Communication Studies Graduate Community

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Communication Studies Graduate Community

 

CommSGC Mission Statement

The purpose of the Communication Studies Graduate Community (CommSGC) is to facilitate the well-being of graduate students in the Communication Studies Department and to foster relationships among the Department’s faculty and graduate students. CommSGC representatives are elected by the graduate student community and are asked to serve a one-year term. CommSGC will meet as a group throughout the school year to address graduate student concerns, plan Department events, pass along communication from faculty and staff, and serve as a voice among the larger graduate student community at the University of Texas. Every member of CommSGC is expected to uphold the duties of his or her position as described on the CommSGC website. If an elected official fails to fulfill his or her responsibilities, CommSGC will vote on having the representative replaced by another graduate student. CommSGC is here to enhance the graduate school experience within the Communication Studies community and should make decisions aligned with the spirit of this undertaking.

 

2016-2017 CommSGC Officers

 

Ana Aguilar

PhD Rep. & President of CommSGC

ana.m.aguilar.utexas.edu

My task as president of CommSGC is to serve and support the graduate community and the elected representatives on this committee. I do this by facilitating regular meetings, attending and participating in events, listening and responding to concerns, and serving as a representative of student concerns to faculty and staff. We have a large department with a fantastic variety of people, and one of the benefits of this position is that I get a bit more of a bird's-eye-view than the average student. I'm honored to hold this seat, and I welcome you to think about and communicate to me how this group might best enhance the graduate community.

 

Kyle Kearns

Vice President of CommSGC
 
The Vice President's role is to support the communications department through sustained engagement with policies and events that affect or support its members. They also assist the PhD representative/President in meeting the needs of the graduate community through communication and coordination of CommSCG events. Please direct questions regarding the Masters program, CommSCG events including recruitment and the end-of-year auction, and general concerns to your MA representative.
 
 
 
 

Roth Smith

Pedagogy Chair

rothsmith@utexas.edu

As pedagogy chair, my job is to organize events that help build your teaching portfolio. These events include but are not limited to holding workshops for developing and writing a teaching philosophy statement and implementing new teaching methods in the classroom. Please contact me if you would like me to organize a workshop that develops a specific skill or if you have general questions about balancing teaching, learning, writing, and life.

 

 
 
 

Mackenzie Greenwell

Treasurer/Secretary

mackenzie.greenwell@utexas.edu

As Treasurer/Secretary of CommSGC, my responsibilities include overseeing and acquiring funds used by CommSGC for events, fairly distributing scholarship funds for professional development and conference travel each semester to graduate students, and planning the annual department auction. If you have any questions about these scholarship funds or the auction, or if you’d like to learn more about acquiring conference travel funds, feel free to send me an email at the address listed above.

 

 

Susie Bannon

Media & Communication Technology Director

sbannon@utexas.edu

My responsibilities include recording Communication Studies events, providing technological support to my fellow colleagues when needed, and helping everyone stay informed on department happenings. Please contact me if you have any technology questions, are looking for departmental resources, or would like to see a recording of a past CommSGC event.

 

 

 

Lingzi Zhong

Graduate Student Assembly Representative
lingzizhong@utexas.edu

The Graduate Student Assembly Representatives attend bi-weekly meetings of the GSA.  We address the concerns and issues of the Communication Studies Department such as funding and campus policies. We are also responsible for disseminating news from the GSA to the rest of the department. Individuals should fell free to mention their grievances to us to ensure that their voices are heard.
 

 

 

Tracy Zhang

Graduate Student Assembly Representative
zhangzhengyu@utexas.edu

The Graduate Student Assembly Representatives attend bi-weekly meetings of the GSA.  We address the concerns and issues of the Communication Studies Department such as funding and campus policies. We are also responsible for disseminating news from the GSA to the rest of the department. Individuals should fell free to mention their grievances to us to ensure that their voices are heard.

 

 

Emily Van Duyn

Community Development Chair
emilyvanduyn@utexas.edu
 

As Community Development Chair, my role is to plan and implement departmental social events both including faculty and for graduate students  on their own. I help facilitate a community mentality by creating connections and opportunities for graduate students to plan their own social events open to the larger group. If you would like to propose an idea or host an event, please e-mail me or feel free to add events to the CommSGC Facebook page.

 

 

Katie Bradford

Writing Chair

katiebradford@utexas.edu

The Writing Chair helps to facilitate quality writing and research for the graduate student community. Because writing is a vital means of expression, particularly in the academic life, developing robust writing skills is worth our time and energy. Clear writing is my passion. This year I hope to foster conversations about the writing process, organize a writing event among graduate-student colleagues, and promote campus resources that help students with writing. Please feel free to contact me about anything related to writing.

 

 

 

 

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