Ohio Communication Journal

The official publication of the Ohio Communication Association. The OCJ is published online annually in February beginning in 2017.

Welcome from the Editor

After receiving years of mentorship from members of the Ohio Communication Association, I am humbled and grateful to serve as the incoming Editor-in-Chief for the Ohio Communication Association Journal. I look forward to continuing the outstanding publication record OCJ has maintained for so long. With a generous review board and dedicated contributors, this journal bridges together cutting-edge scholarship, ranging in methodologies and theoretical applications.

Not only does this publication provide a platform for valuable research, but it also offers a venue for thinking creatively about the everyday practices of learners and teachers. In this historical moment, we are pressed to question what it means to be an educator, especially as the landscapes of higher education change by the day. As we navigate institutional demands in a neoliberal society, our values for learning and teaching must remain at the forefront of our endeavors. I invite authors to submit works that narrate the stories of our times—stories that address the challenges educators face and offer plausible suggestions for moving forward. We have much to learn from each other as we participate in the shifting social and political climates surrounding our professions.

To all readers and contributors of this journal—you are deeply appreciated. Furthermore, I thank Amber Ferris for her leadership as the past-Editor-in-Chief. Clearly, the people behind the great work appearing in this journal are the drivers of its continued success. I look forward to sustaining this commendable publication.

Laura D. Russell
Editor-in-Chief for the Ohio Communication Association Journal

Editorial Board

Laura Russell | OCA

Laura Russell

Editor-in-Chief for the Ohio Communication Association Journal

Laura Russell (Ohio University) is an associate professor of Communication at Denison University. Drawn to issues concerning individual and collective well-being, she centers her research on understanding the communication of personal and relational health. The Journal Editor is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, and serves for a period of two years.

Jeff Kuznekoff

Associate Journal Editor

Jeff Kuznekoff (Ph.D. Ohio University) also holds a BA from Marist College and a MS from Illinois State University. His research interests include new communication technology and instructional communication. The Associate Journal Editor is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, serves for a period of two years, and then advances to the position of Journal Editor. Jeff was appointed in 2018.

Journal Review Board (2018-2019)

  • Theodore Avtgis, University of Akron
  • Aaron Bacue, Kent State University
  • Benjamin Bates, Ohio University
  • Christina Beck, Ohio University
  • Nicole Blau, Ohio University Lancaster
  • Nicholas Bowman, West Virginia University
  • Devika Chawla, Ohio University
  • Cody Clemens, Marietta University
  • Miki Crawford, Ohio University Southern
  • Rebecca Curnalia, Youngstown State University
  • Kay-Anne Darlington, University of Rio Grande
  • Purba Das, Ohio University Southern
  • Suzy D’Enbeau, Kent State University
  • John Dowd, Bowling Green State University
  • Gretchen Dworznik, Kent State University
  • Jerry Feezel, Kent State University
  • Lois Foreman-Wernet, Capital University
  • David Foster, Florida Southern College
  • Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University
  • Catherine Goodall, Kent State University
  • Elizabeth Graham, Kent State University
  • Alina Haliliuc, Denison University
  • Lisa Hanasono, Bowling Green State University
  • Stephen Haas, University of Cincinnati
  • Erin Hollenbaugh, Kent State University at Stark
  • Angela Hosek, Ohio University
  • Heather Howley, University of Akron Wayne College
  • Kristen Hungerford, Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton
  • Pamela Kaylor, Ohio University Lancaster
  • Jeffrey Kuznekoff, Miami University of Ohio
  • Seungbum Lee, University of Akron
  • Jenna Lo Castro, Pennsylvania State University Fayette
  • Lisa Marshall, Muskingum University
  • Joseph Mazer, Clemson University
  • David McCoy, Ashland University
  • Kevin Meyer, Illinois State University
  • Rita Ng, Ohio University Zanesville
  • Steve Phalen, Ohio University
  • James Ponder, Kent State University
  • Narissa Punyanunt-Carter, Texas Tech University
  • Nicole Reamer, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
  • Carol Savery, Kent State University at Stark
  • Valerie Schrader, Pennsylvania State University Schulykill
  • Rehka Sharma, Kent State University
  • Matthew Smith, Radford University
  • Paul Sommer, Kent State University at Stark
  • Kathleen Stansberry, Cleveland State University
  • Shawn Starcher, Kent State University
  • David Strukel, Hiram College
  • Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University Lancaster
  • Charee Thompson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Lisa Waite, Kent State University at Stark
  • Thomas Wagner, Xavier University
  • Heather Walter, University of Akron