New assistant professor Kate Lockwood Harris’ research looks at the complex relationship between violence and communication. One of the central questions Harris is dissecting is how colleges respond to sexual violence in the context of Title IX.
Professor Mark Pedelty’s Environmental Communication course provides students a unique learning opportunity to explore environmental issues and learn how best to communicate about them. “I want students to engage beyond the confines of the classroom and take a more hands-on approach to learning. It’s a different narrative when you get out there,” Pedelty says.
The department was awarded an engagement grant to implement a program that connects undergraduate students with middle school debate teams across the Twin Cities. This spring, a pilot program was introduced to roughly forty students from two COMM 1313W: Analysis of Argument sections.
Students at Gordon Parks High School with guidance from students of the U's Department of Communication Studies have been exploring the University's Givens Collection of African American Literature as part of a class about the school’s namesake, a legendary African-American photographer. “They know that Gordon Parks is some sort of famous guy, but they really don’t know why,” said Professor Catherine Squires. Their assignment: to see what they can learn using the archives.
Professor Susanne Jones is an associate professor of communication studies who takes an in-depth look into the messages and behaviors people use to comfort one another. Social support is considered one of the most important resources people rely on when they deal will difficult life events. Her research focuses on the effects of verbal and nonverbal messages people use to support one another.
Communication studies honors student Sam Petrov used knowledge from his environmental communication course to write his honors thesis. Examining the communication strategies of contemporary electric car companies, he takes a deeper look into the advertising techniques used by Nissan and Tesla in the context of their respective target markets.