Tarleton State University faculty members Drs. Cessna Winslow and Sarah Maben, both in the Department of Communication Studies, presented papers and pedagogy posters at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Nov. 4-5 in West Memphis, Ark.

Maben’s paper, written with Texas Wesleyan University professor Dr. Kay Colley, received top honors. The two wrote #NotAllBaptismbyFire: The State of Social Media Training at Student-run Communication Organizations—one of the first studies in this research area.

Winslow’s research presentation was titled An Exploration of the Characteristics of Public Relations in Regards to Face-to-Face Versus Distance Learning in Two Private Liberal Arts Higher Education Settings. Her pedagogy poster presentation, “Strikeout or Homerun?” was a best practices illustration. Both showcase her research interests in public relations and curriculum design.

Maben was honored for her service as president of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication for the past year, and Winslow served as a program moderator for the recent symposium. Drs. Liza Benedict and Chris Gearhart, also with Tarleton’s communication studies program, were reviewers.