Ji-Hyun Ahn, Communication, Assistant Professor

Ann’s article titled, "Desiring biracial whites: cultural consumption of white mixed-race celebrities in South Korean popular media," was recently published in Media, Culture and Society.

Jewel Castro, Arts, Media, and Culture, Instructor

Castro was invited by the President of the Pacific Peoples' Partnership to present at their conference, "Rising Tides: Our Lands, Our Waters, Our Peoples," in Victoria, B.C.  She will present the panel, "Art Speaks With the Land and Water” with two Coast Salish artists. 

 From Sept. 29-Nov. 2, Castro’s art was featured with the work of Seattle artist, Roldy Aguero Ablao's in the exhibition, "The Growing Visibility of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The Legacy of the AANAPISI Designation" at the South Seattle College Art Gallery.


Beverly Naidus, Arts, Media and Culture, Associate Professor

Naidus is currently the lead advisor and one of the artists collaborating on the WA State Labor Council’s first mural of the state’s labor history on the upper facade of the new headquarters on the corner of Jackson and 16th Ave S in Seattle.  She published her first piece of speculative fiction, “The Black Earth Institute” in the About Place journal. She also is collaborating with the ARTifACT collective to create a nomadic installation/performance, interactive project called "We Almost Didn’t Make It" that deals with climate change and the stories that our descendants will have about us.  

Chris Demaske, Associate Professor and CAC Division Chair

Demaske was an invited panelist for the City Club of Tacoma’s lecture series in Feburary. She spoke on the topic of hate speech regulation on a panel focused around the national Hate Won’t Win Campaign. In February, Demaske also co-presented at the IAS Brown Bag Series. She and Colleen Carmean, assistant chancellor for academic technologies, presented their work on academic freedom and social media.

Vanessa De Veritch Woodside, Hispanic Studies, Assistant Professor

De Veritch Woodside published “Convergent Realities: Magical Visions of Social Truths and Humanity’s Flaws in Miguel Méndez’s The Dream of Santa María de las Piedras.” in Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World  and “La amenaza de la manipulación de la memoria: Identidad, memoria y resistencia en Dreaming in Cuban y The Agüero Sisters de Cristina García” in Label Me Latina/o.

Asao Inoue, Associate Professor and Director of University Writing

In 2015, Inoue published Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future through the WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press and “The Living Scholarship of Composition Studies: A Case for Students-as-Scholarship,” in College Composition and Communication. Inoue also published the forward “On Antiracist Agendas.” for Frankie Condon & Vershawn A. Young (Eds.) book Anti-Racist Activism in Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication and co-wrote the chapter “Theorizing the Reflection Practices of Hmong College Students: Is 'Reflection' A Racialized Discourse?” with Tyler Richmond in Kathleen Blake Yancey’s (Ed.), A Rhetoric of Reflection.



LeAnne Laux-Bachand, Writing Studies, Lecturer

Laux-Bachand is currently recruiting for her research study, which explores the connection between work produced by first-year writing students and the work they do in their jobs. The results will be used to develop the writing program to better reflect the realities of writing studies students. Laux-Bachand will also continue to introduce introductory writing students how to apply rhetorical analysis in a broad range of disciplines like nursing, social work, business and more. 

Ellen Bayer, AMC, Assistant Professor

Bayer presented her nonfiction essay "Green Burial, Home Burial: A Return to Redbud Hill" at The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference (ASLE) in June and "'The strata of my history': Of Time and Place in Wendell Berry's That Distant Land” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Conference in October.

Ventura Honored at 2015 Internship Breakfast

Communication senior and student leader Cristiana Ventura was honored at the 2015 Internship Breakfast for her hard work and dedication during her nine-month internship.

Ventura is currently involved in UWT’s Institution-to-Institution Internship — a new program at the university that pairs talented students with local agencies for a year-long, paid internship. In Autumn 2014, UWT paired Ventura with United Way of Pierce County where she has continued to gain a community-based learning experience.

From Russia, With Love

In September, my peer Justin Lawrence and I flew 5,223 miles to Moscow, Russia, the last two students standing for the competitive independent study program. UWT Communication Professor Chris Demaske and Moscow State University Deputy Dean Maria Lukina brought together students from UWT and MSU for the first time in 2003 to see how journalists across the world operate. During this 12th year of the program, Justin and I worked with a diverse collection of students from MSU’s Faculty of Journalism to create a one-of-a-kind student publication.