COUCH CENTER NOTES


February. 2017

Table of Contents

  1. 2016 James W. Carey Media Research Award Announcement
  2. 2016 Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award Announcement
  3. 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award Announcement
  4. 2016 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award Announcement
  5. 2016 David R. Maines Narrative Research Award Announcement
  6. 2016 Stanley L. Saxton Applied Research Award Announcement
  7. 2016 Steve Jones Internet Research Lecture Series
  8. 2016 G. Jon Hall Online GIFT Forum
  9.  2016 NCA Convention Events:
    1. 2016 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award Announcement
    2. 2016 Bill Ayers Communication Forum:  Communicating for Social Justice
    3. 2016 George Herbert Mead Lecture Series: Symbolic Interaction and Communication
  10.  2016 Outstanding Teaching in Technological Innovations Award Announcement
  11.  2016 Couch Center President’s Awards Announcement
  12.  2016 Couch Center Director’s Award Announcement
  13.  2016 SSSI-NCA Service Award Announcement

 

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Silvestri Won 2016 James Carey Award

Lisa Ellen Silvestri, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA is the winner of the 2016 James W. Carey Media Research Award competition sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com).

Silvestri is author of the book, Friended at the Front: Social Media
in the American War Zone, published in November 2015 by the University
Press of Kansas.

The Carey Award, established in 2004, is presented annually from among
nominated or submitted books or journal articles accepted for
publication in the previous year. The award honors the late Dr. James
W. Carey (1934-2006). Dr. Carey was recognized as one of the North
American pioneers in applying cultural approaches to the study of
media technologies.

To be worthy of the award, work must be of highest quality and employ
Carey's theories to focus on communication and public life,
journalism, or popular culture. The winning entry this year was chosen
from an exceptionally strong field of works submitted by a long list
of outstanding scholars.

The book examines how social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, have
altered the relationships between military personnel and their
families and friends at home. Historically, troops in a war zone were
exempt from home front relational commitments. In previous U.S.
conflicts, and even earlier in Iraq and Afghanistan, a lack of
communication with the home front was not only accepted but also
expected. Today, U.S. troops have direct, instantaneous connection to
civilian life back home and this communication is changing what it’s
like to be “at war.”

The Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research is a non-profit
organization established to promote the scholarship of the late Carl
J. Couch and his academic associates. Couch is recognized as the
founder of The New Iowa School in sociological and communication
inquiry, and was a pioneer in the qualitative research of information
technologies.

The Center provides networking opportunities for students and scholars
who conduct social and Internet research, inspired by Couch's work.

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Marc Caldwell Won 2016 Christians Ethics Research Award

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is pleased to announce the winner of 2016 Clifford G. Christians Ethics Research Award.  Marc Caldwell (University of Fort Hare, South Africa) won the 2016 Christians Award with his article, Proto-norms and global media ethics.

In this article, Caldwell argues that normativity is a problem of modernity.  Caldwell states that relativism has emerged with the negation of moral universals.  To build on Clifford Christians’ thesis of proto-norms as a workable basis for normative ethics applied to media practices that operate on a global scale, Caldwell explores some aspects of Charles Taylor’s thought that may shed light on what proto-norms are and how they may be applied in the quest for a viable global media ethics in an age when moral relativism seems to be the media’s only ethical principle.

Christians Award is an annual competition established by the Couch Center to recognize outstanding ethics research that interpret or address important theoretical issues in the areas of ethics, mass communication theory, and the relationship between media and technology and culture, interpret and apply concepts employed in Christians' work in new and insightful ways.  Submissions are evaluated based on the quality of (1) mastery of Christians’ approaches and concepts, (2) originality, (3) organization, (4) presentation, and (5) advancement of knowledge. For more information about Christians Award please contact Shing-Ling Chen at sarina.chen@uni.edu, or visit the Couch Center website at www.cccsir.org.

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Faulkner Won 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is pleased to announce the winners of 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.
 
Sandra L. Faulkner (Bowling Green State University) won 2016 Denzin Award with her article, “Bulls-Eye.”  In this interpretive autoethnography, Faulkner rewrites a BGSU Faculty Senate survey on Ohio HB 48, a bill that allows licensed individuals to conceal and carry guns in public places such as schools and daycare centers. The use of personal narrative and satire highlights the dialectic of violence as natural aggression versus violence as a learned and lauded cultural behavior.

The award was presented in the annual convention of National Communication Association (NCA), November 10-13, 2016, in Philadelphia.

Denzin Award is an annual competition established by the Couch Center to recognize outstanding papers that (1) interpret or address Denzin’s theoretical or interpretive approaches, (2) demonstrate creative narrative ethnographies/autoethnographies as advocated by Denzin, (3) apply Denzinian concepts to a communication event, be it social or mediated, etc., (4) synthesize Denzinian ideas with other lines of scholarship, or (5) develop aspects of Dezinian scholarship in new directions, to be considered for Denzin Award.  For more information about Denzin Award please contact Shing-Ling Chen at sarina.chen@uni.edu, or visit the Couch Center website at www.cccsir.com.

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O’Gorman Won 2016 Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award

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  • Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award. 
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Ned O’Gormanm (University of Illinois) won the 2016 Gronbeck Award with his work, THE ICONOCLASTIC  IMAGINATION: IMAGE, CATASTROPHE, AND ECONOMY IN AMERICA FROM THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION TO SETPEMBER 11.

2016 Gronbeck Award was presented in the Ethnography Division Business Meeting, during the 2016 annual convention of National Communication Association (NCA), November 10-13, in Philadelphia.

In this book, O’Gorman provides readers with moments of catastrophe that make it easy to answer the “where were you when” question and shape their ways of seeing what came before and after.  He informs readers why these spectacles are so packed with meaning.  O’Gorman approaches each of these moments as an image of icon-destruction that give readers distinct ways to imagine social existence in American life.

  • Gronbeck Award is an annual competition established by the Carl Couch Center to recognize outstanding published works that interpret or address theoretical-conceptual, historical, and critical-cultural issues of political communication.  Submissions are evaluated based on the quality of  (1) originality, (2) organization, (3) presentation, and (4) advancement of knowledge.  For more information about Gronbeck Award please contact Shing-Ling Chen at sarina.chen@uni.edu, or visit the Couch Center website at www.cccsir.com.
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2016 MAINES NARRATIVE RESEARCH AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is pleased to announce the winners of 2016 David R. Maines Narrative Research Awards. 

David Peterson (Northwestern University) and Daina Cheyenne Harvey (College of the Holy Cross) received the 2016 Maines Award for their work, “Kafkaesque Bureaucracies as Natural Experiments:  Interactional Failures and the Search for Institutional Agency.”  In this article, Peterson and Harvey use the experience of interacting with a Kafkaesque bureaucracy as a natural breaching experiment in order to outline the subjective effects of large-scale institutional failure.  The review committee commends the piece as a solid and clever effort to follow and extend Maines’ call for interactionist attention to macro and meso structures.

In addition, Mark Pogrebin (University of Colorado, Denver), Paul Stretesky (Northumbria University), Alexandra Walker (Colorado State University) and Tara Opsal (Colorado State University) were also recognized with the 2016 Maines Award for their work, “Rejection, Humiliation, and Parole:  A Study of Parolees’ Perspectives.”  In this work, Pogrebin and associates use in-depth interviews with parolees to illustrate how the parolee identity can promote the experience of status rejection and simultaneously foster conditions for humiliation.  The review committee praises it as a valuable to the sociology of deviance and crime that addresses how emotional consequences of parolee interactions interfere with parolees’ attempts to create redemption narratives for themselves and ward off deviant stigma.  This work draws heavily from “narrative criminology” pieces by Maruna and Presser, which in turn were influenced by Maines’ narrative work.

The Maines Award is an annual competition, open to both students and the faculty who submit papers that (1) interpret or address Maines’ pragmatist approaches, (2) apply Maines’ narrative concepts to a social/communication event, (3) develop aspects of Maines’ scholarship in new directions, or (4) integrate the humanistic development of narrative and Maines' pragmatist conceptual and theoretical direction.  For more information about Maines Award, please visit the Couch Center website at www.cccsir.com, or contact Shing-Ling Chen at sarina.chen@uni.edu.

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Minei and Eatough Won 2016 Saxton Applied Research Award

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is proud to announce the winners of 2016 Stanley L. Saxton Applied Research Award.

Elizabeth Minei and Erin Eatough, both of  Baruch College, CUNY, won the 2016 Stanley L. Saxton Applied Research Award with their work, “Discursive Leadership: Managing Illegitimate Work Tasks through Explanation and Acknowledgement Provision .”  The award will be presented in the annual convention of 2016 National Communication Association, November 10-13, in Philadelphia.

In this work, Minei and Eatough explored the ways in which discursive leadership has the power to mitigate an illegitimate task request.  They found that acknowledgment mitigated perceptions of illegitimacy whereas explanations mitigated negative affect. Further, combined acknowledgement and explanation had the most desirable effects on outcomes of perceptions of illegitimacy and negative effects, although effects did not reach statistical significance when compared to conditions of one form of strategic communication alone. They concluded with practical recommendations for practitioners.

Saxton Award is an annual competition, open to both students and the faculty who submit papers that focus on how theory, research, and/or practice contribute to addressing real, pragmatic, social problems.  Papers may be theoretical, methodological, or empirical in nature. For more information about Saxton Award, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen at sarina.chen@uni.edu, or visit the Couch Center website at www.cccsir.com.

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2016 Steve Jones Internet Research Lecture: Leopoldina Fortunati

The 2016 Steve Jones Internet Research Lecture featured Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine, Italy), at 12 pm, on June 14, 2016, in Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, International Communication Association’s 66th Annual Conference, in Fukuoka, Japan.

The title of Fortunati’s lecture was “Feminism, labor and the mechanization of everyday life.”  In the lecture, Fortunati adopted a political economy approach to examine the issue of machines diffusion in everyday life, which connected machines with labor, value production and struggles/resistance, especially by women, against the present organization and division of labor.

Fortunati addressed the social and political role of machines in society, as well as social robots, which can be considered in many ways the next new media. Some social robots built in recent years in many laboratories are ready to be launched on the market and more generally placed in society. But the conceptual tools to handle this last mile to go still needed to be fully developed. When an object of such technological complexity and with such rhetorical power, like robots are, is no longer used only by niches of innovators or users (such as autistic) but is proposed as a good of mass consumption, a series of problems, new themes and strategies comes into the spotlight.

The Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (CCCSIR, www.cccsir.org) established the Steve Jones Internet Research Lecture Series to bring leading Internet researchers to annual NCA conventions to promote the development and interest of Internet research.  With the interdisciplinary nature of Internet research, the lecture series would like to bring researchers from various disciplines as well as industry leaders to establish dialogues with communication researchers about topics and issues of Internet research.  The theme of Steve Jones Lecture Series is " The Internet as Culture.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com), University of Illinois, Chicago, and the International Communication Association.  For more information about this event, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen, sarina.chen@uni.edu

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Social Presence in Online Teaching Was Discussed in
2016 G. Jon Hall Online GIFT

The topic of 2016 G. Jon Hall Online GIFT Forum in the 2016 annual conference of Iowa Communication Association, was “Social Presence and Identity in Online Teaching.”  The presentation was moderated by Mark D. Johns (Luther College).

Panelists included:

Melissa Beall, University of Northern Iowa 
Peter Thompson-Yezek, University of Northern Iowa 
Melissa Dobosh, University of Northern Iowa 
Marilyn Shaw, University of Northern Iowa 
Roxanne Heimann, University of Northern Iowa 
Tom Hall, University of Northern Iowa

These veteran instructors shared their experiences of online teaching, specifically about how to establish a sense of presence in the mediated process, and how to construct the identity of the instructor, and help students create their identities online.  Dos and don’ts of online teaching were offered.

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Hodges Won 2016 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and
Personal Narrative Research Award

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), an affiliate of the National Communication Association (NCA), is pleased to announce the winner of 2016 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award. 

Nathan Hodges (University of South Florida) won the 2016 Ellis-Bochner Award with the article,  “The American Dental Dream.” 

In this work, Hodges uses ethnographic fiction, autoethnography, poetry, and qualitative interviewing to examine the taken-for-granted assumption about teeth—the cultural desire for straight, white teeth. Hodges explores the personal, relational, and structural consequences of this cultural desire, and shows how social class writes itself on our bodies.  He writes these cultural-centered teeth tales to show how one might cope with their teeth.

The award was presented in the 2016 annual convention of National Communication Association, November 10-13, in Philadelphia.

Ellis-Bochner Award is an annual competition established by the SSSI-NCA Branch to recognize best published article, essay, or book chapter in autoethnography and personal narrative Research.  Submissions are evaluated based on the quality of (1) originality; (2) creativity and quality of narration; (3) evocative writing; (4) engagement with human emotionality and subjectivity; and (5) significance of contribution to the field and/or to social justice.  For more information about Ellis-Bochner Award please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen (University of Northern Iowa) at sarina.chen@uni.edu.

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Lessons Learned in 2016 Presidential Election was the Topic for
Bill Ayers Communication Forum

Bill Ayers Communication Forum was presented on Thursday, November 10, 2016, during the annual convention of National Communication Association in Philadelphia.  The presentation was chaired by Karrin Anderson (Colorado State University).  Panelists included, Anderson, Lisa M. Corrigan (University of Arkansas), and Kirt H. Wilson (Penn State University).  It was a well attended presentation with passionate discussions.

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Montemurro Gave 2016 George Herbert Mead Lecture

Beth Montemurro (Penn State University, Abington) gave the 2016 George Herbert Mead Lecture during the annual convention of National Communication Association (NCA), November 10-13, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Denise Polk (West Chester University) presided at the lecture.

Montemurro's lecture was entitled, "Men's and Women's Sexual Evolutions: Constructing Heterosexual Sexual Selves."  In the lecture, Montemurro discussed that existing research has largely neglected mid-life heterosexual men's and women's feelings about their sexuality and how it changes as they age and experience shifts in social roles. Using in-depth interview data from appropriately 175 heterosexual men and women between the ages of 20 and 69, Montemurro examined the way men and women develop sexual selves and how these selves evolve through mid-life. Montemurro expanded on existing research on men's and women's sexualities by providing a more comprehensive examination of changes throughout the life span and among men and women of different ages and generations. Montemurro also highlighted the ways in which larger cultural shifts in communication and media impact individual behavior, relationships, and sense of self. 

George Herbert Mead Lecture Series is an annual presentation established by the branch unit of Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) in NCA conventions since 2008.  The purpose of the lecture series is to promote the study of symbolic interactionism in the field of communication.  The lecture serves to engage dialogues, discussions, and collaboration efforts between sociologists and communication researchers.  NCA is the oldest academic organization in the field of communication, with a membership of more than 9,000 worldwide.  NCA Convetion is attended by more than 5,000 scholars, researchers, practitioners and students in the field of communication annually.  

Past Mead Lecture presenters include 

2008 Michael Katovich (San Diego)
2009 Gary Alan Fine (Chicago)
2010 Kathy Charmaz (San Francisco)
2011 Christopher Faircloth (New Orleans)
2012 Carolyn Ellis (Orlando)
2013 Natalia Ruiz-Junco (Washington DC)
2015 Michael Ian Borer (Las Vegas)

For more information about Mead Lecture Series, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen (sarina.chen@uni.edu), coordinator of SSSI-NCA Unit.

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Leonardi Won 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award

The organizing committee of G. Jon Hall Online GIFT (Great Ideas in Teaching) Forum in Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is pleased to announce that Marianne Leonardi (Saint Ambrose University) is the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Teaching in Technological Innovations Award.
G. Jon Hall Online GIFT Forum, has brought innovative instructors to the annual conference of Iowa Communication Association (ICA) for presentations since 2004.  Beginning in 2015, the Forum recognizes outstanding instructors who have made contributions in teaching using online technologies.  To be an innovative instructor, one has to devote time, energy and resources to the endeavor.  These innovative instructors are recognized for their accomplishments in this award program.
Professor Leonardi brings innovative and creative teaching techniques to the classroom. With the rapid changes in technology, Professor Leonardi has striven to stay abreast of current developments, incorporating latest technologies into her courses. Technology plays an integral role in her classroom management, teaching, as well as in student assignments. She caters to multiple learning styles by presenting information via multiple mediums.  She challenges students to use technology in their assignments to increase technological literacy among students.

The award was presented in the 2016 ICA Conference at Central College, Pella, Iowa, September 16-17, 2016.
For more information about the award, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen, at sarina.chen@uni.edu.
Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is an international organization, devoted to research and teaching of information technologies, since 2000.
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Hintz and Wieting Won 2016 Couch Center President’s Awards

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural President’s Award, the highest honor presented by Carl Couch Center to individuals who have made sustaining contribution to social research.

Robert A. Hintz, Jr. won the 2016 President’s Award for his sustaining interest and effort in promoting the New Iowa School Laboratory Research for over 40 years.   One of his most outstanding achievements was to edit and re-issue in 2015, CONSTRUCTING SOCIAL LIFE: READINGS IN BEHVIORAL SOCIOLOGY FROM THE IOWA SCHOOL, a volume which he had co-edited with Carl Couch, forty years after the book’s initial publication in 1975.  His effort contributes to the longevity of the New Iowa School of sociological thought.

Stephen G. Wieting won the 2016 President’s Award for his support of the New Iowa School of Symbolic Interaction since the early 1970’s.  As a proponent of the New Iowa School, Wieting has contributed tremendously to the sustaining positive influence of the New Iowa School.   Wieting was part of every Ph.D. dissertation coming out of the New Iowa School tradition.  In more than 40 years, using the New Iowa School, Wieting continues to encourage graduate students to chart their own careers,  and faculty member to understand diversity.

For more information about Couch Center President’s Award, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen, sarina.chen@uni.edu.

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Denton Won 2106 Couch Center Director’s Award

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (www.cccsir.com) is proud to announce the recipient of 2016 Director’s Award, an honor presented by Carl Couch Center to individuals who have made a sustaining contribution to various research award programs.

Robert E. Denton (Virginia Tech) won the 2016 Director’s Award for his sustaining contribution to Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award program for over 10 years.  Denton is one of the founding members of this award program.  Over the course of ten years, Denton contributed to the review of applications and growth of the award program.  Couch Center appreciates Denton’s contribution that helps recognize outstanding research in political communication.

For more information about Couch Center Director’s Award, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen, sarina.chen@uni.edu.

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J. Chen Won Outstanding Service Award in NCA

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), National Communication Association (NCA) Affiliate, is proud to announce that Dr. Joyce Chen, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies of the University of Northern Iowa, is the winner of the prestigious 2016 Outstanding Service Award.

SSSI-NCA recognizes and appreciates Joyce Chen’s sustaining services over the years to help foster the study of symbolic interaction in NCA conventions.  SSSI-NCA is a strong unit in NCA today, thanks to her commitment to the discipline and her selfless service to her colleagues.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Joyce Chen during the Ethnography Division Business Meeting in 2016 NCA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 10-13. 

The 2015 SSSI-NCA Outstanding Service Award winner was Denise Polk (West Chester University).

NCA is the oldest professional organization in the field of communication, with 1,000+ members, and its annual convention is attended by 500+ members each year.

For more information about SSSI-NCA Unit, and the Outstanding Service Award, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen (sarina.chen@uni.edu), coordinator of SSSI-NCA.

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