Department Accomplishments in Research, Funding

UM Department of Communication faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students have published new research, received external funding, and earned recognition for their accomplishments.

The University of Maryland's Bateman team received Honorable Mention in the 2013 competition, sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America. 68 entries were submitted for the 2013 competition, with only 16 teams receiving Honorable Mention designation and only three teams selected as finalists. In the 2012 competition, UM's team was a finalist, ultimately receiving 3rd place.

Two UM Department of Communication faculty members received ADVANCE funding in support of their research efforts. Associate professor Brooke Fisher Liu (left) joined with three other faculty members to receive an ADVANCE Interdiscipinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant in support of their project entitled “What type of talk is cheap? Dyadic discourse in political violence." Associate professor Meina Liu also received an ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant for her co-authored proposal entited "Improving residential energy efficiency for sustainable communities: An integrated model of normative feedback, emotion, informational support, and concertive control.” The ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence aims to transform the institutional culture of the University of Maryland by facilitating networks, offering individual mentoring and support, and offering information and strategic opportunities for women faculty in all areas of academia.

Ph.D. student Terri Donofrio (right) is a co-author of an article that appears in Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Entitled "Faculty and Administrative Partnerships: Disciplinary Differences in Perceptions of Civic Engagment and Service-Learning at a Large, Research-Extensive University," the article draws on quantitative survey methodologies to examine faculty perceptions of civic engagement and service-learning at a major public research university within and across four disciplines: the Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and the Applied Professions."

Assistant professor Sahar Khamis is the author of a chapter that appears in the new book New Media Influence on Social and Political Change in Africa (left). Entitled "Revolution 2.0: New Media and the Transformation of the Egyptian Political and Communication Landscapes," Khamis's chapter analyzes the role of new media, especially Internet-based communication, in accelerating the process of political transformation and democratization in Egypt. It analyzes the Egyptian media landscape before, during and after the 2011 revolution which toppled the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Associate professor Xiaoli Nan is the author of a new article that appears in the Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising. Entitled "Perceived Source Credibility and Advertising Persuasiveness: An Investigation of Moderators and Psychological Processes," Nan's article investigates how individual need to evaluate and timing of source identification (before or after message exposure) influence the strength of the effect of perceived source credibility on advertising persuasiveness. It also explores the psychological processes underlying the credibility–persuasion relationship.

Ph.D. student Xinyan Zhao is one of only eleven ARHU students and a handful of students from across the university to receive a 2013 Graduate Summer Research Fellowship.

Under the leadership of department lecturer Jeff McKinney, a team from the Department of Communication received a "Moving Maryland Forward" grant to support diversity and inclusion training for instructional faculty teaching in the department. Assistant professors Anita Atwell Seate and Erich Sommerfeldt, along with lecturer Steven Cohen, worked with McKinney to draft the proposal that was ultimately funded at the level of $13,000. The funding was offered by the University of Maryland's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, who received proposals from many units all over campus. According to the award letter, "The selection process proved to be challenging, with many excellent and creative submissions covering a breadth of diversity and inclusion issues."

Ph.D. alumna Rowena Briones and professor & chair Elizabeth Toth have authored a new study that appears in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Entitled "The State of PR Graduate Curriculum As We Know It: A Longitudinal Analysis," their study appears in the June 2013 issue of the journal. 

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