Keven Rudrow

PHD GRADUATE STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

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About

I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis in the Department of Communication. My research primarily employs rhetorical criticism and other qualitative methods to interrogate contemporary American society and media. I am particularly interested in studying intersections of racial and sexual identity, contemporary Black voices in American society, discourses on non-human animals, and visual rhetoric. Other research interests include interpretive communication theory, autoethnography, and argumentation and advocacy.

Additionally, I am a member of the National Communication Association (NCA), Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), and the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Honor Society (PKD). I have presented on over a dozen panels and have reviewed papers and panels for both NCA and SSCA. I am currently the Vice President Elect of the Argumentation and Forensics Division at SSCA.

During my tenure at Valdosta State U, I debated on the collegiate level as an undergrad and served as the Assistant Director of Speech and Debate as a graduate student.

Education

Ph.D. Communication (in progress), The University of Memphis
MA. Communication, Valdosta State University
BFA. Communication, Valdosta State University

Experience 

Graduate Teaching Instructor, Department of Communication, The University of Memphis.
Graduate Assistant/Assistant Speech & Debate Coach, Department of Communication Arts, Valdosta State University.

Honors and Awards

2016: Outstanding Graduate Student, Valdosta State University, Department of Communication Arts.

2016: Outstanding Debate Coach. Valdosta State University, Valdosta State University Speech and Debate Team.

2016: Top Paper Award in the Argumentation and Forensics Division at the annual Southern States Communication Association in Austin, TX.

2016: First Place State Champions in Open and Novice International Public Debate at the annual Georgia Championship Tournament in Gainesville, GA.

2015: Outstanding Service to the Department, Valdosta State University, Department of Communication Arts.

2015: First Place National Champions in Open International Public Debate at the annual PKD National Tournament in Athens, Ohio.

2015: First Place Champions in Open Parliamentary Debate at the annual Blazer Classic Debates in Valdosta, GA.

Research

Intersections of Race and Sexuality
Media Representations of Sexuality
Animal Rights Rhetoric

Presentations

Rudrow, K. (2016, April). Performance in parliamentary debate: Exploring alternative methods for participation. Top Student Paper to be presented at the annual Southern States Communication Association Conference in the Southern Argumentation & Forensics Division, Austin, TX.

Rudrow, K. (2016, April). Alternative Media & Participatory Culture: Exploring the Intersections of Race and Sexual Identity. Panel paper to be presented at the annual Southern States Communication Association Conference in the Gender Division, Austin, TX.

Eaves, M., Rudrow, K. (2016, April). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Critique of the HLC Campaign and the Use of Impression Management Strategies. Panel paper to be presented at the annual Southern States Communication Association in the Southern Argumentation & Forensics Division, Austin, TX.

Eaves, M., Rudrow, K. (2015, November). The need for evidence in parliamentary debate. Panel paper to be presented at the Pi Kappa Delta National Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Panel.

Teaching

Communication 3072 (Debate and Individual Events Lab), Department of Communication Arts, Valdosta State University.