James L. Leighter, PhD
James L. Leighter, PhD

James L. Leighter, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Communication Studies

Position

  • Associate Professor

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Leighter, J., Rudnick, L., & Edmonds, T. (2013). How the ethnography of communication provides resources for design. Journal of Applied Communcation Research, 42(2), 209-215., Journal, 209-215, 2013
  • Leighter, J., & Torpy, K. (May, 2011). The role of conversation in forging a path toward sustainability in Nebraska. Prairie Fire: The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains. Lincoln, NE., Journal, 2011
  • Leighter, J. Participatory partnerships in rural Nebraska: Finding mutual benefit for communities and scholarship, Participatory partnerships for social action and research, 2010
  • Leighter, Jay 'What is an average citizen'?: Citizen speech codes and political people making, The Meaning of Citizenship, 2010
  • Leighter, J. L., & Black, L. W. (2010). “I’m just raising the question”: Terms for talk and practical metadiscursive argument in public meetings. Western Journal of Communication, 74, 547- 568., Journal, 547-568, 2010
  • Leighter, J. (2010). Participatory partnerships in rural Nebraska: Finding mutual benefit for communities and scholarship. In L. Harter, J. Hamel-Lambert & J. Millesen (Eds.), Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research (pp. 415-425). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt., Journal, 415-425, 2010
  • Kirby, E. L., Bonewits Feldner, S., Leighter, J., McBride, M. C., Tye-Williams, S., Ortega Murphy, B., Turner, L. H. Exploring the basement of social justice issues- A graduate upon graduation, Communicating for social impact : engaging communication theory, research, and pedagogy, 63-77, 2009
  • Leighter, Jay Sam Steinberg's use of Tell in After Mr. Sam, Interacting and organizing: Analyses of a management meeting, 2007

Articles

  • Leighter, James L.; Rudnick, Lisa; Edmonds, Theresa J. How the ethnography of communication provides resources for design., Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 209-215, 2013
  • Leighter, James L., Rudnick, Lisa, Edmonds, Theresa J. How the ethnography of communication provides resources for design, Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 209-215, 2013
  • How the ethnography of commmunication provides resources for design., Journal of Applied Communication Research, 42-2, 209-215, 2013
  • Leighter, J. (January, 2011). What does sustainability look like in Nebraska? Prairie Fire: The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains. Lincoln, NE., Journal, 2011
  • Leighter, James L. and Black, Laura. 'I'm Just Raising the Question': Terms for Talk and Practical Metadiscursive Argument in Public Meetings., Western Journal of Communication, 74, 547-569, 2010
  • Leighter, James L., Black, Laura 'I'm Just Raising the Question': Terms for Talk and Practical Metadiscursive Argument in Public Meetings, Western Journal of Communication, 74, 547-569, 2010
  • Leighter, J. Participatory partnerships in rural Nebraska: Finding mutual benefit for communities and scholarship. In Harter, L. M.; Hamel-Lambert, J.; Millesen, J. (Eds.)., Participatory partnerships for social action and research. Kendall Hunt, Dubuque, IA., 2010
  • Leighter, J. What is an average citizen?: Citizen speech codes and political people making. The Meaning of Citizenship produced by the Center for Citizenship Studies. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University, 2010
  • Leighter, J. L.; Black, L. W.; Cockett, L. S.; Jarmon, L. The practice of public meetings: Introduction to the special issue., International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 1-13, 2009
  • Leighter, J. L. and Castor, T. What are we going to 'talk about'in this public 'meeting”?: An examination of talk about communication in the North Omaha Development Project., International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 57-75, 2009
  • Kirby, E. L.; Bonewits Feldner, S.; Leighter, J.; McBride, M. C.; Tye-Williams, S.; Ortega Murphy, B.; Turner, L. H. Exploring the basement of social justice issues- A graduate upon graduation. In Harter, Lynn M.; Dutta, Mohan J.; Cole, Courtney (Eds.)., Communicating for social impact : engaging communication theory, research, and pedagogy. Hampton Press, Cresskill, N.J., 63-77, 2009
  • Black, L. W.; Leighter, J. L.; Gastil, J. Communicating trust, community, and process in public meetings: A reflection on how close attention to communication can contribute to the future of public participation., International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 143-159, 2009
  • Leighter, J. L., Castor, T. What are we going to 'talk about'in this public 'meeting?.??: An examination of talk about communication in the North Omaha Development Project, International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 57-75, 2009
  • Black, L. W., Leighter, J. L., Gastil, J. Communicating trust, community, and process in public meetings: A reflection on how close attention to communication can contribute to the future of public participation, International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 143-159, 2009
  • Leighter, J. L., Black, L. W., Cockett, L. S., Jarmon, L. The practice of public meetings: Introduction to the special issue, International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 1-13, 2009
  • Gastil, John; Black, Laura W.; Deess, E. Pierre; Leighter, Jay. From Group Member to Democratic Citizen: How Deliberating with Fellow Jurors Reshapes Civic Attitudes., Human Communication Research, 34, 137-169, 2008
  • Gastil, John, Black, Laura W., Deess, E. P., Leighter, Jay From Group Member to Democratic Citizen: How Deliberating with Fellow Jurors Reshapes Civic Attitudes, Human Communication Research, 34, 137-169, 2008
  • Leighter, J. Sam Steinberg's use of Tell in After Mr. Sam. Interacting and organizing: Analyses of a management meeting. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates., 2007

Publications

  • Thesis Title: “Cultivating Resilience from Within: Ancient Wisdom to Heal the Present Environmental Crisis. Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Creighton University. Theresa J. Edmonds. 2014., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2014

Presentations

  • Local Strategies Research in Community Zero-Waste Planning. WasteCap Nebraska Sustainability Summit, 2014. Omaha, NE., 2014
  • “You Will Think Back on these Words and They Will Help You: Developing (Deliberative) Communicative Competence on the Winnebago Reservation.” Presented with Research Working Group on Deliberation in Everyday Speech. Group Communication Division. Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, 2014., 2014
  • Intellectual Genealogy: Documenting Invisible Colleges in the Age of Digital Communication.” Competitively selected panel in the NCA Centennial! Celebration Series. Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, 2014., 2014
  • “The Meaning of ‘Citizen’: Citizen Speech Codes as Rhetorical Resources in Public Meetings.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Center for Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), 2013., 2013
  • Creating a Process that Fosters Innovation and Change in Your Organization. WasteCap Nebraska Sustainability Summit, 2013. Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Greening for whom? The difficult commitments of inclusion, equity, and social justice. Being prepared for The Greening of the Papacy, an academic symposium hosted by the Kripke Center and the Center for Catholic Thought, 2012, Creighton University., 2012
  • “Thinking with Designers: Ethnography of Communication in Sustainable Design.” Presented as part of a competitively selected panel co-sponsored by the Language and Social Interaction and Applied Communication Divisions entitled “Applied Moves in the Ethnography of Communication Research: Fostering a Conversation between Scholarship and Practice.” Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) 2011., 2011
  • “Local Education, Local Issues.” Presented as part of a competitively selected panel in the Language and Social Interaction Division entitled “University of Washington Center for Local Strategies Research: Building Bridges Between Scholarship and Communities.” Annual Convention of the NCA, 2010., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Deliberation in Everyday Talk Working Group, Kettering Foundation (Dayton, OH). $25,000 individual award to explore everyday talk about obesity, diet and health in Ho-Chunk Tribe/Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. (November 2012-February 2014)
  • Strategic Communication Design for Sustainable Development, Nebraska Environmental Trust in partnership with the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities and the UNL Rural Futures Institute. $300,000 joint award to design, implement and evaluate strategic communication in community decision-making on sustainability problem-opportunities. (April 2013-March 2015).
  • Deliberation in Everyday Talk Working Group, Kettering Foundation (Dayton, OH). $25,000 individual award to explore everyday talk about obesity, diet and health in Ho-Chunk Tribe/Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. (November 2012-February 2014).
  • Conference design, local committee organization and Creighton conference facilitation. Conversations Conferences for Nebraska Environment and Sustainability. Primary funding provided by The Nebraska Environmental Trust. Project funded from July 2010-August 2011.