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Seminar:  Reading Sport (and Sports Media) Rhetorically, Michael Butterworth

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.

Seminar: Current Topics in Qualitative Methods, Laura L. Ellingson

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.

Seminar:  Thinking Rhetorically about Race, Lisa Flores

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.

Seminar: Storytelling, Relationships, and Well-Being, Jody Koenig Kellas

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.

Seminar:  LGBTQ Studies in Communication, and the Prospects and Perils of Queer Pedagogy, Charles E. Morris, III

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.

Seminar:  Zika, Ebola, and Health Communication:  Teaching and Conducting Research on the Interaction of Health, Health Care Contexts, and Communicative Processes,  Teresa Thompson

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.


Scholar-in-Residence Conversations

Writing as an Instrument of Torture, Raymie McKerrow

Throughout the week we will engage in a discussion of the difficulties one experiences in writing. The brain decides to take a break as the deadline looms. You read what you’ve spent time writing and believe it is insipid drivel. With 50 years of publishing and editing behind me, I’ve experienced these and many more torturous times. Improvement remains a goal. Let’s talk!