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Amber Ellen Holland

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Biography

Amber E. Holland is a PhD student, public speaking instructor, and grader for the Department of Communication Studies at NC State University. Her research interests include: Interpersonal and Relational Communication, Relational Maintenance and Dissolution, Dark Side of Close Relationships, Dialectical Tensions, and Identity on the Margins. 

Publications

Olson, L. N. & Holland, A. What happened? How did I get here? Consent and sexual assault on a college campus (2019). In E. L. Kirby & M. C. McBride (Eds.), Gender actualized: Cases in communicatively constructing realities (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Olson, L. N. & Holland, A. Instructional materials for case entitled What happened? How did I get here? Consent and sexual assault on a college campus (2019). In E. L. Kirby & M. C. McBride (Eds.), Gender actualized: Cases in communicatively constructing realities (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Publications in Progress:

Olson, L. N., Bussiere, C., & Holland, A. (2020). Female survivors of domestic abuse: Negotiation of relational contradictions. Manuscript in preparation.

Olson, L.N., Holland, A., & Bussiere, C. (2020). Graduate students' experiences with contra-power sexual harassment. Manuscript in preparation.

Presentations

Harvell-Bowman, L. (Chair), Borton, I., Ferguson, CLS, Sakina Jangbar, S., Kunkel, A., Wiley, M., Olson, L., Holland,  A., Bussiere, C., Reynolds, R., Scott, K., & Weathers, M. (2019). Violence, voice, and victimhood: Activism and                  social justice in the face of survivorship. A panel discussion at the National Communication Association conference, Activism and Social Justice division, Baltimore, MD.

Holland, A. (2019). “It Isn’t Just People with Power Over Us who can Make Us Feel Vulnerable”: A Phenomenological Analysis of Contrapower Sexual Harassment in the Academy. A paper presentation at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.

Olson, L., Holland, A., Bussiere, C., Nance, C. (2019). Contrapower Sexual Harassment in the Academy: The Graduate Experience of Contrapower. A paper presentation at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.  

Holland, A. (2019). Building and Sustaining A Culturally Responsive Classroom: A Teacher Training Workshop. A panel discussion at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.

Holland, A. (2019). Sexual Harassment in the Academy. Paper presented at Assemblages: Anti-Oppression Works, UNCG’s 6th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Research Symposium. Greensboro, NC.

Holland, A. (2019). Moving Beyond Out Boundaries: Supporting Persuasive Speech Organization in the Classroom. Panel presented at the National Association of Communication Center conference. Greensboro, NC.

Holland, A. (2018). Beyond Basic: Accelerating Learning in the Basic Course. Panel presented at Carolinas Communication Association. Charlotte, NC.

Holland, A. (2018). Why She Stayed: Analyzing a Viral Account of Domestic Violence. Paper presented at Carolinas Communication Association conference. Charlotte, NC.

Holland, A. (2013). The Perceptions of Recently Graduated Sorority Alumnae: The Evolution and Maintenance of Friendship and Communication. Paper presented at Southern States Communication Association conference.             Louisville, KY. 

Holland, A. (2013). President’s Leadership Program: Encouraging Students to Connect Nature and Culture. Panel presented at Virginia Humanities Conference 2013. Newport News, VA.

Projects

Non-Residential Fatherhood and Resiliency, Dr. Elizabeth Craig, NCSU, 2019-Current. Description: Identify and code themes from the interview transcripts of incarcerated fathers; research material and contribute writing to the project’s literature review.

Sexual Harassment and Contrapower in the Academy, Dr. Loreen Olson, UNCG, 2018-2019. Description: Conduct focus groups of current and former teaching and graduate assistants who have experienced forms of sexual harassment from undergraduate students; explore themes and utilize grounded theory and phenomenology as a method to interpret results.

IPV and Relational Dialectics Theory, Dr. Loreen Olson, UNCG, 2017-2019. Description: Identify and code themes among survivors of domestic violence using grounded theory; utilize Relational Dialectics Theory (RDT) as a framework for interpreting data.

North Carolina Eugenics Sterilization Research, Dr. Roy Schwartzman, UNCG, 2018-2019. Description: Identify themes and code victim testimonies of the NC sterilization program; Explore the rhetorical tactics used by the state of North Carolina and eugenics organizations to promote North Carolina’s eugenic sterilization program to the general public.

Greensboro 27 Research, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, UNCG, 2018-2019. Description: Interview grassroots organizers and active ­­community members to: highlight important work happening in Greensboro, recognize community members, and create inter-generational talks that inspire students to become engaged or deepen their engagement in political, civic, and cultural concerns; Write chapters on community members that will be compiled for a book.

LEAP (Lifetime Eating and Activity Practices) Research, Dr. Marianne LeGreco, UNCG, 2018-2019. Description: Code themes from a year’s worth of weekly meetings between LEAP’s core research team and community-academic partnerships; Organize themes in Excel.

Education

Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University. Currently enrolled.   

M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Graduated: 2019.

M.P.A. Public Administration, Old Dominion University. Graduated: 2016.

B.A. Communication Studies, Christopher Newport University. Graduated: 2013.