Comm Students and Faculty Gain Global Experience

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Comm faculty and students at UMass Oxford Summer Seminar.

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Comm Students and Faculty Gain First-Hand Global Experience during Study Abroad

Oxford University

In any given semester, students might have the option to take COMM 338, Children, Teens, and Medi

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Comm Dept Celebrates the Start of the Fall 2018 Semester

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Comm faculty, staff, graduate students, and peer advisors, ready for the fall 2018 semester.

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Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:00 to 16:00
Join us for a day of presentations and dialogue between local community leaders/partners, faculty, staff, and students who are developing social justice approaches to university-community partnerships within Latinx communities in Western Massachusetts. Community members will be co-presenting with their academic collaborators, and each panel will highlight the importance of developing collaborative pedagogies that recognize Latinx communities as specific sites of creative and dynamic civic engagement.

Comm Grad Welcome Picnic

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
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Sun, 09/30/2018 - 12:00 to 15:00
Communication Annual Welcome Back Fall Picnic. We're welcoming our new graduate students. This year we will be at the Mill River Recreation Area Pavilion in North Amherst. Mill River Recreation Area is on the PVTA bus line so it’s easy to get to. There will be lots of fun activities for children and adults.

Alumni Networking Night

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
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Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:30 to 19:30
Our alumni are friendly, successful, and eager to help Communication students! Meet face-to-face with Comm alums at various stages of their careers as they return to campus to meet with current Comm students and offer career advice and support. This is a major career networking opportunity for Communication undergrads. Open to all Communication majors; no registration required. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Comm Welcomes Two New Faculty

Seyram Avle and Devon Greyson

The Department of Communication is pleased to expand its academic reach into the study of the fie

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Comm Welcomes Two New Faculty

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New faculty bring diverse research and expertise to the Department of Communication.

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Marianne Neal-Joyce

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Marianne
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Neal-Joyce
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Advisor
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413 545-7770

Seyram Avle

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Seyram
Last Name: 
Avle
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Assistant Professor
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N358 Integrative Learning Center
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Spring 2019 office hours: Wed 11:30-1:30 & by appt.
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413 545-6345
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Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate:

Global Media Flows

Communication, Technology, & Work

Education: 

PhD University of Michigan

BA Brandeis University

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I study the situated practices and discourses of digital technology cultures and innovation in the global south. I’m particularly interested in the ways that digital technologies are designed, produced, and distributed transnationally in and across the global south and through collaborations with the global north. My most recent project, funded by the NSF, examines tech entrepreneurial cultures and innovation between China, Ghana, and Silicon Valley. My other line of research examines the uptake of tools like WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram by diverse actors in the global south, from radio producers to maker entrepreneurs, and what role they play in the everyday.  

Publications: 

My website www.seyramavle.com has an updated list of my publications. 

Faculty Opening: Assistant Professor, Urban Futures & Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a communication

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Thera Alley

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Thera Alley
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Thera
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Alley
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Audio-Visual Equipment Technician
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S453 Integrative Learning Center

Devon Greyson

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Devon
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Greyson
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Assistant Professor
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N336 Integrative Learning Center
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Spring 2019 office hours: Tue 2:30-4:00, W 1:00-2:30
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413 545-6332
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Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate: Health Communication; Gender and Interpersonal Communication; Health Information Interventions. Graduate: Qualitative Research Methods

Current Projects: 

Here is a closer look at some of my recent work.

Education: 

PhD (2015) University of British Columbia / Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis: population and public health, information behaviour, gender)

MLIS (2006) University of British Columbia / Library and Information Studies (emphasis: youth services, intellectual freedom, information policy)

BA (Hons.) (1997) Oberlin College / Women's Studies, Music

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I study what people do with information and when this matters to health and social equity. My doctoral research focused on the population of young parents and my postdoctoral research studied the topic of vaccine hesitancy and confidence. Current work continues to explore the ways people and health systems negotiate contested knowledge in everyday life, and how information could be used more effectively to promote the health of populations. Primarily a qualitative methodologist, I also have an interest in arts-based methods and in knowledge translation and exchange.

Health-realated information practices (seeking, encountering, assessment, management, sharing, and use) of youth, parents, and families; Information interventions (surveillance and communication) for population and public health; Health information ethics; Information use and decision-making related to GLBTQ health, reproductive health, parenting, vaccination, cannabis

Publications: 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Greyson, D. (in press). Information triangulation: A complex and agentic everyday information practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology.

Greyson, D., Knight, R., & Shoveller, J. (in press). Ethics, effectiveness, and population health information interventions: A Canadian analysis. Health Promotion International.

Clark. B., Veale, J, Greyson, D., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Primary care access and foregone care: A survey of transgender adolescents and young adults. Family Practice, cmx112. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx112.

Greyson, D. (2017). Health information practices of young parents. Journal of Documentation, 73(5), 7778-802. doi:10/1108/JD-07-2016-0089.

Greyson, D., O’Brien, H., & Shoveller, J. (2017). Information world mapping: A participatory arts-based elicitation device for information behavior interviews. Library & Information Science Research, 39(2), 149-157. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2017.03.003.

Carson, A., Chabot, C., Greyson, D., Shannon, K., Duff, P., & Shoveller, J. A. (2017). A narrative analysis of the birth stories of early-age mothers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(6), 816-831. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12518

Greyson, D., & Johnson, J. L. (2016). The role of information in health behavior: A scoping study and discussion of major public health models. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(12), 2831-2841. doi:10.1002/asi.23392

Bettinger, J., Greyson D., & Money, D. (2016). Attitudes and beliefs of pregnant women regarding influenza vaccination in British Columbia. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 39(11), 1045–1052. doi:10.1016/j.jogc.2016.08.004

Shoveller, J. A., Viehbeck, S., Di Ruggiero, E., Greyson, D., Thomson, K., & Knight, R. (2016). A critical examination of representations of context within research on population health interventions.  Critical Public Health, 26(5), 487-500. doi:10.1080/09581596.2015.1117577

Di Ruggiero, E., Viehbeck, S. M., & Greyson, D. (2014). Knowledge dissemination and utilization. Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0106

Knight, R., Shoveller, J., Greyson, D., Kerr, T., Gilbert, M., & Shannon, K. (2013). Advancing population and public health ethics regarding HIV testing: A scoping review. Critical Public Health, 23(3). doi:10.1080/09581596.2013.800188

Greyson, D., Surette, S., Dennett, L., & Chatterley, T. (2013). “You’re just one of the group when you’re embedded”: Report from a mixed-method investigation of the research-embedded health librarian experience. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(4), 287–297. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.010

Greyson, D., Cunningham, C., & Morgan, S. (2012). Information behaviour of Canadian pharmaceutical policy makers. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 29(1), 16-27. doi:10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00969.x

Greyson, D., Becu, A., & Morgan, S. (2010). Sex, drugs and gender roles: Mapping the use of sex and gender based analysis in pharmaceutical policy research. International Journal of Equity in Health, 9(26).

Greyson, D. (2010). Non-biomedical sources for systematic reviews of pharmaceutical policy. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 98(1), 85-87.

Greyson, D., Vézina, K., Taylor, D., Morrison, H., & Black, C. (2009). University supports for open access: A Canadian national survey. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 39(3), 1-32.

Greyson, D. (2007). GLBTQ content in comics/graphic novels for teens. Collection Building, 26(4), 130-134.

TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS

O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2018). Diverse information needs. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services, 2nd edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

O’Brien, H., & Greyson, D. (2015, June). Information needs of diverse users. In S. Hirsch (Ed.), An introduction to today’s information services. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 119-129.

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