Dr. Ruth Tsuria, an assistant professor within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently shared her research and expertise at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Annual Convention in Dallas and the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature’s (AAR/SBL) Annual Meeting in Boston.
At the NCA Convention, Tsuria participated in a panel discussion about women, religion, and communication. She also attended sessions related to her research interests in digital media, religion, and feminism and received support from the College to attend a short course about teaching research methods. Tsuria taught several graduate courses during the Fall 2017 semester in the College’s M.A. in Strategic Communication program and immediately sought ways to implement her conference experience in the classroom.
“One of my favorite presentations at the NCA Convention was about robots as new media and how individuals should learn to communicate with robots,” said Tsuria. “I recently discussed the presentation with my Intro to Digital Communication class and it sparked an interesting conversation.”
Through support from the College’s Institute for Communication and Religion, Tsuria connected with scholars at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting. At the conference, she participated in a panel discussion about interdisciplinary work on media and religion, where she presented her dissertation findings on Jewish online communication. She also attended a session where she learned about video games and religion and how people should use videos games to discuss ethical and theological ideas in the classroom.
“Conferences are a great place to see what is happening in your discipline, learn about new and ongoing ideas, network, and meet other scholars from around the world,” said Tsuria. “This allows for possible future collaboration.”
Looking ahead to 2018, Tsuria hopes to attend the International Communication Association Conference in Prague and the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture Conference in Boulder, Colorado.
The College encourages students to attend academic and professional conferences that relate to their research interests and career goals. Conferences serve an important role in the graduate student experience by exposing students to new research and professional trends within their field of study. Conferences vary in size and topics, ranging from those with broad themes, such as the National Communication Association Convention, to those that target specific academic and practitioner communities, like the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Conference or PRSA Tri-State Conference.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions,Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.