2017 National Communication Association Conference

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NCA 2017: Participant Research Summaries

The 103rd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association was held November 16-19 in Dallas, Texas. Over 5,000 communication scholars from around the world gathered to share and discuss their latest research. Here are just a few highlights of the work our faculty presented at NCA:

  • Dr. Marko Dragojevic, Assistant Professor, presented his research article, “Vitality, Language Use, and Life Satisfaction among Bilingual Hungarian Adolescents Living in Romania,” sponsored by the Communication and Social Cognition Division. This study examined in-group language use and the relationship between objective and subjective vitality through an investigation of the life satisfaction among two groups of bilingual Hungarian adolescents living in Romania.
  • Associate Professor, Dr. Allison Gordon worked with colleagues to present their research on “Sources of Uncertainty among Adolescent Women who have Experienced Miscarriage” sponsored by the Health Communication Division. This study examined the unique medical and psychosocial challenges faced by adolescent women who experienced miscarriage between the ages 15 and 19.
  • Dr. Kristen Guth, postdoctoral teaching scholar, was selected for a panel to discuss research on “The Evolution of ISIS Arguments as Socio-Material Narratives,” sponsored by the Argumentation and Forensics Division. The panel explored the power of words, specifically the word ‘Daesh’ frequently used by world leaders and the media to replace more commonly used ‘ISIS’ or ‘IS.’ The panel included argument scholars with backgrounds in terrorism analysis and military scenarios.
  • Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Nancy Harrington and co-authors presented their work, “Using the Integrative Model of Behavioral Predication (IMBP) to Understand College Student’s STI Testing Beliefs, Intentions, and Behaviors.” The study was sponsored by the Health Communication Division and designed to investigate predictors of STI-testing intention and behavior.
  • Dr. Donald Helme, Associate Professor, introduced his research, “Dimensions and Validation of the Print Perceived Message Sensation Value Scale (PPMSV),” sponsored by the Communication and Social Cognition Division. The paper examined the activation model of information exposure (AMIE) as a fundamental theory that has guided the development of health messages used for health promotion and risk prevention campaigns.
  • Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Derek Lane presented on “‘If You Build it, They Will Post’: The Beneficial Applications of Higher Education Institutions Creating and Utilizing Social Analytics Labs,” sponsored by the Human Communication and Technology Division. Dr. Lane discussed the rise of social media and the increased need to measure and assess its impact.
  • Dr. Anthony Limperos, Associate Professor, worked with colleagues to present their work on “ESPN’s Coverage of Intimate Partner Violence in the National Football League,” sponsored by the Mass Communication Division. The research revealed issues with the individual players, teams, NFL as an organization, and society as a whole.
  • Dr. Kelly McAninch, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, introduced work sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division. Her research paper on “The Prevalence of Help Seeking and Help Provision in Online Military Discussion Forums: Identifying Sequences of Advice Giving,” outlined the extraordinary circumstances that drive military service members and their families to seek advice from others. Additionally, Dr. McAninch discussed her work on “Communication in Online Forums about the Experience and Management of Relational Uncertainty in Military Life,” drawing attention to the literature’s lack of knowledge of the lived experiences of military couples.
  • Assistant Professor, Dr. Andrew Pilny presented his paper “Team Process Versus Team Composition: Evidence of Independent Effects in the 2014 FIFA World Cup” sponsored by the Group Communication Division. The research examines two competing models by analyzing soccer teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, measuring process as favorable passing network processes and composition as teams with high quality players.
  • Dr. Kevin Real, Associate Professor, presented his work on “How Spatial Layout Impacts Communication: A Pre-Post Study of Nurse Communication in Two Different Hospitals” sponsored by the Health Communication Division. The research investigated changes in communication in hospital patients and nursing staff before-and-after a hospital service line moved into a new trauma-1 level hospital. In addition, Dr. Real discussed his work on “Young Adults Anticipatory Socialization into Work: The Relationship Between Parents’ Communication About Work and Young Adults’ Job Outlook, Work Beliefs, and Motivation to Do Good Work” sponsored by the Training and Development Division, investigating the relationship between parents’ communication about work and young adults’ perceived job outlook, work beliefs, and motivation to do good work.
  • Associate Professor, Department Chair and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Dr. Shari Veil presented her work on “Maintaining a Memory: Balancing Renewal and Resilience in Crisis Memorials” sponsored by the Public Relations Division. The study identified communication strategies and challenges for memorializing a crisis by comparing and contrasting the development and maintenance plans of the three 9/11 memorials.
  • Dr. Kevin Wombacher, Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, presented his work on “‘Addiction Did Not Define You’: Parents’ CMC tributes to their children who fatally overdoes” sponsored by Research in Progress Roundtables. To better understand the parental grieving process, the study employed narrative theory to analyze parental coping given the stigmatization faced by these families’ departure from social norms.