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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Communication Studies Department Welcomes Dr. Cory Hillman

Dr. Cory Hillman (Ph.D, Media and Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University) joins the Ashland University Communication Studies Department as an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies after spending the last six years as a faculty member at Central Michigan University. 

His research addresses how the commercialization of sports is impacting the relationship between fans and sports, the daily fantasy sports industry and its impact on sporting culture, as well as sports video games. His work has appeared in the Communication and Sport Journal, various edited sports anthologies, and his book American Sports in an Age of Consumption: How Commercialization Has Changed the Game was published in 2016. 

Dr. Hillman played baseball for four years at Saginaw Valley State University, and worked as a writer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as training camp security for the Detroit Lions. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dr. Randall-Griffiths and students Hannah Stryker and Maggie Andrews attend conference

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor and director of the Online Communication Studies Program in the Department of Communication Studies, participated in a panel titled "'What Makes Us Different?': Sustaining Relevance in Progressive Communication Programs" at the Central States Communication Association Convention in Milwaukee. The panel was voted Top Panel for the Undergraduate Education and Administration Section.

At the conference, Hannah Stryker and Maggie Andrews, two undergraduate students from the Department of Communication Studies, presented a paper titled "Patient-Centered Communication: A Catalyst for Disclosure" as part of the Undergraduate Honors Research Conference. 

Stryker, Andrews and Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths also attended the undergraduate honors awards luncheon on Saturday. 

(l-r) Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Maggie Andrews and Hannah Stryker.

A co-presenter, Hannah and Maggie before their presentation.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Communication Students to Present at URCA

The Communication Studies Department wishes the following department majors the best of luck as they present their scholarly works at the 2018 CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium.

Jacob Smith, Sport Communication & Digital Media Production major
Seth Ansell, Health & Risk Communication
Topic: Media and Ethical Communication During Crisis in the United States
The students’ study examines mass media coverage of natural disasters in the United States, using Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy as content analyses.

Hannah Stryker, Biology
Maggie Andrews, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, English, & Creative Writing
Topic: Patient-Centered Communication: A Catalyst for Disclosure
The students’ study investigates the link between patient-centered communication and disclosure patterns.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dr. Gwen Hullman Accepts Position as Associate Professor, Chair of Communication Studies Department

Dr. Gwen Hullman has accepted the position of Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at Ashland University. Gwen and her family recently re-located back to the northern Ohio area after living in Nevada for several years. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at the Metropolitan campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to that, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Gwen served as the chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada for seven years and has been active in additional committee work and faculty senate. She also volunteered for eight years as a mediator in the local Reno community and court system.

 Gwen was recognized by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada with the Dean’s Special Award for Extraordinary Service in relation to the departmental growth and student-centered activities, and she has received multiple teaching awards and nominations from the National Communication Association, the University of Nevada, Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University.

Dr. Hullman holds a bachelor’s degree from ​t​he Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Cleveland State University, and a PhD in Communication Studies from Kent State University. She has additional certification and training in mediation and conflict resolution from The University of Nevada. Her research encompasses interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, health communication, and message design.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Shawn Orr Presents Keynote Address

Shawn Orr, director of faculty services for COAS and interim department chairperson for communication studies, recently presented a keynote address at the Limitless Learning Social Sciences Summit in Houston, Texas. Orr's keynote, Unleashing Student Success for the 21st Century, focused on creating an impactful 21st century classroom to truly engage a new era of students.