Faculty Feats: Professor Thorson wins the Milton Dickens Award


Professor Allison Thorson with Professor Rodney Reynolds

Time for another “Faculty Feats!” Our own Professor Allison Thorson won a prestigious award at the recent meeting of the Western States Communication Association conference.

The Milton Dickens Award for Exemplary Empirical Research is given to the best research article published in Communication Reports during the past three years. Professor Thorson and her coauthors received the award for their article entitled “Quality Interactions and Family Storytelling.”

You can see a full explanation of the award. And the article about her big win in USF News.

A big congratulations to Professor Thorson on this award!


Dons’ Doings: Graduate School Information Session 3/31

This Thursday during deadhour we are having our 11th Annual Graduate School Information Session. I had to double check… 11th annual? Yes! 11th annual!

Years ago (I guess 11 years ago!), our own Professor Jacquemet observed that our students at the time did not know a lot about options for graduate school in Communication Studies or what graduate school was like. So after sharing his observation with Professor Ho and myself, our annual Graduate School Information Session was born!

Please join a panel of faculty members (this year’s round up is Professors Doohan, Ho, Kienzle, and Thorson) who will discuss the ins and outs of graduate school (what it entails, how to apply, what type of funding you can expect to receive, where to go, etc.).

Also joining on our panel is COMS alum Serena Sanchez-Wilson, who graduated from our department in 2007. Serena graduated with her MA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010 and is currently a pre-med student.

You can find us in Kalmanovitz Hall 363, this Thursday March 31st, 11:45-12:45. You can bring your lunch, arrive late and/or leave early as your schedule allows. But if you are thinking about graduate school (even as a far off potential possibility),


Internship Ideas: Ingrid at Marie Claire Magazine in NYC


Ingrid, ready to take on NYC!

Some of you may know senior Communication Studies major Ingrid Van Diest. Well, I have known Ingrid for several years now and have had her in three classes. And each class that she has taken from me has met three days a week. So three classes, three days a week… that’s a lot of days of class. Which brings me to my point: In all those days of class I don’t think I have ever seen Ingrid wear yoga pants. Or sweats. Or leggings. No, Ingrid is always dressed up in a perfectly put together ensemble. So of course it was no surprise that she is interested in fashion! When I found out that she was an intern at fashion magazine Marie Claire this past summer, I asked if she would share her experiences with us…

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Red Alert: Lambda Pi Eta Recruitment is on

Hello everyone!

Do you…

  • LOVE Communication Studies?
  • LOVE taking part in events in the Communication Studies Department?
  • LOVE talking with other COMS majors?
  • LOVE getting to know your professors better?

And do you have…

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0?
  • A COMS major GPA of at least 3.25?
  • No grade lower than a “B-” in any of your COMS classes?
  • At least 60 total units and 12 COMS units completed by the end of this semester?

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Minor Matters: Kianna and the Media Studies Minor

Did you know that USF has 46 minors (by my count) that you can choose from to supplement your major course of study? A few years ago I decided to profile our Communication Studies majors who are minoring in another area here on the blog with “Minor Matters.” One of our majors, Kianna Fernandez, is minoring in Media Studies. I asked her to share with us why she chose to minor in Media Studies and what she likes about it. Here is what she said…

COMS Major and Media Studies Minor Kianna!

COMS Major and Media Studies Minor Kianna!

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Student Shout-Out: COMS Majors at WSCA Undergraduate Research Conference

Today’s “Student Shout-Out” goes to nine of our Communication Studies majors who presented at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Conference in San Diego last weekend. That’s right… NINE of our majors! We had the more students presenting than any other university. By far. But who’s counting? (Me. I am counting.). Here are all of the details…

The Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference is a conference held annually during the Western States Communication Association Conference where undergraduate students present their original research. The papers are competitively chosen, so it is very impressive that our department had so many students present papers. The conference included students from the University of San Diego, UNLV, California State University, Long Beach, Western Washington University, Colorado State University, University of Utah, and more.

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Dons’ Doings: Pizza with the Pros, 3/7

Calling all Communication Studies majors! Our annual “Pizza with the Pros” event is coming up this Monday, March 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm in KA 111. We are excited to welcome to campus many local professionals, including some of our alums! We have professionals from a variety of industries attending, including public relations, media relations, nonprofit, education, and more!

Please plan on attending this networking event! Each professional will talk about their career and offer advice about how to find internships and first jobs. There will be time to network informally with each of the professionals. There will also be a special give-away, courtesy of one of our alum professionals! Hope to see you all there!