Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes

PhD Graduate Student, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

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ahughes8@memphis.edu
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Art & Communication Bldg. 142B
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About

Adam G. Hughes is a rhetoric & media studies Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication and serves as Graduate Assistant Director of the university's Center for Writing and Communication. Mr. Hughes's dissertation project, under the guidance of advisor Dr. Antonio de Velasco, will examine the public rhetorics surrounding three examples of technological innovation: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Amazon's Echo device running the Alexa operating system, and Waymo's autonomous driving technology (formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project). Additional ongoing projects include examination of rhetorical ironies in Sinclair Lewis's criticism of textile mill labor treatment, and analysis of Muna Lee's constitutive rhetoric promoting Pan-American Feminism. After finishing his Ph.D., Mr. Hughes aims to serve in a faculty role at a public university, work to improve the efficacy of basic COMM courses for students outside the discipline, and continue studying discourses of technological, global, and class change.

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Education

M.A. Communication- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
B.A. Communication- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Experience

University of Memphis (08/2014 to present)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Center for Writing & Communication Assistant Director

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (08/2012 to 08/2014)
Instructor (Summers 2013 & 2014)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Virginia Tech COMMLab Consultant

Research

Technology, Constitutive Rhetoric, Irony

Teaching

COMM 2381- Oral Communication
COMM 2101- Media and Information Literacy
COMM 2004- Virtual Public Speaking (VT)
COMM 2004- Public Speaking (VT)
COMM 1014- Intro to COMM Studies (VT; TA for Dr. Buddy Howell)
COMM 2044- Principles of Public Relations (VT; TA for Dr. John Tedesco)