I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.- Bill Gates
The past year at Kansas State University has seen as much innovation as the field of Communication Studies has as a whole in the past decade. Following a trend set by other universities, the Speech Communication, Theatre and Dance department is now known as the Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance department. This change in name has seen an influx of new ideas and bright faces to the department (from professors to students) that are well represented in the range of papers submitted and accepted for publication in Volume Two of the Journal of Advances in Communication Theory and Research.
Each paper chosen for this issue shares a common understanding that the way in which we choose to communicate has changed drastically in the twenty-first century. Whether that be recruitment techniques by universities, creating a new identity on Second Life, or the work balance of today’s working mother, the contributors to this issue show that we must look at, comprehend, and evaluate communication patterns as they emerge. In these works we see all areas of study within the communication field well represented: interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, qualitative, quantitative, and more. While technology is a main source of the change in communication patterns, the authors also draw on social changes in what is acceptable to interpret and advance theories and research in communication, showing that people can alter and improve their communication for a variety of reasons.
What we can learn from this issue is that there is no limit on when you can conduct a meaningful research, not to mention what andhow. This compilation of articles comes from both graduate and undergraduate students, individuals interested in pursuing a career both in academia and beyond. The future of communication studies stands before us today, and I hope that you enjoy the research and findings of these scholars as much as I did.
On a sad note, we had to bid a farewell to our webmaster Alex Richardson (CIS major, Class of 2009) due to his successful completion for graduation requirements and new career with a company in Kansas City. He won’t be too far away from us but is retired from his career with us. ACTR wishes best for Alex’s new life after us.
Editor in Chief
Graduate Student in Communication Studies
Kansas State University