KATHRYN A. WISS


Department of Communication & Media Arts

Western Connecticut State University

181 White Street

Danbury, Connecticut 06810

203-837-8260

wissk@wcsu.edu

 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. February 1993. Dissertation Title:  "A Communication Analysis of Power in Small Claims Court:  A Feminist Perspective."

 

Master of Arts in Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 1987.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 1980.

 

Teaching And Administrative Positions

Chair, Department of Communication & Media Arts, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, July 2010 to August 2017.

 

Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, August 2005 to August 2007.

 

Professor of Communication & Media Arts, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, August 2004 to present.

 

Associate Professor of Communications and Theatre Arts, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, August 1998 to August 2004 (tenured 1999).

 

Assistant Professor of Communications and Theatre Arts, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, August 1993 to August 1998.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, Spring 1993.

 

Lecturer in Women's Studies, Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts, Fall 1992 - Spring 1993.

 

Lecturer in both Women's Studies and Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Spring 1991 - Spring 1993.

 

Scholarly Work

PUBLICATIONS

"Redefinition or Re-marginalization of the Disabled?: Metaphors of (Dis)ability.” Speech Communication Annual, vol. XVI, 87-106.

 

"Conflict in the Women's Studies Classroom:  Some Suggestions for Coping.” Women and Language, vol. 11:1, Winter 1987.

 

ACADEMIC PAPERS

Cultivating the Sacred in the Communication Classroom:  An Exploration of Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Pedagogy.” Paper presented to the National Communication Association, Chicago. November 2014.

 

“’E-racing’ Michelle Obama & 'Re-Viewing' Cindy McCain:  Contradictions of Gender, Race, and Class in the Convention Speeches of Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain.” Paper presented to the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2009.

 

"Struggling to Breathe: Feminism on the 'Women's Sites' of Oxygen and Ivillage.” Paper presented to the National Women's Studies Association, Simmons College, Boston, MA. June 2000.

 

“An Extraordinary Turn: Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Pages of Vogue.” Paper presented to the Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois. November 1999.

 

"Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Lady as Competitor.” Paper presented to the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association, New York, New York. November 1998.

 

"Unsettling Accounts:  An Ethnographic Analysis of the Narratives of the Disabled". Paper presented to the Caucus for Disability Concerns of the National Communication Association, New York, New York. November 1998.

 

"Redefinition or Re-marginalization of People With Disabilities?:  An Analysis of 'Difference' as Culture,” Paper presented to the Caucus for Disability Concerns of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois. November 1997.

 

"Discourses of Difference.” Seminar Leader, Speech Communication Association, San Diego, California. November 1996.

 

"Learning Their Lessons:  Critical Methods for Teaching Women Students about Media Representations of Violence Against Women.” Paper presented to the Eastern Communication Association, New York, New York. April 1996.

 

"Communication, Conflict, and Diversity in the Law:  Some Lessons from Small Claims Court.” Paper presented to the Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. November 1994.

 

"Lesbian Visibility and Symbolic Environments:  Defining the Terms of 'Community.'“ Panel Chair, Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. November 1994.

 

"Violence against Women as Representation and Action:  Papers, Prostitution, Policy, and Pornography.” Panel Chair, Fourth Annual Women's Studies Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut. October 1994

 

"Women and Justice:  The Effects of Gender, Race, and Class on Legal Discourse and Practice.” Roundtable Discussant, Speech Communication Association, Miami Beach, Florida. November 1993.

 

Awards, Honors And Grants

Spring 2017                        Faculty Development Grant to Attend Meditation Teacher Training

Spring 2015                        Sabbatic Leave:  Mindfulness as Method in Developing Communication Skills & Understanding

Spring 2008                        Faculty Development Grant to Attend “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training” with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D. Sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.      

Spring 2004                        CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant for "Mindful Communication:  Silence and Listening in Buddhist Communication.”

May, 2001                           Outstanding Teacher, School of Arts and Sciences, awarded by the Western Connecticut State University, Student Government Association.

Spring 1998                        CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant for "Unsettling Accounts:  Narratives of the Disabled as Communication Theory."

Spring 1999                        Grant for Reassigned Time for Research

Spring 1997                        Faculty Development Grant to attend International Communication Association Conference in Montreal, May 1997.

Spring 1997                        Grant for Reassigned Time for Research

Summer 1994                    Curriculum Development Grant, to develop course on Gender and Communication

 

Service to the department and university

Fall 2017 – present               A&S Faculty Representative to the Strategic Planning Implementation Committee.

April 2017                               Member, Market Pay Adjustment Committee

April 2016                               Presenter, Learning through Speaking:  Weaving Oral Communication Skills into the Fabric of your Course, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching Workshop

2016 – present                      Co- Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honors Society, Beta Iota Chapter.

Spring 2014 – present          Member, Communication * Media Arts Department Evaluation Committee. (Chair AY 2017-18)

May 2014                               Judge, Western Research Day

Spring/Summer 2012           Chair, Provost-Appointed Distance Learning Committee. Work to join this group with Senate Distance Learning Committee.

Fall 2011 – Fall 2013            Member, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), University Steering Committee.

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012       Member, Search Committee, Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Spring ‘09 – Spring ‘13          Member, Communication & Media Arts Department Evaluation Committee.

Fall 2008 – Spring 2011       Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum & Academic Standards (CUCAS).

Fall 2008 – Fall 2011            Campus Liaison to the Connecticut State University-American Association of University Professors (CSU-AAUP) Faculty Workload Study.

Spring 2008- Spring 2011    Member, Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum & Academic Standards (CUCAS).

Summer/Fall 2010                Member, AccessAbility Services Assessment Committee, Utilizing Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Standards.

Spring 2008                            Co-Chair, Library Director Search Committee.

Fall 2007-Spring 2008          Chair, Search Committee for two communication faculty members.

Fall 2006-Spring 2007          Chair, Search Committee for three communication faculty members.

Fall 2006-Spring 2007          Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Spring 2006                            Chair, Director of Academic Advising Search.

Fall 2005-Spring 2009          Chair, Communication Department Evaluation Committee.

Fall 2005 – Spring 2006       Chair, Arts & Sciences Advising and Orientation Committee.

Fall 2005 – Spring 2006       Chair, Special Assessment Committee.

Fall 2005                                 Co-Chair, Values & Vision Action Team:  Fully Utilizing Summer and Intersession Terms (Stage-Two Strategic Planning; University-wide).

Spring 2005 to present        Member, Search Committee for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Fall 2004- Spring 2006         Member, Connecticut Women’s Studies Directors’/Administrators’ Colloquium.

Spring 2004                            Search Committee Member for Associate Director of Human Resources.

Fall 2003-Spring 2004          Search Committee Member for three Communication Faculty.

Spring 2003                            Search Committee Member for three Academic Advisors, School of Arts & Sciences.

Fall 2003 to Spring 2005      Senator, Department of Communication.

Fall 2003-Spring 2004          Faculty Advisor to the student organization, The Gay Straight Alliance. Club won “Outstanding New Student Organization” at Student Leadership Banquet in spring 2004.

Spring 2003                            Committee Member and Organizer, Campus V-Day Project: A program to end violence against women.

Spring 2002                            Committee Member, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Standard Five, Governance.

Spring ‘02 to spring ’05         Chair and Member, Communication Departmental Assessment Committee.

Fall 2001 to Spring 2003      Member, University Wide Assessment Committee.

Fall 1999 to Spring 2000      Member, University Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Distance Education.

Fall 1997 - Spring 1998        Co-Chair, Women's History Month Planning Committee.

Spring 1997                            Chair, Women's History Month Planning Committee.

Fall 1996 to Spring 2000      Chair, Arts and Sciences Program Review Committee.

Fall 1995 to Spring 2002      Member, Arts and Sciences Program Review Committee.

Fall 1994 to Spring 2000      Member, Faculty Staff Alliance for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns.

Spring 1994 to present         Member and Co-Chair, Women's Studies Committee.

Spring 1994 to present         Faculty Advisor to Women's Studies Minors.

Fall 1993 to Spring 2002      Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Honors Society, Beta Iota Chapter.

 

Professional Activity

Publications, Presentations, And Panels

On-camera expert and interviewer on Language and Culture for documentary film, Voices Over the Water. http://www.voicesoverthewater.com/. Fall 2017.

Chair, Short Course. Practicing Presence: Contemplative Pedagogy in the Communication Classroom.  National Communication Association, Chicago. November 2015.

Eckstein, J. J., Brule, N. J., Wiss, K., Petkanas, W., & Bryant, L. E. It’s all relational: Blinded or aided by our own lens? Relationship Research News, 14(1), 8-13. May 2015.

Panel Discussant, What Doesn’t Kill Us...: Building a Successful Present from Past Conflicts. National Communication Association, Chicago. November 2015.

Panel Participant and Organizer. Meditation across the Communication Curriculum: Making Connections in Practice, Pedagogy, and Theory. National Communication Association, Washington D.C., November 2014.

Book Review of Human Bonding: The Science of Affectional Ties (Cindy Hazan & Mary I. Campa, Editors) for Relationship Research News, a publication of the International Association for Relationship Research. Fall 2013

Guest Lecturer, Mindfulness Mediation PHI 265 Philosophy of Happiness class, Spring 2013.

Presenter. Incorporating Novels and Other Fiction into the Communication Classroom. Communication and Media Arts Teaching  Symposium. September 25, 2012.

Panel Participant. “Michele Obama & Integrating the COMMunity: Understanding Media and Interpersonal Stereotypical Representations and Their Impact on COMMunity." National Communication Association, Orlando, FA. November 2012.

"Language, Difference, and Interdisciplinary Theory.” Pre-conference Seminar Co-Leader, Speech Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas. November 1995.

 

Editorial Review Board Member

Fall 2002 to 2005                  Speech Communication Annual

Fall 2002 to 2005                  Feminist Media Studies

 

Reviewer

December 2016.                   Listening Across Differences: From SelfCompassion to Compassionate Action for Taylor Francis.

July 2013                                Articles for a special issue of Communication Studies on stigma.

April 2011                               Two new chapters for the second edition of The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

June 2009                               Chapter on Listening for the new edition of McCornack's Reflect and Relate: An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication. Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Spring 2009                            Book proposal, Listening: Processes, Functions, and Competency, by Worthington & Fitch-Hauser for Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.

Fall 2008                                 Papers and panel proposals for the Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association for the conference in Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

Spring 2008                            Papers and panel proposals for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, National Communication Association conference, Chicago, Illinois.

June 2005                               Book, Interpersonal Communication:  A Goals-Based Approach for revision for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.

May 2004                               Book proposal, Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest for Strata Press.

June 2003                               Book, Speakeasy: A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking for Bedford/St. Martin's Press

May 200                                 Book manuscript for Oxford University Press: Living in Communication.

October 2001                        Textbook manuscript for McGraw-Hill:  Rhetorica Neo: Rhetorical Communication and Theory for Communication Professionals.

Fall 2001                                 Papers and panel proposals for the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association for the conference in Seoul, South Korea, 2002

February, 2001                      Textbook manuscript for Strata Publishing: Gender, Race and Class in the Media.

December, 2000                Textbook for Mayfield Press: Introducing Communication Theory.

June, 2000                              Textbook manuscript for Acada Books: Creating Effective Groups.

April 1999                               Textbook manuscript for Acada Books, Creating Communication.

Spring 1998                            Reviewed papers and panel proposals for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association for the conference in New York, 1999.

Fall 1997                                 Reviewed papers and panel proposals for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Interest Group of the International Communication Association for the conference in Jerusalem, 1998.

 

Conferences and Workshops Attended

July 2017- present                Participating in Meditation Teacher Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

2010 – 2012                           Completed Meditation Leader Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

June 6 – 13, 2008                  “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine: A 7-Day Professional Training” with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D. Sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, Massachusetts.

March 24-27, 2005               Workshop on “Insight Dialogue: Personal and Interpersonal Suffering and Freedom” at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, Massachusetts.

March 18-19, 2005               32nd Annual Conference sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining and Higher Education at Baruch College.

February 2004                       Alternative to Violence Program Training II, Haverstraw, NY

October 2003                        Alternative to Violence Program Training I, Hoboken, NJ (A program to teach non-violent conflict resolution skills to inmates and parolees.)

October 10, 2002                  21st Annual Connecticut Lobbying Conference, West Hartford, CT

December 2001                    Collective Bargaining Congress, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

July 19-22, 2001                    Collective Bargaining and Leadership Training Summer Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

December 2000                    Collective Bargaining Congress, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

January 2000                         Writing to Learn Workshop at Western Connecticut State University. Facilitated by Darlene Forrest, Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking.

March 18, 2000                     Assembly of State Conferences and Collective Bargaining Congress, Regional Leadership Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts.

Spring 1999                            Ad Hoc Committee on Membership in the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies Division of the National Communication Association

January, 1999                        Writing to Learn Workshop at Western Connecticut State University. Facilitated by  Darlene Forrest, Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking.

July 17-20, 1997                   Collective Bargaining and Leadership Training Summer Institute, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

May 23-26, 1997                   International Communication Association Conference, Montreal, Canada.

April 4, 1997                          Conversations Across the Disciplines:  Women's Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

October 5, 1996                    6th Annual Women's Studies Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut.

May 24-25, 1996                   International Communication Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois

April 12, 1996                        Conversations Across the Disciplines:  Women's Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.

 

Professional & Community Service

June 2015 to present           State Council Representative from WSCU-AAUP to CSU-AAUP

September 7, 2013               Participant, “Calling All Adjuncts! Increasing engagement with both students and the University” Sponsored by WCSU-AAUP & the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching.

May 5, 2006                           Panel Moderator. "Parents as Prevention: A Community Forum.” Sponsored by WCSU, the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse and Danbury Hospital. Creasy Auditorium at Danbury Hospital. Featured speaker, Dr. Lonise Bias.

Spring 2005                            Editor, Western Union, WSCU-AAUP Newsletter Editor.

June 2004-August 2005       Contract Manager, WSCU-AAUP.

Spring 2004                            Search Committee Member for CSU-AAUP Public Relations Specialist.

June 2003                               Delegate from WSCU-AAUP to the joint meeting of the Collective Bargaining Congress and the AAUP Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

June 2002                               Delegate from WSCU-AAUP to the joint meeting of the Collective Bargaining Congress and the AAUP Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

June 2001                               Delegate from WSCU-AAUP to the joint meeting of the Collective Bargaining Congress and the AAUP Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Fall ‘00  to Spring ‘02            Contract Bargaining Team Member for CSU-AAUP.

June ‘00 to June ‘04              Chapter President, WSCU-AAUP.

June ‘98 to August ‘05          State Council Representative from WSCU-AAUP to CSU-AAUP.

December 2, 2004                Moderator & Organizer, WCSU-AAUP Brown Bag Discussion:  The Promotion/Tenure Process & the University’s Mission.

October 20, 2005                  Invited Speaker, Gender Differences in Communication for Women of WestConn at Western Connecticut State University.

October 11, 2005                  Panel Moderator, Cultural Competency:  Caregivers to Patients Conference, Danbury Hospital and AmeriCares, Danbury, Connecticut.

March 31, 2005                     Panel Moderator. Girl Power: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly with guest speaker Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls at Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut.

Spring 2004 to 2008             Volunteer, at Bedford Hills NY Maximum Security Prison for Women in Alternatives to Violence Program.

April 2002                               Invited Speaker, "Stresses on Contemporary Women," for the Greater Danbury Mental Health Authority, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Staff In-Service Training.

February 23, 2000                Invited Speaker on “Women, Politics and the Media,” for the Danbury/New Fairfield Woman’s Club.

April 18, 1999                        Workshop Leader, Decision Making in Groups, for the Student Government Association, Student Leadership Conference.

September 30, 2002             Coordinated the campus display of the Silent Witness Project (a program to end domestic homicide) and talk by Silent Witness founder, Janet Hagberg, with the Danbury Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

April 25, 2000                        Coordinated campus lecture by Jean Kilbourne, author of "Can't Buy Me Love" about depictions of women in advertising in conjunction with Women's Studies, the Communication Department and the Program Activities Council.

April 2000                               Coordinated "Communication Week": activities sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, The National Communication Honor Society, including a "Trivia Bowl" competition among students, faculty and staff, an "Alumni Career Panel," and film showings.

March, 1999                          Panel Discussant, on Women's History Month and Women’s Studies at Western for cable television show, Western Weekly.

March, 1999                          Women’s History Month Speaker, “Susan B. Anthony Slept Here, and so did Hillary Rodham Clinton:  A Discussion of the Speeches of Political Women” at Western Connecticut State University.

February 23, 1999                Panel Discussant, on the film, Eating, for Eating Disorders Awareness Day, at Western Connecticut State University.

March 1998                           Coordinated Western Connecticut State University display of "The Clothesline Project" a visual display designed to educate the public about and end domestic violence in conjunction with Women's Studies.

Fall ‘96 to Spring ‘97             Contract Bargaining Team Member for CSU-AAUP.

October 1, 1996                    Organizer and Moderator, Panel on Women's Studies Careers.

Spring 1996                            Coordinated a Communication and Theatre Arts alumni career panel, "Is There Life After Western?" with a student.

Fall 1996 to May 2000         Contract Manager, WSCU-AAUP.

June 1995                               Delegate from WSCU-AAUP to AAUP Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

June 1995                               Delegate from WSCU-AAUP to Collective Bargaining Congress Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Fall ‘94 to Summer ‘96          State Council Representative from WSCU-AAUP to CSU-AAUP.

November 1995.                   Panel Discussant, "Kids:  Perspectives on a Controversial Film,” Media Production Society.

Fall 1993 to Spring 1995      Group Facilitator, Greater Danbury Women's Center, Danbury, Connecticut.

 

Professional Memberships

Fall 2005-7, 2011 - 12          International Listening Association

Fall 1994 to present             American Association of University Professors

Spring 1987 to 2007             National Women's Studies Association

Spring 1987 to 2005,            Communication Institute for Online Scholarship

  Fall 2011 – Fall 2012

Spring 1987 to 2007             International Communication Association

Fall 1987 to 2009,                 Eastern Communication Association

  2011

Fall 1986 to 2005,                 National (Speech) Communication Association

  Fall 2012- present

Fall 1986 - Summer              Organization for Research on Women and Communication

  1988, Fall 1996 to

  2005