Professional Bio

Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1978 - Mass Communication Theory & Research

M.A. Arizona State University, 1974 - Political Communication

B.A. Indiana State University, 1972 - Radio, TV, & Film

Research & Scholarship

Professional Memberships

Western States Communication Association.  Member since 1978.  Local Arrangements Committee for 1998 annual meeting.  Chair, Media Studies Interest Group, 1994, 1984.  Delegate to Legislative Assembly, 1994, 1984, and 1983.  Program Planner, 1993, 1984, and 1983.  Vice Chair, Media Studies Interest Group, 1993, 1983.  Secretary, Media Studies Interest Group, 1992, 1982.

Rocky Mountain Communication Association.  Member since 1990.   Distinguished Service Award 2003.  President 2000. President-elect and Program Planner 1999.  Local Arrangements Chair for 1994 annual meeting.  Chair, Mass Communication Interest Group, 1993.  Program Planner 1993.  Executive Committee 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1994, and 1993.

National Communication Association.  Member 1978-1985; 1989-current. Media Studies Interest Group: Resolutions Committee Representative, 2006; Nomination Committee Member,  1998-2002, 1982, 1981.

Organization for Research on Women and Communication.  Member, 1978-1985; 1993-current.

College Media Advisers.  Member 1991-1994; 1998.

Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities Communication Conference.  Member since 1998.  Program Planner 2002.  Local Arrangements Chair for 2002 annual meeting.

Publications
Leah Vande Berg and Nick Trujillo (with Kimo Ah Yun, Janis Andersen, Sylvia Fox, Rona Halualani, Janellen Hill, Thom McCain, Juliane Mora, Carol Pagelson, Laurie St. Aubin, Jillian Tullis Owen, Morrie Vande Berg, and David Zuckerman), "Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Many Voices." Qualitative Inquiry, 2009 (in press).

Leah Vande Berg and Nick Trujillo (with Kimo Ah Yun, Janis Andersen, Sylvia Fox, Rona Halualani, Janellen Hill, Thom McCain, Juliane Mora, Carol Pagelson, Laurie St. Aubin, Jillian Tullis Owen, Morrie Vande Berg, and David Zuckerman), "Cancer and Death: A Love Story in Many Voices." In Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Evidence, Eds. Norman K. Denzin and Michael D. Giardina. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2008. (pp. 288-308).

Book review of Katz, Helen,  The Media Handbook, in Communication Research Trends, Vol. 23 (2004) No. 3.

Book review of Trujillo, Nick, In Search of Naunny’s Grave:  Age, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in an American Family, in Communication Research Trends, Vol. 23 (2004) No. 3.

“Wild Palms: Where the Holograms Go.”  In The Image of Technology: Selected papers from the 1994 Conference on Social Imagery, Wright, W. & Kaplan, S. (eds.).  University of Southern Colorado.  1994.

“Domestic and Foreign Language News Reliance Among Chinese and American Students,” with S. Barber. The Howard Journal of Communications.  2:1  (Winter 1990), 97-115.

Book Reviews.  The “Lively Arts” section of The Denver Post.  1990-1994.

Book and Travel articles.  The “Travel” and “Review” sections of the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle.  1987-1990.

“Books and Resources on Women in the Media.”  Feedback, 25:4  (Spring, 1984).

“Needs Analysis Report and Design Recommendations.”  Consulting report for Marketing and Training Program.  Santa Clara, CA: Marriott Corp., 1983.

“Training Strategies for Marriott’s Great America Marketing Force.”  Training Manual for Marketing Training Program.  Santa Clara, CA: Marriott Corp., 1983.

“Women and Mass Media Course Outline.”  Resources in Education.  March 1981.  (ERIC document #193 720).  Also in Media Report to Women, 9:4 (April 1981).

“Criminal Justice Analysis and Interpretation,” with D. Corso, C. Leistner & J. Reading.  The Forensic Quarterly.  50:1 (April 1976) 5-35.

“Reading List: Selected and Annotated,” with D. Corso & J. Reading.  The Forensic Quarterly.  50:1 (April 1976) 41-56.

“Additional Reading List”,  with D. Corso.  The Forensic Quarterly.  50:3 (August 1976) 440-48.

Presentations
Moderator, annual meeting of WSCA, Monterey, CA. February 2011 “Classic Theorists, New Media.”

Moderator, annual meeting of WSCA, Anchorage, AK. March  2010 “Competitive Papers in Television and Film Studies.”

Moderator, annual meeting of WSCA, Phoenix, AZ. February 2009 “Media Framing in Threat, Disaster, and Daily News.”

Panel participant, annual meeting AJCU-CC, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI  July 2008  “Departmental Assessment and Student Outcomes.”
 
Panel participant, annual meeting AJCU-CC, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI  July 2008 “Election Year Issues in Media and Communication Studies.”

Panel participant, annual meeting of RMCA, Fort Collins, CO  March 2008 “Should You Have Said That?  Remembering Why Free Speech is Important in a Climate of Blame, Shame and Fear.”

Moderator, annual meeting of WSCA, Broomfield, CO  February 2008 “Various Zombies and ‘Super’ Humans:  Intertextuality and Transgression.”

Panel Participant, annual meeting of AJCU—CC, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL   July 2007  “Assessment and Academic Unit Reviews.”

Moderator, annual meeting of RMCA, Denver, CO   April 2007  “Baseballs to Spaceballs:  Television, Film, and Newspaper Criticism.”

Respondent, annual meeting of WSCA, Seattle, WA   February 2007 “The Realities of Reality TV.”

Invited Critic, annual meeting of NCA, Chicago, IL  November 2007 “Reality Television and Content”

Panel presentation at annual meeting of NCA, San Antonio, TX  November 2006
 “Cancer and Death:  A Love Story in Many Voices.”

Panel presentation, University of Colorado Department of Communication Colloquium Series, Boulder, CO  November 2006 “Sharing Our Stories of Managing Work-Life in Research, Teaching, and Other Universities.”

Judge, Super Fan AD Competition sponsored by the National Football League, Mile-High Stadium, Denver, CO, December 2006.

Presenter, “Production notes:  Malcolm in the Middle.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Long Beach, CA  March 2002. 

Presenter, “Digital, Print and Ethics.” Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Long Beach, CA  March 2002.

Presenter,  “Stirring the Sitcom Soup:  Genre Trends.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Sacramento, CA February 2002.

Presenter, “Research on Internet Use and Its Implications for Communication.”  Annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association, Denver, CO  February 2002.

Invited critic of Top Three papers in Media Studies.  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Coeur d’Alene, ID  February 2001.

Presenter, “Women in Charge: Sitcom Decision-makers.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Sacramento, CA  February 2000.

Presenter,  “Kubrick’s Version of the Cold War: Dr. Strangelove revisited.”  Annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL  November 1999.

“Prime Time Blues: The Nature and Impact of Violence in Television Content.”  Symposium on Issues of Violence and Non-Violence: A Festival of Film and Discourse sponsored by the Faith & Justice Committee at Regis University, Denver, CO  January 1998.

“Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Denver, CO  February 1998.

Invited critic of competitive papers in media studies.  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Denver, CO   February 1998.

Invited critic of competitive papers in mass communication.  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA   February 1997.

“Love Among the Tiles—Mad About You.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Pasadena, CA   February 1996.

“World Youth Day: Media Event Coverage.”  Annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain  Communication Association, Denver, CO   April 1994.

“Wild Palms: Where the Holograms Go.”  Annual meeting of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, CO   March 1994.

“Perspectives on the Image of Technology.”  Annual meeting of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, CO  March 1994.

“Little Big Man: A Critical Analysis.”  Annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain World History Association: Conference on Indigenous Peoples of the New World, Denver, CO  June 1993.

“A cracked Mirror: Distorted Images of Arabs in the American Media.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Boise, ID  February 1992.

Invited critic of top four competitive papers in mass communication.   Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Boise, ID February 1992.

“Fairness Under Fire: Sex, Lies and Election coverage.”  Faith and Justice Institute: Symposium on Faith and Justice in an Election Year at Regis University, Denver, CO   November 1992.

“The Media Version of the Middle East.”  Annual meeting of the Colorado Speech Communication Association, Colorado Springs, CO  April 1991.

“The Middle East in the Media.” Forum on the Nuclear Age: The Challenges of the Middle East, Regis University, Denver, CO   March 1991.

“A Great Leap Backwards: China’s Use of Media to Distort and Discredit the Student Pro-Democracy Movement.” Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Sacramento, CA  February 1990.

“A Comparison of Media Habits Among Chinese and American Foreign Language Student”, with S. Barber.  Annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA  May 1989.

“Myth and Popular music.”  Annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA   November 1989.

“A Qualitative Examination of How People Negotiate Televised News,” with M. Wolf.  Annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA May 1984.

“An Observational Analysis of Viewers’ News Perception, “ with M. Wolf.  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Seattle, WA  February 1984.

“Issues in Broadcast Policy and Practice.” Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Seattle, WA  February 1984.

“Responsibilities of Newscasters.”  Broadcast Industry Conference, San Francisco State University, March 1983.

“Interview with Ed McLaughlin, President of ABC Radio Networks.” Broadcast Industry Conference, San Francisco State University, March 1983.

“Coming Home: Television coverage of the return of the American hostages.”  National Science Foundation Seminar on Television and Public Affairs, Portland, OR  April 1982.

“The Doing or Undoing of the ERA by the News Media?”  Annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Arcata, CA  June 1982.

“Emerging Female Images: Theory to Practice in Art and Politics.”  Annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Arcata, CA   June 1982.

“Radio:  Decision Makers and Deregulation.”  Broadcast Industry Conference, San Francisco State University, March 1982.

“Stereotypes in Television and Film Content,” Annual meeting of Western States Communication Association, Denver, CO  February 1982.

Invited critic of competitive papers in mass communication.  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, San Jose, CA  February 1981.

“Women and Mass media.”  Annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Portland, OR  February 1980.

“Semantics of Freedom of Speech Terms,” with D. Brown, S. Conklin, B. Kimsey, W. Noble, C. Schuster, & W. Arnold.  Annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL  December 1974.