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CRDM Student Wins NC State CHASS Dissertation Award

Recently we announced that Ashley R. Kelly successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Her dissertation, following a CRDM tradition, won the 2013-2014 NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award.

A committee of graduate program directors evaluates nominated entries from across the college and selects one for the recognition. Her dissertation has also been nominated to go on to a national competition sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and ProQuest.

Ashley’s dissertation was directed by Carolyn R. Miller (who also directed previous winner Christian Casper’s dissertation) and her committee included Ann M. Penrose, William J. Kinsella, Jordynn Jack (UNC-CH) and Randy Allen Harris (University of Waterloo).

Congratulations, Ashley!

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Research Award for CRDM grads

The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW) awarded their Best Article or Book Chapter in Rhetoric, Writing Studies or Discourse Studies in 2013 to CRDM grads Dr. Ashley R. Kelly and Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry, and CRDM faculty William J. Kinsella, for their article “Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance” in Communication Monographs.

Drs. Kelly and Kittle Autry have previously won an award for related work, which focused on the merger between Carolina utility giants Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing is a bilingual Canadian organization focusing on rhetoric, discourse studies, and writing studies. They also recentlyhonoured Dr. Kittle Autry’s dissertation among the finest rhetorically-focused dissertations written by Canadian students.

The Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant is owned by Duke Energy which, after the recent merger with Progress Energy, is the nation's largest electricity provider. Kinsella, Kelly, and Kittle Autry (2013) argue that this "mega-utility merger engages entangled discourses of economic and environmental risk, energy policy, and corporate and environmental regulation."

The Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant is owned by Duke Energy which, after a recent merger with Progress Energy, is the nation’s largest electricity provider. In their award-winning article, Kinsella, Kelly, and Kittle Autry (2013) argue that this “mega-utility merger engages entangled discourses of economic and environmental risk, energy policy, and corporate and environmental regulation.”

Article reference: Kinsella, W. J., Kelly, A. R., & Autry, M. K. (2013). Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance. Communication monographs, 80.3, 278-301.

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Ashley R. Kelly, PhD

A screenshot of the Richter scale when Ashley sets down her 500-page dissertation tome.

A screenshot of the Richter scale in various cities across the world Ashley sets down her ~500-page dissertation tome. Or maybe it’s the Japanese earthquake that is the focus of the citizen scientists Ashley studied.

The CRDM blog is happy to congratulate Ashley on successfully passing her dissertation, titled “Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Her committee members are Carolyn Miller (chair), Nancy Penrose, and Bill Kinsella, all at NC State, and Jordynn Jack at UNC-Chapel Hill and Randy Harris at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Dr. Kelly is the latest addition to the distinguished (and well-employed) ranks of CRDM alumni. She will join the faculty at Purdue in the Brian Lamb School of Communication as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations, Ashley!

Purdue

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Jeff Swift, Ph.D.

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The CRDM student blog is incredibly proud of Dr. Jeff Swift, long time blog editor here, for successfully defending this dissertation. His project, entitled “Flash Publics: A Rhetorical Recuperation of Public Sphere Theory in a Digital Age,” was chaired by Carolyn R. Miller and examines digital activism and online deliberation. His full committee includes Victoria Gallagher, Matt May, and David Reider.

While completing his dissertation, Dr. Swift has been an engaged and active member of the CRDM community, having run this blog for several years, the Rhetoric Society of America student chapter, and volunteered just about any time someone asked for help planning or running an event.

Congratulations, Dr. Swift, and thank you for your fine contributions to the CRDM program.

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Congratulations to Dr. Chris Cummings

Christopher L. Cummings, Ph.D. will be joining the faculty as a tenure-line assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in January 2014.  Chris completed both of his graduate programs at NCSU, with his MS in Communication and his PhD in CRDM. With this background, he joins a highly-regarded academic and research program; the latest QS global rankings placed Nanyang Technological University as the 41st ranked university in the world and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is ranked 11th in the world.

Dr. Chris Cummings enjoying a visit to Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, his future academic home.

 Chris has always been interested in a global approach to his profession and has been intrigued by the opportunity to travel and live abroad. Before beginning graduate studies at NCSU, he lived in Santiago de Chile, and when Nanyang Technological University in Singapore demonstrated their interest in having Chris on their faculty, he happily accepted the offer. According to Chris, “It is truly a wonderful opportunity.”  

Chris will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, advanced presentational speaking, and risk communication. He will also be conducting research projects with graduate research assistants, investigating cross-cultural impacts of uncertainty and trust on protection motivation regarding emerging technologies including nanotechnology and synthetic biology. He has also been asked to serve as an advisor to the Wee Kim Wee School’s international study program and will serve as a faculty mentor to a group of outstanding undergraduate students who will be learning about and preparing communication campaigns for the tourism board of South Africa. He will have the opportunity to pursue his love of travel yet again, as he joins to group on a trip to Pretoria and Cape Town in August 2014.

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Josh Reeves, PhD

Josh Reeves, PhD to MemphisThe CRDM student blog is proud to congratulate Dr. Joshua Reeves for successfully defending his dissertation earlier today just a few short months after becoming ABD. His project, titled “If you See Something, Say Something: Communication, Surveillance and Citizenship,” was overseen (couldn’t resist the pun) by a committee co-chaired by Jeremy Packer and Hans Kellner, with Matt MayVictoria Gallagher, and Mark Andrejevic (of the University of Queensland) serving as committee members.

Josh also joins the ranks of employed CRDM grads: he is leaving Raleigh for a new home in Memphis, TN, where he will be an Assistant Professor of New Media in the Communication Department at the University of Memphis.

Nice work, Josh.

 

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Wendi Sierra PhD

Congratulations to Wendi Sierra for successfully defending her dissertation! Her work explores gamification as 21st century education, and helped her land a cushy job in the Department of English at St. John Fisher College, where she will be co-directing a new interdisciplinary major: Digital Cultures and Technologies.

Wendi, we’ve enjoyed talking you up on the blog, and we’ll miss you. We’re sure you’ll Cs the day in Rochester, NY!

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St. John Fisher College. Where you end up when you beat the dissertation game as thoroughly as Wendi did.

P.S. If you’d like to see Wendi’s job mapped alongside those held by her fellow CRDM grads, click here.

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