graduate student service with the D. Clark Edwards Service Award. Recipients include:

  • 2017 Andrew Tinker
  • 2016 Hannah Karolak
  • 2015 Johan Bodaski
  • 2014 Jeff Lohr
  • 2013 Dianne MacIntyre