Category Archives: Graduate Program

Student-led Initiative WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) honored with prestigious NCAA Award for Diversity & Inclusion


WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T), a campus-wide initiative founded by SMC doctoral students Yannick Kluch, Chelsea Kaunert, and Christian Thompson,  has been honored with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2017 Award for Diversity and Inclusion.
Given that there are 1,121 NCAA member colleges and universities, this is an immense honor for BGSU and an excellent example of the leadership of SMC graduate students. WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is a campus-wide initiative that aims to promote social justice through the power of sport at BGSU. Various SMC faculty members have worked with and/or contributed to the initiative’s programming, including Drs. Lara Martin Lengel, Sandra Faulkner, Terry Rentner, and Lisa Hanasono.
“We are thrilled and humbled to receive this prestigious award for our work with WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) at BGSU,” said Kluch, who is in his second year as the president of the initiative. “On behalf of WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T), I would like to thank the NCAA for this honor. Our work would not be possible without the hard work of our student and faculty leaders, the BGSU athletics staff, and our over 25 partners across the university. What unites us is a passion for social justice and sport, and I’m beyond happy to see this passion be rewarded and recognized on a national level.”
The award will bring national recognition to WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T), BGSU Athletics, and the university in general. Congratulations on this tremendous honor, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)!


Dhiman Chattopadhyay, a 3rd year Ph. D student, was selected as the recipient of Top Student Paper from International and Intercultural Communication Division. His Title of paper is Beautiful Forever: Positionality, motives, identity and otherization in cultural narratives– emerging discourses in online intercultural communication platform.

Zehui Dai, a 3rd year Ph. D student, was selected as the recipient of Top Student Paper with Chen Yang (SMC alumni who graduated from BGSU last year) the recipients of Top Student Paper from Visual Communication Division with Chen Yang (SMC alumni who graduated from BGSU last year). The title of paper is Feminist Civic Calling: A Visual Analysis of Chinese Feminist Activism on Weibo.

Kuhlin Center Update


Newly Named Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center

High-tech home for School of Media and Communications to open this fall

SMC Academic Spotlight


Emerging Media Research Cluster Spring Open Presentations


Emerging Media Research Cluster

School of Media and Communication

Spring 2016  Open Presentations
West Hall 310


March 25  Friday     1:30 p.m

  1. “Effects of Data Collection Mode and Response Entry Device on Survey Response Quality” 

by Louisa Ha, Chenjie Zhang and Weiwei Jiang

(2016 Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Conference (ITERA) Katherine Snow Research Award Finalist)

  1. “Persuasion Knowledge and The Third-Person Effect in the World of User-Generated Content: the Use of YouTube Product Review Videos, Electronic Word-of-Mouth and Online Video Advertising”

by Louisa Ha, Chang Bi, Ruonan Zhang, Chenjie Zhang, Liu Yang, Tao Zhang, Jarrett Connelly, Mohammad Abuljadail and Ling Fang (Work in Progress)


April 15 Friday  1:30 p.m.

“Current Citation Trends of Journalism and Mass Communication Scholarship and the Role of Total Online Access as a Predictor of Citations” 

by  Louisa Ha, Weiwei  Jiang, Chang Bi, Ruonan Zhang, Tao Zheng and Xiaoli Wen

(Paper accepted by the World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, July, 2016)

April 22  Friday 1:30 p.m.

  1. “Smartphone Literacy, Loneliness, and Ego-Integrity Among Older Adults”

by Kisun Kim (Paper accepted by the 2016 International Communication Association Conference”

  1. “Parasocial Interaction with YouTubers”

by Ruonan Zhang (Work in Progress)


The special issue of the Journal of Family Communication, Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research, Dr. Faulkner coedited is now published

Message from Dr. Faulkner

I am pleased to share the news that the special issue of the Journal of Family Communication, Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research: Representation, Critique, and Praxis, I coedited with Beth Suter is now published.

I have an editorial in the issue. The fun is that the editorial is in the footnotes of the creative nonfiction piece. If you can’t download it, message me for a copy.

You will find groundbreaking pieces by Keith Berry and Tony Adams, Caryn Medved, Kristina Sharp and Lindsey Thomas, Dan Strasser, Erika L. Kirby, Sarah E. Riforgiate, Isolde K. Anderson, Mary P. Lahman & Alison M. Lietzenmayer.

This issue is terrific! 

Dr. Faulkner’s new book in the Teaching Writing series, “Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories onto the Page”

Writing the Personal: Getting Your Stories onto the Page (Sense Publishers, 2016)

Sandra L. Faulkner and Sheila Squillante

Here’s the inaugural book in the new Teaching Writing series. This series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. Through detailed exercises, exemplars, and a breakdown of the key elements and considerations of personal writing, Faulkner and Squillante provide a lively introduction and guide for writers to the art and craft of personal writing. Their conversational tone about audience, point of view, form, structure, ethics, research, and finding and making time for writing practice is a not-to-miss primer and reference. This book is appropriate for classes focused on poetry, creative nonfiction, ethnography, qualitative research, memoir, narrative inquiry, and other types of life writing, as well as individual writers honing their craft. Writing the Personal invites us all to find our stories and instructs us how to shape them for an audience and for ourselves.