CDS Majors Present at Conference

Congratulations to Christina Brown, Grace Howie, and Olivia Taylor! These senior Communication and Digital Studies majors recently presented at the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences. … [Read more...]

EJY Publishes in Health Communication Journal

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Young recently had her essay “Predicting Intentions to Breastfeed for Three Months, Six Months, and One Year Using the Theory of Planned Behavior and Body Satisfaction” published online in the journal Health Communication: The essay will also appear in the print version coming in the next edition of the journal. … [Read more...]

Dr. Johnson-Young Wins Prize for Conference Paper

Congratulations to Professor Johnson-Young! She presented the paper “Uses and Gratifications during Pregnancy and Their Impact on Breastfeeding Intentions” at the Eastern Communication Association’s annual conference. The paper was also awarded top paper in the Theory and Methodology Division of the conference. … [Read more...]

Professor Rao Publishes New Work

Dr. Anand Rao has recently published a piece called “Strategies for Assessment in Communication Centers: Perspectives from Across the Field,” which was co-authored with three colleagues at other schools, in the new Communication Center Journal, available at … [Read more...]

Professor Johnson-Young Wins Award

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Young! She was awarded the prize for Top Student Paper in the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association. The paper, “Predicting Intentions to Breastfeed for Three Months, Six Months, and One Year Using the Theory of Planned Behavior and Body Satisfaction,” was written and submitted while completing her doctoral studies in the spring of 2015 and was presented at the organization's national conference in Las Vegas in November. … [Read more...]

Dr. Ohl Publishes Essay on Drone Imagery

Professor Ohl has recently published an essay in The Quarterly Journal of Speech 101.4 (2016) entitled "Nothing to See or Fear: Light War and the Boring Visual Rhetoric of U.S. Drone Imagery," which theorizes a transformation in twenty-first-century war rhetoric through an analysis of U.S. drone imagery and the concept of “light war,” a mode of violence that operates more freely by placing fewer demands on public reception, participation, and approval. … [Read more...]

Professor Rao Lends His Expertise

Dr. Anand Rao recently led a faculty workshop at The College of New Jersey to support their new Speaking Intensive requirement, which was largely modeled after UMW's own program. … [Read more...]

Professor Rao Presents at Conference

Dr. Rao gave two presentations at the National Association of Communication Centers conference at Arizona State University-West- in April. The first was on "Assessment Best Practices" and the second was on "Negotiating Identity and Place at Institutions Without Communication Majors." … [Read more...]

Communication Workshop for High School Students

Professors Anand Rao and Tim O'Donnell recently hosted a workshop for 20 local high school students, which included instruction on effective speaking, delivery skills, handling communication apprehension, and advocacy. The students also participated in a town hall debate.  Student consultants from the Speaking Center provided useful feedback for the speakers. … [Read more...]

Speaking Center Earns Rare Certification

Congratulations to Dr. Rao and the student staff of the Speak Center! Its consultant training program was recently certified by the National Association of Communication Centers and is only the eleventh center in the country (and the second in Virginia) to be certified.  Great job! … [Read more...]