COM 4270 Group Com students submit amazing social justice-themed Final Projects

As Winter 2016 winds down, I am amazed at the great social justice-themed final projects submitted by COM 4270 Group Communication students. These four groups worked tirelessly during the semester with an external client organization (based in the Metro Detroit area), identifying specific needs and implementing complicated projects, ranging from tactical strategy-building to fundraising, and from marketing to volunteer-generation.

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Back from CSCA: Orgcomm Top Paper, Steelcase tour, & Other Awesomeness

Colors of Grand Rapids
Colors of Grand Rapids

It has been a wonderfully informative and stimulating time spent at the Central States Communication Association, in Grand Rapids, MI. Several vignettes stand out…

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Whirlwind successfully completed: Sustainability symposium, Journal Special Issue 1st reviews, Alaska research trip

It has been an eventful time since my last post, mostly dominated by organizing the “Social Institutions and Sustainability” symposium on campus at Wayne State University, first level of reviewing submissions for a special issue of Critical Sociology journal, and my recently concluded research trip to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Gearing up for “Social Institutions & Sustainability” Symposium next week! #SSF15

The summer has been a whirlwind of planning, but the fruits of all that activity are soon to bear fruit, as next week, we host the first-ever research symposium of the Sustainability Scholars’ Forum (SSF), on the theme of “Social Institutions and Sustainability.” The symposium will bring together 25 different scholars, and 20 works of research, which will examine issues of sustainability from a social scientific and humanist perspective. Our goal is to highlight the rich interdisciplinary work presently underway in the social sciences and humanities on this topic, which often gets missed amid the technical and natural sciences, so that we can begin to build bridges across different lines of scholarship and research.

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Upcoming deadline for “Social Institutions & Sustainability” research symposium at Wayne State University: June 15, 2015

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Last fall, some colleagues and I decided to set up a research working group, called the Sustainability Scholars’ Forum (SSF), and I’m excited that the centerpiece of our efforts is set to bear fruit soon — an interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of “Social Institutions and Sustainability.” The deadline for abstract submissions is coming within a week, on June 15, and the symposium itself is scheduled for September 11.

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Reflecting on W2015 COM 4500 Leadership Communication service learning project with TechTown Detroit

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It’s summer at Wayne State University, but before we leave the Winter 2015 Semester too far behind, I want to take the time to recall and celebrate a wonderful collaboration with Detroit-based innovation hub and entrepreneurial development space, TechTown. It was through Dean Matt Seeger at the WSU College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts that I met with TechTown’s outgoing chairperson, Leslie Smith, and her amazing team of “warriors.” Leslie was fascinated to learn about organizational communication, and the different perspectives of organizational practice a communicative perspective to research can help explore. And she was especially interested in my proposal to use TechTown as a research site for my undergraduate Leadership Communication (COM 4500) class for W2015.

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