Three faculty members from OCLD and one graduate student in communications presented their work at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) annual conference in Pittsburgh, April 28-May 1.
Hong Zhu, graduate student in communications, presented "Ambiguities Identified: Kenneth Burke's rhetoric of identification and its application in national experiences." The poster session featured the work of students from as far away as Texas and Florida.
Dr. Tammy Shapiro and Dr. Marie Garland both presented their work as part of a panel on "Making it work: Managing motherhood and the politics of organizational support."
Dr. Shaprio's work centered on women's use of both utopian and dystopian narratives of the workplace. Her paper, titled "Suffering for our games: Women an hegemonic masculinity in the hardcore culture of computer game design" revealed that while female gamers expressed a need for more women in the gaming industry, in doing so they relied heavily on stereotypical assumptions about what women would bring to the gaming profession.
Dr. Garland's paper, "Gendered parenting: The discourse of work and the construction of motherhood" examined the relationship between work and family as represented in popular parenting magazines. One key finding was that while male and female professionals were cited as experts equally, mothers were far more likely to be cited as 'expert parents' then fathers were.
Dr. Sandra Herndon, Past President of ECA, presented "Listening to members: A case study of a focus group program in a regional co-op" and participated in three roundtables. The roundtables addressed topics ranging from legal issues in online environments, leadership in academic administration, and community activism.