Steven Vrooman

Steven

Department of English & Communication Studies

Professor, Department Chair

Contact

Steven Vrooman
Langner Hall

Phone: 830-372-8039

EMAIL
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Education

Ph.D. in Communication, Arizona State University

M.A. in Communication, Arizona State University

B.A. in English & Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Specializations: rhetoric, film studies, public speaking, zombies, film noir, science fiction, comic books, social movements, Joss Whedon, game design, women directors, the ethics of marriage, ghosts and aliens, and vampire films.

Honors

Editorial Board, Western Journal of Communication, 2013-present

Appearance in The People Versus George Lucas, documentary film

Publications

The Zombie Guide to Public Speaking. Amazon: Createspace, 2013.

Instructor’s Resource Manual: Speak Up: An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking. Boston: Bedford, 2009.

"Self-Help for Savages: The “Other” Survivor, Primitivism and the Construction of American Identity." In Survivor Lessons: Communication Issues under a Watchful Eye (Eds. Andrew Wood and Matthew J. Smith). McFarland, 2003.

"The Art of Invective: Performing Identity in Cyberspace." (2002). New Media and Society, 4(1), 51-70.

"Flamethrowers, Slashers, and Witches: Gendered Communication in a Virtual Community." (2002). Qualitative Research Reports 2(2), 33-41.

Select Presentations

“Our Brains Are A’Twitter,” TEDxSanAntonio, October 18, 2014.

“Castrating the Oedpal Fanboy: Father Anxiety, Star Wars, and the Discursive Structures of Nerd Misogyny and Geek Capitalism.” Paper to be presented at SWTX PCA/ACA Convention, Albuquerque, NM, February, 2014.

“The Zombie Guide to Public Speaking.” Texas Lutheran University Hettinger Lecture Webinar, November 11, 2013.

“Destination Imagination and Creative Problem Solving.” Krost Symposium Demonstration, Texas Lutheran University, October 9, 2013

“The “Unease Model” of Audience Identification: Burke, Riffaterre, Hitchcock and Lois Weber’s Suspense.” Paper presented at SWTX PCA/ACA Convention, Albuquerque, NM, February, 2013.

“Parenting and the Internet.” Seguin ISD presentation for teachers and parents, November 15, 2010.

“Young Adults, Communication and Social Media.” Annual Conference of the ELCA Chaplains, Texas Lutheran University, April 13, 2010.

“Two Versions of Group Service Learning Project for Public Speaking.” Co-authored with Chris Bollinger. Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, San Antoinio, TX, November, 2006.

“Snake Oil for the "Asian Flu": Global Investing and the Rhetoric of Asian Region Mutual Fund Prospectuses.” Paper presented at the Western Social Science Association, Phoenix, AZ, April, 2006.

“’I’m Going to Watch It Until It Gets Good’: Identificaiton, Active/Passive Audiences, and the Star Wars Prequels.” Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA, November, 2005.

“Ethnographic Ethics and ‘Community’ in Internet-based Qualitative Research.” Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA, November, 2005.

“Youth Ministry and New Media.” Texas Lutheran University Youth Ministry Convocation, April, 5, 2005.

“Intimate Strangers, Identification and Desire: Survivor: All-Stars and Reality Television as Meta-Celebrity Text.” Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November, 2004.

"The Rhetoric of Usability: Locating Communication Theory's Place in the Field of Web Design." Poster presented at National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2002.

"Interrogating Masculinity in the (Post)Colonial Adventure Narrative." Paper presented at Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Denver, CO, May 2002.

"The Art of Invective: Performing Identity in Cyberspace." Paper presented at Western States Communication Association Conmvention, Sacramento, February, 2000.

"The Death of a Cyborgoddess: Star Trek: First Contact and Postmodern Anxiety." Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November, 1999.

"Supple/mental: Gaming and Rhizomatic Spatial Negotiation." Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November, 1999.

"Flamethrowers, Slashers, and Witches: Gendered Communication in a Virtual Community." Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November, 1999.

“The Beardstown Ladies: Home-Work and Home-Style Capitalism” Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, New York, November, 1998.

“Social Movement Theory: An Ideographic Proposal” Paper presented at National Communication Association Convention, New York, November, 1998.

“No Dice: Burke’s Negative, Hawking’s Black Holes, and Faustian Theoretical Ambitions” Poster presented at Speech Communication Association Convention, San Diego, November, 1996.