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2018 National Communication Association Institute for Faculty Development

at Denison University

When

July 22-28, 2018
Registration is on July 22

Where

100 West College St., Granville, OH 43023
Burton Morgan

A week-long conference
professional development for faculty who teach undergraduates

The NCA Institute for Faculty Development, also known as the “Hope Conference,” is a week-long conference that offers professional development to faculty who teach undergraduates.  Participants select two seminars and attend those sessions daily to learn new pedagogy, develop research interests or explore emerging topics with top scholar-teachers in their field.  Attendees gather to hear keynote presentations throughout the week.  A scholar-in-residence facilitates discussions of scholarship and addresses research trajectories.  In this intimate setting, faculty from across the country collaborate, network and build relationships in conversations and activities with fellow colleagues and seminar leaders. The institute provides inspiration as well as opportunities for personal and professional enrichment.

The Speakers

Conference Schedule

NCA Institute for Faculty Development is supported by funding from the National Communication Association.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration – Good Residence Hall, Room 203

6:30 pm

Opening Dinner and Dessert Reception with Associate Provost Cathy Dollard & NCA Executive Director Paaige Turner

Knobel Hall and Faculty Lounge, Burton Morgan Hall
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcoming Remarks, President Adam Weinberg

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Morning Presentation: “Realistically Ever After: Embodied Narratives of Long-Term Cancer Survivorship”

Laura Ellingson

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Scholar-in-Residence Office Hours

Burton Morgan 220
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coffee available in Burton Morgan 216

9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar One: Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically

Michael Butterworth

Burton Morgan Hall 219
Is sport a rhetorical phenomenon?  Judging by the growing interest of rhetorical scholars in sport and the consolidation of academic studies of “communication and sport,” it certainly appears to be.  Yet, it contributes little to the discipline if we are content simply to add sport to the list of topics suitable for study.  Rather, we would be better-served to identify the ways sport uniquely enacts, constitutes, and/or contests identities, relationships, and communities.  In this seminar, we will engage with sport as a site that, while complementing other sites of discourse, must be considered on its own terms as a means of cultural production.  In particular, we will consider four themes: 1) sport as a form of public address; 2) sport as metaphor and metaphor in sport; 3) rhetorical representations of sport, especially in sports media; and 4) sport and myth.  In addition, the seminar will consider the limitations of reading sport rhetorically while also considering new pathways for study.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar Two: Storytelling, Relationships & Well-Being (Closed)

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Stories serve as prevalent forms of communication in relationships and act as one of the many communicative ways in which people describe, makes sense of, explain, negotiate, and construct relationships. They are also primary in how we make meaning in relationships and negotiate those relationships in public and private contexts. Thus, this course explores the theory of Communicated and Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) and research that situates narrative as central to making sense of, constituting, and reflecting our relational lives. Given the expansive breadth and depth of narrative research across academic disciplines, this course can and does not provide an exhaustive review of narrative research. Instead, it purposes to expose students to a range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and researching storytelling in ways that specifically inform our understanding of personal relationships. We will focus in specifically on an approach to narratives and storytelling that focuses specifically on the communicative manifestation of narratives and how the content and features of these interactions are relevant to mental, physical, and relational health.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Huffman Dining Hall

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Scholar-in-Residence Office Hours

Burton Morgan 220
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee available in Burton Morgan Hall 216

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Three: LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Hall 219
In the two decades since the first “wave” of LGBTQ scholarship in the discipline, scholars across subfields have widened and deepened understanding of non-normative gender and sexuality in relation to communication. They have also engaged the vexing question of politics and pedagogy, what it means to be an “engaged scholar,” and how the communication campus and classroom might constitute meaningful sites of queer worldmaking. Together we’ll explore some of the genealogy and future directions of LBGTQ Studies in Communication, and consider the prospects and perils of queer pedagogy.
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Four: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods (Closed)

Laura L. Ellingson

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Qualitative methodology continues to grow and change in the 21st century. This seminar will address four influential, overlapping bodies of theory, method, and practice that currently are receiving a lot of attention by qualitative methodologists. First, the arts-based research movement embraces a variety of written, oral, material, and digital art genres. Second, the crystallization framework enables qualitative researchers to span multiple research paradigms and produce multiple genres of representation, producing a postmodern form of validity. Third, participatory methods offer innovative ways to gather participant-generated data and to collaborate in community-based projects. Finally, participants will explore current work on embodiment in qualitative research, which attends to the vivid sensory details of researchers’ and participants’ bodies and explores sensemaking as a process grounded not just in the mind but throughout the body. No advanced knowledge of qualitative methods is necessary.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Five: “Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching & Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Hall 219
The area of study of Health Communication is one of the most rapidly growing and intriguing found in the field of Communication.  The bottom-line, real-world impact of communication as it relates to health and health care delivery is both fascinating and important. The research on health care contexts indicates that communication is a key determinant of the quality of care provision.  More specifically, aspects of communication affect provider understanding of the patient’s health problems, accuracy of diagnosis, patient understanding of and adherence to a treatment regimen, patient and provider satisfaction with the interaction, patient doctor-shopping, speed of patient recovery, post-operative pain and vomiting, and likelihood of malpractice litigation.  In addition to a focus on provider-patient interaction, this course will discuss everyday health communication, end of life communication, health campaigns, and health information in the media. Participants will be prepared to both teach a basic health communication course and initiate research on health communication topics.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Six: Thinking Rhetorically about Race

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Hall 218
With an emphasis on U.S. racial formations, this seminar asks participants to think through the intersections of race and rhetoric. Readings and conversations will address the relationship between rhetoric and race. That is, if we begin with the assumption that race is a social construction and/or constitutive or performative effect, what does that mean about the role of rhetoric in race? If we know that assumptions and ideas about race are communicated rhetorically, how do we name the relationship between rhetoric and race? With disciplinary and interdisciplinary readings to guide us, we will explore what we might think of as the rhetorical logics of race.
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Dinner at Huffman Dining Hall President’s Room

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Evening Presentation: “George W. Bush as the ‘Man in the Arena’: Baseball, Public Memory and the Rhetorical Redemption of a President”

Mike Butterworth

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Morning Presentation: “Laboring to Belong: Differentiation, Spatial Relocation, and the Ironic Presence of (Un) Documented Immigrants in the United Farm Workers: ‘Take Our Jobs’ Campaign”

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Scholar-in-Residence Assigned Sessions

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coffee available in Burton Morgan 216

9:35 am - 9:45 am

Group Photo

Outside Burton Morgan
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar One: Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically

Michael Butterworth

Burton Morgan Hall 219
Is sport a rhetorical phenomenon?  Judging by the growing interest of rhetorical scholars in sport and the consolidation of academic studies of “communication and sport,” it certainly appears to be.  Yet, it contributes little to the discipline if we are content simply to add sport to the list of topics suitable for study.  Rather, we would be better-served to identify the ways sport uniquely enacts, constitutes, and/or contests identities, relationships, and communities.  In this seminar, we will engage with sport as a site that, while complementing other sites of discourse, must be considered on its own terms as a means of cultural production.  In particular, we will consider four themes: 1) sport as a form of public address; 2) sport as metaphor and metaphor in sport; 3) rhetorical representations of sport, especially in sports media; and 4) sport and myth.  In addition, the seminar will consider the limitations of reading sport rhetorically while also considering new pathways for study.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar Two: Storytelling, Relationships & Well-Being (Closed)

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Stories serve as prevalent forms of communication in relationships and act as one of the many communicative ways in which people describe, makes sense of, explain, negotiate, and construct relationships. They are also primary in how we make meaning in relationships and negotiate those relationships in public and private contexts. Thus, this course explores the theory of Communicated and Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) and research that situates narrative as central to making sense of, constituting, and reflecting our relational lives. Given the expansive breadth and depth of narrative research across academic disciplines, this course can and does not provide an exhaustive review of narrative research. Instead, it purposes to expose students to a range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and researching storytelling in ways that specifically inform our understanding of personal relationships. We will focus in specifically on an approach to narratives and storytelling that focuses specifically on the communicative manifestation of narratives and how the content and features of these interactions are relevant to mental, physical, and relational health.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Huffman Dining Hall

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Writing as an Instrument of Torture”

Discussion with those available/interested.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee available in Burton Morgan Hall 216

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Three: LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Hall 219
In the two decades since the first “wave” of LGBTQ scholarship in the discipline, scholars across subfields have widened and deepened understanding of non-normative gender and sexuality in relation to communication. They have also engaged the vexing question of politics and pedagogy, what it means to be an “engaged scholar,” and how the communication campus and classroom might constitute meaningful sites of queer worldmaking. Together we’ll explore some of the genealogy and future directions of LBGTQ Studies in Communication, and consider the prospects and perils of queer pedagogy.
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Four: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods (Closed)

Laura L. Ellingson

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Qualitative methodology continues to grow and change in the 21st century. This seminar will address four influential, overlapping bodies of theory, method, and practice that currently are receiving a lot of attention by qualitative methodologists. First, the arts-based research movement embraces a variety of written, oral, material, and digital art genres. Second, the crystallization framework enables qualitative researchers to span multiple research paradigms and produce multiple genres of representation, producing a postmodern form of validity. Third, participatory methods offer innovative ways to gather participant-generated data and to collaborate in community-based projects. Finally, participants will explore current work on embodiment in qualitative research, which attends to the vivid sensory details of researchers’ and participants’ bodies and explores sensemaking as a process grounded not just in the mind but throughout the body. No advanced knowledge of qualitative methods is necessary.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Scholar-in-Residence Assigned Sessions

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Five: “Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching & Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Hall 219
The area of study of Health Communication is one of the most rapidly growing and intriguing found in the field of Communication.  The bottom-line, real-world impact of communication as it relates to health and health care delivery is both fascinating and important. The research on health care contexts indicates that communication is a key determinant of the quality of care provision.  More specifically, aspects of communication affect provider understanding of the patient’s health problems, accuracy of diagnosis, patient understanding of and adherence to a treatment regimen, patient and provider satisfaction with the interaction, patient doctor-shopping, speed of patient recovery, post-operative pain and vomiting, and likelihood of malpractice litigation.  In addition to a focus on provider-patient interaction, this course will discuss everyday health communication, end of life communication, health campaigns, and health information in the media. Participants will be prepared to both teach a basic health communication course and initiate research on health communication topics.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Six: Thinking Rhetorically about Race

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Hall 218
With an emphasis on U.S. racial formations, this seminar asks participants to think through the intersections of race and rhetoric. Readings and conversations will address the relationship between rhetoric and race. That is, if we begin with the assumption that race is a social construction and/or constitutive or performative effect, what does that mean about the role of rhetoric in race? If we know that assumptions and ideas about race are communicated rhetorically, how do we name the relationship between rhetoric and race? With disciplinary and interdisciplinary readings to guide us, we will explore what we might think of as the rhetorical logics of race.
5:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Optional Group Excursion

Columbus’ Short North: Exploring the Food & Culture of the City
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Morning Presentation: “Communicative Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Fortifying Links Between Family Storytelling and Health”

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Scholar-in-Residence Assigned Session

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coffee available in Burton Morgan 216

9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar One: Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically

Michael Butterworth

Burton Morgan Hall 219
Is sport a rhetorical phenomenon?  Judging by the growing interest of rhetorical scholars in sport and the consolidation of academic studies of “communication and sport,” it certainly appears to be.  Yet, it contributes little to the discipline if we are content simply to add sport to the list of topics suitable for study.  Rather, we would be better-served to identify the ways sport uniquely enacts, constitutes, and/or contests identities, relationships, and communities.  In this seminar, we will engage with sport as a site that, while complementing other sites of discourse, must be considered on its own terms as a means of cultural production.  In particular, we will consider four themes: 1) sport as a form of public address; 2) sport as metaphor and metaphor in sport; 3) rhetorical representations of sport, especially in sports media; and 4) sport and myth.  In addition, the seminar will consider the limitations of reading sport rhetorically while also considering new pathways for study.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar Two: Storytelling, Relationships & Well-Being (Closed)

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Stories serve as prevalent forms of communication in relationships and act as one of the many communicative ways in which people describe, makes sense of, explain, negotiate, and construct relationships. They are also primary in how we make meaning in relationships and negotiate those relationships in public and private contexts. Thus, this course explores the theory of Communicated and Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) and research that situates narrative as central to making sense of, constituting, and reflecting our relational lives. Given the expansive breadth and depth of narrative research across academic disciplines, this course can and does not provide an exhaustive review of narrative research. Instead, it purposes to expose students to a range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and researching storytelling in ways that specifically inform our understanding of personal relationships. We will focus in specifically on an approach to narratives and storytelling that focuses specifically on the communicative manifestation of narratives and how the content and features of these interactions are relevant to mental, physical, and relational health.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Huffman Dining Hall

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Writing as an Instrument of Torture”

Discussion with those available/interested.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee available in Burton Morgan Hall 216

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Three: LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Hall 219
In the two decades since the first “wave” of LGBTQ scholarship in the discipline, scholars across subfields have widened and deepened understanding of non-normative gender and sexuality in relation to communication. They have also engaged the vexing question of politics and pedagogy, what it means to be an “engaged scholar,” and how the communication campus and classroom might constitute meaningful sites of queer worldmaking. Together we’ll explore some of the genealogy and future directions of LBGTQ Studies in Communication, and consider the prospects and perils of queer pedagogy.
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Four: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods (Closed)

Laura L. Ellingson

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Qualitative methodology continues to grow and change in the 21st century. This seminar will address four influential, overlapping bodies of theory, method, and practice that currently are receiving a lot of attention by qualitative methodologists. First, the arts-based research movement embraces a variety of written, oral, material, and digital art genres. Second, the crystallization framework enables qualitative researchers to span multiple research paradigms and produce multiple genres of representation, producing a postmodern form of validity. Third, participatory methods offer innovative ways to gather participant-generated data and to collaborate in community-based projects. Finally, participants will explore current work on embodiment in qualitative research, which attends to the vivid sensory details of researchers’ and participants’ bodies and explores sensemaking as a process grounded not just in the mind but throughout the body. No advanced knowledge of qualitative methods is necessary.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Scholar-in-Residence Assigned Hours

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Five: “Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching & Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Hall 219
The area of study of Health Communication is one of the most rapidly growing and intriguing found in the field of Communication.  The bottom-line, real-world impact of communication as it relates to health and health care delivery is both fascinating and important. The research on health care contexts indicates that communication is a key determinant of the quality of care provision.  More specifically, aspects of communication affect provider understanding of the patient’s health problems, accuracy of diagnosis, patient understanding of and adherence to a treatment regimen, patient and provider satisfaction with the interaction, patient doctor-shopping, speed of patient recovery, post-operative pain and vomiting, and likelihood of malpractice litigation.  In addition to a focus on provider-patient interaction, this course will discuss everyday health communication, end of life communication, health campaigns, and health information in the media. Participants will be prepared to both teach a basic health communication course and initiate research on health communication topics.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Six: Thinking Rhetorically about Race

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Hall 218
With an emphasis on U.S. racial formations, this seminar asks participants to think through the intersections of race and rhetoric. Readings and conversations will address the relationship between rhetoric and race. That is, if we begin with the assumption that race is a social construction and/or constitutive or performative effect, what does that mean about the role of rhetoric in race? If we know that assumptions and ideas about race are communicated rhetorically, how do we name the relationship between rhetoric and race? With disciplinary and interdisciplinary readings to guide us, we will explore what we might think of as the rhetorical logics of race.
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Dinner at Huffman Dining Hall President’s Room

7:00 pm

Scholarship Panel Discussion: “Expressing Voice/Identity”

With Raymie McKerrow, Jody Koenig Kellas and Laura Ellingson (President’s Dining Room at Huffman Dining Hall)
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Morning Presentation: “Queering Rhetorical Interiors”

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
9:30 am - 11:45 am

Scholarship-in-Residence Office Hours

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coffee available in Burton Morgan 216

9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar One: Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically

Michael Butterworth

Burton Morgan Hall 219
Is sport a rhetorical phenomenon?  Judging by the growing interest of rhetorical scholars in sport and the consolidation of academic studies of “communication and sport,” it certainly appears to be.  Yet, it contributes little to the discipline if we are content simply to add sport to the list of topics suitable for study.  Rather, we would be better-served to identify the ways sport uniquely enacts, constitutes, and/or contests identities, relationships, and communities.  In this seminar, we will engage with sport as a site that, while complementing other sites of discourse, must be considered on its own terms as a means of cultural production.  In particular, we will consider four themes: 1) sport as a form of public address; 2) sport as metaphor and metaphor in sport; 3) rhetorical representations of sport, especially in sports media; and 4) sport and myth.  In addition, the seminar will consider the limitations of reading sport rhetorically while also considering new pathways for study.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar Two: Storytelling, Relationships & Well-Being (Closed)

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Stories serve as prevalent forms of communication in relationships and act as one of the many communicative ways in which people describe, makes sense of, explain, negotiate, and construct relationships. They are also primary in how we make meaning in relationships and negotiate those relationships in public and private contexts. Thus, this course explores the theory of Communicated and Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) and research that situates narrative as central to making sense of, constituting, and reflecting our relational lives. Given the expansive breadth and depth of narrative research across academic disciplines, this course can and does not provide an exhaustive review of narrative research. Instead, it purposes to expose students to a range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and researching storytelling in ways that specifically inform our understanding of personal relationships. We will focus in specifically on an approach to narratives and storytelling that focuses specifically on the communicative manifestation of narratives and how the content and features of these interactions are relevant to mental, physical, and relational health.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Huffman Dining Hall

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Scholar-in-Residence Office Hours

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee available in Burton Morgan Hall 216

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Three: LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Hall 219
In the two decades since the first “wave” of LGBTQ scholarship in the discipline, scholars across subfields have widened and deepened understanding of non-normative gender and sexuality in relation to communication. They have also engaged the vexing question of politics and pedagogy, what it means to be an “engaged scholar,” and how the communication campus and classroom might constitute meaningful sites of queer worldmaking. Together we’ll explore some of the genealogy and future directions of LBGTQ Studies in Communication, and consider the prospects and perils of queer pedagogy.
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Four: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods (Closed)

Laura L. Ellingson

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Qualitative methodology continues to grow and change in the 21st century. This seminar will address four influential, overlapping bodies of theory, method, and practice that currently are receiving a lot of attention by qualitative methodologists. First, the arts-based research movement embraces a variety of written, oral, material, and digital art genres. Second, the crystallization framework enables qualitative researchers to span multiple research paradigms and produce multiple genres of representation, producing a postmodern form of validity. Third, participatory methods offer innovative ways to gather participant-generated data and to collaborate in community-based projects. Finally, participants will explore current work on embodiment in qualitative research, which attends to the vivid sensory details of researchers’ and participants’ bodies and explores sensemaking as a process grounded not just in the mind but throughout the body. No advanced knowledge of qualitative methods is necessary.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Five: “Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching & Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Hall 219
The area of study of Health Communication is one of the most rapidly growing and intriguing found in the field of Communication.  The bottom-line, real-world impact of communication as it relates to health and health care delivery is both fascinating and important. The research on health care contexts indicates that communication is a key determinant of the quality of care provision.  More specifically, aspects of communication affect provider understanding of the patient’s health problems, accuracy of diagnosis, patient understanding of and adherence to a treatment regimen, patient and provider satisfaction with the interaction, patient doctor-shopping, speed of patient recovery, post-operative pain and vomiting, and likelihood of malpractice litigation.  In addition to a focus on provider-patient interaction, this course will discuss everyday health communication, end of life communication, health campaigns, and health information in the media. Participants will be prepared to both teach a basic health communication course and initiate research on health communication topics.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Six: Thinking Rhetorically about Race

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Hall 218
With an emphasis on U.S. racial formations, this seminar asks participants to think through the intersections of race and rhetoric. Readings and conversations will address the relationship between rhetoric and race. That is, if we begin with the assumption that race is a social construction and/or constitutive or performative effect, what does that mean about the role of rhetoric in race? If we know that assumptions and ideas about race are communicated rhetorically, how do we name the relationship between rhetoric and race? With disciplinary and interdisciplinary readings to guide us, we will explore what we might think of as the rhetorical logics of race.
6:00 pm

Evening Options or Dinner on Your Own in Granville

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Morning Presentation: “Hope and Openness at the End of Life”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coffee available in Burton Morgan 216

9:30 am - 11:30 am

“Writing as an Instrument of Torture”

Discussion with those available/interested.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar One: Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically

Michael Butterworth

Burton Morgan Hall 219
Is sport a rhetorical phenomenon?  Judging by the growing interest of rhetorical scholars in sport and the consolidation of academic studies of “communication and sport,” it certainly appears to be.  Yet, it contributes little to the discipline if we are content simply to add sport to the list of topics suitable for study.  Rather, we would be better-served to identify the ways sport uniquely enacts, constitutes, and/or contests identities, relationships, and communities.  In this seminar, we will engage with sport as a site that, while complementing other sites of discourse, must be considered on its own terms as a means of cultural production.  In particular, we will consider four themes: 1) sport as a form of public address; 2) sport as metaphor and metaphor in sport; 3) rhetorical representations of sport, especially in sports media; and 4) sport and myth.  In addition, the seminar will consider the limitations of reading sport rhetorically while also considering new pathways for study.
9:45 am - 11:45 am

Seminar Two: Storytelling, Relationships & Well-Being (Closed)

Jody Koenig Kellas

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Stories serve as prevalent forms of communication in relationships and act as one of the many communicative ways in which people describe, makes sense of, explain, negotiate, and construct relationships. They are also primary in how we make meaning in relationships and negotiate those relationships in public and private contexts. Thus, this course explores the theory of Communicated and Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) and research that situates narrative as central to making sense of, constituting, and reflecting our relational lives. Given the expansive breadth and depth of narrative research across academic disciplines, this course can and does not provide an exhaustive review of narrative research. Instead, it purposes to expose students to a range of methodological and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and researching storytelling in ways that specifically inform our understanding of personal relationships. We will focus in specifically on an approach to narratives and storytelling that focuses specifically on the communicative manifestation of narratives and how the content and features of these interactions are relevant to mental, physical, and relational health.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Huffman Dining Hall

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee available in Burton Morgan Hall 216

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Three: LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy

Charles Morris

Burton Morgan Hall 219
In the two decades since the first “wave” of LGBTQ scholarship in the discipline, scholars across subfields have widened and deepened understanding of non-normative gender and sexuality in relation to communication. They have also engaged the vexing question of politics and pedagogy, what it means to be an “engaged scholar,” and how the communication campus and classroom might constitute meaningful sites of queer worldmaking. Together we’ll explore some of the genealogy and future directions of LBGTQ Studies in Communication, and consider the prospects and perils of queer pedagogy.
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Four: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods (Closed)

Laura L. Ellingson

Burton Morgan Hall 218
Qualitative methodology continues to grow and change in the 21st century. This seminar will address four influential, overlapping bodies of theory, method, and practice that currently are receiving a lot of attention by qualitative methodologists. First, the arts-based research movement embraces a variety of written, oral, material, and digital art genres. Second, the crystallization framework enables qualitative researchers to span multiple research paradigms and produce multiple genres of representation, producing a postmodern form of validity. Third, participatory methods offer innovative ways to gather participant-generated data and to collaborate in community-based projects. Finally, participants will explore current work on embodiment in qualitative research, which attends to the vivid sensory details of researchers’ and participants’ bodies and explores sensemaking as a process grounded not just in the mind but throughout the body. No advanced knowledge of qualitative methods is necessary.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Five: “Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication: Teaching & Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes”

Teresa Thompson

Burton Morgan Hall 219
The area of study of Health Communication is one of the most rapidly growing and intriguing found in the field of Communication.  The bottom-line, real-world impact of communication as it relates to health and health care delivery is both fascinating and important. The research on health care contexts indicates that communication is a key determinant of the quality of care provision.  More specifically, aspects of communication affect provider understanding of the patient’s health problems, accuracy of diagnosis, patient understanding of and adherence to a treatment regimen, patient and provider satisfaction with the interaction, patient doctor-shopping, speed of patient recovery, post-operative pain and vomiting, and likelihood of malpractice litigation.  In addition to a focus on provider-patient interaction, this course will discuss everyday health communication, end of life communication, health campaigns, and health information in the media. Participants will be prepared to both teach a basic health communication course and initiate research on health communication topics.
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Seminar Six: Thinking Rhetorically about Race

Lisa Flores

Burton Morgan Hall 218
With an emphasis on U.S. racial formations, this seminar asks participants to think through the intersections of race and rhetoric. Readings and conversations will address the relationship between rhetoric and race. That is, if we begin with the assumption that race is a social construction and/or constitutive or performative effect, what does that mean about the role of rhetoric in race? If we know that assumptions and ideas about race are communicated rhetorically, how do we name the relationship between rhetoric and race? With disciplinary and interdisciplinary readings to guide us, we will explore what we might think of as the rhetorical logics of race.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closing Picnic

All-American Room, Mitchell Recreation Center
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast at Huffman Dining Hall

11:00 am

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Pricing & Registration

Registration fee includes seminar, accommodations, and most meals

$580

NCA Member

$750

NON-NCA Member

$365

Commuter Fee

includes seminars, on campus dinners, and lunches

Location & Venue

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Denison is located in Granville, Ohio, 25 miles east of the state capitol Columbus. The area provides an exciting array of activities, including concerts, performing arts, museums, professional sports, parks, outdoor recreation, galleries, and dining. Denison University is located about 30 miles east of the Columbus John Glenn International Airport (CMH).  Shuttles will be available for transportation from the airport to Denison.

Venue

Denison University

Burton Morgan, 100 West College Street, Granville, Ohio 43023