Rebecca Sietman, Ph.D.

Communication

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication & Director of Forensics
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 280
Phone: (630)752-5259
Email:

Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Communication

M.A., The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Journalism & Communication

B.A., Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH), Communication Arts

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking (COMM 101)
  • Argumentation & Debate (COMM 252)
  • Human Communication Research (COMM 311)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • National Christian College Forensics Association (NCCFA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA)

Research

  • Media Effects
  • Political Discussion
  • Political Learning
  • Public Opinion & Polling

Academic Honors

  • Empire Who’s Who V.I.P. Award, 2006. Empire Who’s Who, Garden City, NY.
  • Empire Who’s Who Award, 2005. Empire Who’s Who, Garden City, NY.
  • Chancellor’s List Award, 2005. Educational Communications, Inc., Austin, TX.
  • School of Journalism and Communication Teaching Award, 2003, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2003, International Communication Association, Washington DC.
  • Datatel Scholarship, 1997-1999, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH.

Recent Publications and Conference Papers

Publications

Hoffman, L. H., Glynn, C. J., Huge, M. E., Sietman, R. B., & Thomson, T. (2007). The role of communication in public opinion processes: Understanding the impacts of intrapersonal, media, and social filters. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edm014.

Conference Papers

Sietman, D. R., & Sietman, R. B. (2007). Antifundamentalism and vote choice: Public opinion in rural Ohio. Paper submitted to the Political Communication division for the 2008 meeting of the International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.

Sietman, R. B., Thomson, T., Glynn, C. J., & Reineke, J. (2005). Discussion and selective attention: An overlooked explanation for learning from the news. Paper presented to the Political Communication division at the 2005 meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Hoffman, L. H., Glynn, C. J., Huge, M. E., Sietman, R. B., & Thomson, T. (2005). The process of public opinion: Understanding psychological, social, and political filters. Paper presented to the Political Communication division at the 2005 meeting of the International Communication Association, New York, NY.

Eveland, W. P., Jr., Seo, M., Cortese, J., Cai, L., Wang, Z., Thomson, T., Sietman, R. B., & Sipos, I. (2004). News use, discussion, and knowledge of local public affairs: An experimental and observational study. Paper presented to the Political Communication division at the 2004 meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

McDonald, D. G., Sietman, R. B., & Li, Z. (2004). The law of news consumption and news media effects. Paper presented to the Political Communication division at the 2004 meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, LA.

Coaching Success

Coached the Cedarville University Debate Team to a #72 national ranking for its first competitive season (2003-2004) within the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) and to a #40 national ranking the next year (2004-2005).

Coached the Cedarville Debate Team to 1st place team sweepstakes awards at Western Kentucky University, Berea College, Hillsdale College, and University of Notre Dame, resulting in a 14th place finish for the NPDA Regular Season Sweepstakes (2005-2006).

Coached the Cedarville Debate Team to 1st place team sweepstakes awards at Western Kentucky University, Berea College, and Wheaton College, resulting in an 11th place finish for the NPDA Regular Season Sweepstakes (2006-2007).

Coached the Cedarville Debate Team to an 18th place finish for the Tournament Sweepstakes at the NPDA Championship Tournament (2007).

Coached the Cedarville Debate Team to 1st place team sweepstakes awards at Berea College and Belmont University, resulting in an 8th place finish for the NPDA Regular Season Sweepstakes (2007-2008).

Coached the Cedarville Debate Team to 1st place in debate, 1st place overall, and 1st place quality award at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational, earning the title National Champions.

Coached Cedarville teams to National Champions in Open Parliamentary Debate (2008) and National Champions in Junior Parliamentary Debate (2008) finishes at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational.

Coached Cedarville teams to Quadra Octofinal (2006), Triple Octofinal (2005, 2007), Double Octofinal (2007) and 3rd Place Novice (2008) finishes at the NPDA Championship Tournament.

Coached Wheaton College teams (ranking 37th and 45th in the nation) to qualify for the 2009 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellent.

Coached Wheaton teams to Quadra Octofinal (2009) and 3rd Place Novice (2010) finishes at the NPDA Championship Tournament.

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