Communication Lecture Series

2016 - 2017 Speakers

“It’s a Mediated World: Social Presence in Our Personal and Professional Lives”

Michelle T. Violanti, Ph.D. 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Thursday, February 23, 2017        
3 - 4:30 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences Building 117  

Social Presence Theory lays out a framework for making our face-to-face and mediated communication interactions more similar. How do you achieve the feeling of being face to face when texting, emailing or video chatting? By improving our effective, interactive and cohesive communication messages, we can all improve our personal and professional lives.

Biography: Michelle T. Violanti (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She focuses on communication theory and methods with special attention to how language choices and culture affect people’s interpretations and responses to messages. Specifically, she studies how leaders (both organizational and educational) use language to create unity and identification and impact their workers’/students’ organizational experiences. She has published articles in Communication EducationHuman Communication ResearchJournal of Applied Communication Research and chapters in organizational and nonprofit case studies books. She is the co-author of Dynamic Public Relations: The 24/7 PR Cycle.

This program was made possible through partial funding from the Division of Student Affairs.