Dr. Skerski's research centers on discourses of gender and sexuality in the media. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Taming the Tomboy: Gender Lessons in Post-Title IX America. She also teaches and researches the relationship between sport and society.
communication and sport, gender and culture
COMM 1300 - Public Speaking
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Develops confidence and competence in writing and delivering presentations. Examines public speaking in a variety of personal, civic and professional settings. Required for COMM or COMN majors.
COMM 3000 - Issues in Communication
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
Explores select issues in communication. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different issues. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 3320 - Persuasion in Society
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021
Learn personal and professional skills to become more persuasive in a variety of communication contexts, and develop a broader and more critical understanding of the culture of persuasion that pervades all aspects of society.
COMM 3430 - Communication, Culture and Sport
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
Examines the communicative, historical and cultural aspects of sport in contemporary American society including the intersections of power, gender/sexuality, race and class.
COMM 4220 - Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices.
COMM 4300 - Senior Seminar: Rhetoric
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Requires students to synthesize and demonstrate what they've learned in the major. Please refer to the specific description listed for the current semester. Each seminar will vary greatly in format and content.
COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.