On the Market
Terps are "on the market," seeking academic positions for AY 2016-2017. Visit the Department of Communication's 'On the Market' feature to learn more about these outstanding candidates.
Amanda Kennedy (M.A., University of Houston) is a doctoral candidate in communication (emphasis in public relations) at the University of Maryland. Kennedy specializes in areas where public relations intersects with feminist, postmodern, poststructural, and critical theory and methodologies; affect theory; health and risk communication; and qualitative and emergent epistemologies and methods. Deploying postmodern feminist affect theory and online ethnographic methods, her dissertation reimagines how knowledge is consumed and produced by lay publics in the online childhood vaccine debate. Her sole-authored work has earned top student paper awards from the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women, NCA Public Relations Division, and ICA Public Relations Division. Her research appears in the Atlantic Journal of Communication and a forthcoming chapter in a book to be part of the Routledge Research in Public Relations series. She has manuscripts under review at outlets such as the Journal of Media Ethics and Journal of Public Relations Research. She has research grant experience working as a research assistant on funded projects directed by Dr. Elizabeth Toth (Maryland) and Dr. Lan Ni (Houston). Kennedy is involved in service to the department/university and discipline and is currently the AEJMC presidential intern for Dr. Elizabeth Toth. Kennedy has most recently taught COMM 107 Oral Communication: Principles and Practice and COMM 350 Public Relations Theory.
Jade Olson is a doctoral candidate with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Political Culture. She is a rhetorical critic whose research centers on discourses of environmentalism, radical activism, and social protest. These interests converge in her dissertation project, "The Rhetoric of Radical Environmentalism: Constructing the Earth Liberation Front." As an educator she works to foster inclusive and collaborative learning environments, and to empower students as social actors through critical engagements with discourse. Jade currently teaches COMM230: Argumentation & Debate. In the past, she has taught COMM330: Argumentation & Public Policy, COMM200: Critical Thinking & Speaking, COMM398V: Environmental Communication, and other courses. She holds an M.A. from the University of Maryland (2011) and a B.A. from Willamette University (2009).
Michael J. Steudeman
Advisor: Dr. Trevor Parry-Giles
Michael J. Steudeman is a Ph.D. Candidate studying Rhetoric and Political Culture. Steudeman’s research program analyzes the primacy of education policy rhetoric as a response to social problems throughout American public address. His dissertation, “The Educational Imaginary in Radical Reconstruction,” analyzes how Congressional policy makers argued for common schools as a way to suture national identity following the challenges of Civil War and Emancipation. Steudeman is the recipient of the Department of Communication’s Charles Richardson Award, which recognizes the most outstanding student in the department each year. His research during the 2015-2016 school year is supported by the University of Maryland’s Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, awarded annually to only ten of the over 4000 graduate students at UMD.
Steudeman has published numerous essays in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent essay, “Indeterminacy, Incipiency, and Attitudes: Materialist Oscillation in the 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Strike,” appears in the Summer 2015 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Speech. This essay examines how Chicago Teachers Union members navigated the contradictory expectations of their profession to outmaneuver the logics of neoliberal education reform. Steudeman’s other publications include two essays on presidential discourse in Rhetoric & Public Affairs. He has presented over 30 papers at academic conferences, seven of which have appeared on Top Paper or Top Student Paper panels. He has received the Department of Communication’s Outstanding Graduate Research Paper award twice, in 2013 and 2014.
In both his introductory communication class and 300-level Argumentation and Public Policy course, Steudeman strives to generate innovative lessons that draw from his research and work experiences in public policy. His teaching philosophy stresses situating students in the complex rough-and-tumble of actual politics. Rather than debate ideas in the abstract, he requires students to confront the pragmatic challenges and constraints that shape the efforts of real-world policymakers. Steudeman has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Department of Communication’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2013 and 2014.
Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. at Maryland, Steudeman spent two years with Teach For America in a Hurricane Katrina-devastated region of Louisiana. He continued to deepen his public policy expertise in a summer research position with The Century Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.A. degree from Northern Illinois University in 2010 and his B.S. from Bradley University in 2008.