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UC Professor Steve Fuller Probes Own Spirituality in Yearlong Church Trek - Publishes The Church Experiment 

CINCINNATI -- In 2009, Mariemont resident Steve Fuller visited 52 houses of worship in 52 weeks as part of something he called "The Church Experiment."

After each visit, Fuller wrote a blog about the experience that he published here.

Now Fuller, a communications professor at the University of Cincinnati, is editing the blogs and putting them in a book. He's hoping to have it ready in time for a talk he's giving April 22 for Bespoken Live, a storytelling nonprofit.

He's writing a concluding chapter for the book that sort of sums things up. It's called, "Why I'm No Longer a Christian." Read More...

To purchase the book click here.  All profits from now–9/4/17 will be donated to @One17Org, a foundation that funds adoption stories, connecting orphans with new families.
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UC Professor Steve Fuller Probes Own Spirituality in Yearlong Church Trek - Publishes The Church Experiment 

CINCINNATI -- In 2009, Mariemont resident Steve Fuller visited 52 houses of worship in 52 weeks as part of something he called "The Church Experiment."

After each visit, Fuller wrote a blog about the experience that he published here.

Now Fuller, a communications professor at the University of Cincinnati, is editing the blogs and putting them in a book. He's hoping to have it ready in time for a talk he's giving April 22 for Bespoken Live, a storytelling nonprofit.

He's writing a concluding chapter for the book that sort of sums things up. It's called, "Why I'm No Longer a Christian." Read More...

To purchase the book click here.  All profits from now–9/4/17 will be donated to @One17Org, a foundation that funds adoption stories, connecting orphans with new families.
Gail Fairhurst Framing Brexit

Dr. Gail Fairhust Quoted about Framing in NBC's "Brexit Ballot Wording Article"

Subtle differences in the phrasing of a question or the response options can have significant effect on polling results. Specific wording on a ballot has stirred debates on issues ranging from legalizing marijuana to same-sex marriage. One ballot question ended up in court in California following disagreements over the language used.
"Frames have consequences," Gail Fairhurst, author of "The Power of Framing" told CNBC. "Mentioning only one side of the debate implicitly marginalizes the other side, treating it as a less than equal alternative."
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SnapStream Blog

Nancy Jennings Interview Feature on SnapStream Blog 

"Making an Impact in Children's Media" 

Nancy Jennings, of the University of Cincinnati on the impact of media and technology in the lives of children and their families.

I recently met with Nancy Jennings, who is doing some amazing things with her research into children’s media. Nancy directs the Children’s Education and Entertainment Research Lab, or CHEER, which is dedicated to improving the quality of children’s media through research studies and community projects. Nancy employs the use of SnapStream in the CHEER lab to record and analyze television content for use in her research.
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Ohio Citizen Action

Communication Graduate Director, Dr. Heather Zoller's Writes Article on Ohio Citizen Action's Website about Toxic Chemicals in Kroger's Canned Goods 

"Kroger should stop selling canned goods with toxic chemical in linings, UC Heather Zoller says" 

CINCINNATI — “As the largest grocery chain in the U.S., Kroger has the market power to have toxic chemicals like BPA removed from food packaging and products sold in its stores. To its credit, Kroger has recognized this is a problem and pledged action on BPA. Five years ago, Kroger announced it would work to get BPA out of its food packaging. But an independent investigation this year found BPA in 62 percent of sampled generic or private label foods. Even worse, the investigation found that Kroger’s suppliers appear to be replacing BPA with substitutes that also pose unnecessary toxic hazards, like vinyl.
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Damion Waymer

Communication Professor, Dr. Damion Waymer, Published on London School of Economics', LSE USCentre, blog on American Politics and Policy 

Strategic manipulation of district boundaries dilutes the Black vote and threatens the existence of White Democrats in Southern politics.

More than 50 years ago, the Voting Rights Act allowed for the creation of “majority-minority” districts in order to tackle racial gerrymandering in the South. In new research which focuses on South Carolina, Damion Waymer finds that while some of these Congressional districts have been drawn in a way which increases Black representation, still others are done so with the opposite effect. In addition, gerrymandering in South Carolina has also led to the almost complete marginalization of White Democrats in the state.

A landmark piece of legislation signed during the tumultuous Civil Rights era in US history, the 1965 Voting Rights Act prohibits racial discrimination in voting. One key piece of that legislation allows for the creation of “majority-minority” districts. The aim of “majority-minority” districts is to avoid or remedy the drawing of redistricting plans that diminish the ability of a racial or language minority to elect its candidates of choice. This act was significant, especially in the Deep South, because it was argued that Whites (who constitute a majority of the population there) would never willfully elect a Black person into office. Read More...  

Eating Disorders

Haas Featured on WVXU Radio Panel 

Dr. Stephen Haas participated in a panel of experts on the radio station WVXU to discuss the complex issues surrounding women's body images. Listen to the story here.

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Faculty Publications

The Church Experiment

UC Professor Steve Fuller Probes Own Spirituality in Yearlong Church Trek - Publishes The Church Experiment 

CINCINNATI -- In 2009, Mariemont resident Steve Fuller visited 52 houses of worship in 52 weeks as part of something he called "The Church Experiment."

After each visit, Fuller wrote a blog about the experience that he published here.

Now Fuller, a communications professor at the University of Cincinnati, is editing the blogs and putting them in a book. He's hoping to have it ready in time for a talk he's giving April 22 for Bespoken Live, a storytelling nonprofit.

He's writing a concluding chapter for the book that sort of sums things up. It's called, "Why I'm No Longer a Christian." Read More...

To purchase the book click here.  All profits from now–9/4/17 will be donated to @One17Org, a foundation that funds adoption stories, connecting orphans with new families.

Communication Professor Stephanie Talbot's Recently Published, Critical Race Theory and Practioner-Based Research Article 

"Racism Through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum and Cultural Interventions: RIP Jim Crow" 

Using Critical Race Theory and Practitioner-Based Research, Communication Professor, Stephanie Talbot and co-author, P. Shannon-Baker, discuss topics they find troubling such as value of US American property, and essentializing students of color in recently published article "Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriuculum, and Cultural Interventions: RIP Jim Crow" published by the Peter Lang Publishing Group. The authors provide recommendations for subverting racism, and suggestions for critical examination of our practices, to include more thoughtful approaches to analyze racism apparent in study abroad programs. Read More...

What are Stem Cells Wins Distinguished Book Award

Department of Communication Associate Professor, John Lynch, wins Distinguished Book Award

What are Stem Cells? Definition at the Intersection of Science and Politics wins the NCA Health Communication Division’s Distinguished Book Award."

July 21, 2016 – Cincinnati, OH—The National Communication Association’s Health Communication Division has selected What are Stem Cells? for this year’s distinguished book award.  

About the Book: In recent years political, religious, and scientific communities have engaged in an ethical debate regarding the development of and research on embryonic stem cells. Does the manipulation of embryonic stem cells destroy human life? Or do limitations imposed on stem cell research harm patients who might otherwise benefit? 
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Ronald Jackson

Dr. Jackson Explores Tyler Perry’s Successes and African-American Comics

Communication professor Ronald L. Jackson II recently published two books analyzing the media portrayal of African-Americans in society today and the way authors and directors created their own meanings about what it means to be African-American. 

“Interpreting Tyler Perry” discusses director Tyler Perry’s popularity among African-American viewers as well as the controversy his films have created. While Perry has had much box office success with his character Madea, some social critics and Hollywood celebrities argue that Perry’s movies advance stereotypical depictions of African-Americans.  Read More...

Dr. Depoe's Publishing fourth Title for Environmental Communication Book Series

Fourth Title for Dr. Depoe's Co-Edited Environmental Communication Book Series to be Published, Under Pressure

The Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series is about to publish their fourth title (UNDER PRESSURE), and there is a 30% discount on all of the titles in the series through end of September 2016. Read More...

Dr. Banjo Research

Dr. Banjo goes behind the music to examine how two popular Christian music genres influence listeners’ racial beliefs

A novel investigation into the marketing of Christian music suggests that the power of music could be contributing to the powerful racial divide that remains in the nation’s Christian churches. 
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Genome Testing: Expectations and Results Video from Dr. John Lynch's Research

This video is the result of a collaboration Dr. John Lynch developed over several years with individuals in the Human Genetics division of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center and the Genetic Counseling program. The video provides information about genetic test results returned to participants in a study Dr. Lynch is conducting as part of the eMERGE network grant, and the consent/enrollment process for the return of results study. Producing the video involved four focus group sessions to introduce people to the idea of genetic test results, types of videos the researchers may provide, and early storyboard versions of the video, as well as consultation with genetic counselors at CCHMC over the course of four different drafts/versions of the film.
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Gail Fairhurst Visits China

The Power of Framing Abroad: Dr. Fairhurst Experiences China 

By Dr. Gail Fairhurst, a Professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

This past Spring, I was invited to speak to communication and business students at three Chinese universities in Henan Province, located in central China. The purpose of my trip was to introduce university students and professors to my 2011 book, The Power of Framing: Challenging the Language of Leadership. Yujia (Veronica) Guo, a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma, is translating my book into Mandarin for The Elephant Press. She also graciously translated my talks, which you can see from the photo. Read More...

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Other Publications

  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62(9), 1241-1263.

  • Jenkins, E.S. “The Affections of the American Pickers: Commodity Fetishism in Control Society.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12(4), 347-366.

  • Putnam, L.L. & Fairhurst, G.T. (2015). Organizations as Discursive Constructions: 10 years later. Communication Theory, 4, 375-392.

  • Sastry, S. (2016) Long-distance truck drivers and the structural context of health: A culture-centered investigation of Indian truckers' health narratives. Health Communication 31, 230-241. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.947466
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Faculty Accomplishments & Awards

Bill Jennings

UC-BA Professor and UC COMM Professor Win International Film Festival Award

UC-BA professor, Bill Jennings, Nancy Jennings, UC communicaton professor, and Kent Meloy, creative director in UC’s eLearning Center, won an award at the My Hero International Film Festival in Santa Monica, California, this past November. Read more...

Kris Galyen

KRIS GALYEN WINS NCA BASIC COURSE DIRECTOR AWARD!

Congratulations to Professor Kris Galyen for winning the National Communication Association’s Basic Course Division Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2014!! What a great honor for a faculty member–and alum of our department–who has put in over a decade in directing our basic public speaking courses. Read more...

Communication MA Student Honored With Teaching Award

Communication MA Student Honored With Teaching Award

After traveling around the world, Sarah Jernigan finally found a place that feels like home—the front of a classroom. The McMicken College of Arts and Sciences Communication graduate student currently teaches an Introduction to Effective Speaking class at UC. She enjoys encouraging students and making a difference in their lives. Read More...

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Haas Receives Grant for Project Aiming to Reduce HIV Transmission

Associate Professor Stephen Haas received $25,000 toward his project “Empowering Decision-Making in Sexual Partner Selection to Reduce HIV Transmission.” Read more...

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Other Faculty Accomplishments  

  • Omotayo Banjo wins Arts & Sciences Rising Star Faculty Award
  • Ron Jackson serving as Vice President of the National Communication Association, planning the 2017 NCA Convention
  • LisaMarie Luccioni named Darwin Turner Commended Professor
  • Nancy Schulte, Evan Griffin, and LisaMarie Luccioni acknowledged by First-Year Experience students for excellence in teaching
  • NCA Environmental Communication Division names annual award after Steve Depoe for best essay in an edited volume
  • John Lynch wins NCA Health Communication Distinguished Book Award for his 2011 book, “What Are Stem Cells?”
  • Gail Fairhurst wins 2016-17 University of Cincinnati Distinguished Professor in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Award
  • John Lynch's research contributed to the creation of Genome Testing: Expectations and Results video made in collaboration with Human Genetics division of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Genetic Counseling program.
  • Ronald Jackson was elected Second Vice President of the National Communication Association in March 2015.
  • John Lynch received a University of Cincinnati Third Century Research Fellowship for a research leave in fall 2016 to work on the project “When Medicine Went Wrong: Public Memory of the Events that Shaped Bioethics.”
  • Heather Zoller received a grant from Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for her project “Innovation in Worker Participation: Communication for Healthy and Sustainable Food and Work.”
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