Recent Publications

Dr. Johns co-edited, with Shing-Ling S. Chen and Laura Terlip (both of the University of Northern Iowa): a book, Symbolic Interaction and New Social Media (Studies in Symbolic Interaction series, Volume 43), published by Emerald Publishing, U.K., in August 2014.

Dr. Powell: Preparation and Communication are Vital for a Successful Adoption Dec. 2013. Expert Beacon Press.  

Dr. Powell: Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie. Oct. 2013. Expert Beacon Press.

Rachel Woolsey '14: Parent and Adult-Child Relationships Affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Vol. 45, No. 2 of the Iowa Journal of Communication.

Jena Schwake '13: "It is what it is": College Students and One Night Stands. Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2013.

Dr. Johns: Facebook Gets Religion: Fund-Raising by Religious Organizations on Social Networks, will be included in The Changing World Religion Map, edited by Stanley D. Brunn. Publication Forthcoming 2014 by Springer.

Dr. Powell with Ashley Matthys ’12: Effects of Suicide on Siblings: Uncertainty and the Grief Process. Journal of Family Communication, October 2013.

Dr. Wilder: A dialectical examination of remarriage dyadic communication and communication with social networks" was published in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 13, 63-70.

Dr. Powell: The Motherhood-Imposed Glass Ceiling: Prematurity, Tenure, Adoption, Department Head, HALT.  In Baring Witness to Our Lives as Mothers in Academia. Eds. Mari Castañeda & Kirsten Isgro, May 2013.

Dr. Johnson: Deconstructing NFL Films' They Call It Pro Football, appeared in the fall 2012 issue of Teaching Media.

Dr. Johns: Ethical Issues in the Study of Religion and New Media, was included as a chapter in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, edited by Heidi A. Campbell and published October 2012 by Routledge.

Dr. Wilder (2012): A comparative examination of reasons for and uses of uncertainty and topic avoidance in first and remarriage relationships. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 53, 292-310.

Dr. Johns: Two screen viewing and social relationships: Exploring the invisible backchannel of TV viewing, was published in Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2012 (Proceedings of CATaC'12 - held in Aarhus, Denmark, July 3-6), pp. 333-343, October 2012.

Dr. Johns: Voting 'present': Religious organizational groups on Facebook, was included as a chapter in Digital religion, social media and culture: Perspectives, practices and futures (Digital Formations Series, volume 78), edited by Pauline Hope Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren & Charles Ess. Published February, 2012 by Peter Lang.

Dr. Powell (in collaboration with students in her Advanced Research Methods class): Framing Islam: An analysis of U.S. media coverage of terrorism since 9/11. Special Middle East issue of Communication Studies, 62(1), 2011.

Dr. Johns: Facebook as a tool for fund-raising and support by religious organizations, Iowa Journal of Communication,43(1), Fall 2011. 

Dr. Sweet: Constituting "the People" as Rhetorical Interruption: Barack Obama and the Unfinished Hopes of an Imperfect People. Communication Studies, 61(5), 2010.

Dr. Johns served as Guest Editor of an issue focused on internet research for the Symbolic Interaction (the journal of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction) 33(4), Fall, 2010. 

Dr. Powell: Creating a Family through Foster-Adoption: Media Portrayal of the Foster Care System in the U.S., Iowa Journal of Communication, 42(2), Spring 2010.

Dr. Johns: Going Off to College—No More! Lutheran Partners (online edition), April/May 2010.

Dr. Powell's Fulbright Scholar experiences in the United Arab Emirates are a feature story in the 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar Program book.