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Faculty Lecture Series

2012 Presentations

Presenter: Shirelle Briscoe, "Social Media and Student Interpersonal Communications in Higher Education"

Shirelle Briscoe

Building on previous research regarding interpersonal communications, social networks and communication, this presentation raises issues regarding understanding the influence that social media has on students in higher education. The specific issues discussed include: the effects of social media on college aged students, the social integration of college students and the social isolation of college students. Further, the discussion of how college professors can build relationships with students via social media while understanding the significance of social presence is necessary.



Presenter: Marie Brown, "Vision Moving in the Right Direction"

The focus of this presentation is on the importance of vision. In today's world it is necessary for individuals to have vision and remain steadfast despite challenges and obstacles. One's vision is linked to his or her destiny and purpose. It also requires planning and preparation. Vision is the driving force that moves one into action. Without vision people will perish.


Presenter: Rochelle R. Daniel, “PR Students: Become the Best Writers to Get a Job and Keep it!”

Rochelle R. Daniel

This lecture begins with two hypotheses: public relations professionals are expected to be the best communicators in an organization and a key component of communicating is writing (writing well still matters even during this social media age of Twitter, Facebook, et al.) The presenter cites a research study and her own informal survey to support these assumptions. She presents a solution to assist students in honing their writing skills: initiatives she developed to improve the writing skills of public relations undergraduate students at Bowie State University.


Presenter: Pamela O'Brien, "Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Social Media as a Potential Counter-Hegemonic Force for Women in Egypt"

This presentation explores issues of counter-hegemony and social media through the frame of women and political discourse. Women throughout the world have been a voiceless political group, but social media (Facebook and Twitter specifically) have provided them with an opportunity to work against formalized systems of marginalization. Using the recent political uprisings in the Middle East as a case study, this paper looks at how women turned to social media to support political change, and how social media can be utilized in the future to further support counter-hegemonic movements.


Presenter: Karima Haynes, "Journalism as Conversation: Engaging the Online Audience"

With the advent of the Internet and social media technology, print journaists find they are practicing their profession at the intersection of two worlds: actual and virtual. While the virtual world of Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, chat rooms and other social networking sites provide print journalists with greater access to their audiences online, use of the new technology is fraught with pitfalls ranging from professional ethics to legal issues to time management.


Presenter: Dwight Ellis, "Social Media and Personal Privacy: Challenges and Solutions"

Rapid changes in the technological development and social use of media impacting all phases of life and learning in a competitive globalized society demand fresh outlooks and strategies by students, instructors, scholars, and practitioners. This lecture will succinctly explore the effect of these factors on important media career categories covered in the curriculum of BSU's Communications department (e.g. Broadcasting, Print Media, Public Relations, Emerging media) and suggested pathways for productive results for both teachers and students.


Presenter: Adrian Krishnasamy, "The Gay Marriage Issue: Using Coherence Communication Competency and Listening Approaches as Strategies Against Essentialist Ideology"

Before President Obama's support for same-sex equality become public, Republican candidates have made essentialist statements about gay marriage. This presentation examines the push for gay marriage equality rights within the gay community which was done in a "complicit" manner. Complicity as defined by researcher Mark McPhail is "the agreement to disagree and negative difference refers to the principle of critical analysis that undergrids essentialist epistemology." He argues that using this essentialist ideology would create critics to cling to their own negative difference making them complicit with their own oppression resulting in a deadlocked argumentation instead of open dialogue and social change.


Presenter: Kehbuma Langmia, "Digital Media and the Age of Distractions: A Quantitative Faculty Perception of Student's Smartphone Classroom Use"

New media gadgets have invaded the classroom environment. Faculty members are often faced with smartphones distraction during lectures on the one hand and on the other hand having to tolerate them as learning tools for students. This exploratory study title, "A quantitative approach study of smartphone distraction in the classroom" distributed 200 survey questionnaires to sample the views of full-time faculty members at Bowie State University. Results showed that the relationship between smartphone and classroom distraction was significant. But the use of it as a learning tool by students was not significant according to the faculty.