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Talking Through Conflict: Exploring

Communication Strategies

31st Year of MCA

November 13 - 14, 2015

Bowie State University

Martin Luther King Center


Letter from the First Vice President

November 13-14, 2015

Greetings and welcome to the Maryland Communication Association’s (MCA) 31st Annual Conference. We also welcome you to Bowie State University. Our theme for this year is “Communicating Through Conflict”. As we gather to commemorate an-other year of scholarship, teaching and communication we will continue to incorporate the overarching mission of MCA, the examination of traditional forms of communication along with new technology and its impacts on our lives today Our conference this year will address the many ways we face conflict on a daily basis as scholars, educators and media consumers. From our featured journalist panel on Friday titled “Covering Conflict: Journalists Discuss the Impact and Implications of Their Coverage of Baltimore in Spring 2015” to our panel presentation and keynote luncheon address with Dr. Nader Chaaban of Montgomery College, "Teaching Our Students About Conflict Management and Resolution", we will explore avenues for moving through and beyond conflict.

The world of communication is an exciting area and stands at the forefront of our human experience in both the professional and interpersonal realm. MCA provides an intuitive forum to gather and discuss new ideas and research as we each learn and expand our knowledgebase.

In closing, we thank each and every one of you for your attendance and support for this year’s conference and for the Maryland Communication Association. We especially thank Bowie State University and the Department of Communications for their generous support and hospitality this year. We hope you have a wonderful experience!


Jayne Cubbage, Ph.D.

First Vice President, Maryland Communication Association Assistant Professor, Bowie State University


MCA’s mission is to promote the study and development of effective

communication; to promote cooperation among communication

professionals; and to influence the practices and policies of relevant

institutions and organizations.

MCA encompasses communication educators, students, and

practitioners throughout the state of Maryland. Membership includes

active researchers and authors in the field as well as past officers of

regional and national communication associations.

MCA was rooted in the Maryland Communication Cooperative

formulated in 1973; unfortunately, the state association ceased to

function from 1986 to 1997. However, in September 1997, the Maryland

Communication Association formally reorganized. Since the

reorganization, MCA has had an active role in facilitating the articulation

agreements in Communication in the State of Maryland. Most notable

accomplishment is the pivotal role taken in the shaping and adoption of

statewide competency standards for Communication courses in General

Education Programs.


Schedule at a Glance

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reception & Panel Discussion

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Center

Lobby & Room 101

Bowie State University


Saturday, November 14, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Center

Bowie State University

Keynote Speaker:

Nader Chaaban, Ph.D.


Nader Chaaban, Ph.D.

Nader Chaaban is professor and college-wide Coordinator in the

Department of American English Language Program at Montgomery

College. He holds a doctorate from Howard University in Washington,

DC. He also has a B.A. and M.A. in communication from George Mason

University in Fairfax, VA.

Chaaban has taught a number of courses in mass communications,

telecommunications with a special focus on regulations and policy and

communication research on the national and international levels. He

has published four books (Instructor’s Resources Manual for

Verderbers’ Communicate! 10th edition, Instructor’s Manual and Test

Bank for Essentials of Human Communication, 7th edition, Instructor’s

Manual for Tubbs’ A Systems Approach to Small Group Interaction, 11th

edition, and From Lebanon to Africa and America: My Roots) a

num-ber of articles in communication journals, and most recently, his article

on methods for teaching students with disabilities has recently

ap-peared in The Catalyst. Dr. Chaaban is particularly interested in working

with international students to help them adjust to the American system

of education.


Saturday Program




8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

MLK Lobby & Room 102

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks MLK Room 102 9:15 - 10:30 am Session I—A Media Lab A MLK 2nd

Level 9:15 –10:30 am Session I—B MLK Room 102 10:40 - 11:55 am Session II Media Lab “A” MLK 2nd

Level 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker MLK Room 102

1:45 - 3:00 pm Session III—A MLK Room 101 1:45 - 3:00 pm Session III—B MLK Room 102 3:15 - 4:30 pm Business Meeting Media Lab B MLK 2nd

Level Directly after Business


MCA Executive Board Meeting MLK Room 101

Covering Conflict: Journalists Discuss the Impact and Implications of

Their Coverage of Baltimore in Spring 2015


Robert Alejandro, Reporter, The Afro-American Newspapers

Ericka Blount Danois, Writer, The Root

Terrence Nelson, Editor, Graphic Artist, TVOne: NewsOne Now

Shari’ Nycole Welton, Producer, TVOne: NewsOne Now

Desire “Luv” Peace, Videographer and Video Editor, Morgan State Univ. Digital Newsroom

Moderator: Nicki Mayo, Baltimore Association of Black Journalists





9:15—10:30 a.m. Session I MLK

Session A— Advertising & Public Relations in a Age of Conflict

Location : Media Lab B MLK 2nd Level Panel:

What Does Advertising Add to Resolving Conflict? Beyond Selling Soap—The Secondary Role of Advertising in Society

Janice A. Smith, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Morgan State University “It’s Handled” - Strategically: PR’s Role in Managing Conflict Talisha Dunn-Square, M.A., Lecturer, Dept. of Communications, BSU

Moderator: Nzinga Curry, M.A., Doctoral Researcher, Graduate Program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Howard University

Session B—Communication & Culture: Exploring Dialogue, Representation and Contemporary Issues in Media

Location: MLK Room #102 Panel:

Sister Insider, Sister Outsider, & Semiotician: The Politics of Positionality in Qualitative Research with Black Female Millennials at HBCU’s

Erin Berry, MA., A.B.D., Lecturer, Department of Communications, BSU

Facilitating Constructive Dialogues about Race, Privilege, Gun Laws and Other Controversial Subject Matter

April Copes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English and Communications Department Anne Arundel Community College

Opportunity: Culture, Communication & Media

Ollie Jefferson, M.A., Adjunct Professor, Communication and Theatre Dept. Prince George’s Community College

Moderator: Clover Baker-Brown, Ph.D., Professor, Adjunct Coordinator Communication and Theatre Dept., Prince George’s Community College


Session: G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students) Exploring Conflict Styles

Denise Gilmer-Knudson, M.A., Professor, College of Southern Maryland Practicing Response Options for Difficult Situations

Dorothy F. Griggs, M.A. Adjunct Professor, Community College of Baltimore County

Moderator: Sherry Tucker, M.A., Assist. Professor, Communication Studies Coordinator, Communication College of Baltimore County

“Teaching Our Students About Conflict Management and Resolution”

Nader Chaaban, Ph.D., Professor and College-wide Coordinator Human Communication, Montgomery College

Session A— Mitigating and Resolving Conflict in the Classroom


Talisha Dunn-Square, M.A., Visiting Lecturer, Department of Communications, Bowie State University

Dwight Ellis, J.D., Lecturer, Department of Communications, Bowie State University Karima Haynes, M.A., A.B.D., Lecturer, Department of Communications, Bowie State University

Moderator: Otis Thomas, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Communications, Bowie State University




10:40 - 11:55 pm Session II MLK Room 101

12:15 - 1:30 pm Luncheon/Keynote Presentation MLK Room 102


Saturday Program - cont’d

Session B—Graduate Student Research Forum


Crisis Communication at Colleges and Universities

Kortnee Andersen, Student Researcher, Graduate Program in Organizational Communication, Bowie State University

Examining Streaming Music Habits to Prevent Music Piracy

Vance Brinkley, Student Researcher, Graduate Program in Organizational Communication, Bowie State University

The Emigration of Human Capital: A Review of the Acculturation of Nigerian Immigrants into Corporate America

Chukwuemeka China Ndolo, Student Researcher, Graduate Program in Organizational Communication, Bowie State University

Moderator: Jayne Cubbage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Bowie State University




1:45 - 3:00 pm Session II MLK Room 102

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. MCA Executive Board Meeting MLK Room 101 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Board Interest Meeting MLK Media Lab B



Nzinga Curry

Howard University

First Vice President

Jayne Cubbage

Bowie State University

Second Vice President

Sherry Tucker

Community College of

Baltimore County



Immediate Past

President/ NCA States

Advisory Council

Clover Baker-Brown

Prince George’s

Community College

Board of Directors





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