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Archive for November, 2012

Faculty Research Presentations Rescheduled

Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. has been chosen as the new date/time of the faculty research presentations discussed in an earlier post. The venue has changed to the Dolan School of Business dining room.

Try to make it so you can have a better idea of what your professors spend their own time studying and how they approach the field of Communication!

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Get to Know a Professor: Luiz Duarte

To help with choosing classes, rather than waiting a week, here’s another adjunct professor profile. This time you’ll meet Dr. Luiz Duarte. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of São Paulo, a MA in Telecommunication Managment from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Media also from MSU.

Why Communication?

Communication is what got us from the caves to today. If you ever visit Epcot’s first ride on the giant ball you got a a good sense of how Communications technologies are so relevant to everything we are and do.

What has been your favorite course to teach?

I liked teaching about the history of communication technologies because there are so many interesting anecdotes to tell.

What’s the best course you’ve ever taken in or related to the field of Communication?

My great professor Thomas Muth from MSU used to provoke some animated discussions on Telecommunication policies and that was very interesting and useful for learning the multiple aspects of legislation, with winners and losers.

Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I am traveling throughout Latin America extensively these days for work and there is no time for much else.

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Get to Know a Professor: Julie Scher-Smith

The next adjunct Communication professor in our series is Julie Scher-Smith. She holds a degree in Economics from Emory University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Along with that background, she has this to say about her experience teaching:

Why Communication?

Teaching public speaking is a passion of mine. As a management consultant and manager of recruiting and training I realized that communication skills were paramount to being successful and being promoted. Analytical skills could get you answers but communicating them and attaining understanding and agreement required another skills set. Consultants often deliver presentations to share findings and to solicit new business; they lead team meetings and conduct informational interviews; yet they are seldom trained on the soft skills.  So—- while working at Bricker & Assoc in Chicago, I got certified in public speaking so that I could then create my own course and train my colleagues (the other consultants). I have also taught adult education programs.

What has been your favorite course to teach?

CO101 is my favorite course to teach as every student is capable of being a success. It is not uncommon to have real anxiety about public speaking and this class is a wonderful means for overcoming that and attaining real skills that are leverageable in one’s personal and professional life.  I like that although students might at first dread this course and enroll reluctantly to fulfill a requirement for the major, they soon come to enjoy class and embrace learning.  I am a life-long learner and this class offers opportunities for growth and success for everyone.

Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Outside of the classroom… I enjoy yoga classes, and long beach walks. Last year I trained and became a cyclist to bike the Pan Mass Challenge (200 miles in 2 days) to raise money for cancer. I have two daughters who have recently gotten me to test my fear of heights numerous times at the new Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum (zip lines in the trees).

 

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Learn about your professors’ research!

UPDATE: Due to the snow last night, this event was postponed. Keep checking back for the new date!

This Wednesday, November 7th, Drs. Ryan, Gudelunas, Zhang, and Pagano will be presenting their research to students to mark 25 years of Communication at Fairfield. They hope to create a dialogue between students and faculty and explain what each of them studies (and why). This is the first phase of a two-part series, with the next set being held in March and including Drs. Gil-Egui, Wills, Serazio, and Arendt.

The presentations for this week will be:

25 Years of Communication at Fairfield: A reflection – Dr. Ryan
Communication taboos: Media, culture, and sex – Dr. Gudelunas
Psychological reactance and verbal defensiveness in the workplace: The effects of perceived face threat and interactional justice in supervisor requests – Dr. Zhang
Getting interpersonal with simulation pedagogy: A collaborative approach – Dr. Pagano

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room.

… And remember to vote tomorrow!

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