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Two communication studies experts to speak at fourth annual Hauser Lecture March 31
Posted: 03/21/2011
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Two internationally recognized experts in the area of communication studies will be featured March 31 at the fourth annual Hauser Lecture hosted by the Department of Communication at The University of Texas-Pan American.

- Dr. Mary F. Hoffman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Dr. Mary F. Hoffman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has focused her research on how individuals negotiate organizational demands that conflict with personal values. Her work on three organizations of Benedictine nuns has appeared in Communication Studies, Western Journal of Communication and Journal of Communication and Religion. A text, "Organizational Rhetoric: Situations and Strategies," co-authored with Dr. Debra Ford, was published by Sage in 2009. Hoffman's work on how individuals and organizations negotiate the definition and practice of work/life balance, which appeared in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Communication Quarterly and Communication Studies, was co-authored with this year's other Hauser Lecture series speaker Dr. Renee Cowan.

Cowan, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has investigated contemporary organizational issues including work/life balance and the use of communication technologies in organizations (electronic mail and weblogs). Her recent research focuses on workplace bullying and the human resource professional and work/life issues of blue collar employees. She has presented her findings at numerous international, national and regional conferences and her research has appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Education, Communication Studies, Women & Language, and others. She has contributed to the edited book, "Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course" and co-authored a chapter for the edited book, "Contemplating Maternity in an Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction."

- Dr. Renee Cowan, assistant professor in The Department of Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio
Their lecture, titled "Walking the Tightrope or Singing in Harmony?," addresses communication strategies to enhance work/life balance among employees and managers. It will be held noon-1 p.m. in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. A reception will follow the presentation in the lobby hosted by the Communication Studies Club. The presentation is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Dr. Timothy Mottet, professor and Henry W. & Margaret Hauser Endowed Chair in Communication, said the annual lecture gives students and faculty the opportunity to learn from some of the most influential researchers and thinkers in the discipline.

"It also gives us the opportunity to showcase what our faculty is doing in terms of their research productivity, teaching innovations and graduate program initiatives. Our inviting the best in the discipline to UTPA gives us the opportunity to put the Department of Communication on the national map, which helps in terms of recruiting faculty as well as graduate students," Mottet said.

The Hauser Lecture is made possible from the Henry and Margaret Hauser Endowment in Communication. The Hausers, originally from Kansas, but longtime residents of the Rio Grande Valley, established the endowment in 1989. The endowment was created because Mrs. Hauser, a retired speech teacher, had a lifelong desire to improve people's communication skills. The endowment also provided support for the Hauser Communication Research Lab, opened in 2010, where UTPA students can work one-on-one with trained speech coaches to improve their oral proficiency skills.

For more information on the Hauser Lecture, call (956) 665-3583.