Name: Dr. Shannon L. Roper
Title: Associate Professor & Department Chairperson, Communication
Office Location: Lowell Thomas 149
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2073
Email: Shannon.Roper@Marist.edu
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Communication/Computer-Mediated Communication and Gender Identity, Rutgers University

M.A. in Communication Arts, William Paterson University

B.A. in Communication/Public Relations & Advertising, Marist College

Bio:

Since the fall of 2001, I have been on the communication faculty in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College. Aside from teaching the introductory communication course--formerly known as Communication Principles--Fundamentals of Public Relations, and Interpersonal Communication, I also teach Gender, Culture and Communication, a course dual-listed with the Women's Studies program. I also created a special topics course in Fall 2003 titled Social & Psychological Perspectives of Computer Mediated Communication, and, most recently, created a special topics course in Nonverbal Communication in the Spring of 2010 & 2011. On the graduate school level, in 2005 I created and taught the online graduate course in Interpersonal Communication through 2012, prior to becoming Department Chairperson.

In-between my being an undergrad at Marist and returning as a faculty member, I taught a myriad of courses as a teaching assistant at Rutgers University (Ph.D.--2001) and as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. I also worked in the Office of Public Information-College Relations at William Paterson and worked in a mid-sized public relations firm in New York City, as well as temporarily for J. Walter Thompson Advertising between graduate programs.

Teaching Experience:


Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Associate Professor, Department of Communication


Communication Principles (9/01-5/05; 8/06-5/08)

Fundamentals of Public Relations (1/13-5/13)

Gender, Culture, and Communication (9/01-12/05; 1/07-5/14)


Interpersonal Communication--undergraduate level (1/02 Winter-session, 1/04-5/14)


Special Topics Course: Social & Psychological Perspectives of Computer Mediated Communication (9/03-12/03)

Special Topics Course: Nonverbal Communication (1/10-5/10; 1/11-5/11)

Interpersonal Communication--graduate level (8/05-10/05; 8/06-10/06; 8/07-10/07; 8/08-10/08; 8/09-10/09; 8/10-10/10; 8/11-10/11; 8/12-10/12)

 


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication


Interpersonal Communication (1/01-5/01)
Nonverbal Communication (9/00-12/00)
Public Speaking (1/00-5/00)
Interpersonal Communication (9/99-12/99)
Public Speaking (1/99-5/99)
Interpersonal Communication (9/98-12/98)
Introduction to Communication and Information (9/97-5/98)
Grader, Department of Communication
Introduction to Communication and Information (1/01-5/01)

 


William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Communication


Press in a Free Society (9/00-12/00)
Communication in Action (9/99-12/99)
Communication Research (9/98-12/98)
Mass Communication (7/98-8/98)
Interpersonal Communication (1/98-5/98)
Communication in Action (1/97-5/97)

Awards & Honors:

Best Paper Award from the Human Information Technologies Interest Group for A study on gender differences within a virtual reality," presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference, April 1997.

Teaching Assistantship at Rutgers University, 1997-2001

Rutgers Graduate School Conference Travel Award Recipient, May 1999

Graduate Assistantship at William Paterson College, 1995-1997

NYC Big Apple Award--part of the account team for the 1994 SEW AMERICA program

Silver Anvil Award--part of the account team for the 1994 SEW AMERICA program

Publications:

Roper, S. L. & Ferris, S. P. (2006). MOOs as virtual communities: A case study of the �DragonWings� MOO. In Dr. Subhasish Dasgupta�s (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities.

Roper, S. L. & Kindred, J. (2005, November). �IM here: Reflections on virtual office hours.� First Monday, 10(11). Available at http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue10_11/roper/index.html.

Kindred, J., & Roper, S. L. (2004). Making connections via Instant Messenger (IM): Student use of IM to maintain personal relationships. Qualitative Research Reports, 5, 48-54.

Ferris, S.P., & Roper, S.L. (Summer 2002). Same and mixed-gender intimacy in a virtual environment. Qualitative Research Reports, 3(3), 47-55.

Agosto, D., Platzner, R., & Roper, S. L. (2000). In retrospect: One semester, three stories. In the Proceedings of the Third and Fourth Annual Teaching/Learning Conference.

Research Interests:

My dissertation explored performance aspects of gender in an online role-playing environment. The outcome included a typology of the construction of gender online via content analysis, as well as a possible model for exploring the construction of gender in general.

I am currently looking at representations of online dating sites and comparing the secular versus nonsecular ones to see what the promotional similarities and differences are between the two types.

Conferences & Workshops:

What's in a name for online dating?, Presented at the Annual National Communication Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 2013.

Panel Chair: Self Presentation Skills and Communication Competence, Presented at the Annual National Communication Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 2013.

"Big Sexy": An examination of plus size reality, presented at the Women & Society Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2011.

"Webkinz" and the gendering of artifacts, presented at the National Women's Studies Associations Conference, Denver, CO, November 2010.

A Little �TLC�: Depictions of Motherhood and the Working Mom as a "Learning� Experience, presented at the Women & Society Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2009.

Gendered Artifacts on �Webkinz�, presented at the Women & Society Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2008.

Gender representations in "Second Life." Presented at the Annual National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2007.

The �Circle of Life� has speed bumps: A look at expectations of fertility for long-term couples. Presented at the New York State Communication Association Conference, Kerhonkson, NY, October 2007.

Bigger is not always better: An examination of mediated representations of gender. Presented at the Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2007.

�'Believe me, if I could, I would have already!': An Examination of Conception, Infertility and Support Among Women Online,� presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI, April 2007.

�'Faculty, Students, and Administrators, Lend me your Internet Connection': An Exploration of College Learning Environments and the Blurring of 'In-Class� Time,' presented at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, Providence, RI, April 2007.

�Grappling with the question 'So when are you going to have a baby' while trying to conceive,� presented at the Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, November 2006.

�Gender in a box: Representations of femininity and masculinity in family comic strips.� Presented at the New York State Communication Association Conference, Kerhonkson, NY, October 2006.

�Stripping down gender: Gender representations in family comic strips,� presented at the Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, September 2005.

�IM here: An exploratory look at virtual office hours,� presented at the International Communication Association Convention, New York, NY, May 2005.

�Pedagogy in Cyberspace: A Roundtable Discussion on the Evolving Online Teaching Environment,� presented at the Eastern Communication Association�s 96th Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, with Missy Alexander, Jenny Kindred, and Sharmila Pixy Ferris, May 2005.

�I Am What I Want You to See: Identity and the Instant Messenger Away Message,� presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami Beach, FL, November 2003.

Town Hall Debate on �Resolved: that greater use of online learning should be encouraged in the Communication discipline� with Ron Jacobs, Fran Mindel, and Maureen Minielli presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami Beach, FL, November 2003.

�S/he: Gender in a Virtual Environment,� presented at the Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, November 2003.

�Making Connections Via Instant Messenger (IM): Student Use of IM in the Maintenance of Personal Relationships,� presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2002.

"S/he: Gender in a Virtual Environment," presented at the Women & Society conference, June 2002.

Putting it together: Gender construction in an online environment, presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, June 2002.

S/He: Gender in a virtual environment, presented at the Women & Society Conference, June 2002.

Cyber-education in communication, a Table Talk Series presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2001.

Lending a helping paw: Therapeutic healing from our four-legged friends, presented at the New York State Communication Association Conference, October 2001.

Cyber-education in communication, a Table Talk Series presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2000.
 

Affiliations:

Eastern Communication Association


International Communication Association


National Communication Association


National Women's Studies Association


New York State Communication Association

 

Women & Society Conference Director

Miscellaneous:

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

Monday, 2 - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 2 - 3 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.