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Audrey Wagstaff

Associate Professor,
Psychology

Audrey Wagstaff is an Associate Professor of Social Science where she teaches in Communication Arts, Sociology, Psychology, and general education. Her primary area of research centers on scholastic journalism, censorship, and political communication. Audrey serves the college as Area Coordinator of the Social Sciences, the Clerk of the Assessment Committee and Faculty Athletics Representative. She is on the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Board and is the secretary of the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. At the national level, Audrey serves as a member of the Scholastic Press Rights Commission for the Journalism Education Association and the Membership and Special Projects Chair for the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to WC, Audrey was an Associate Professor of Communication at Hiram College from 2008-2015, where she also served as a Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and on a variety of committees. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University, a B.A. in Communication from Hiram College, and a Master Journalism Educator Certification from the Journalism Education Association. Audrey enjoys traveling, running, golfing, and doing cross-training and yoga. She resides outside of Wilmington with her family.

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication Studies, Kent State University
    • Concentration: Mediated Communication
    • Dissertation topic: Beyond the perceptual bias: The third-person effect and censorship behavior in scholastic journalism
  • M.A. Journalism, Kent State University
    • Concentration: Convergence; Reporting and Editing
    • Thesis: Protecting the southern border: Framing Mexicans in a post-9/11 media.
    • Study Abroad: Global Media Systems Seminar in the United Kingdom and France.
  • B.A. Communication, Hiram College

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Social Science, Fall 2015-present Wilmington College
    • Courses taught: Research Methods I and Descriptive Statistics; Research Methods II and Inferential Statistics; Global Issues Seminar on Marginalization, Migration, and Immigration; Environmental Sociology and Communication
  • Associate Professor of Communication, Fall 2008-Spring 2015 Hiram College
    • Courses taught: Survey of Journalism, Web Design, Media Law & Ethics, Mass Media & Society, Desktop Publishing, Media and Relational Communication, Sports Journalism, Electronic Sports Production, First-Year Colloquia (various foci), Junior Readings in Communication, Senior Seminar, Research Methods in Communication, Marginalized Voices of Central America & Mexico (study abroad).
    • Teaching experience in face-to-face and in online format to traditional and adult populations.
  • Student Media Adviser, 2008-2015 Hiram College
    • Advise student media in print and online capacity.
    • Help with all aspects of managing a student-produced publication (e.g., staff selection and management, advertising, marketing, fundraising).
  • Adjunct Faculty, Fall 2007-Spring 2008 Hiram College
    • Courses taught include: Survey of Journalism, Sports Journalism, Media Law & Ethics

Scholarship (*denotes public presentation of scholarship)

Titova, L., Parks, A. C., & Wagstaff, A. E. (manuscript under review). Disentangling the Effects of Gratitude and Optimism: A Cross-Cultural Investigation. Manuscript submitted to the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Wagstaff, A. E. (2015, November). Censorship 101. Presentation at the Journalism Education Association National Fall Convention in Orlando, Florida.*

Wagstaff Cunningham, A. E. (forthcoming in press). When principals censor:

Study identifies story topics that attract attention and why. Quill & Scroll.

Wagstaff Cunningham, A. E. (2014, April). Maybe you CAN say that: What you need to know about censorship. Presentation at the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Annual State Convention, Kent, Ohio.*

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2014, November). The truth about censorship. Presentation at the Journalism Education Association National Fall Convention in Washington, D.C.*

Cunningham, A. E. W., Goodman, M., LoMonte, F., Bowen, J., and Maksl, A. (2014, August). “Administrators’ attitudes toward publishing [online] and techniques for garnering administrative support.” Presented as part of a panel entitled “‘The “Digital Divide’” and 21st Century Journalism Education” at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.*

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2014, August). “Not in my school”: Administrative censorship of the scholastic press. Invited Presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Scholastic Media Division Teach-In, Montreal, Canada.*

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2014). What administrators know – and think they know – about the First Amendment. Communication: Journalism Education Today, 48, 19-27.

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2014, January). The Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision. JEA Scholastic Press Rights Commission. SoundCloud.

Cunningham, A. E. (2013). Audrey Cunningham of Hiram College discusses her survey of high school administrators’ knowledge of the First Amendment. Student Press Law Center Podcast. Retrieved from: http://www.splc.org/podcasts/Sept13podcast.mp3

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2013, April). What does your principal think about you? Strategies for student journalists to articulate their experience to administrators. Presentation at the Journalism Education Association National Spring Convention in San Francisco, CA.*

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2013, April). What do administrators know (and think they know) about the First Amendment? Presentation at the Journalism Education Association National Spring Convention in San Francisco, CA.*

Cunningham, A. E. W. (2012, November). What do administrators know (and think they know) about the First Amendment? Research accepted as criteria for taking the Master Journalism Educator exam at the Journalism Education Association annual fall meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Wagstaff Cunningham, A. E. (2012). Beyond the perceptual bias: The third-person effect and censorship behavior in scholastic journalism. Dissertation published via Kent State University and the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertation Center.

Trebing, D., Spiker, J., Coombs, D., Cunningham, A. E. W., & Willis-Chun, C. (2011, November). “Tea, Terrorism, and Fear” Paper presented as part of a panel entitled The voices of the Tea Party Movement. Presentation at the National Communication Association annual fall meeting in New Orleans, LA.*

Ponder, J. D., Hanson, G., Haridakis, P.M., Sharma, R., & Wagstaff Cunningham, A. E. (2011, November). “”The People’s Voice: Predicting Political Discussion in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.” Presentation as part of a panel entitled Without it I would be voiceless: Using technology to provide a voice. Presentation at the National Communication Association annual fall meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Hanson, G., Haridakis, P. M., Wagstaff Cunningham, A. E., Sharma, R., & Ponder, J. D. (2010). The 2008 presidential campaign: Political cynicism in the age of Facebook, Myspace, and YouTube. Mass Communication & Society, 13, 584-607.

Sharma, R., Savery, C., Haridakis, P., Wagstaff, A. E., & Ponder, J. D. (2009, November). Conflicting opinions: Examining wartime attitudes of support, acquiescence, and dissent. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.*

Wagstaff, A. E., Murray, B., & Fixmer-Oraiz, N. (2009, November). Using service-learning and journaling to start a dialogue between media students and the Amish on a panel entitled Advocating for change in the discourse of service-learning: The role of communication (active)isms in service-learning classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Novak, J., Frey, L., Fisher, A., Murray, B., Wagstaff, A. E.; Prigg, E., Fitzgibbon, J., Yehya, N., & Schaefer, Z. (2009, November). Creating a “buzz” on campus: Facilitating service learning partnerships on a panel entitled Communication activism scholarship: Examples from emerging scholars with. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Wagstaff, A. E. (2009). A review of Lawrence R. Frey and Kevin M. Carragee’s (2007) two-volume text Communication Activism. Rocky Mountain Communication Review, 6, 34-41.

Hanson, G. L., Haridakis, P., Wagstaff, A., Sharma, R., & Ponder J. D. (2008). Presidential campaign: Political cynicism in the age of Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Panel presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, MA.

Wagstaff, A. E., & Bowen, C. (2008, October). Are you going to print that? Defining controversial material in scholastic publications. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Ohio Communication Association in Marietta, OH.*

Wagstaff, A. E. (2008, August). Bong Hits for advisers or handling controversial material. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.*

Bowen, C. P., & Wagstaff, A. E. (2008). Using online media to track censorship and prior review of student publications. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 4, 115-123.

Egbert, N., Child, J., Duncan, R., Garmon, M., & Wagstaff, A. E. (2007, October). Strategies for engaging students and faculty in community service initiatives. Breakout session discussion presented at the annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference, Kent, Ohio.*

Wagstaff, A. E. (2007, October). Frame analysis of Mexican portrayals in popular press. Adaptation of master’s thesis. Presented at the annual Celebration of Scholarship conference, Kent, Ohio.*

Wagstaff, A. E. (2007, August).   Protecting the southern border: framing of Mexican immigrants in a post-9/11 media. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.*

Wagstaff, A. E. (2007). Protecting the southern border: Framing Mexicans in a post-9/11 media. Thesis published via Kent State University and the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertation Center.

Affiliations 

  • National Communication Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Journalism Education Association
  • Student Press Law Center
  • Ohio Communication Association
  • Ohio Scholastic Media Association

Awards and Honors

  • Michael Starr Award, Hiram College, 2015
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association FAR Fellow, 2014
  • United Way Campaign Excellence Award, 2014
  • Paul E. Martin Award, Hiram College, 2010; 2013
  • Gerstacker-Gund Research Grant, Hiram College, 2013; 2014
  • Distinguished Service Award, Communication Graduate Student Association, Kent State University, 2009
  • Finalist for Kent State Board of Trustees Graduate Student member, Kent State University, 2007
  • Commencement Salutatorian, Hiram College, 2005
  • Dively Leadership Award, Hiram College, 2005
  • Female Leader of the Year, Hiram College, 2005
  • Dix Communication Scholar, Hiram College, 2004
  • President’s Outstanding Junior Female Award, Hiram College, 2004