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Marian Houser named Chair of Communication Studies

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The Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce that Marian Houser has been named Department Chair. Dr. Houser earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in communication studies from Miami University (Ohio), and a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Tennessee. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Instructional Communication, Assessment, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Communication.

Dr. Houser joined Texas State University in 2003. She has served as the Director of COMM 1310, Associate Dean of Faculty Development for the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and Editor of Communication Teacher.  She received the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities, the Eastern Communication Association's Past President's Award for Research, was named Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association, and the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award.  

Dr. Houser has developed a national reputation as an expert in the field of instructional communication, with a special emphasis on student learning and the student-teacher relationship. Her research examines the intersections of interpersonal relationships and instructional communication in various contexts that include organizations, training, health campaigns, and the dialogue that occurs between teachers and students in the classroom.  She is the cofounder of CoSearch, a research-collaboration organization and Living Mental Wellness, a prevention-based organization. She is the co-director of the Communication Studies Department’s BioComm Research Lab.  Dr. Houser has published over 70 research articles in regional, national, and international journals and authored/edited two communication textbooks: Your Interpersonal Communication: Nature/Nurture Intersections (Kendall Hunt) and The Handbook of Instructional Communication (Kendall Hunt).

Jeremy Hutchins Elected Vice President of TSCA

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Jeremy Hutchins was elected Texas Speech Communication Association Vice President at the TSCA Convention in Houston. The Texas Speech Communication Association is a professional, academic association committed to excellence in communication instruction, student performance, research, scholarly accomplishment, professional service, and political awareness. TSCA is the largest state professional communication association in the nation.

Jeremy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and is the Associate Director of Forensics for Texas State and primary debate coach for the team. He currently serves as the President of the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) and has received the association’s Educator of the Year Award. Jeremy is the recipient of numerous teaching and service honors and is very active in various collegiate debate associations.  

Wayne Kraemer named a “Texas State Transfer Champion”

Wayne Kraemer was selected as a Texas State Transfer Champion. Transfer Champions are individuals who positively affect the experience of transfer students. Two faculty members and two staff members at Texas State were honored on campus during National Transfer Student Week (NTSW).

Students shared the following about Wayne:

Professor Kraemer does everything he can to provide meaningful resources for his students. He also is not afraid and is incredibly willing to stick up and fight for students when it is needed. As director of the LBJ Debate Society, an organization that I along with many other transfer students are incredibly proud to be a part of, Professor Kraemer has created one of the most transfer-friendly Forensics Programs in the country helping to make Texas State truly feel like a home.

Wayne Kraemer is the Director of Forensics at Texas State University. He is the Executive Secretary and past President of the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA). He served as the Operations Manager for the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Tournament and for 28 years served as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Debate Consultant. Kraemer has been honored as the TIFA Educator of the Year and Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) Educator of the Year. He has also received the Brownlee Award from CEDA for service, the Norton Award from Pi Kappa Delta for coaching, and the Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Service.  

Faculty Accolades

Ann Burnette published "Challenges for the second-in-command: Kamala Harris as a presidential candidate," in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Ann also moderated a candidate forum for the race for Place 4 on the San Marcos City Council, sponsored by the San Marcos League of Women Voters. She asked questions of incumbent Shane Scott and challenger Atom Von Arndt.

Stephanie Dailey delivered the Dean’s Seminar with a presentation entitled, “Communication in the Context of Work: How Do We Foster Organizational Membership and Belongingness?” Stephanie also welcomed Ms. Jessica Mejía, MarmA.I.D. founder and human rights activist to her Organizational Communication undergraduate class to share how she has used communication in her community organizing efforts. The students enjoyed her inspiring presentation and appreciated asking questions about her work.

Elizabeth K. Eger published a report, "Librarians as Conveners to Build Community Resiliency in Rural Texas: A Pilot Project Translating the COPEWELL Framework Through Community Collaboration" with PhD candidate, Rex Long, and M.A. student, Anca Tonciu, and other members of the THRC team. The report describes a pilot project with two rural Texas communities to examine how community collaboration can enhance a model for resiliency planning via libraries. Elizabeth and co-author Rex Long presented their engaged research with stakeholders in Pottsboro, TX, at the Pottsboro Library to local community members and leaders. They shared applied local findings about community resiliency challenges and initial future action steps. At the NCA convention, Elizabeth co-chaired and presented on the panel: "Critical Pedagogy as Imagining, Materializing, and Transforming International, Intercultural, and Instructional Communication Practices and Futures." She also presented research on the panel, "Employee-Centered Perspectives on Communication, Health, and Work" and was an invited respondent to the top Teaching and Mentorship panel for the Organizational Communication Division.

Nikki Saldivar Hodgson was invited to serve as Guest Coach for the TXST football game against Troy on October 28th.

Roseann Mandziuk currently serves as Immediate Past President of the National Communication Association. In this role at the Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland, she chaired the Leadership Development Committee and participated in the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Legislative Assembly. She also was a panelist on the program "Ideas of Freedom: Workshop on Gender and Race in Super Bowl Commercials."

Josh Miller became the Vice-Chair Elect of the Rhetoric and Communication Theory division of the Texas State Communication Association. He also presented on two panels at the TSCA conference: "Nurturing a Spirit of Advocacy: Forensics Beyond the Academy" and "Finding Fertile Ground: Opportunities for Cultivating Fruitful Partnerships on Campus."

Marek Muller was a guest on the educational National Communication Podcast “A to Z” where they taught about the rhetorical concept of the “ideograph.” Marek also provided a continuing education seminar to veterinary professionals, sponsored by the nonprofit group Our Honor, on how to avoid raced and colonizing language during times of zoonotic disease outbreak. Marek recently began volunteering with the animal rights research and analytics firm “Faunalytics” as a Research Library Writer, where they translate academic research articles for non-expert audiences.  

Mark Paz presented at the National Communication Association conference as a panelist for a Short Course focused on directing the Basic Course in Communication Studies. The course was entitled, "Strategies and Tactics for Cultivating Graduate Teaching Assistants in Communication Programs". He presented on a panel entitled "Helping New Coaches Thrive: A Proposal for a Forensics Teaching and Learning Academy" at the Texas State Communication association conference. Mark was also a panelist for a webinar organized by the Graduate College entitled, "Once a First-Gen, Always a First-Gen”. The webinar aimed to help First-Gen graduate students navigate their path to and through grad school.

Manu Pokharel presented “Do more complete wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages work better than less complete messages? Testing a risk communication consensus” at the National Communication Association conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The article was selected to receive a Top Paper Award in the Applied Communication Division. Manu also began serving on the Advising Committee of the newly formed Nepalese Student Association (NSA) at Texas State University. She and her daughter Maira (pictured) spoke to the Nepali student community at the religious holiday celebration "Dashain Festival" hosted by the NSA at Texas State at the end of October.

Lindsay Timmerman was interviewed for the TXST podcast, "Enlighten Me," for the episode titled "Without a Trace: The Ghosting Phenomenon".


Student Accolades

M.A. student Hector Manriquez presented on a panel entitled "Helping New Coaches Thrive: A Proposal for a Forensics Teaching and Learning Academy" at the Texas State Communication association conference.

The Communication Studies Graduate Association (CSGA) is a departmental organization dedicated to unifying the graduate students in Communication Studies at Texas State University. CSGA members come together for events such as professional development and research seminars, as well as social and philanthropic events. CSGA hosted an “Unwind” event to focus on mindfulness and gratitude, featuring activities, games, snacks, and connection.

Members of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies National Honor Society, gave back to the San Marcos Community by participating in the 2023 Fall River Cleanup. Four LPE members, Haley Bass, Bailey Thrasher, Greg Ordonez, and Tessa Thurlkill, along with Faculty Advisor Mark Paz, attended the Texas Speech Communication Association Conference in Houston. The students learned more about their majors, possible career paths, and were able to network with scholars in the field of Communication Studies. 

Alumni Accolades

Grace McCleskey (M. A., 2023) is currently a doctoral student at Texas Christian University. She recently published “Teaching critical media effects through classic horror films” in Communication Teacher. The paper utilizes clips from five popular horror films that feature common transphobic tropes and teaches students to apply each tenet of critical media effects (CME) theory into their analysis of the films. The piece was co-authored with Jasmine Austin.

Emily Pollard (M. A., 2021) is currently a doctoral student at the University of New Mexico. Emily received the 2023 Top Master’s Thesis (Rhetorical/Critical Analysis) for her thesis, “Intersections of Queer and Immigrant Identities in NBC’s ‘Superstore’” at this year’s convention.

Gavin Thompson (M. A., 2023) published “Food deserts: How ‘Bringing home the bacon” varies across neighborhoods’” in Communication Teacher.