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Faculty, Students Showcase Research at National Communication Conference

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Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Human Communication Studies was represented by several faculty and graduate students at the Nov. 8-11 National Communication Association’s 104th annual convention “Communication at Play” in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“‘At Death’s Door’: Interrogating Constructions of Mortality and Advocacy in Notorious R.B.G. Discourse,” a paper co-authored by assistant professor Alyssa Samek, was named the top paper in the Critical and Cultural Studies Division. In addition, Samek was a respondent during the “Queer(ing) Rhetorical Movements” presentation.

Daniel Sutko, assistant professor, delivered “Theorizing Female Voices in Artificial Intelligence: History, Context and Continuation of Technology’s Gender Troubles.”

Joel Salcedo ’12, ’15 (B.A. philosophy, M.A. communication studies), lecturer in human communication studies, was a panelist for a discussion on “Communicating Justice and Liberation in the Trumpian Era: A Time for Play or Not?”

Among those who authored or co-authored presentations given at the conference:

  • Assistant professors Tara Suwinyattichaiporn and Zac Johnson joined alumni Joey Fontana ’18 (B.A. communication studies), a graduate student at Clemson University, and Irina Ortega ’17 (B.A. communications-advertising), now studying at USC, as co-authors of “Investigating the Influence of Social Media on Perceived Power: The Case of Student-Teacher Facebook Interactions in Thailand.” Suwinyattichaiporn and Fontana also presented “Examining the Relationships Between Occupational Factors, Leadership Style and Academic Outcomes Among Working College Students.”
  • Suwinyattichiaporn, Johnson, and alumni Thao Tran, Aly Bailey, George Lamie and Mara Nogales, co-authored “The Importance of Family and Friends Social Support on Latino/a First-Generation College Students’ Perceived Stress, Depression and Social Isolation.”
  • Johnson and graduate student Rikishi Rey co-authored “‘Don’t Let Kids Play Football’: The Role of Fear in Parental Processing of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Messaging.”
  • Johnson co-authored two additional presentations on “The Influence of Student-to-Student Communication in the Classroom: The Relationship of Student-to-Student Confirmation and Student Engagement” and “Instructional Identities: What Personas Do College Instructors Enact in Teacher/Student Communication?”