Four Graduate Students Present their Work at the 2013 NCA Conference
Four graduate students in the Master’s Program in Communication had their work accepted for presentation at the 2013 National Communication Association Conference held in Washington, D.C., November 21-24.
Meghan Nyeste, Janice Pollak and Jon Wilkinson presented their research paper, “Exploring Instructors' Inappropriate Communication in the Classroom: Nonverbal Immediacy as a Mediator in the College Classroom” in a competitive paper panel titled "The Role of Communication in Education." This paper was developed under the mentorship of Dr. Rob Sidelinger, in his special topics course, Communication in the Classroom. The students, pictured from left to right, are: Janice Pollak, Jon Wilkinson, and Meghan Nyeste.
Amanda Benjamin presented her research paper, "Portrayals of Female and Male Athletes in the 2012 Olympics." Benjamin's paper was accepted through the Feminist and Women's Studies Division, which had over 150 submissions this year, and it was presented in the Scholar to Scholar Session. Benjamin's paper provides a rhetorically informed analysis of media coverage of male and female athletes at the Olympics in London. Benjamin wrote this paper in her course, Feminist Rhetorical Theory, which she took with Dr. Valerie Palmer-Mehta.
Four faculty members also presented their research at this conference: Lily Mendoza, Rebecca Mercado-Thornton, Rob Sidelinger, and Valerie Palmer-Mehta.
The communication discipline's national conference is highly selective, drawing thousands of communication scholars from the U.S. and around the world. The department congratulates these hard working and impressive students on having their papers accepted to this prestigious national conference.