Welcome to the Spring 2019 Semester!
As with every other semester, the Department of Communication Studies has many exciting courses and events planned for Spring 2019. Check our website often to read news about our students, faculty, and alumni.
For advising, you can get great general education advice and evaluation at central advising in Garcia Hall. In addition, if you are one of our majors, you have a faculty mentor you can make an appointment with to get information about our degree.
We offer both undergraduate degrees and masters degrees. We have also moved forward successfully with our Masters Accelerated Program (MAP). MAP allows undergraduates to get a head start on earning their graduate degrees.
Events this semester include another screening of the documentary Tickling Giants, this time with a Skype discussion involving the audience the and filmmaker, Sara Taksler. Sara has many years of experience as a Comedy
Central producer. The film makes an argument for using humor as a form of political communication and resistance to dictatorship. You will not want to miss it. You can watch the trailer to the here.
As the social media department on campus, most of our courses now incorporate discussions about online communication along with information about other forms of social interaction.
The students of this university make this campus a great place to teach, do research, and form networks. When I retire in July, I will miss the students more than anything else about NMSU.
Have a great semester! If you need to speak with me about anything, please make an appointment and let’s talk.
Dr. Kenneth Hacker
Professor and Department Head
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
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Moore
Main Office: Communication Sciences Building, Room 304
Office Phone Number: (575) 646-2801
Fax Number: (575) 646-4642
Dr. Jeanne Flora, along with Dr. Chris Segrin (University of Arizona), recently published Family Communication (3rd ed.)
Family Communication carefully examines state-of-the art research and theories of family communication and family relationships. In this edition, Dr. Flora and Dr. Segrin address long standing questions regarding marriage, stepfamilies, and parent-child relationships while also exploring new research on romantic relationship pathways, same-sex marriage and divorce, parenting trends, as well as military families, adoptive families, and families with a transgender member. This text will be useful for students and teachers of family communication, as well as for professionals who work with families and seek an evidence-based understanding of functional and dysfunctional family processes. To learn more about the text, click here.
Jennifer Cervantes (BA Communication Studies) is the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book The Storm Runner, a middle age children’s book highlighting the adventures of a young New Mexican boy named Zane and his dog, Rosie. Read more about Jennifer Cervantes and her accomplishments here.
Comm Studies Alum Farzaneh Karimkhan Will Present Thesis Research at International Communication Conference in May
Congratulations to Farzaneh Karimkhan, an alum of the Communication Studies program who graduated with her Master’s Degree in 2018. Her master’s thesis “Correlation between Exposure to Cosmetic Related Content on Instagram and Young Female’s Self-Esteem Level” was accepted into ICA (International Communication Association conference) and she will be presenting it in Washington D.C in May 2019. Dr. Kenneth Hacker was her advisor and mentor for this project.
Dr. Jeanne Flora’s research on Tinder (conducted with colleagues from Texas Tech University) earned Top Paper Award at Western States Communication Association conference in February.
Dr. Flora’s research paper with colleagues from Texas Tech entitled “Guilty pleasure? Communicating sexually explicit content on dating apps and attitudes toward the self, other people, and marriage” was named as a Top 4 Paper in the Interpersonal Communication division at the upcoming Western States Communication Association conference. The team will present their research at the conference, which will be held February 23-25 in Seattle, WA.
In Fall 2018, Dr. Hacker was a mentor in the Domenici Institute Student Scholars program. He was a policy mentor to Government major Samantha Garza (to his right in the photo). Samantha’s policy paper concerns disinformation spread through social media networks. The scholars and their mentors were recognized at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, December 7, 2018.
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.
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.
Communication Studies Alumni 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. In March 2018, 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.
Department of Communication Studies
In November 2017, 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.
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.
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.
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.