Hi all! Just a quick note. This site has been used primarily as a static place for information about and for my teaching and advising at JMU. My hope is to transform this into a much more active and lively space for not just my teaching and advising but my research and other endeavors. Most everything is up to date but I am in the process of cleaning and reviewing the content on this site. I also plan on using this as my space for blogging about more than just class announcements.
Please stay tuned for more and feel free to provide any sort of feedback, opportunities for collaboration or anything else!!!
Today is the first day of classes. All of the syllabi have been finished, distributed and even posted under the teaching section here. Beautiful day!
The first public debate of the 2011-2012 year will happen Wednesday September 28, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Wilson Auditorium on the James Madison University campus. The Office of International Programs at JMU and the Madison Debate Society are co-sponsoring this event during International Week, the theme is What is the Middle East?
The 2010-2011 SCOM banquet was a success. Good food, great company and some good speeches. Some of the notable awards and recognitions from the evening:
Debater of the Year: Kaitlyn Haynal
Friend of Debate Award: Alysia Davis
SCOM Professor of the Year: Eric Fife
SCOM Alum of the Year: Tracy Weise.
In addition to two sections of GCOM 123 Group Presentations, I am looking forward to offering SCOM 318 Strategic Web Tactics, a face-to-face practicum, for the first time. The course description is below.
This course will utilize the principles of strategic communication to create a communication plan designed for the Institute of Constructive Advocacy & Dialogue and the Center for Health & Environmental Communication within the School of Communication Studies. In working with our clients, we will analyze the different situations, organizations and potential publics; establish goals and objectives; develop strategies and methods for evaluation and then implement our strategic communication plan. We will rely primarily on Web 2.0 technologies and other online tactics to create content, brand, design a web presence and enable our clients to establish relationships with a variety of publics.
I am very excited to be offering SCOM 313 Food Communication, a new course, online during the summer session. The course description is below.
An asynchronous online course. This course will propose, consider and analyze the different relationships between communication and food and how these relationships negotiate our identities, cultures and environments. First, we discuss how each of us constitute and communicate our identities through the food we consume and importantly the food we do not consume. Second, we understand how our food choices symbolically create, shape and reflect our cultures. Third, we analyze how corporate, mainstream mass media and governmental institutions discursively frame, influence and shape our food practices. Finally, we examine how our food practices intersect, communicate and impact our relationships to our surrounding environments.