Professor Dan O'Rourke and his son, Morgan B. O'Rourke, a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University, published the essay "It's Morning Again in America: Re-Imaging Superman for the 1980s" in The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times. edited by Joseph Darowski. The essay examines a retelling of the Superman origin as a form of epideictic rhetoric and compares it to the famous Reagan advertising campaign of 1984. Dr. O'Rourke also participated on a panel discussing "Hazing and Fraternities" for the Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Dr. Theodore Avtgis participated on a panel for an international teleconference that brought Editors from academic journals together to discuss the current state of publishing and offer advice to scholars trying to get work published in academic peer-reviewed journals. The session, How to get published: Turning your convention papers into a publication, was presented by the National Communication Association and drew over 100 people. Dr. Avtgis also was co-author of the paper Assessing effects of affirming communication education on surgical residents, which is a longitudinal effort of communication training and assessment of surgical residents targeted at increasing their overall communication competencies as well as meet the core competencies put forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (organization which oversees the post-MD medical training programs within the United States).