David Rhea

  Associate Professor
  708-534-4392 ext. 4392
  Office Location: E2516
  
  College: CAS
  Communication
  

 

 

The most rewarding aspect of academic work for me is watching my students go through the learning process and seeing that moment when they have realized they learned something about the topic I’m teaching that benefits them in their world. It’s so rewarding to me because these moments are cultivated through weeks if not months of frustration, hard work, and sometimes failure. So to see that moment, developed out of a student’s best efforts and willingness to push themselves in my class is really special to me and makes me just want to help the next student realize those moments.

Dr. Rhea is a nationally respected scholar in mass media research focusing on election campaigns (humor and advertising messages) and entertainment media. His research is published in major journals in communication field: Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Studies, and Communication Quarterly. He has earned numerous awards for faculty excellence (GSU Excellence Award, 2013), teaching excellence (ICA Teaching Award, 2007, innovation in teaching (GSU Fisk Awards, 2010, 2012) and scholarship (Gillman Fellowship, 2005). He is career has been highlighted by major leadership roles both within GSU (Director of Honors, Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board) and amongst scholars in his discipline including lead program planner for the National Communication Association Mass Communication Division for their 2013 Convention Program.

Dr. Rhea is active in his local community. He has recently served as education leader for a local congregation in Chicago and served on its governance board. He is active in building community partnerships between the GSU Honors Program and local Community Colleges and community organizations.

 

 

 

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Aubrey, J. S., Rhea, D., Olson, L., & Fine, M. (2013).Conflict and control: Examining the association between exposure to television portraying interpersonal conflict and the use of controlling behaviors in romantic relationships. Communication Studies, 64, 106-124. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2012.731465

Rhea, D. M. (2012). There they go again: The use of humor in presidential debates 1960-2008. Argumentation and Advocacy, 49, 115-131.

 

Emmers-Sommer, T. M., Triplett, L. H., Pauley, P. M., Hanzal A. D., & Rhea, D. M. (2005). The impact of film manipulation on attitudes toward women, realism, and integrity.  Sex Roles, 52, 683-695.

Recent National/International Conference Presentations (2010 to Present)

Chattopadhyay, S., & Rhea, D. M. (2013). The dynamics of recall campaigns: An analysis of issue ownership theories in the 2012 WI recall gubernatorial debates. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 International Communication Association Convention, London, England, UK.

 

Chattopadhyay, S., & Rhea, D. M. (2012). Debating the issues: An analysis of issue ownership theory in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial debates. Paper presented at the 2012 National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

 

Rhea, D. M., Chattopadhyay, S., & Davis, C. (2011). Exploring viewer effects of watching gubernatorial debates. Paper presented at the 2011 National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

 

Rhea, D. M., & Gerrish, B. (2011). What candidates talk about in a gubernatorial general election: A comparative study of issue ownership in gubernatorial ads. Paper presented at the 2011 National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Chattopadhyay, S., & Rhea, D. M. (2011). Issue ownership in gubernatorial primary ads. Paper presented at the 2011 National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Rhea, D. M., Chattopadhyay, S., & Foley, M. (2011). Issue ownership in a gubernatorial primary election. Paper presented at the 2011 Central States Communication Association Convention, Milwaukee, WI.

 

Rhea, D. M. (2010). Laughter in the podium: Humor in presidential debates 1960-2008. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

 

Teaching and Research Grants Received

·         2012 Digital Learning and Media Design FISK Grant Award Winner – Governors State University

    • Project: Transmedia Storytelling of a Political Election Campaign
    • Amount: $450.00

·         2010 University Research Grant Award Winner – Governors State University

    • Project: Exploring content and effects of campaign messages in the 2010 Illinois and Wisconsin gubernatorial elections
    • Amount: $1,245.00

·         2010 Digital Learning and Media Design FISK Grant Award Winner – Governors State University

    • Project: Modernizing Research Methods Instruction
    • Amount: $400.00