Communication Faculty Garner Top Honors at Regional Conferences Nationwide

Three faculty members in the Department of Communication at Columbus State University recently earned top honors at three separate regional conferences around the country.

Dr. Benjamin Baker earned Top Faculty Paper Honors from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the Eastern Communication Association for his recent piece, " 'I don’t look at it as being a father. I look at it more as being a parent.' Analyzing the Competing Discourses for Fatherhood in Gay Parents’ Dyadic Relational Talk." He will present his work this April in Baltimore as part of the Eastern Communication Association's annual conference.

Dr. Andrew Donofrio earned Top Faculty Paper Honors from the Intercultural Communication Division of the Central States Communication Association for his recent piece, "Saving Souls: Gastronomic Gentrification, Performances of Whiteness, and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods." His study explores how food shows on television and streaming services mediate our experiences of foodways, ethnicity, and race by constructing narratives that work to produce and reproduce our senses of authenticity, in-group belonging, and otherness. His work applies critical intercultural communication theory to analyze a 2018 controversy that ultimately led Zimmern to publicly apologize for making “flippant” remarks during an interview with Fast Company that invoked a “centuries old history of white people profiting off of other cultures.” He will present his work this April in Chicago as part of the Central States Communication Association's annual conference.

Finally, Dr. Chris McCollough earned Top Faculty Paper Honors from the Public Relations Division of the Southern States Communication Association for his recent piece, "Failing to the Top: The Curious Case of Sean Spicer. His case study explores the shortcomings of Spicer's short, ill-fated stint as White House Press Secretary, and how it has impacted his career prospects in the aftermath by analyzing his media relations practices and the consequences of using the principles of Relationship Management Theory. He will present his work this April in Frisco, TX as part of the Southern States Communication Association's annual conference.