Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Activity

Faculty members at the 2015 Awards Ceremony

Faculty members at the 2015 Awards Ceremony:

Marty Birkholt, Sheri Shuler, Laura Gill, Samantha Senda-Cook, Guy McHendry, Chad McBride, Jay Leighter, Erika Kirby, and Amanda Holman

Faculty in the News

Faculty in the News

While the Department of Communication Studies is active in the classroom, we are also involved in scholarship and service. Listed below are the various venues in which our faculty have been featured in the news for their work.


Creighton Professor, high school students team up to "change the talk"

Dr. Amanda Holman spent years studying the most effective way to communicate with teens about sex, based on the adolescent perspective. Now she's teamed up with a group of high-school students, to share her findings with the public.

http://www.ketv.com/news/creighton-professor-high-school-students-team-up-to-change-the-talk/39692508

To watch the "Let's Change the Talk" PSA's or learn more about Holman's research, visit their website or Facebook page.


Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Feintzeig, R. (2014, February 13). Workplace love: Good for business. The Wall Street Journal.


Dr. Samantha Senda-Cook, Interviewed by Bicak, C. (2013, August 28). Speech Experts Talk about the Rhetoric that Rises Above, Omaha World-Herald.


Nebraska Nexus was produced by the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communications. Communication Studies faculty member, Dr. Jay Leighter, is a board member and Vice-President. Nebraska Nexus ran on NET in 2014, was featured by the Green Omaha Coalition and features many of the conversations the JISC team designed and facilitated. The Prairie Fire articles below reference the Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop and Conversations Conferences on Nebraska Environment and Sustainability.

Leighter: January 2011 Prairie Fire Article

Leighter: February 2011 Prairie Fire Article

Leighter: May 2011 Prairie Fire Article

Leighter: 2013 Waste Cap Nebraska Summit Speaker

Nebraska Nexus explores five critical resources and, water, energy, food, and materials and the pressures on them from the global forces of population growth, population migration, climate change and human consumption. How can we both develop and conserve these resources to respond to global pressures and also maintain a high quality of life for future generations? What public policy decisions need to be made? How can design play a significant role in a sustainable future? These and many other questions are among those addressed in Nebraska Nexus: Resources, Conservation and Change.


Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Mastre, B. (2012, May 15). Are you purposefully disconnected? WOWT, Omaha, NE.

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Dold, K. (2012, April). Work husband: Married 9 to 5. Women's Health, 9(3), 106-110. 

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Keedle, J. (2011, November 14). Work life: Polygamy in the work place. TheTimes Union (Hearst Newspapers). 

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Q 92.9 FM (Morning Show). Do you have a work spouse?

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Dorsett, K. (2011, March 8). Are you married to your co-worker? Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by GIE Media's Snow Magazine (2011, February 16). Business management: Signs you might have a 'work spouse'

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Dorsett, K. (2011, February 16). Signs you might have a work spouse. CNN.com

Dr. Chad McBride, Interviewed by Mastre, B. (2010, November 4). Has social media killed social skills? WOWT, Omaha, NE. Interviewed as expert on impact of technology on interpersonal interactions and relationships.


Student Research

Student Research

Field research in COM 442: Cultural Communication.

Our majors and minors are active in research. All majors must take COM 497: Senior Research. In this course, students' reviewing the methodical alternatives in the field of communication studies, investigate exemplary scholarship in communication studies, and complete their own original research projects. 

Beyond COM 497, many of our students learn about the research process in other classes. The Department of Communication Studies is also a member of Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and we invite students to contact individual faculty members if they are interested in learning more about student research. 


Student Conference Presentations

Daniel Steiner, “‘Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That’: Ideographic Analysis of <Bromance>,” St. Albert’s Day Student Research Forum, Creighton University, April 1, 2014.


Alexandria Clark, “Sexy Environmentalism: A Closer Look at PETA’s Racy Ad Campaign,” St. Albert’s Day Student Research Forum, Creighton University, April 1, 2014.


Alexandria Clark, “Sexy Environmentalism: A Closer Look at PETA’s Racy Ad Campaign,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Minneapolis, April 2014.


Michael Kotrous, “Keeping Racism in the Past: The Masking Ideology of Remember the Titans and Glory Road,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Kansas City, April 2013.


Stephen Waters, “Filtering Starbucks Ideological Grounds,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Cleveland, March 2012.

Communication in the News

Communication in the News

Communication is prevalent in our lives and our society. Listed below are articles from popular press that illustrate the importance of studying communication.

Schmitt, J. (2014, October 22). Communication studies rise to relevance. Huffington Post. 

Goo, S. (2015, February 19). The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life. Pew Research Center.