Jhang, Jhucin (Rita)

Seeking Ph.D., Interpersonal Communication

Email address: ritajhang@utexas.edu
Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan
B.A. Degree: Foreign Language and Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan      
M.A. Degree: Applied Linguistics; graduated with Highest Distinction, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas    
 
Current Research Interests: LGBTQ family communication, health communication, gender studies, social justice 
 
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Madeline Maxwell
 
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2018 


Jhang, J. (2017). Marriage equality movement and countermovement on social media— How online interactions contribute to the social movement of marriage equality in Taiwan.  Paper to be presented at The 2017 Annual Conflict Conference, Austin, Texas, April 7-9, 2017.
 
Bock, A, M., Pain, P., & Jhang, J. (2016a). Covering Nipple: News Discourse and the Politics and
Framing of Breastfeeding. Paper presented at The National Communication Association 2016 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 8-13, 2016.
 
Jhang, J. (2016c). When coming out does not make you out: A grounded theory of coming out to family for Taiwanese LGB individuals. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of The Chinese Communication Society, Chiayi, Taiwan, June 17-19, 2016.
           
Jhang, J. (2016b). Examining the LGBTQ issues in Taiwan with Critical Discourse Analysis: The power of heteronormativity, homonormativity, and compulsory marriage. Paper presented at The International Communication Association 2016 Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13, 2016.
 
Bock, A, M., Pain, P., & Jhang, J. (2016a). Covering the Nipple: News Discourse and the Politics and Framing of Breastfeeding. Paper presented at The 3rd Conflict Conference, Austin, Texas,April 8-9, 2016.
 
Jhang, J.(2015g). Coming out to mom and the world: Live coming out videos on YouTube. Paper presented at The National Communication Association 2015 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19-22, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2015f). Model of functional ambiguity- A new approach to framing relational dialectics. Paper presented at The National Communication Association 2015 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19-22, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2015e). Neither good nor bad, neither new nor old—Coming out news delivery sequences. Top Paper Award. Paper presented at The National Communication Association 2015 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19-22, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2015d). Staying close afar – Building a model of functional ambiguity. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Chinese Communication Society, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 3-5, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2015c). Persuasive messages processing of the conflict of same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Paper presented at the International Communication Association 2015 Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2015b). Social identity theory, gender differences, and gender role beliefs in  understanding homophobia. Poster presented the 2015 Annual Conference International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25, 2015.
 
Pantoja, G. & Jhang, J. (2015a). Computer-mediated communication’s influence over conflict management during difficult conversation over sexual orientation. Paper presented at The 2015 Annual Conflict Conference, Austin, Texas, April 10-11, 2015.
 
Jhang, J. (2014c). On the verge of secrets: How closeted lesbians, gays, and bisexuals negotiate forced conversations with their families. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 20-23, 2014.
 
Yang, M. J. & Jhang, J. (2014b) Framing same-sex marriage in Taiwan: The persuasive appeal frame. Poster presented at 2014 Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, August 6-9, 2014.
 
Jhang, J. (2014a). Does the Internet catalyze conflicts over marriage equality? The case of Taiwan. Paper presented at 2014 Annual Conflict Conference, Austin, Texas, April 10-11, 2014.
 
Jhang, J. (2012). A proposal of using needs analysis to establish Chinese-for-Special-Purpose course with a task-based syllabus. Paper presented at Annual Conference of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language 2012, Taipei, Taiwan, December 28-30, 2012.
 
Jhang, J. (2012). Conversation analysis in task-based instruction—A pedagogical activity design model. Paper presented at The Fourth Asian Conference on Education, Osaka, Japan, October 24-28, 2012.
 
Jhang, J. (2012). The making of authentic materials from conversation analysis-Gaps, pauses and phatic functions. Paper presented at The 2012 International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching, New York, USA, May 25-26, 2012.
 
Jhang, J. (2012). From conversation analysis to authentic materials – How to teach topic management in daily conversation. Paper presented at The 10th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese Language and Culture, New York, USA, May 12, 2012.
 
Liao, H. & Jhang, J. (2011). The lexical retrieval speed: The connection of semantic property, phonetic encoding and orthographical encoding of both English and Chinese. Paper presented at The 10th World Conference on Chinese Language Teaching, Taipei, Taiwan, December 25-29, 2011.
Jhang, J. (2016). [Review of Celebrity health narratives and the public health, by Christina S. Beck, Stellina M.A. Chapman, Nathaniel Simmons, Kelly E. Tenzek and Stephanie M. Ruhl]. Health Communication.
 
Jhang, J. (Revise and resubmit).  Scaffolding in family relationships: A grounded theory of coming out to family. Family Relations. 
 
Bock, M. J., Pain, P., & Jhang, J. (In press). Covering Nipples: News Discourse and the Politics and Framing of Breastfeeding. Feminist Media Studies.
Health Communication Scholar Program Research Grant, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, $2,000, 2016-2017      
 
Outstanding Ph.D. Student of the Year, Department of Communication Studies, University  of Texas at Austin, 2015-2016  
 
Department of Communication Studies Travel Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, 2014-2016    
  
Top Student Paper Award in the Language and Social Interaction Division, 2015 National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2015              
 
National Communication Association Student Caucus Travel Award, 2015 National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2015               
 
Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Texas at Austin, 2015               
 
Department of Communication Studies Travel Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
         
Shortlisted on the Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship of Association for Chinese Communication Studies, 2015   

Graduate School Continuing Scholarship, $5,000. University of Texas at Austin, 2014-2015
 
The Pic-Wagner Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2013-2014       
 
Nominated as Outstanding Faculty by Student Disability Services, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 2010                
 
Full Scholarship Grantee, Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange (ALLEX) Scholarship Program, 2010-2012   
 
Outstanding Exchange Student Award, Top 1, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2007                
                       
High Scholar Award, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2007                
 
Dean’s List Award, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2006