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Alan DeSantis

Professor


Office: 234 Grehan

Phone: 859-257-1975

Email: Desantis [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/desantis

Education
B.A. 1986, James Madison University: M.A. 1988, University of Alabama; Ph.D. 1993, Indiana University

Specialties
Qualitative Methodology, Film, ADHD Stimulant Abuse

Awards
College of Communication and Information Science Faculty Community Service Award 2006; UK Student Body’s “Best Professor” Award 1999-2009; Alumni Association Great Teacher Award 1997; Interfraternity Council Great Teacher Award 1997; College of Communication and Information Excellence in Teaching Award 1996

Curriculum Vitae


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Courses Taught

An introduction to the process of communication as a critical element in human interaction and in society. Designed to enhance effective communication and informed use of the mass media.
Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
A course designed to examine theory and research related to criticism of the mass media and to the relationship of digital and mass communication to contemporary social issues.
Intensive study of a communication topic in professional, theoretical, and research methodology areas of communication.
An overview of problems, issues, processes and assumptions involved with communicating across cultures and co-cultures. Theories of cognition and communication will be used to explore and explain communication with people from diverse cultures. Differences in both verbal and nonverbal communication among different cultural groups will be discussed.
Goals, epistemology and methods of qualitative inquiry in communication. Strengths and limitations of different qualitative research methodologies. Distinctive contributions of qualitative research to theory and practice of communication.
This course focuses on what and how popular culture entertainment media functions to communicate and persuade. Forms to be examined may include films/movies, television programs, music, cartoons, and/or comics. Ultimately, students will be equipped with tools to make educated decisions as critical consumers of the messages conveyed in popular culture entertainment media.
This course examines intercultural and co-cultural divides using a skills-based approach. Students will be exposed to cultural communication situations and will apply skills using lecture, discussion, and various media (e.g., news, radio, film, blogs), equipping them with more effective skills for communicating with other groups, communities, and cultures.

Books

DeSantis, A. D. (2007). Inside Greek U: Fraternities, sororities, and the pursuit of pleasure, power, and prestige. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

Reviewed: New York Times (Sunday) / Library Journal / Journal of Law and Education / Educational Policy Institute / Journal of College Student Development / Inside Hazing / Adjunct Advocate Magazine / Pitch Magazine / Lexington Herald Leader / Goodreads.com / The Daily (University of Washington) / The Muleskinner (University of Central Missouri) /The Indiana Daily Student (Indiana University) / Oklahoma Gazette / Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) / Black Greek Network

Interviewed: Newsweek / ABC News / Playboy / Inside Higher Education (reprinted by InternationalCounselor.com and InsideHazing.com) / CBS affiliate WKYT / FOX affiliate WKKY / Public Radio WEKU (Richmond, KY) / Public Radio WFPL (Louisville, KY) / Louisville Courier-Journal / Cincinnati Enquirer / Mississippi Clarion Ledger / Kentucky Kernel / Sigma Pi International Emerald / Opelika-Auburn News / Des Moines Register /

Articles

DeSantis, A. D., (2014). Observing the story: Interpretive research is systematic and rigorous. In Davis, C (Ed). Conversations about qualitative communication research: Behind the scenes with leading scholars. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc.

DeSantis, A. D., & Hane A. (2010). ÒAdderall is definitely not a drugÓ: Justifications for the illegal use of ADHD stimulants. Substance Use & Misuse, 45, 31-46.

DeSantis, A. D., Noar, S. M., & Webb., E. (2009). Non-medical ADHD stimulant use in fraternities. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 70, 952-955.

DeSantis, A. D., Webb., E., & Noar, S. M. (2008). Illicit use of prescription ADHD medications among college students: A multi-methodological approach. Journal of American College Health, 57, 315-323.

DeSantis, A. D., & Colman, M. (2008). Not on my line: Homosexuality in Black fraternities. In T. L. Brown, G. S. Parks, & C. M. Phillips (Eds.) African American Fraternities And Sororities: The Legacy And The Vision, Vol. II. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

DeSantis, A. D., & Morgan, S. (2004). American civil liberties and conspiracy theory in pro- smoking campaigns. Communication Studies, 55, 319-339.

DeSantis, A. D. & Morgan, S. (2003). Sometimes a good cigar [magazine] is more than just a good cigar [magazine]: Pro-smoking arguments in Cigar Aficionado, 1992-2000. Health Communication, 15, 457-480.

DeSantis, A. D. (2003). A couple of white guys sitting around talking. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 32, 432-466.

DeSantis, A. D. (2002). Smoke screen: An ethnographic study of a cigar shopÕs collective rationalization. Health Communication, 14, 167-198.

DeSantis, A. D. (2001). Caught between two worlds: BakhtinÕs Dialogism in the exile experience. International Journal of Refugee Studies, 14, 1-19.

DeSantis, A. D. (1999). An Amostic prophecy: Frederick DouglassÕ ÔThe meaning of the July fourth for the Negro.Õ Journal of Communication and Religion, 22, 65-92.

DeSantis, A. D. (1998). Selling the American dream to black America: The Chicago Defender and the great migration, 1915-1919. Western Journal of Communication, 62, 474-511.

DeSantis, A. D. (1997). From Modernity to Postmodernity: The recontextualization of communication theory. In J. L. Owen (Ed.), Context and Communication Behavior. (pp. 59-77). Reno, Nevada: Context Press.

DeSantis, A. D. (1997). A forgotten protest leader: Robert S. Abbott and the Chicago Defender. Journalism History, 23, 63-71.

DeSantis, A. D. (1993). Under fire: A rhetorical analysis of Marcus Garvey's apologia. African Americans in New York Life and History, 17, 7-32.

Entries in Academic Encyclopedias

DeSantis, A. D. (2007). The Chicago Defender. In W. A. Darity (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd Ed.). New York: Macmillan.

DeSantis, A. D. (2006). Chicago Defender and the great migration north. In S. A. Reich (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration of the Twentieth Century. Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press.

DeSantis, A. D. (2006). Robert Abbott and the first Chicago migration. In S. A. Reich (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration of the Twentieth Century. Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press.

DeSantis, A. D. (2006). Great Migration. In R. Walter & J. Upton (Eds.), Encyclopedia of American Race Riots. Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press.

DeSantis, A. D. (2006). The Chicago Defender. In R. Walter & J. Upton (Eds.), Encyclopedia of American Race Riots. Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press.

Workbook

DeSantis, A. D. (2010). University of KentuckyÕs Introduction to Communication Workbook (10th Ed.).

Select Conference Papers

DeSantis, A. D., (2013). ÒThe evolution of qualitative research.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, Washington, DC.

Anthony, K.E., Cohen, E.L., & DeSantis, A.D. Characteristics of college students who illegally distribute to peers. (2012). Public Health Education and Health Promotion.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 27, 2012.

DeSantis, A. D., & Hane A. (2008) ÒAdderall is definitely not a drugÓ: Justifications for the illegal use of ADHD stimulants. Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.

DeSantis, A. D. (2006). ÒThe state of college athletics: A perspective from a college professor.Ó Presented as a member of a four-person panel (with NCAA president Miles Brand and past NCAA president Joseph Crowley) televised on CSPAN, Orlando, FL.

DeSantis, A. D., & Hane, A. (2004). ÒGreek sex: Understanding conceptions of sex and gender in fraternities and sororities.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, Chicago, IL. (Top 4 Paper)

DeSantis, A. D., & Morgan, S. (2003). ÒConspiracy logic in pro-smoking arguments.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, Miami, FL.

DeSantis, A. D. (2002). ÒWhat prevention researchers need to know about pro-smoking messages of at-risk smokers.Ó Invited presenter at the University of KentuckyÕs Tobacco Summit. Sponsored by the UK Medial School and the Center for Prevention Research, Lexington, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (2002). ÒSpot-light panel on James R. Andrews: The 2000 National Communication AssociationÕs Distinguished Scholar Recipient.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, Seattle, WA. (Organizer, chair and respondent).

DeSantis, A. D. (2001). ÒSmoke screen: An ethnographic study of the collective rationalization of a smoke shop: Pro-smoking arguments in Cigar Aficionado, 1992- 2000.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1999).ÒRacism on campus: Strategies for a more inclusive learning environment.Ó Keynote Address at the Mid-South Regional Conference on Academic Advising, Lexington, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (1998). ÒCaught between two worlds: The simultaneity of BakhtinÕs Dialogical Theory in exile discourse.Ó Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association National Conference, New York City, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (1998). ÒThe limitations of monological analysis of narratives.Ó 7th International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (1998). ÒSocial responsibility in the age of technology.Ó Keynote Address at the Golden Key Honor SocietyÕs Annual Award Ceremony, Lexington, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (1997). ÒForced expulsion from the homeland: The discourse of exiles and BakhtinÕs dialogical principle.Ó Presented at the meeting of the 6th International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, KY.

DeSantis, A. D. (1996). ÒThe Color of Fear: Facilitating race relations in large lecture-hall classrooms.Ó Presented at the meeting of the Speech Communication Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1995). ""Developing the undergraduate communication canon: A working session."" Presented at the meeting of the Speech Communication Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

DeSantis, A. D. (1994). ""Frederick Douglass and the Prophet Amos: The Fourth of July Oration of 1852."" Presented at the meeting of the Speech Communication Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1994). ""Breaking the rules: A textual analysis of Frederick Douglass' 4th of July Oration."" Presented at the meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Conference, Norfolk, VA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1994). ""The American Dream and the promise deferred: The Chicago Defender and the Great Migration of 1915-1919."" Presented at the meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Conference, Norfolk, VA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1991). ""A first step in multicultural understanding."" Keynote Presentation at James Madison University's Annual Communication Criticism Conference, Harrisonburg, VA.

DeSantis, A. D. (1990). ""Under fire: A rhetorical analysis of Marcus Garvey's apologia."" Presented at the meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL. (Selected as one of the top debut papers by the Black Caucus)

DeSantis, A. D. (1988). ""An untold story: Tuscaloosa's civil rights struggle."" Presented at the meeting of the National Association of Oral History, Baltimore, MD.

Select Presentations, Lectures, and Workshops

Speeding through Greek life: Stimulant abuse in fraternities and sororities. Keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Fraternity Executive Association (FEA). The FEA is the professional organization for the executives of North AmericaÕs fraternities and sororities (Chicago, IL 2011).

Understanding the darker side of brotherhood: Groups and the loss of the individual. Keynote speaker for fraternity and sorority life advisors of North Carolina (Charlotte, NC 2011).

Workshop on ÒInside Greek U.Ó Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity International selected ÒInside Greek UÓ to be their annual Òcommon readingÓ for the organizationÕs executives and traveling consulting staff. Pi Kappa Phi has 142 active chapters, 93 alumni groups, 21 colonies, and more than 100,000 initiated members.

ADHD stimulants on college campus. One of six invited speakers at the Town Hall Meeting at UK, an annual event organized by the Society for Neuroscience and the Department of Physiology (Lexington, KY 2011).

Hooking-up: Interpersonal relationships at college. Invited speaker at annual spring public lecture at Transylvania University (Lexington, KY, 2011).

ADHD stimulant use on college campuses: Motivations and justifications. Invited presenter to the Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities (Baton Rouge, LA. 2010).

The use of ADHD stimulants on college campuses. Presented to the Provosts and the Vice Presidents of Student Affairs for the University of Tennessee system (Nashville, TN. 2010).

Slang in America: An exploration of its purposes and uses. Presented to the Lincoln Country Chamber of Commerce (Spring 2010).

Understanding gender dynamics in the workplace. Presented to the UKÕs WomenÕs Forum Conference (Fall 2009).

The Social construction of gender in the American Greek system: How fraternities and sororities create notions of hyper masculinity and femininity for their members.

University of Kentucky College of Education (Fall 2008)

Eastern Kentucky University (Fall 2008)

James Madison University (Spring 2008)

Transylvania University (Spring 2009)

University of Tennessee (Spring 2010)

What to expect in a college classroom: Rights, responsibilities, and advice for first-year students. Presented to all incoming first year and transfer student entering the University of Kentucky, i.e., K-Week. Sponsored by the Office of New Student and Parent Programs (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008ÑSpring 2011).

Being smart at college: Rights, duties, and responsibilities of a college student. Presented to all (approximately 700) first-year sorority women at the University of Kentucky (Fall 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

The construction of femininity in the media. Inaugural speaker in The Final Word Lecture Series sponsored by UKÕs SAB. (Fall 2007)

From flappers to rappers: A century of slang in American. One of four invited UK professors to speak at UKÕs Alumni Winter College, Naples, FL. (February 2006)

Language philosophy made easy. Keynote Speaker for the University of Kentucky Alumni Club Dinner. (February 2005)

Race conflict in America. Presented at Transylvania UniversityÕs Black History Month Celebration. (February 2004)

Effective communication emerging leaders. College of AgricultureÕs Leadership Program sponsored by Philip Morris, Inc. (Fall 2001 & Spring 2004)

Civic responsibility after college. December graduation ceremony for the Department of Communication. (December 2001)

What to expect in an American classroom. International Undergraduate Student Orientation Program. (Fall 1998 & Fall 2000)

Effective presentational speaking. UniversityÕs Emerging Leader Institute. (Spring 2000)

Understanding issues of race in the classroom. Center for Athletic and Tutorial Services at UK. (Summer 1999)

Racial understanding in the classroom. Delivered to all incoming University of KentuckyÕs teaching assistants. (Fall 1998)

Creative uses of technology in the classroom. Teaching and Learning Center. (Spring 1996)

Effective use of Parliamentary Procedure. Student Government Officers. (Spring 1995)