Edelman CCCA Update
January 26, 2022
Happy New Year! This is the Edelman CCCA Update, our College's newsletter that highlights faculty, staff, student and alumni accomplishments, upcoming events and other important announcements.  Please send your submissions to Jessica ( for future editions. Happy reading!
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Lisa Jahn-Clough's (Writing Arts) book, The Kids of Cattywampus Street, is listed for an OWL (Outstanding Works of Literature) BookPal Award for 2021 in the elementary books category. It was also an Amazon #1 Best Seller in December and was recognized by TinyBeans on their Best Children’s Books 2021 list. The audiobook version was narrated by Tara Sands (former Cartoon Network host and voice of Pokemon's Bulbasaur).
  • Bokyung Kim (PR/ADV) and Celine Hong (PR/ADV), co-authored with Dr. Hyunmin Lee (Drexel Univ.), published "How Does it Depend?: A Systematic Review of the Contingency Theory of Accommodation in Communication Scholarship" in Public Relations Review. Kim and Hong's paper, "Are they still determining? Analysis of Associations among Ethnicity, Gender, Socioeconomic Status, Neighborhood Factors and Vaccination," has been accepted to the 2022 International Communication Association Annual Conference (Division: Health Communication), May 26-29, Paris, France. 
  • Heather Lanier's (Writing Arts) essay, "In the Room of Mental Health First Aid," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lanier's poetry collection, Erasing the Book of Pregnancy, was a finalist for three competitions and will be published by Seven Kitchens Press.
  • Jason Luther (Writing Arts), along with Writing Arts students Matt Berrian and Jay Norton, spoke at "A Celebration of Sound: Public Domain Day 2022" hosted by Internet Archive. They discussed how the expiration of copyright laws opens up opportunities for digital and mass distribution of records, which gives students access to recordings for academic pursuits, like The Phono Project. Their segment begins at (40:45)
Attention art enthusiasts! Rowan University is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which means that faculty and students get free general admission, including all special exhibitions, when they present their school ID. Enjoy this awesome perk!
This semester, the first floor of Business Hall will feature the photography of Roger Jacobs who worked closely with the University on the construction of Business Hall and Engineering Hall during his time as chairman for the NJ Educational Facilities Authority. 
DEI Spotlight
Proposals may be submitted here for the second Annual DEI Summit. This year's theme is "Finger on the Pulse: Forward Together." Deadline: January 28, 2022. 
Check out this interview with PIPER Grant recipients (Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Reform) from Writing Arts: A Unique Approach to Anti-racist Education in Technical & Professional Writing. 
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Politics of Black and Brown Hair Symposium on February 10. The event will feature student voices and experiences on a "Your Hair Journey" panel, Black and Brown Owned Businesses and Vendors, several workshops, Give-Aways, and more.
National Girls and Women in Sports Celebration
Throughout the first couple weeks of February, the University will offer a series of programs surrounding gender and the sports industry. Check out the upcoming events, including ones hosted by Edelman CCCA. 
Nominations for this year’s Excellence in Diversity Awards are due February 15 and can be submitted to Dawn Marie Bazemore (, Chairperson, Senate Diversity Committee. Please view submission instructions here.  Self-nominations are also welcome.

The Feminist Activist Symposium with take place on March 8. To view the Call for Papers or submit a proposal, please click here. Proposals are due February 4th. 

Research Spotlight

Dr. Alison Novak (PR/ADV)

"#StandwithCaster: Yelp, Twitter, intersectionality, and the IAAF’s DSD policy" published in Social Justice and the Modern Athlete: Exploring the Role of Athlete Activism in Social Change​.  

Ever look at a Yelp review and think, “that person clearly wants to destroy this company’s reputation?” Sites like Yelp and Google Reviews generate millions of views and impact how the larger public perceives the reputation, credibility, and quality of organizations around the world. Occasionally, online groups co-opt these spaces to leave political messaging rather than post honest reviews of an organization. For organizations that make controversial decisions, the risk of online groups co-opting Yelp and Google Reviews is high.

This is what happened when World Athletics (formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation) created a policy that banned women with high levels of naturally-produced testosterone from competing in track competitions like the Olympics. These policies appeared to target one athlete in particular, Caster Semenya, who won a 2016 gold medal for South Africa and held the world record in 800 meters for the past decade. To fans, the new policies from World Athletics appeared sexist, unfair, and even unscientifically founded. Thus, to protest the new rules that would eliminate her from the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, they posted angry messages to Yelp and reduced the organizations previous 4.9 star review to .2. . .read more

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