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The Department of Communication encourages submissions to recognize students, faculty and staff for their achievement in communication. Please submit recognitions here.


Dr. Michael Acosta

Dr. Acosta and his Writing for Stage and Screen class’ Blackest Darkness was selected at the Raleigh Film Festival (Oct. 4-6), Las Vegas International Film Festival (Nov. 7-11) and the Carrboro Film Festival (Nov. 17-19)

Jim Lampley

Visiting Professor of the Practice, Jim Lampley was featured in Forbes for his return to boxing in an ambassador-like role with for the September 30 match-up against Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo.

Dr. Patricia Parker

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Parker, recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award.

The Thomas Jefferson Award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation. It is presented annually to “that member of the academic community who through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing, and scholarship has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson,” whose complex legacy includes the values of democracy, public service, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Dr. Sarah Dempsey

Recognized by Avi Santo

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Dempsey on the recent publication of her edited collection, Organizing Eating: Communication for Equity across US Food Systems (Routledge, 2023).

Dr. Dempsey edited the 11-essay collection, contributed an essay (“Food Chain Workers Challenging the Corporate Colonization of Food System Communication”) and wrote the introductory essay framing the collection. You can learn more about the collection here.

Daniel Dilliplane

Dilliplane’s first academic publication “Staging Progressive Dissensus and the Politics of Black Silence” has been published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies

In August 2015, Black Lives Matter activists Mara Willaford and Marissa Johnson interrupted a Seattle rally with a four-and-a-half-minute silent commemoration of Black teenager Michael Brown, preventing presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders from speaking. Using a Rancièrean political framework and a methodology of performance-inflected rhetorical criticism, I explore how this silent protest exemplifies what I call “voiced silence” and transfigures a tradition of tactical Black silence as both repression and resistance. I argue the activists staged a scene of dissensus, fracturing the false consensus of the progressive left’s post-racial façade and thereby revealing the presence of two worlds in one.

Megan Foster

Accepted as one of the six incoming Townsend Fellows as part of the Southern Futures program.

Michael Palm

Guest Appearance on the Three Count Records Podcast – Revival in Vinyl with Professor Michael Palm

William Brown & Cosmic Rays Film Festival

Recognized by Edward Rankus

Article published in INDY Week – Exploring the Frontier of Moving Images with Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown

Avi Santo

Department Chair, Avi Santo received a $10,000 internal grant from UNC to co-develop an initiative with colleagues at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE) that teaches social-emotional learning and leadership skills to kids with disabilities through STEM play. The project is called Resilient Robots: Teaching social emotional learning to children with disabilities through STEM playing. He is in collaboration with Dr. Aysenil Belger, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Megan Vinh, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist and Principal Investigator, STEMIE, and Dr. Jessica Amsbary, Research Investigator and Technical Assistance Specialist, STEMIE. The grant is funded through the Tar Heel Bus Tour program.

Aaron Shapiro

Research article published in the Journal of Cultural Economy – “Platform Sabotage”

Kelly Errera

Recognized by Dahlia Boyles

Please join me in congratulating first-year Ph.D. student Kelly Errera for her SECOND publication! Her peer-reviewed article, “Public Memory: The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting” is live in Southern Communication Journal:
Congratulations, Kelly – you are an academic rockstar!

Mark Robinson

X-mas release of an album: Angel Technology experimental audio/music album
Mixed and Produced by Mark Robinson and Ted Singdahlsen (non-UNC affiliate) under the “band” name: LASOHALO

Angel Technology album cover

Dr. Michael D. Acosta

Published screenwriting text book, UNC Press 1/15/23 : Sixteen Weeks to Fade Out.

The cover of Sixteen Weeks to Fade Out. A Practical Guide to Screenwriting. Man sitting at desk writing a script.

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