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Diversity-Related Research

Grant Proposals

CoMC faculty and graduate students are committed to research in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Grant and supported research proposals are an indicator of increased interest and progress in conducting such scholarship. The following is a growing list of diversity, equity and inclusion research projects for which grant support was sought. 

Faculty PI

Title
  
Sponsor
 
Amount
 *indicates
awarded
grants
Submission Date
Asheley Landrum CAREER: Addressing the Gender Divide in Science Public Media Digital Video Programming National Science Foundation 2,800,384.00 8/4/20
Asheley Landrum SUPPLEMENT Collaborative Research: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement [Read more...] National Science Foundation *47,240.00 4/13/20   
Miglena Sternadori Being Intersex in America, through Journalists'' Eyes National Endowment for the Humanities 35,000.00  4/8/20 
Megan Condis Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries and Other Gendered Constructions National Endowment for the Humanities 30,000.00 4/1/20   
Megan Condis FELLOWSHIP: Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries, and Other Gendered Constructions New America 30,000.00 4/1/20  
Asheley Landrum RAPID: Collaborative Research: Influencing Young Adults'' Science Engagement and Learning with COVID-19 Media Coverage National Science Foundation 91,928.00 4/1/20  
Miglena Sternadori A Cultural History of Intersex in America National Endowment for the Humanities 60,000.00 2/5/20   
Megan Condis Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries and Other Gendered Constructions National Science Foundation  95,922.00 2/3/20 
Megan Condis Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries and Other Gendered Constructions National Endowment for the Humanities 30,000.00 1/16/20   
Megan Condis Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries and Other Gendered Constructions American Association of University Women 30,000.00 1/1/20   
Harrison Gong & Glenn Cummins The impact of grocery store initiatives on promoting healthy food choices among rural Hispanic population National Institutes of Health  362,420.45 10/24/19   
Megan Condis Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries and Other Gendered Constructions National Science Foundation 93,088.00 7/31/19   
Megan Condis FELLOWSHIP: Designing Women: Sex Bots, Virtual Secretaries, and Other Gendered Constructions National Endowment for the Humanities 40,000.00 4/3/19  
Megan Condis FELLOWSHIP: Designing Women New America  15,000.00 4/1/19  
Asheley Landrum COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Expanding Science Outreach in Rural Communities through NCSE''s Science Booster Club Program National Science Foundation 236,217.00 11/7/18   
Jenna LaFreniere Intergenerational Differences: Is it Impacting the Healthcare Workplace and Nursing Retention Rates? Spencer Foundation  49,998.00 11/1/18  
Jenna LaFreniere Intergenerational Differences: Is it Impacting the Healthcare Workplace and Nursing Retention Rates? National Communication Association 4,950.00 10/1/18   
Paul Bolls  Optimizing Media Content and Technology for Activity Aging Adults AARP *139,999.00

 2/20/18  
Paul Bolls Optimizing Media Content for Actively Aging Adults AARP *50,000.00

12/1/17   
Asheley Landrum Collaborative Research: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement
[Read more...]
National Science Foundation  *229,782.00 11/3/17  
Sherice Gearhart, & Weiwu Zhang Texas Tech ASNE Diversity Survey American Society of News Editors  114,778.00 9/29/17  
Glenn Cummins & Lyombe Eko Closing the STEAM Gender Gap in Africa through Grassroots-Based Initiatives for Adolescent Females Department of State US Mission to the EU  365,195.25  4/28/17 
Andrew King Identifying Barriers to Deceased and Living Organ Donation among Rural Hispanic/Latino Populations NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 320,413.00 12/5/16   
Lyombe Eko One Country, Two Journalistic Cultures: Charlie Hebdo Mohammed Cartoons and Transnational Cultural Proximities in Canada Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication 4,335.00 11/1/16   
Eric Rasmussen The role of media and media literacy in Latino youths' well-being Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication  2,500.00  9/30/15
Bryan McLaughlin Identifying with a Stereotype: Disentangling the Societal Effects of Latino Television Characters Villanova University *9,959.00 8/11/15
Rauf Arif When Pictures Kill People: Studying and Detecting Visual Cyberbullying on Instagram to Improve School Safety National Institute of Justice  245,186.80  5/1/17  
      Total Grant
Applications
$5,534,295.50
 

Explore Dissertations, Theses & Final Projects Investigating Diversity Themes 

A great amount of interest in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion exist among CoMC graduate student work. The following lists of MA final projects, theses and Ph.D. dissertations highlight this interest. They also indicate the high level of guidance and support they receive from the CoMC faculty.

MA Final Projects

  • True Beauty? An Examination of A Dove Campaign, Sydnee Gatewood 
  • Mixed Messages? A Study of Gen-Austin and Their Messages To Adolescent Girls, Heather Horne
  • Moral Exemplars in Lives of Third World Crisis, Katherine Plyler
  • "I'm Not 'Your Baby': Reducing Street Harassment on Texas Tech Campus", Carolyn Heck
  • Sexual Assault information on College Websites, Audrey DeLeon
  • Arab and Middle Eastern Countries Presented in Mainstream American | Newspaper Media in Conjunction With Religion, Leila Forouhi
  • How Do Women in Space Media Break The Glass Ceiling in A Male Dominant Arena! Regina Garcia
  • international Communication: How Social Media Can Help Reach, inform & Recruit international Students | TTU independent School District, Briana Vela
  • "How Can Women Be Encouraged To Hold Leadership Positions in Sports", Shanice Stewart
  • Examining Cultural Identity of Mexican Americans With The influence of Americanization and The Media, Holly Bearden
  • Title IX Awareness At Texas Tech, Mary Cram
  • Bilingual Studies Within The Realm of Communication, Claudia Tristan
  • The Use of Myths in Sexual Capitalists Deification and Objectification of Women, Nicole Casperson, Nicole Casperson
  • Are Sports Fans Being Racially Primed? An Analysis of Sports Commentary, Brennen McGinty
  • Language in News Coverage of Violent Crimes According To Gender of The Victim, Madison McCarty 
  • Race and The Media: The Portrayal of Racial Groups in Prime-Time Television Shows, MiKenna Williams
  • It's All About The Boobs: A Content Analysis of Romantic Comedy Movies and Their Sexualization of Women, Madison Warren
  • Title IX: The Effects on News Coverage in A Changing Political Environment, Moriah Gonzales
  • Understanding The Effect of The Underrepresentation of Minorities & Women in The Media, Sandra Addo
  • Gender Expectations in News Broadcasting, James Eppler
  • First Generation Students Media For Motivation and Educational Engagement, Thomas Hallford
  • Does News and Social Media Frame Texas Tech Athletics Fans Based on Gender? Casey Montalvo
  • TTU Academic Advisors and Diverse Student Populations, Carly Pruiett
  • Analogies and Humor in Promoting LGBT Recognition and Education, Marcos Rubio
  • Treatment of Journalists on Facebook: Comparing Public Comments Toward Male & Female Journalists, Katrina Gonzales
  • Media Portrayal of LGBTQ Communities - An Indian Perspective, Gourav Rath
  • Women in The Sports Media industry: Evaluating Career Strides and Satisfaction, Marissa Ramos

Theses

  • Beyond Boobs and Beer: Analysis in The Bro-Film "Superbad" Representations of Masculine Rites of Passage, Jennifer Huemmer 
  • A Comparative Content Analysis About Athletes involved in Sexual Assault Cases Using Situational Crisis Communication, Jourdan Scruggs 
  • Gender Portrayal and Stereotypes in Television Advertisements: An Analysis of Three Channels in The Kingdom of Saudi, Ibrahim Alibrahim 
  • "A Woman's Job": A Visual Analysis of World War I and World War II Images of Women in The United States, Easton Wollney 

Dissertations

  • Raising Her Voice Across Africa: Women's Empowerment Through Digital Storytelling, Jessica Foumena Agnoung 
  • The Effects of Gender, The Sex of The Avatar, and Salience of The Sex of The Avatar on Emotional Valence and Arousal, Duncan Prettyman
  • The Battle of Diversity Frames: Chief Diversity officers' Framing Efforts Vs. Undergraduate Students' Diversity Reality, Jobi Martinez 
  • The Effects of Gendered Media Primes on Children's Implicit Attitudes of Gender: Attitudes Toward Girls, Boys, and Gender Roles, Mary Norman
  • The Role of Communication in The Identification of LGBTI Refugees & Asylees Post-Asylum, Nathan Rodriguez
  • A Tale of Two Worlds: Examining Identity, Media, and Faith Among Evangelical Christian Women, Jennifer Huemmer