Brenda Allen - Teaching Difference Matters
J. Allen (Ph.D., Howard University) is a Professor of Communication
and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at
the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Her research and teaching areas are organizational
communication, diversity, and critical pedagogy. Among her numerous
publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters:
Communicating Social Identity. In addition to performing her
duties at the University, she presents keynote speeches and conducts
and consultations on a range of topics, including diversity, inclusive
pedagogy, strategic planning, presentational speaking, and teamwork.
Betsy Bach - Increasing Classroom Competency: A Seminar in Instructional Communication Theory and Practice
Wackernagel Bach (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a Professor
in the Department of Communication Studies at the University
as the Associate Director for Research Initiatives at the National
Communication Association (NCA) in Washington DC for two years,
and was NCA President in 2009. Bach specializes in organizational
communication with an emphasis in the mentoring and socialization
of organizational newcomers and has published on these topics
in journals such as Health Communication, Communication
Monographs, the Western Journal of Communication,
the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and the Journal
of Social and Personal Relationships (among others). She
is also co-author of Communication in Complex Organizations:
A Relational Approach. Her interests have turned to identification
and organizational exit and she is currently gathering data in
this area. Her secondary area is Instructional Communication.
Known for her teaching, Dr. Bach received The University of Montana's
Distinguished Teacher Award in 1991 and the Master Teacher Award
from the Western States Communication Association in 1992. Dr.
Bach also received Montana's Academic Administrator Award in
1996, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Western
States Communication Association in February 2012.
Catherine Palczewski - Rhetoric, Identity, Citizenship, and Civic Culture: Expanding the Modes of, and Challenging the Limits on, Public Engagement
Catherine (Cate) H. Palczewski (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. She teaches courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric and performance of social protest, argumentation, gender in communication, and political communication. She recently completed her term as co-editor for the American Forensic Association journal Argumentation and Advocacy. Her work has appeared in that journal, as well as in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Studies, NWSA Journal, and The Southern Communication Journal. She has also published numerous book chapters. She received the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award, the George Ziegelmueller Outstanding Debate Educator Award, and the Rohrer Award for the Outstanding Publication in Argumentation. In 2001, she was the keynote speaker at the AFA/NCA Biennial Conference on Argumentation, a conference she directed in 2013. She co-authored Communicating Gender Diversity (2nd ed., 2014), which was shortlisted for the International Gender and Language Book Prize in 2008, and Rhetoric in Civic Life (2012). Her work tends to focus on how marginalized groups rhetorically construct their messages to gain access to, and be legible in, the dominant public sphere.
George Rodman - Teaching Mass Media
George Rodman (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor and Emeritus Chair of the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he has taught since 1978. Rodman is the author of four editions of Mass Media Issues (McGraw-Hill), 12 editions of Understanding Human Communication (with Ron Adler, Oxford University Press), Making Sense of Media (Allyn & Bacon), and several books on public speaking. In a way, Rodman is genetically predisposed to an interest in mass media. His grandmother was a first cousin to, and grew up with, Hollywood mogul Cecil B. DeMille. His grandfather was a personal lab assistant to Thomas Edison and was later president of the Radio Manufacturers of America.
Thomas Socha - Families, Positive Communication, and Lifespan Development
J. Socha (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a twenty-four year faculty
member at Old Dominion University (Norfolk,
VA) in the Department
of Communication & Theatre Arts where he teaches graduate and
undergraduate courses in family communication, children’s communication,
lifespan communication, and positive communication. He is the Director
of ODU’s Graduate Program in Lifespan and Digital Communication.
Dr. Socha was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Family Communication,
recipient of NCA’s Bernard .J. Brommel Award for Outstanding
Research and Distinguished Service in Family Communication, and a
Past President of the Southern States Communication Association.
He has published six co-authored/co-edited books (a seventh is the
works), over 35 articles and chapters, and has presented over 50
papers focusing on family communication, children’s communication,
and most recently positive interpersonal communication.
Vince Waldron - Good Relationships: Forgiveness Episodes and other Moral Negotiations among Close Partners
Waldron (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Professor of Communication
Studies at Arizona State University. His research interests include
the communication of forgiveness in personal relationships, maintenance
of long term relationships, and the communication of the “moral
emotions” in work settings.
Vince is author or coauthor of four books, including Communicating
Forgiveness (Sage, 2008), Marriage at Midlife: Analytical
Tools and Counseling Strategies (Springer, 2009), Managing
Risk in Communication Encounters: Strategies for the Workplace (Sage,
2010), and Communicating
Emotion at Work (Polity, 2012). His articles appear in Management
Communication Quarterly, Journal of Social and Personal
Relationships, and Journal
of Family Communication, among other outlets.
An active member of NCA for 25 years, Vince has been chairperson
of the Interpersonal Communication and Applied Communication Divisions
and served as co-chair of NCA’s leadership development committee.
A committed classroom teacher, Vince has been recognized with a
of the Year award. He is faculty coordinator for a scholarship
program serving nontraditional students and founded ASU’s
Osher Lifelong Learning Academy, a program offering college level
for retired citizens.