Text Box: HCTD Newsletter
NCA Human Communication Technology Division
Volume 4, Number 1

An Introduction and Brief Message

On behalf of all the HCTD officers, we'd like to thank everyone who helped make the 2003 convention in Miami a big success. We had a great 4 days, and hope you did as well.

If you haven't seen the rest of the HCTD web site (hctd.org or hctd.org) yet, check it out! Our Webmaster has put together a great site, right down to the wiki (http://wiki.hctd.org). Feel free to get involved by posting on the wiki - a syllabus or anything else you'd like to share.

As the new Co-Chairs for Publications, Davis and I will be much of the 'voice' of HCTD for the next year - on behalf of the other officers, and on your behalf. Please send us any comments and suggestions you have (see feedback options elsewhere on the site).

Andrew Finn & Davis Foulger
Publication Co-Chairs


Minutes of Annual Business Meeting

November 21, 2003, Miami, FL

2003 HCTD Business Meeting

Friday, November 21, 2003, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Officers in Attendance:

Karen Lollar Immediate Past President
Dennis Wignall and Tasha Van Horn Co-Chairs, President 2003
Lori Charron and D. J. Wallace Co-Chairs, Planning
Noemi Marin and Mary Wiemann Co-Chairs, Publications
Davis Foulger and Andrew Finn, Co-Chairs, Membership
Scott D'Urso Student Representative

Presidents' Report

Tasha Van Horn called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.

An agenda, the 2002 minutes, the divisions report to the legislative assembly, and a list of this year's divisional panels and papers, was handed out and described.  An effort will be made to keep the officers reports short so that we can focus on the legislative report.

A motion to accept the minutes from last year's meeting was made by Andy Finn and seconded. Minutes were approved unanimously.

Dennis Wignall and Tasha Van Horn, President Co-Chairs, gave an overall report about the status of the Division, including an overview of our first year as a division.

Dennis and Tasha were then handed the mantle of Co-Chair Presidents for the coming year (2003-04), as well as stewardship of the remainder of the business meeting.

Program Report

J.D. Wallace and Lori Charron reported that for the 2003 convention, HCTD:

  • HCTD received a lot of quality papers this year!
  • 56 of 76 papers were accepted for presentation (74 %)
  • 12 of 20 panel proposals were accepted for presentation (60%)

Apologies were expressed for the delays in reporting acceptances. The new online paper process was broken. The evaluation technology worked but the scheduling and reporting technology did not. Things should be smoother this year.

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The new HCTD Officers for 2004 are:

Dennis Wignall and Tasha Van Horn Immediate Past Presidents
Lori Charron and D. J. Wallace Co-Chairs, President 2003
Noemi Marin and Mary Wiemann Co-Chairs, Planning
Davis Foulger and Andrew Finn Co-Chairs, Publications
Scott D'Urso and Yun Xia Co-Chairs, Membership
Scott D'Urso Student Representative

Subscribing to the HCTD Newsletter

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HCTD 2004 Call for Papers

Hot Flash: Deadline extended to February 24

The Division invites panels and papers on topics in line with the convention theme, "Moving Forward, Looking Back," supporting the examination of theory and application of human communication and technology as related to human communication studies, pedagogy, discourse, new media, and other functions.

"Moving Forward, Looking Back" is particularly suited to HCTD. The relationship between human communication and new/old technologies challenges us to learn from the past, connect in the present, and prepare for the future. Papers that address these challenges, connections, and preparations are particularly welcome.

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Introducing the New Officers

Yun Xia

My name is Yun Xia. You can call me "Shia." That is the pronunciation of my last name in Chinese. I like my last name, which is the very first Chinese royal family name about 5,000 years ago. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Rider University (Lawrenceville, New Jersey). I teach print media and digital media design courses. They include publication design, digital graphic imaging, multimedia production, web development, and new media theories. Along with other two colleagues, I am also administrating a server and 36 Macintosh computers in two labs. My research interests are on the social impact of computer-mediated communication, educational application of communication technologies, visual intelligence of graphic communications in new media, and semiotic analysis of communication signs in new media. My current studies include the exploration of logic forms in analog and digital communication, the digitization process in communication sign creation, and the differentiation between digital culture and analog culture.

I have a B.A. in English and M.A. in American Studies from Sichuan University (Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China). I have a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois) where I received the training in semiotics and phenomenology. In my Ph.D. program in Southern Illinois, I also finished computer science undergraduate core curriculum and was admitted to computer science graduate program. I decided that I liked writing papers (research) better than writing codes (programming). So, I took the job at Rider. Before I came to the U.S., I taught full-time two years in Sichuan University. I also taught speech communication courses part-time in Southern Illinois University.

Right now, my wife and I live in Trenton, New Jersey. The cultural diversity in New Jersey makes my wife very happy. It is always my wife's wish that she can live in the U.S. without speaking English. We are happy except for the crazy New Jersey traffic. I love reading, watching basketball games, and cooking. I am a very good cook. My colleagues always joke that I should open a Chinese restaurant and make more money than being a college professor.

Scott D'Urso

Hi everyone, I'm Scott D'Urso. I am currently finishing up my final year in the PhD program at the University of Texas at Austin. Most of my time is split among my dissertation work and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Communication Studies. Both my research and teaching focuses on organizational communication and new communication technology issues. Most recently, my research focus has been in the area of electronic monitoring/surveillance in the workplace, specifically looking at the communication technologies that have a dual role as monitoring/surveillance technology. In addition to this area, I am also very interested in the growing role of instant messaging use in the organizational environment.

I have a BA in Journalism and an MA in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for a defense contractor for the U.S. Army for five years developing multimedia presentations for command-level staff, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The communication issues I encountered during my tenure there led me back to graduate school and eventually down the path towards a PhD.

Life for me started out in Northern Ohio not far from Cleveland in Youngstown. I wasn't there long as my family moved to Texas when I was seven. I've been in this great state ever since. At first, I called the West Texas city of El Paso home. I eventually moved to Austin for a change of scenery and to start my PhD. My parents are retired and living in central Texas. I have a brother who lives in Detroit with his wife and my new nephew who joined us only hours after the last panel ended at NCA last November. When not teaching or researching, my interests and time focus on a few other areas such a listening to music, reading, camping, and spending time with my friends. Not a bad life if I do say so myself.

Kerk Fong Kee

Hi, I am Kerk Fong Kee. I am a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences (MALAS) Interdisciplinary Program at San Diego State University, San Diego, California. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and my first M.A. in Communication from SDSU. I was also a participant of the Graduate Webshop (Scientific Research on the Internet), a 3-week graduate summer research workshop hosted at University of Maryland, College Park, UC, Berkeley, and Stanford University in June 2003, funded by the National Science Foundation. My current educational goal is to earn a doctorate degree, studying the communication, sociology, and philosophy of science and technology.

My research interest lies at the intersection of technology and society, especially in the area of technology policy and diffusion of innovations. My Communication master's thesis examines attitudinal and demographic factors influencing faculty's adoption of Blackboard (an online course management system) at San Diego State University. My graduate training involved both quantitative (survey research, SPSS) and qualitative (ethnography, philosophical theory building). Currently I am working on analyzing faculty's adoption lag time of Blackboard adoption as well as modeling technology policy-making processes from a communication perspective. For more information about my research activities, please visit www.ekerk.com.

Besides academic research, I am also an active student leader, serving as the Graduate Student Senator and the Graduate Student Representative at the University, as well as the Graduate Student Liaison with Associated Students. In addition, I teach Ashtanga Yoga at the Aztec Recreation Center at SDSU. I enjoy keeping my life balanced with research, leadership, and fitness activities.