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
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 (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.