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4/2012 - Thomas A. Discenna,
Ph.D., associate professor of communication, is featured in a new book that draws systematic attention to the theme of communication in twentieth-century academic philosophy. Focusing on the work of a philosopher that is lesser known, but has something meaningful to provide to the discipline, Dr. Discenna's chapter, "Ernst Cassirer: Communication, Rhetoric, and Symbolic Form," makes a rich contribution to Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication.


1/2012 - Thomas Discenna, associate professor of communication, authored the article, "Academic Labor and the Literature of Discontent in Communication," which appears in volume 5 of the international, peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Communication (2011). In the article, Dr. Discenna provides an insightful analysis of the communication discipline's response to the corporatization of higher education.

9/2010 - Thomas Discenna, associate professor of communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism, published the article, "The Rhetoric of Graduate Employee Unionization: Critical Rhetoric and the Yale Grade Strike," in volume 58.1 of Communication Quarterly (pp. 19-35). In the article, Dr. Discenna provided a critical rhetorical analysis of the Yale Grade Strike, arguing that the labor identity constructed at Yale is predicated on the historical-material circumstances of graduate labor in the modern corporate university and that critical rhetoric must focus on such material realities as the basis for developing an ongoing critique with the potential to work for social change.

12/2007 - Thomas Discenna, assistant professor of communication, has his research featured in volume 55 of the journal Communication Quarterly, which was released in November. In the article, "On the Limits of Performed Compliance: Jill Carroll and the Rhetoric of Entrepreneurial Adjuncts," Discenna examines the rhetoric of performed compliance through an analysis of Jill Carroll's advice columns and manuals for adjunct faculty.

2/2006 - Thomas Discenna, assistant professor of communication, presented two research papers and participated in one panel discussion on unions at the 2005 National Communication Association Convention held in Boston in November 2005. The first paper, "Apprenticed or Exploited: Articulation, Classification and Equivalences in the Yale Grade Strike," examines the discursive construction of identity in a labor dispute that took place at Yale University in 1995. The second paper, "Death of the Cool: The Labor behind the Cult of Cool Cities," analyzes the phenomena of cities inculcating a sense of "cool" in an effort to make up for the loss of population and economic and political clout they have experienced in the last twenty years.

9/2005 - Thomas Discenna, assistant professor of communication, along with Jennifer Heisler, assistant professor of communication, coauthored the research paper, "Teaching Metatheoretical Beliefs in Communication Theory," which appeared in the April 2005 (V19, N2) edition of the journal, "Communication Teacher." The article is based on their unique experiences team teaching the Communication Theory course, which enabled students to gain a deep sense of both quantitative and qualitative perspectives in the discipline.

5/2005 - Thomas Discenna, assistant professor of communication, authored the research paper, "In Defense of Grids: Academic Labor and Academic Freedom in the Moment of Complexity," which appears in the Journal of Advanced Composition, Volume 24, Issue 4.

4/2005 - Thomas Discenna, assistant professor of communication, is presented his research, "Into the Sandbox: The Role of the Media Advisor," at the 2005 Central States Communication Association Convention in Kansas City, Miss. Additionally, he will serve as chairperson for the panel, "Rhetorical Theory Through the Centuries: The Heart of the Discipline" and respondent for the panel, "Within the Heart of U.S. Culture: Grief, Consumerism and Humor."

12/2003 - Thomas A. Discenna, assistant professor of communication, presented three papers at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual convention, which was held Nov. 19-23 in Miami. The papers were "Apprentices and Employees: The Yale Grade Strike and a Gramscian Critical Rhetoric," "The Sopranos: The Gangster and Ethnic Assimilation," and "Critical Theory at the Moment of Complexity: A Defense."

4/2003 - Thomas A. Discenna, assistant professor of communication, submitted the top paper in his division to the 2003 Central States Communication Association Convention in Omaha, Neb. in April. The paper is entitled "Critical Rhetoric and Movement Studies" and was accepted by the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group.

Also representing OU at the convention are Associate Professor of Rhetoric Rose Cooper, Special Instructor of Communication Scott Crabill, Assistant Professor of Communication Kellie Hay, Associate Professor of Communication David Lau, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Valerie Palmer-Mehta.