Roy Schwartzman

Roy Schwartzman
University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNCG · Department of Communication Studies

PhD

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Introduction
Roy Schwartzman currently works at the Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Roy does research in Holocaust Studies; Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Propaganda; Public Argumentation; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; and several other areas. Methodologically, he mostly conducts Qualitative Social Research and primarily uses Interpretive Theories.
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August 2006 - November 2020
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Department Head, Communication Studies (2019-present).
August 2000 - July 2006
Northwest Missouri State University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Served as Basic Communication Course Director. Hired as Associate Professor in 2000. Promoted to Full Professor in 2006.

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Publications (47)
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The COVID-19 pandemic presents opportunities to foster resilience as an ongoing process of productively adapting to crises and change. The fundamental communication course can serve a key role in building resilience on several levels: personal (for students and teachers), across courses and communication programs, and community-wide. Lessons learne...
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As one of the world’s major social media hubs dedicated to online education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Facebook mega-group Pandemic Pedagogy provides a panoramic perspective of the key concerns educators and students face amid a public health crisis that forces redefinition of what constitutes effective education. After several months of ins...
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Strategic use of first-hand testimony by immigrants can challenge prevalent xenophobic narratives of foreign immigrants as innate threats. Using United States President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric as a point of departure, these negative stereotypes can be critiqued and remediated on three levels: more nuanced individual immigrant testimo...
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Focusing on many previously untranslated articles in popular national magazines and newspapers, as well as works by prominent racial theorists, this chapter traces how outrage was systematically fomented against Jews in Nazi-era Germany, creating perceived imperatives for drastic discriminatory measures. Rather than locate the core of Nazi antisemi...
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The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States spawns a perplexing polemic. Intransigent coronavirus skeptics who defy public health recommendations often get cast as ideological zealots or as perniciously ignorant. Both characterizations overlook a more fundamental epistemic opposition. The authors recast the conflict between COVID-19 skeptics and pub...
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Why does support for Donald Trump remain resilient despite the preponderance of arguments and evidence that should refute so many of his claims? The answer lies in how Trump's rhetoric fully embraces intuitively based rationales for allegiance. This chapter analyzes Donald Trump's rhetoric throughout his campaign and presidency through the lens of...
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Cite: Jovanovic, S., Damasceno, C. S., & Schwartzman, R. (2021). Engaging Generation Z with communication’s civic commitments. In R. Robinson (Ed.), Communication instruction and the Gen Z classroom: Educational explorations (pp. 129-147). Lanham, MD: Lexington.
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As the number of Holocaust survivors declines, their live eyewitness testimony will be preserved and communicated via other media. This transformation prompts a key question. What value can personal testimony have when disembodied and presented in a medium more manipulable by the audience? The response addresses three types of mediated testimony: t...
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As schools began the frantic switch to fully remote education while the COVID-19 pandemic escalated in the United States, the Facebook group Pandemic Pedagogy rapidly became a worldwide interdisciplinary hub for navigating online instruction. Autoethnographic reflection on the development of that group leads to analysis of key issues emerging from...
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The COVID-19 pandemic forced rapid transformation of educational practices on an unprecedented scale. Most notably, online course delivery became the default and persists as a key component of education throughout the course of the pandemic. This reflective analysis provides insights regarding effective design and implementation of online courses....
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During the Holocaust and the subsequent process of what has become known as liberation, women constantly confronted convergent oppressive forces. Under the Nazi regime and its cohorts as well as during the liberation process, Jews faced torture and genocide. Jewish women constantly lived with an additional layer of oppression: threatened or actual...
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A look at how Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and American voters invoked ideas of gender and race in the fiercely contested 2016 US presidential election.
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Long before the 2016 campaign, wild speculations about Hillary Clinton's supposedly dire ailments abounded. These dubious rumors suddenly gained new traction when Hillary collapsed during the 9/11 commemorative ceremonies in New York. Diagnosed with pneumonia, she then took three days off to recuperate. During her convalescence, Donald Trump presse...
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Configuring students as consumers and higher education as a commodity have been widely suggested as ways to empower students and improve efficiency. This critical autoethnography challenges the assumptions and implications of modeling education after free market economic principles. Personal perspectives on the promotion and tenure process, student...
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This study documents how students learning English as a second language exhibit various levels of internal and external locus of control in their learning process. Focus group interviews were conducted with 21 non-native English speakers from seven nations enrolled in an intensive English language learning program at a mid-size research university...
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Longstanding research correlates locus of control (LOC)-the sense of self-empowerment (internal orientation) versus feeling influenced by events others control (external orientation)-with self-motivation, persistence, high academic achievement, and workplace success. In study 1, undergraduate peer tutors (n = 31) at a midsize, doctoral-granting, mi...
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This essay juxtaposes the process of “Othering” in the 1956 John Ford western The Searchers with my own indoctrination into White privilege as a child growing up in suburban Atlanta during the mid-to-late 1960s. The film’s stark portrayal of anti-Native American attitudes confronts the problematic construction of the non-White racial “Other” in wes...
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To remain sustainable in an atmosphere of shrinking budgets and curricular retrenchment, oral communication instruction via communication centers on college and university campuses must satisfy several constituencies. How can communication centers meet stakeholder interests driven by different paradigms of higher education? This study examines how...
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The discoveries of science and technology are accelerating. The choice of how to regulate and react to scientific and technological innovations relies heavily on the notion of risk. The emergence nature contemporary science and technology (i.e., complex systems that are not reducible to the simple physical and chemical processes from which they aro...
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Executive SummaryThis chapter examines discussion board postings of ten undergraduate student groups (n = 45 students) who participated in collaborative problem-solving in a fully online, introductory communication course. Postings during a full academic year—three sections offered during three consecutive 15-week trimesters—reveal that student usa...
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Online teaching and learning has been adopted throughout higher education with minimal critical attention to the challenges it poses to traditional definitions of academic labor. This chapter explores four areas where the nature of academic labor becomes contestable through the introduction of online instruction: (1) the boundaries demarcating work...
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Intersections between scholarship and artistry receive scant attention except in casual observations of their antithesis. The sterile, esoteric prose and limited circulation of academic journals limit their appeal to people—such as undergraduate college students—eager to translate abstract ideas into social action. Occasionally scholars do recogniz...
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The traditional scholarly journal article, while serving important intellectual functions, limits the expressive range of scholarship. At least four conditions draw scholarship more toward poetic modes of expression that privilege creativity over conformity: (1) acknowledging the influence of mentors whose teaching reaches beyond the pages of schol...
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THE MECHANICS OF ENGENDERNEERING: CYBORGS AND ALIENS AS MANUFACTURED EVIL IN SCIENCE-FICTION FILM This essay examines a process called engenderneering, which can be understood as personification with a twist: the investiture of non-human entities with a gendered identity. Science fiction films, despite their futuristic settings, often associate gen...
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Rhetoric & Public Affairs 4.3 (2001) 543-558 Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? By Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman. With a foreword by Arthur Hertzberg. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000; pp. xviii + 312. $27.50. The Future of the Holocaust: Between History and Memory. By Berel Lang. Ithaca,...
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Hypothesizing that metaphoric portrayals of students as consumers/customers should cause consternation, this paper constitutes a pragmatic examination of metaphor and focuses on how the choice of metaphors implicates policies and practices. It begins by tracing the philosophical development of the description of students as consumers/customers, and...
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Pointing out that the growing body of literature on the Holocaust has been accompanied by concern about how knowledge of the Holocaust may be conveyed, this paper argues that elucidating links between terminology and policy invites reconsideration of what Holocaust studies should accomplish. Close textual analysis of historical artifacts is used as...
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Greater reflexivity concerning the ways of discussing pedagogy could improve the way educators conceptualize their roles. Close attention to metaphors about education sounds a note of caution about the transfer of language from one discursive realm (business) to another (education). The transference of the "total quality management" (TQM) vocabular...
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Noting that discussions about the interaction of science and politics are often heard, this paper addresses how these discursive arenas are defined and distinguished. It argues that political and scientific discourse may be distinguished by the roles they assume on the rhetorical stage, and the relevant roles which emerge are implementers and inves...
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To remain sustainable in an atmosphere of shrinking budgets and curricular retrenchment, oral communication instruction via communication centers on college and university campuses must satisfy several constituencies. How can communication centers meet stakeholder interests driven by different paradigms of higher education? This study examines how...
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Shrinking financial support for higher education has renewed interest in market-based approaches that define education as a consumer transaction. This model fails to acknowl-edge many character-based dimensions of experiential learning. Testimonies from Holo-caust survivors reveal three habits of character not captured by educational models that fo...
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