Robert Swieringa

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Title: Assistant Professor

Field of Study: Communication Studies


Office: 164 LSH

Phone: 616-331-8069

Email: swierinr@gvsu.edu

About

Dr. Swieringa's primary teaching interests include discourse and social interaction, communication theory, and film history and criticism. His teaching interests include Concepts of Communication, Argument and Analysis, Film Culture, Critical Interpretation, Communication Theory, and Issues in Communication (Capstone). His primary research is in the area of Language and Social Interaction, examining routine situated conversation and its relation to developing practice, membership, identity and community in scientific and institutional settings. He has presented at national and international conferences in communication and in science studies, addressing such topics as the shifting roles of novice and expert between professor and students, the interactive maintenance of neutrality for scientific work, the discursive management of laboratory activity, and the co-construction of reports in meetings. In addition, Dr. Swieringa is interested in film and animation history, theory and criticism.

Teaches

Concepts of Communication, Argument and Analysis, Film Culture, Critical Interpretation, Communication Theory, and Issues in Communication (Capstone).

Degrees

B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., University of Illinois