Graduate Students Present Research Papers at Texas Speech Communication Association Conference

Published: October 09, 2014

Graduate Students Present Research Papers at Texas Speech Communication Association Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Communication and Media graduate students presented their research papers at the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) 2014 Convention held October 2-4, in Lubbock, Texas. The convention offered students the opportunity to network with peers and share research ideas in the field of communication.

“Attending conferences is a personal and professional development opportunity for students,” said Stephanie Rollie Rodriguez, Graduate Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Communication. “At these conferences, students are able to interact with students from other schools and connect with other faculty.”

During the convention, students had the opportunity to attend special interest panels to learn about topics ranging from professional communication to social media. All current students received funding from the Provost’s office, which covered the cost of travel, lodging, and registration. The theme of the 2014 convention was “Teaching Responsibility in an Irresponsible World.” Four student written papers were presented in a round-table discussion during the convention.

The following papers were presented:

  • Kelly Coughlin – “Using Goals-Plans-Actions Model and Functional Theory to Study Interventions”
  • Edrick Ellis – “Immediacy: Analysis Using Uncertainty Reduction Theory and Expectancy Violation Theory”
  • Casandra Lorentson, Brett Mauser, and Ismael Nava – “Learning from Disaster: Leadership during the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster,”
  • Ran Yao – “The ‘Glocalization’ of Korean Pop Music: Uncertainty Reduction and Communication Accommodation Approach”

In addition, Yiran Tao and Lilly Vu, both communication graduate students, attended the conference to learn from the experience and help coordinate information panels. Several professors including Department Chair Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, Dr. Stephanie Rollie Rodriguez, Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, and Ms. Cheryl Spaniol were also present at the conference.

“I went to three panels that relate to my major and my job as a teaching assistant,” said Yiran Tao, Communication Graduate Student and Public Speaking Teaching Assistant. “I like that I was able to share and hear new ideas from different people at these panels.”

The TSCA, the largest state professional communication association in the nation, provides students with networking opportunities and offers education professionals access to innovative teaching methods. Membership is open to all educators, students, and consultants within the communication field. For more information on the TSCA, go to