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COMS Faculty in the News

May 25, 2017

Senior Banquet 2017

The Senior Banquet was held at the San Luis Country Club on May 19. Camille Lethcoe won the department Outstanding Senior Award. Annie Welden won the department Outstanding Academic Achievement award. Camille and Annie were the co-recipients of the department Outstanding Service award. The students selected Dr. Lauren Kolodziejski as the Outstanding Teacher in Major Classes. A faculty committee selected Dr. Vincent Meserko and Dr. Jodie Steele as the Outstanding Teachers in General Education Classes. Dr. B. Christine Shea, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service at Cal Poly, was recognized as was Dr. Cassandra Carlson, who is leaving Cal Poly for a new position at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.

Lisa Kawamura

Lisa Kawamura was selected as a finalist for the President's Diversity Award. President Jeffrey Armstrong and the Inclusive Excellence Counsel honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the President’s Diversity Imperatives.


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COMS Faculty in the News

Feb 17, 2017

Lisa Kawamura

"Lisa Kawamura is a member of the ‘Diversity and Inclusion in the Curriculum Program’ a competitive program that creates a community of colleagues who collaborate to deepen their knowledge of diversity principles and to expand their repertoire of inclusive teaching practices. Those accepted will have the following opportunities to develop insights and skills for supporting students’ development into professionals and citizens who are better prepared to succeed in a diverse world. With the support of CTLT, OUDI and participant colleagues throughout the program as well as the experiences in the institute and workshops, participants will gain scholarly and personal insights into diversity and inclusivity as an educator in their discipline and as a member of the campus community.”

Martin Mehl

Along with Co-Researcher and Co-Author Luanne Fose they will both be officially recognized at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) "Innovate/HBCU Affordable Learning Summit" in New Orleans, LA in April with the “2017 Effective Practice Award” for their Digital Mentorship Pedagogy. Big Nerd Software, LLC a Seattle based software company and owner of the Screencast-O-Matic © software will sponsor their travel to New Orleans to be able to receive the award in person and the opportunity to present and share their research during a post keynote breakout session. The published articles of their award winning research can be downloaded at the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

In March 2017 they also have the opportunity to present their research focusing on primary and secondary education at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Austin, Texas. Their session is titled "Fusing Mentorship with Common Core Standards Through Asynchronous Screencasting Feedback.” This academic term he also serves in the Information Literacy Learning Community with the Academic Programs & Planning division and collaborates with the School of Education’s Dr. Roberta Herter integrating the Digital Mentorship in the Single Subject Credential curriculum.

David Askay

David Askay presented a paper entitled "A Conceptual Framework for Investigating Organizational Control and Resistance in Crowd-Based Platforms" at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) this past winter. Below is the abstract:

This paper presents a research agenda for crowd behavior research by drawing from the organizational control literature. It addresses the need for research into the organizational and social structures that guide user behavior and contributions in crowd-based platforms. Crowd behavior is situated within a conceptual framework of organizational control. This framework helps scholars more fully articulate the full range of control mechanisms operating in crowd-based platforms, contextualizes these mechanisms into the context of crowd-based platforms, challenges existing rational assumptions about incentive systems, and clarifies theoretical constructs of organizational control to foster stronger integration between information systems research and organizational and management science.

Also in January, David was selected to join the Workshop on Work, Labor, and Automation at the Data & Society Institute in New York. This workshop was comprised of competitively selected scholars to discuss the intersection of technology and work/labor, particularly how to maximize interdisciplinary thinking about the evolving and societally important issues surrounding data-driven technologies.

Megan Lambertz-Berndt

Presented a session during the Inclusion Starts with Me Week titled “White Affinity Groups: Fostering Allyship not Guilt.”

Presenting a session titled “Intergroup Communication: Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable” for the CTLT's Instructional Innovation Showcase next week.

Vincent Meserko

Vince Meserko will be presenting research at the "What is Life?" Conference in Portland April 6-8. He was also recently awarded a research fellowship for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library & Archives from the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He will be conducting his research June 19-23.


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Chris Santini, Communication Studies Senior

COMS Senior Chris Santini Recognized in all-Big Sky Conference

Dec 13, 2016

Chris Santini, Communication Studies Senior, earned first-team all-Big Sky honors. 

Dr. David Askay named a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Faculty Fellow

Dec 7, 2016

Dr. David Askay was recently named a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Faculty Fellow. Involvement in the CIE invites students to explore new and creative ideas, promoting ingenuity outside their disciplines. 

The Communication Studies Department Celebrates the Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Oct 10, 2016

As the Communication Studies Department works with the College and University to increase diversity and inclusiveness across campus, on a national level we join in celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C. 

VISIBLE by Guest Speaker - Dr. Paul Leonardi

Sep 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27th
​4:00 - 5:30 PM
UU 207 (Chumash Right)


Visible: How Spying, Eavesdropping and Self-Promotion Can Lead to Innovation in the Digital Age 

New technologies are making people's work increasingly visible. Through the use of communal data repositories people can wee what work their coworkers are doing and through the use of social networking sites people can see with whom those coworkers communicate. This increasing visibility of work and communication has a variety of effects - both positive and negative - on innovation. Through a series of studies of automotive engineers, mobile app designers, bankers, and telecommunications professionals, Dr. Leonardi builds a theory of communication visibility that helps to explain how the increasing social transparency of the workplace is changing organizations and the lives of those who work in them. 

The Communication Studies Department Celebrates Pride Month

Jun 9, 2016

The Communication Studies Department celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month and the accomplishments of advocates such as Elizabeth M. Birch, Larry Kramer, Audre Lordeand Harvey Milk.  

Three recent books of interest are: Charles Morris's  Queering Public Address, Harvey Milk and Jason Black's An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings, and Brenda Allen's Difference Matters, a book that Dr. Megan Lambertz-Berndt will use in Intergroup Communication this fall. Allen explores intersectionality through multiple identity markers including the unique challenges faced by the LBGTQ community. 

Chapters on Elizabeth M. Birch by Shawn Perry-Giles and Jason Black, Larry Kramer by Charles Morris, Audre Lorde by Lester Olson, and Harvey Milk by Karen Foss are in Duffy and Leeman's American Voices: An Encyclopedia of American Orators available as an ebook on the Kennedy Library site. 

Brittany Hidahl and senior project advisor, Dr. Richard Besel, published "The Rhetoric of Sexual Experimentation: A Critical Examination of Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl'" in Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives. 

Presidential Proclamation

COMS Students Recognized by College of Liberal Arts

May 6, 2016

Euni Kim and Danielle Berton, both set to graduate Spring 2016 have been recognized for their outstanding service. 

Euni Kim has been selected for the College of Liberal Arts' Senior Recognition Award winner for Contributions to the Objectives & Public Image of the College

Danielle Berton has been selected as the College of Liberal Arts' Senior Recognition Award winner for Contributions to the Objectives & Public Image of the University



Celebrating 30 Years of Service!

Apr 6, 2016

Dr. Christine Shea celebrates 30 years of service in the Communication Studies Department at Cal Poly. 

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Cal Poly to Host 14 Universities in Second Western Region Debate Championship, March 4-6

Mar 7, 2016

The Cal Poly Debate Team is hosting the second annual U.S. Universities Western Region Championship, featuring 14 teams from six states, on campus March 4-6.


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