Braithwaite is the Willa Cather Professor and Department Chair of
Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr.
Braithwaite is the author of 90 articles and co-editor of five books.
Kirby (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is Professor and Chair
of Communication Studies at Creighton University. A teacher-scholar
of organizational communication, she studies the everyday intersections
of working and personal life, emphasizing how differing social identities
(especially gender) assimilate into/collide with organizations. She
teaches courses in organizational communication, work-life communication,
communication and social justice, organizational rhetoric, gender communication
and research methods. She co-edited Gender Actualized: Cases in Communicatively
Constructing Realities with Chad McBride and has published in outlets
such as Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication
Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook.
She is Past-President of the Organization for the Study of Communication,
Language, and Gender. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her partner
Bob, daughters Meredith and Samantha, and cats Dougie, Darcy and Deena.
Kreps (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a University
Distinguished Professor at George Mason University, where he Chairs
the Department of Communication and Directs the Center for Health
and Risk Communication. He studies health communication , health
promotion, risk prevention, health disparities, quality of care,
health informatics, and social change published in more than 350
books, articles, and chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Health Behavior and has been recognized with numerous scholarly
awards. He has attracted external research funding from many federal
agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Before joining the
faculty at George Mason University, he served as Chief of the Health
Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer
Institute, Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University,
Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV,
and as a professor at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue
Medhurst (Ph.D., Penn State, 1980) is Distinguished Professor of
Rhetoric and Communication, and Professor of Political Science,
at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author or editor of
thirteen books including, most recently, The Prospect of Presidential
Rhetoric (with James Arnt Aune), Before the Rhetorical Presidency,
and Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 (with
Stephen E. Lucas).
Dr. Medhurst has been recognized with several national awards, including the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, the Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship, the Religious Communication Association’s Scholar of the Year Award, the Michael Osborn Teacher/Scholar Award, the Julia T. Wood Teacher/Scholar Award, the National Communication Association’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, and the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award.
He is also
the founder and editor of the award-winning interdisciplinary quarterly Rhetoric & Public
now in its sixteenth year of publication. In addition, Professor
Medhurst is the founder
series editor of the Rhetoric and Public Affairs book series at
Michigan State University Press and the founder and former editor
of the Rhetoric
and Religion book series at Baylor University Press and the Presidential
Rhetoric Series at Texas A&M University Press. He also serves
as the general supervisory editor of the ten volume Rhetorical
History of the United States, currently in progress at Michigan
State University Press.
Eileen R. Meehan (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983) teaches in Southern Illinois University’s Radio-Television-Digital Media Department and Interdisciplinary Graduate program in mass communication and media arts. Recent courses have focused on new media and digital culture, Disney as an entertainment conglomerate, and reality television programs. Recent publications include a study of Dog the Bounty Hunter and its conflicting visions of family, work, and God as well as a brief history of deregulation’s impact on the structures of media markets and companies. Work in progress addresses women’s roles on screen and in the board room of media conglomerates; theorizing the commodity audience for new and old media industries; and a second wave of research in the Global Disney Audiences Project.
Scott A. Myers is Professor, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, and M.A. Instructional Communication Program Coordinator at West Virginia University. Dr. Myers’s research focuses primarily on the role communication plays in the instructor-student relationship. He is the past-president of the Central States Communication Association and a former editor of Communication Teacher.