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CRDM alumni have an exceptionally high job placement rate. Most graduates remain in academia, working as professors or lecturers in English, Communication, Cultural Studies, or Public Relations. Others have found work on e-learning projects, while still others have pursued careers in private industry or with the government. The interdisciplinary nature of the CRDM program has been appealing to hirers and the types of employment available for CRDM graduates has proven to be very diverse.

Alumni

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Kevin Brock
kevin@brockoleur.com
University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2013
Publications/Presentations:
  • Brock, K. (2013). Review of Speaking code: Coding as aesthetic and political expression. Itineration. Available from http://itineration.org/portfolio/book-review-speaking-code/
  • Brock, K. (2013). Establishing ethos on proprietary and open source software websites. In S. Apostel & M. Folk (Eds.), Online credibility and digital ethos: Evaluating computer-mediated communication (pp. 56-76). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Davis, M., Brock, K., & McElroy, S. (2012.) Expanding the available means of composing: Three sites of inquiry. Enculturation, 14. Available from http://www.enculturation.net/files/availablemeans/index.html
Dissertation:
Engaging the Action-Oriented Nature of Computation: Towards a Rhetorical Code Studies
Committee:
  • David Rieder (chair)
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (member)
  • Jason Swarts (member)
  • Kenneth Zagacki (member)
Jon Burr
Jon Burr
jtburr@ncsu.edu
Elon University, Instructor, English
Publications/Presentations:
  • J. Burr and K. Lyles. Access to Art Offline and Online: Who Looks at Art, Where, and Why, 2009 NCSU Graduate Research Symposium.
  • J. Burr. The Snowsuit Effort: A Digital Representation of an Urban Space, 2008 NCSU Graduate Research Symposium.
  • Burr, L. de Hertogh, and K. Warner. From Tutoring to Teaching and Back: How Writing Center Work Helps First Year Teachers of Composition. Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA), Nashville, 2007.
Shaun Cashman
Shaun Cashman
shaun.cashman@pfeiffer.edu
Pfeiffer University, Assistant Professor, Communication
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2010
Publications/Presentations:
  • Cashman, S. (2009). Review of the Frodo Franchise by Kristin Thompson. The Communication review. 12(2). 187-190.
  • Cashman, S. & Philips, C. S. (2009). The Role of role-play in pervasive location-based mobile games. In A. de Souza e Silva & D. M. Sutko (Eds.). Digital cityscapes: Merging digital and urban playspaces. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Stein, S. & Cashman, S. (2009). Documentaries, motion pictures. In C. H. Sterling (Ed). Encyclopedia of journalism. George Washing University: Sage publications.
Dissertation:
The Rhetoric of Immersion in Video Game Technologies
Committee:
  • Victoria Gallagher (chair)
  • Stephen Wiley (member)
  • Jason Swarts (member)
  • Adriana de Souza e Silva (member)
Christian Casper
Christian Casper
University of Michigan, Lecturer, College of Engineering
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2009
Publications/Presentations:
  • Casper, C. F. (2008). New genre ecologies in science: Post-publication review in online journals. Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, WA, May 2008.
  • Casper, C. F. (2007). In praise of carbon, in praise of science: The epideictic rhetoric of the 1996 Nobel lectures in chemistry. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 21(3), 303-323.
Dissertation:
Mutable Mobiles: Online Journals and the Evolving Genre Ecosystem of Science
Committee:
  • Carolyn Miller (chair)
  • William Kinsella (member)
  • Kenneth Zagacki (member)
  • Jason Swarts (member)
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Christopher Cummings
clcummin (at) ncsu (dot) edu
Nanyang Technological University, Assistant Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2013
Publications/Presentations:
  • Berube, D.M., Cummings, C.L., Frith, J.H., Binder, A.R., Oldendick, R.W. (2011). Comparing nanoparticle risk perceptions to other known EHS risks. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Online First: 19 Mar 2011.
  • Berube, D.M., Cummings, C., Cacciatore, M., Scheufele, D. & Kalin, J. (2010). Characteristics and classification of nanoparticles: Expert Delphi survey. Nanotoxicology. Early online: 30 Sep 2010.
  • Berube, D.M., Searson, E.M., Morton, T.S., & Cummings, C.L. (2010). Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies - Consumer Product Inventory Evaluated. Nanotechnology Law & Business, 7(2), 152-163.
Dissertation:
Communicating uncertainty and secondary risk qualifications of expert recommendation affecting risk perceptions and behavioral intentions regarding sunscreens and nanoparticle-sunscreens.
Committee:
  • David Berube (chair)
  • Jason Swarts
  • Deanna Dannels
  • Andrew Binder
Jacob Dickerson
Jacob Dickerson
jadicker@ncsu.edu
Georgetown College, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies
Publications/Presentations:
  • Dickerson, J.A. (2009, November). A Framework for the Rhetorical Examination of Digital Technologies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Dickerson, J. (2007, November). Heroes, transformers, and the emerging world of immersive marketing. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Dickerson, J.A. (2005, May). Utopian and dystopian master narratives in a posthuman world. Paper selected for the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, New York, NY.
Dissertation:
Framing Infamy : Media and Collective Memory of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
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Kati Fargo Ahern
kfargo@gmail.com
Long Island University-- C.W. Post Campus, Assistant Professor, English
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2012
Dissertation:
The Sounds of Rhetoric, the Rhetoric of Sound: Listening and Composing the Auditory Realm
Committee:
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (chair)
  • Carolyn Miller (member)
  • Chris Anson (member)
  • Victoria Gallagher (member)
Jordan Frith
Jordan Frith
frithjh@gmail.com
University of North Texas, Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Technical Communication
Publications/Presentations:
  • Morain, M., Frith, J., Cummings, C., & Berube, D. M. (2011). Review essay: Understanding digital media and society. Journal of Communication, 61(3), E12-E14.
  • Frith, J., Morain, M., Cummings, C., & Berube, D. (2011). You are not a gadget: A manifesto. Journal of Communication, 61(1), E9-E12.
Amy L. H. Gaffney
Amy L. H. Gaffney
Amy.Gaffney@uky.edu
University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor, Communication
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2010
Publications/Presentations:
  • Dannels, D. P., & Housley Gaffney, A. L. (2009). Communication across the curriculum and in the disciplines: A call for scholarly cross-curricular advocacy. Communication Education, 58, 124-153.
  • Dannels, D. P., Housley Gaffney, A. L., & Norris Martin, K. (2008). Beyond content, deeper than delivery: What critique feedback reveals about communication expectations in design education. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2. http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/v2n2.html
Dissertation:
Communicationg about, in, and through Design: a Study Exploring Communication Instruction and Design Students' Critique Performance
Committee:
  • Deanna Dannels (chair)
  • William Jordan (member)
  • Jason Swarts (member)
  • Chris Anson (member)
Dana Gierdowski
Dana Gierdowski
dcgierdo@ncsu.edu
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2013
Publications/Presentations:
  • Anson, C. Dannels, D. and Gierdowski, D. (2012, June). Next-Generation Response: Students' Impressions of Screen-Capture Commentary on Their Writing in Distance Education Courses. Presented at the International Writing Across the Curriculum conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Anson, C., Dannels, D., Kittle Autry, M. and Gierdowski, D. (2012, May). Workshop: Screencap Your Feedback: Using Screen Capture Technology to Provide Audio-Visual Feedback to Writers. Presented at Computers & Writing, Raleigh, NC.
  • Gierdowski, D. and Duckett, K. (2012, April). Assessing Student Perceptions and Uses of Library Spaces. Presented at the North Carolina State University Library Association Spring Seminar, Raleigh, NC.
Dissertation:
The Geographies of a Writing Space: A Study of a Flexible Composition Classroom
Committee:
  • Susan Miller-Cochran, Chair
  • Chris Anson, Member
  • Deanna Dannels, Member
  • Victoria Gallagher, Member
  • Robert Beichner, Member
David Gruber
David Gruber
drgruber@ncsu.edu
City University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor
PhD, CRDM, 2012
Publications/Presentations:
  • Gruber, David. Sept, 11. Bodies without skin. Ctheory.net
  • Gruber, David. June, 11. Theatrical Bodies: Acting out Comedy and Tragedy in Two Anatomical Displays. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Gruber, David, et al. March, 11. Rhetoric and the Neurosciences: Exploration and Engagement. POROI, 7(1).
Dissertation:
Neurorhetoric and the Dynamism of the Neurosciences: Mapping translations of mirror neurons across the disciplines
Adam Gutschmidt
Adam Gutschmidt
amgutsch@ncsu.edu
Publications/Presentations:
  • Thompson, T.L, Robinson, J.D., & Gutschmidt, A.M. (2003). Willingness to donate organs and family communication about organ donation: A test of the applicability of the Transtheoretical Model. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Nation Communication Association, San Diego, May.
  • Gutschmidt, A.M. (2005). Examining Collaboration in the Classroom Through the Use of Weblogs. (Masters Thesis)
  • Gutschmidt, A. "A Perpetual State of Arrested Development: The Communicative Implications of Fantasy Theme Usage." SSCA conference. Louisville. 30 Mar. 2007.
Fredessa (Freddi) Hamilton
Fredessa (Freddi) Hamilton
fdhamilt@unity.ncsu.edu
Publications/Presentations:
  • Hamilton, Fredessa (1988). "Utilization of Telecommunications Technologies to Promote Minority Higher Education in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)". Presented at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) annual conference.
Jason Kalin
Jason Kalin
jpkalin@ncsu.edu
DePaul University, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse
PhD, CRDM @ NCSU, 2012
Publications/Presentations:
  • Kalin, J. (2011, November). Visual practices of digital network memory: Inventing and remembering with digital images, places, and publics. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA. Top Papers in the Visual Communication Division.
  • Kalin, J. (2011, November). The scene of digital public memory: A tropological detour through the topoi of memory. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Kalin, J. (2011, April). Memory spaces, spatial memories: The invention(s) of digital memory. Paper presented at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA.
Ashley Rose Kelly
arkelly2@ncsu.edu
Purdue, Assistant Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2014
Dissertation:
Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research
Committee:
  • Carolyn R. Miller (Chair)
  • Ann M. Penrose
  • William J. Kinsella
  • Jordynn Jack (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Randy Allen Harris (University of Waterloo)
Meagan Kittle Autry
Meagan Kittle Autry
makittle@ncsu.edu
The Graduate School at North Carolina State University, Director of Thesis & Dissertation Support Services
Ph.D., CRDM, 2013
Publications/Presentations:
  • Kelly, Ashley R., Kittle Autry, Meagan, & Mehlenbacher, Brad. (forthcoming, 2013). The temporality of Twitter: Considering Chronos and Kairos for digital rhetoric. In G. Verhulsdonck & M. Limbu, Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies: Communication Modes and Digital Practices in the Networked World. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Kinsella, W.J., Kelly, A.R., & Kittle Autry, M. (2013). Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: Claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance. Communication Monographs 80(3), 278-301.
  • Kelly, A.R., & Kittle Autry, M. (2013). Access, accommodation, and science: Knowledge in an "open" world. First Monday 18(6).
Dissertation:
Genre change online: Open access and the scholarly article genre
Committee:
  • Carolyn R. Miller (chair)
  • William J. Kinsella
  • Nancy Penrose
  • David Rieder
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Karla Lyles
kmlyles@ncsu.edu
University of Mississippi, Professional Writing Core Instructor
Publications/Presentations:
Kate Maddalena
kate_mckinney@ncsu.edu
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2014
Publications/Presentations:
  • See my profile on Academia.edu, linked above as "Website."
Dissertation:
Mediating Atomistic Ontologies: LEGO, Synthetic Biology, and a Digital Episteme
Committee:
  • William Kinsella (chair)
  • Jeremy Packer
  • David Rieder
  • Jason Swarts
Kelly Norris Martin
Kelly Norris Martin
knm@mail.rit.edu
Rochester Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2011
Publications/Presentations:
  • Martin, K. N. & Johnson, M. (2010). Digital Credibility and Digital Dynamism in Public Relations Blogs. Visual Communication Quarterly, 17(3), 162-174.
  • Dannels, D.P., Gaffney, A. A. & Martin, K. N. (2010, in-press). Students' Talk about the Climate of Feedback Interventions in the Critique, Communication Education, 59 (4), 453-472.
  • Gallagher, V. J., Martin, K. N., Ma, M. (Accepted for publication). Visual Wellbeing: Intersections of Rhetorical Theory and Visual Design, Design Issues.v
Dissertation:
Visual Research : Introducing a Schema for Methodologies and Contexts
Kathleen Oswald
Kathleen Oswald
kfoswald@ncsu.edu
Villanova University, Adjunct Instructor
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2011
Publications/Presentations:
  • Oswald, K. F. & Packer, J. (2011). Flow and Mobile Media: Broadcast Fixity to Digital Fluidity. In J. Packer and S. Wiley (Eds.) Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks. Routledge.
  • Packer, J. & Oswald, K. F. (2010). From Windscreen to Widescreen: Screening Technologies and Mobile Communication. The Communication Review 13(4).
  • Oswald, K. F. (2010, November). Mobilizing "Smart:" Networked landscapes and infrastructure convergence. Accepted to the 96th Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.
Dissertation:
Smarter, better, faster, stronger: The informationalized infrastructural ideal
Shayne Pepper
Shayne Pepper
sdpepper@ncsu.edu
Northeastern Illinois University, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2011
Publications/Presentations:
  • "Joanna Newsom Covers in the Blogosphere" in Visions of Joanna Newsom. Bradley Buchanan (ed.). (Sacramento, CA: Roan Press, 2010)
  • "Invisible Children and the Cyberactivist Spectator," Nebula 6.4 (December, 2009)
  • "HBO and the AIDS Epidemic: Subscribing to a Neoliberal Solution," National Communication Association Conference (Chicago, 2009)
Dissertation:
Public Service Entertainment: Post-Network Television, HBO, and the AIDS Epidemic
Committee:
  • Jeremy Packer (Chair)
  • James Hay (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign) (Member)
  • Maria Pramaggiore (Member)
  • Sarah Sharma (Communication Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill) (Member)
  • Steve Wiley (member)
Valeska Redmond
valeska@nc.rr.com
Publications/Presentations:
  • Wittek, Valeska (2008). Take stock of your assets: Assessing motivational experiences and behaviors of museum volunteers and members. Saarbrücken, Germany: Dr. Müller Verlag
Joshua Reeves
University of Memphis, Assistant Professor of Communication
Ph.D., Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2013
Publications/Presentations:
  • "Temptation and Its Discontents: Digital Rhetoric, Flow, and the Possible." Rhetoric Review 32.3 (2013): 314-30.
  • "If You See Something, Say Something: Lateral Surveillance and the Uses of Responsibility." Surveillance and Society 10.3/4 (2012): 235-48.
Committee:
  • Hans Kellner (co-chair)
  • Jeremy Packer (co-chair)
  • Mark Andrejevic
  • Victoria Gallagher
  • Matthew May
Dawn Shepherd
Dawn Shepherd
dawnshepherd (at) boisestate (dot) edu
Boise State University, English Department, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of FYWP
Ph.D., Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2012
Publications/Presentations:
  • "Self-Evaluation in Self-Placement: Exploring Factors in Student Course Choice." D. Shepherd. Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA. April 2011.
  • "Watching Tina Fey Make Liz Lemonade: 30 Rock's Post-Feminist Feminism." S. Pepper and D. Shepherd. National Communication Association Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA. November 2010.
  • "Identity Construction in Match.Com User Profiles." D. Shepherd. National Communication Association Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA. November 2010.
Dissertation:
Technologies of Matching: Romantic Matchmaking, Power, and Algorithmic Culture
Committee:
  • Carolyn R. Miller (co-chair)
  • Jeremy Packer (co-chair)
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (member)
  • Steve Wiley (member)
Wendi Jewell Sierra
Wendi Jewell Sierra
wendij45@gmail.com
St. John Fisher College, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Publications/Presentations:
  • Sierra, W. & Eyman, D. (Forthcoming). Lend me some gold: Demonstrating context-dependent credibility in virtual worlds. In S. Apostel & M. Folk (Eds.),Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication.
  • Sierra, W., & Stedman, K. (2012). Ode to sparklepony: Gamification in action. Kairos, 16(2). Retrieved from http://www.technorhetoric.net/16.2/disputatio/sierra-stedman/index.html
  • Hogan, J., Martin, S. and Sierra, W. (2012) Playing outside the cartridge: (re)Experiencing Nintendo. Art Installation at Collaborations: Humanities, Art, & Technology, Raleigh NC.
Committee:
  • David Rieder (Chair)
  • Chris Anson (Member)
  • Doug Eyman (Member)
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (Member)
  • Kenneth Zagacki (Member)
Robin Snead
Robin Snead
robin_oswald@ncsu.edu
UNC-Pembroke; Lecturer; English, Theatre, and Languages Department
Publications/Presentations:
  • Snead, Robin L.“Interface as Visual Metaphor in Multimodal Webtexts.” The 63rd Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis MO, March 23, 2012
  • Oswald, Robin Snead and Dana C. Gierdowski. “Gazing Across the Boundaries: Students’ Private, Public, and Academic Digital Literacies.” Computers and Writing Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, May 22, 2011
  • Snead, Robin. (December 2011)." Transfer-Ability": Issues of Transfer and FYC, WPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies, No. 18. WPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies.
Dissertation:
Tracing Activity: The Multimodal Composing Practices of University Students (working title)
Committee:
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (chair)
  • Chris Anson
  • Carolyn Miller
  • Deanna Dannels
Dan Sutko
dan_sutko@ncsu.edu
Rutgers, Teaching Fellow, School of Communication and Information
Publications/Presentations:
  • Silva, A. D. E., Sutko, D. M., Salis, F. A., & Silva, C. D. E. (2011). Mobile phone appropriation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. New Media & Society, 13(3), 411-426.
Jeff Swift
Jeff Swift
jcswift@ncsu.edu
Committee:
  • Carolyn Miller (chair)
  • Matt May (member)
  • Victoria Gallagher (member)
  • David Rieder (member)
Anna Turnage
Anna Turnage
aturnage@bloomu.edu
Bloomberg University, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, 2010
Publications/Presentations:
  • Turnage, A.K. & Keyton, J. Ethical contradictions and email communication at Enron Corp. In Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices. 2nd ed, S.K. May (ed.) Forthcoming.
  • Turnage, A.K. (2009). Scene, Act and the Tragic Frame in the Duke Rape Case. Southern Communication Journal, 74(2), 141-156.
  • Turnage, A.K. (2007). E-mail flaming behaviors and organizational conflict. The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 43-59.
Dissertation:
Identification and Disidentification in Organizational Discourse: A Metaphor Analysis of E-Mail Communication at Enron
Committee:
  • Victoria Gallagher (chair)
  • Carolyn Miller (member)
  • Deanna Dannels (member)
  • Dennis Mumby (member)
  • Joanna Keyton (member)
Jen Ware
Jennifer Ware
warej (at) email (dot )unc (dot) edu
Michigan State University, School of Journalism, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., CRDM, 2012
Publications/Presentations:
  • Ware, J. and Stein, S. (2012). "When are we going to use math in real life" Learning and Leading with Technology 39(8), 34-35.
  • Ware, J. (September, 2011). "Cancer Networks" Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Sage Publications.
  • Ware, J. (2011). "Still 'Live at the Scene': A quantitative analysis of timeliness in local television broadcast hard news stories re-published as online content". AEJMC 2011, St. Louis.
Dissertation:
Still 'Live at the Scene': An Exploration of Timely Television News Broadcasts Repurposed as Online Content
Committee:
  • Melissa Johnson (chair)
  • Jason Swarts (member)
  • Susan Miller-Cochran (member)
  • Kenneth Zagacki (member)