Research and Accomplishments

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  • Dr. Karen Schrier published her chapter “Guiding Questions for Game-Based Learning” in Second Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education" (Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)).
  • Dr. Jennifer Robinette won the 2018 Technology Innovation and Digital Education Awards (Tech IDEAs) for Innovative use of Technology for her Com 401 Capping course.
  • Dr. Philip Scepanski gave an invited lecture, “Too Soon?: Responding to National Trauma with Humor” at Horace Mann School in New York City on April 12.
  • Dr. Wenjing Xie's paper, “Predicting Facebook addiction and state anxiety: The case of American college students” was accepted by the annual convention of American Psychological Association.
  • Dr. Jennifer Robinette will present her paper, “Cultivating Analytics Proficiency in Communication Undergraduates: A Sequence of Social Media Active Learning Experiences in an Applied Research Class,” at the BEA conference in Las Vegas. She will also moderate a panel at the conference titled, “Focusing on B.S. in Broadcast News: Can We Stop the Spread of Viral Deception?,” on which Phil Scepanski is a panelist.
  • Dr. Karen Schrier for her white paper, “The Strengths and Limitations of Using Digital Games as ‘Empathy Machines,’” being published by UNESCO. The paper, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Farber of the University of Northern Colorado, has also been featured in two blog posts. To read the paper, visit,
  • Dr. Qihao Ji on the acceptance of the article, “Development and Initial Validation of the Self-Transcendent Emotion Dictionary” by the annual meeting of the International Communication Association.
  • Seniors Samantha Ketelsen, Dominique McIntee, and Nicolette Muro, and Dr. Wenjing Xie  had their paper, “Social Media Personalities: How Influencers Rise to Power in the Instagram Realm,” accepted by the annual conference of Broadcasting Education Association.
  • Leander Schaerlaeckens, who had a story noted in the 2017 edition of the Best American Sports Writing anthology. It was his second time in the book.
  • Philip Scepanski had his article, “Retroactive Edits: 9/11, Television’s Popular Archive, and Shifting Popular Memory” published in the journal Television and New Media.

  • Richard Lewis published the revised third edition of “The Power of Art.” Co-authored with his wife, Susan, this college textbook is described by its publisher, Cengage, as “a brief yet comprehensive survey which demonstrates that art is everywhere and relevant to all students.” Over 500 pages with about 600 illustrations, “The Power of Art” has been adopted in more than 300 colleges and universities since its first edition.
  • Dan Amernick's paper, “The ‘Not Ready for Archive Players’: The Lost Seasons of Saturday Night Live” has been accepted to the Journal of Popular Film and Television.
  • Wenjing Xie and students, Kate Fields, Erin Kelly, Micaela Martini, and Farrah Tamari, won the 1st Place Paper Award of the Management, Marketing, and Programming Division at the annual conference of the Broadcasting Education Association (BEA). The paper entitled, “Browser, Buy, Boast: The Social Media Strategy That Has Transformed Consumer Engagement,” will be presented in Las Vegas in April.
  • FM/AM (Fashion Magazine at Marist) has won a Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in the General Magazine category. The 23-page critique yielded a score of 886 out of a possible 1000 points in the following areas: Magazine Essentials 268/300; Journalistic Content, Writing & Mechanics 280/350; Design, Layout and Photography 338/350.