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Congratulations Dr. Damasceno!



Please join us in recognizing Dr. Cristiane Damasceno’s on her successful dissertation defense.

CRDM candidate Cristiane S. Damasceno successfully defended her dissertation on March 28th, 2017.

Cristiane’s work is titled “Massive Courses Meet Local Communities: An Ethnography of Open Education Learning Circles.”

Her committee is chaired by Dr. Deanna P. Dannels (Communication), and joined by Dr. Nicholas T. Taylor (Communication), Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva (Communication), and Dr. Paul Fyfe (English).


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Melissa Adams Earns Top 5 GIFT Paper and Will be Featured in Public Relations Journal

MeIn February, Melissa Adams won one of the top five papers for the Great Ideas For Teaching (GIFT) teaching presentations and competition. Adams’ submission “Social Media Policy Assignment,” has been accepted for presentation in the Public Relations Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference

The GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) competition was expanded for AEJMC 2017 to include a high-density session for tested, innovative classroom assignments. The top five assignments are featured as briefs in The Journal of Public Relations Education.

Melissa’s assignment “Social Media Policy” was developed for her Com 498 Advanced Topics in Public Relations course offered here at NCSU in Fall 2015. The assignment required students to work with a local nonprofit, small business, or campus organization to create a policy. Several of the client organizations actually implemented their student’s policy. These included student organizations, two nonprofits, and two small businesses (where students were employed).

Students noted in instructor feedback that this assignment was very useful as it gave them an opportunity to develop “real world” experience and a document they could use as both a portfolio piece and a professional writing sample.

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CRDM Student Krystin Gollihue Nominated for NCSU Equity for Women Award

Second-year CRDM student Krystin Gollihue has been nominated for an Equity for Women Award, sponsored by the NC State University Council on the Status of Women. Nominations are for faculty, staff and students who exhibit outstanding leadership in establishing equity for women at NC State University.

Krystin’s service to CRDM and the broader NC State community centers on the ways women can be supported, emotionally and professionally. As secretary of CRDM-SA, she has continued her predecessor’s, CRDM third-year Meridith Reed, commitment to mentorship within CRDM and has organized many groups and conversations on ways that we can better support intersectional work in academia. In addition, her scholarship focuses on revealing the ways that critical making and technology studies have their historical foundations within communities of working-class women and women of color.
Krystin will attend the 2017 Sisterhood Dinner where the nominees will be honored and the winner will be announced.

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NC State Represents at the Meeting in the Middle Conference


Three CRDM Students and several NCSU faculty members attended and presented at the 2017 Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle Conference. Meridith Reed (3rd year CRDM student) and Dana Gierdowski (CRDM alumna) served as Featured Advocates and shared their work, “More One-on-One Attention”: Advocating with Research for Student and Teacher Needs in Writing Spaces.”


Kendra Andrews (2nd year CRDM student) ran a brief workshop, “CFP Central” where participants learned and shared ideas about proposals for the upcoming CRDM Symposium and this summer’s CWPA Conference in Knoxville, TN.


Meridith Reed and Dana Gierdowski served as facilitators for Advocacy Interest Group Workshops and explored on-going work with the presenters and participants of the conference.


Chen Chen (3rd year CRDM student) and Casie Fedukovich (Assistant Director of the FYW Program) also attended and added their voices to the ongoing conversation.

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Krystin Gollihue presents her work on #farmher at Carolina Rhetoric Conference

Second-year CRDM student Krystin Gollihue presented at the Carolina Rhetoric Conference held at the University of South Carolina.

Her presentation was titled “#FarmHer and the Hybrid Rhetoric of 21st Century Female Farmers” and detailed a visual analysis of Instagram images made by women in agriculture that both push against and reify the boundaries of traditional gender identity and labor.


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Congratulations to Peter Kudenov, ABD!!!

Third-year CRDMer, Peter Kudenov unconditionally passed his exams last Friday and is now ABD. Peter’s committee is chaired by Dr. David Rieder, and joined by Drs. Helen Burgess, Tim Menzies (Computer Science), and Stephen Wiley.

Congratulations to Peter!!!

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CRDMers Represent at Carolinas WPA Conference

Three current CRDM students just presented at the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators 13th Annual Fall Conference earlier this week at Wildacres Retreat Center.

Kendra Andrews, second-year CRDM student, presented with CRDM alum, Teaching Assistant Professor Dana Gierdowski on how to improve responses in professional development evaluation. Their presentation is titled “‘Yay! Free Food!’: Improving Responses in the Professional Development Evaluation.”

Chen Chen, third-year student, presented “WPA-L: The Professional Lore of Rhet/Comp.”

At the same round-table discussions, Meridith Reed, also third-year student, presented “Practicing What We Know: Examining GTAs’ Disciplinary Knowledge of Writing Studies.”

CRDM students and alums have been actively involved in the Carolinas WPA organization. Currently three CRDM alums serve on the Carolinas WPA Board: Dana Gierdowski, Robin Snead, and Kevin Brock.


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