Hope You Are Enjoying the Fall 2018 Semester!

Soon the holidays will be here and you will be planning for the new year of 2019. 
Many exciting things continue to happen in the Communication Studies Department and we hope that you will join us as a new major in the spring. Our graduates get good jobs and all of our courses and interesting, engaging, and fun. 
Faculty research developments continue in health communication, social media effects on relationships, military family communication dynamics, intercultural communication, sports communication, and national security concerns with social media. 
Look for these exciting upcoming events: 
  • Movie “Fort Bliss” screening, Nov. 13, 2018. This is an intense drama about a deployed female soldier and her strained relationship with her little son.  
  • A graduate student speech after Thanksgiving about the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon. 
  • A second screening of the movie “Tickling Giants” with a Skype visit by the producer of the movie (March, 2019).  
Also, Valerie Day-Sánchez (BA, 2008; MA, 2010)  recently did a very moving TALK.  Check out her TED Talk about the importance of acknowledging and talking about racism HERE.

Have a great rest of the Fall semester!  

Dr.  Kenneth Hacker

Professor and Department Head

Join Us…


Tuesday, November 13th I 6:00pm

Health College Auditorium 

Hosted by the Military and Family Communication Project

Watch the trailer here.

About Communication Studies:

Communication Studies focuses on the complex role that human communication plays in everyday life. Our courses provide students with the tools to make sense of and respond to communication processes in interpersonal, organizational, political, intercultural, and mediated contexts. In today’s increasingly global, mediated, and diverse workplace, studying communication and learning to communicate effectively are more important than ever. Thus, our program prepares students to excel in variety of careers in our ever-changing world. We offer both Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees, as well as minors in Communication Studies and Communication and National Security. The Department of Communication Studies is dynamic, thriving, and ready to accept new majors. Come see where a degree in Communication Studies can take you!


Department Head: Dr. Kenneth Hacker
Email: khacker@nmsu.edu
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Moore
Email: clm@nmsu.edu
Main Office: Communication Sciences Building, Room 304
Office Phone Number: (575) 646-2801
Fax Number: (575) 646-4642



Department News


Dr. Eric Morgan Receives Outstanding Faculty Award for his Faculty-Led International Program  

In April, NMSU’s Office of Education Abroad participated in the Portland State University Symposium on International Faculty-Led Programs (FLIP). At the Symposium, Dr. Eric Morgan and Dr. Dan Dugas (Department of Geography) were honored as Outstanding Faculty for their Culture, Place, & Communication in Ireland FLIP program. 





Department of Communication Studies Hosted Screening of Tickling Giants.  

On April 25th, the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) and Undergraduate Communication Club (Lambda Pi Eta) hosted a screening of the 2017 documentary Ticking Giants. The documentary tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” who decides to abandon his career as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. Tickling Giants covers Youssef’s journey from surgeon to renowned political satirist, and shows how he uses creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. Learn more about this powerful and timely documentary here.



Dr. Ken Hacker’s New Book Internet and Democracy in the Network Society to Be Released in June 2018 

In their latest collaboration, authors Dr. Ken Hacker and Dr. Jan A.G.M. van Dijk discuss the political importance of new technologies for the promotion of democracy over the last two decades. Designed to encourage critical thinking regarding the relationship between digital media and politics, Internet and Democracy in the Network Society is a helpful resource for students and scholars of communication studies, political science, sociology, political communication, and international relations. Read more about the book here.




Past and Current Communication Studies Students Are Published Authors 

Check out these published works written by our talented Communication Studies students and alumni! 
Merj Hemp (MA, 2009): Beyond the Shadow of 3,000 Pairs of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival 
Valerie Day-Sánchez (BA, 2008; MA, 2010): Harlow Whittaker and the Soothsayers 
Blessed Ngoe (MA, Fall 2018): The Sinking Ship: A Critical Analysis of Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Cameroon



Communication Studies MA Student Blessed E. Ngoe Presented on Political Unrest in Cameroon

Blessed E. Ngoe is the author of The Sinking Ship: A Critical Analysis of Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Cameroon and is currently pursuing his MA in Communication Studies and National Security at NMSU. On March 1st, he discussed what has become known as the Anglophone Cameroon Problem, and offered suggestions for the containment of a growing humanitarian and political malaise that is detrimental to Cameroon and its neighbors.




New Year, New Name: The “Speech” Building is Now the “Communication Sciences” Building

Dr. Hacker is pleased to announce that by working with some really great people on campus, he was able to move forward with getting the “Speech” Building renamed as the “Communication Sciences” Building. Many thanks go the university architect Heather Watenpaugh, Dean Enrico Pontelli (Arts and Sciences), Dean Don Pope-Davis (Education), Dr. Victoria White (Communication Disorders department), and the university Naming Committee. This gives the two departments in the building (Communication Studies; Special Education and Communication Disorders) more accurate and up-to-date signage. 



S.P.A.C.E. Project Hosts Forum on Controversial Statues in the US

Department of Communication Studies

In November, the S.P.A.C.E. (Spreading Peace and Countering Extremism) Project, developed by Dr. Hacker and his Political Communication students, sponsored a forum on controversial statues in America. The purpose of the forum, which included a panel consisting of NMSU professors, was to promote an open and peaceful discussion about this current issue.

The S.P.A.C.E. project was also featured on KRWG radio in May 2017 and in the Las Cruces Sun-News in June 2017. Learn more about the S.P.A.C.E. Movement here!



Dr. Eric Morgan Co-Edited Recently Published Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

Dr. Eric Morgan, along with colleagues Dr. Tema Milstein and Dr. Mairi Pileggi, recently co-edited a volume of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, an important resource for helping educators, practitioners, and students effectively navigate and consciously contribute to the communication shaping our environmental present and future. Read the editors’ interview with Routledge here and learn more about the book here.





Comm Studies Establishes Undergraduate Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta 

The Department of Communication Studies established the Alpha Chi Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta during the Fall 2017 semester.  Learn more about the organization here



Comm Studies Alum Shared her Insights from the CDC

Michelle Johns (BA, 97; MA, 99) is as a health communication specialist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s office in Atlanta, GA. On September 21st, she discussed her expertise related to health communication and persuasion, as well as her work on the successful National Tobacco Education Campaign entitled Tips From Former Smokers. Michelle credits much of her professional success to the lessons she learned in the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU.



Center for Communication Development (CCD)

Speech Building, Room 327

Through the CCD, the Department of Communication Studies graduate assistants offer students individualized tutoring with communication skill development and course assignments. Students can visit the CCD Monday-Thursday for assistance with speech preparation and managing speech anxiety.