School of Communication Studies Launches Spring Colloquium Series

The School of Communication Studies has announced the line-up of its 2017 spring colloquium speaker series.

The colloquia will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rm. 109 of the Art Building. Each colloquium will include a presentation of research followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Refreshments will be served to those attending.

The colloquium series strives to foster intellectual and collaborative exchange between a diverse range of faculty and graduate students by facilitating thoughtful and meaningful discussions about current social occurrences. Academic scholars from Kent State, as well as scholars from across the country, are invited to participate to help Kent community members stay informed about research conducted beyond our campus.

“The intention [of the colloquium series] is to share research not often talked about to faculty and students,” said Aaron Bacue, assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies. “Last semester we focused on political research, while this semester we have a range of research through interpersonal communication and social media.”

COMM Professor Nichole Egbert, Ph.D., kicked off the series in early February with her presentation, “Identity and caregiving: Negotiating what it means to be a cancer caregiver.”

Friday, March 3

Gretchen Dworznik, Ph.D., will present “Mourning broadcast: Social media use following the WDBJ shooting.” Dworznik is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has published five papers in several academic journals and is an established member of the Broadcast Educators Association with experience as a news reporter and anchor.

Friday, April 14

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., will present “Privacy management and social networking sites: A case of the second digital generation.” Hollenbaugh is an associate professor and program coordinator in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University at Stark. Her research interests include interpersonal and new media communication and their perceptions on self-disclosure, self-presentation and identity management in online communication. Her research has been published in several academic journals.

Friday, May 5

Jihyun Kim, Ph.D., will present “Celebrity social media and parasocial relationships: The role of social presence.” Kim is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies. Her research interests include the effects of new media/communication technologies, technologies for health promotion/prevention, online education and parasocial relationships. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and proceedings.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of the university and community, are encouraged to attend. The colloquium is free and open to the public.

Additional details about the colloquium series are available at For more information or consideration for a future colloquium, contact COMM Assistant Professor Aaron Bacue, at

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:31pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:41pm
Mikala Lugen