Tara Schuwerk

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Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies

I value working at a university that emphasizes teaching and learning and that encourages critical thinking.

  • Ph.D., communication, The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
  • M.A., communication, University of Central Florida
  • B.A., organizational communication, University of Central Florida

Contact

Course Sampling

  • Qualitative Theory and Methodology
  • Food and Nutrition in the Media
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Are We What We Eat? Food, Health, and Controversy
  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Project

Areas of Expertise

  • N/A

Biography

Dr. Tara Schuwerk is an associate professor of communication and media studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of communication, culture, health and identity using qualitative research methods. Her projects have a focus on food within those intersections, such as hunger-relief, media representations of food and nutrition, and public discourse of food issues. Her research projects in the past have also included such topics as pedagogy, communication and mental health, international and transracial child adoptions, memory and cultural identity, and the culture of college drinking. Her teaching experience includes a variety of lower- and upper-division courses, several of which have a service-learning component. She values working at a university that emphasizes teaching and learning and that encourages critical thinking.

Research

  • Food and communication--food security and hunger relief, food and nutrition discourse in the media, the social construction of food and social identities, policy, culture, the environment, and food in organizational settings.
  • The interaction of communication, health, culture, and public discourse--how race/ethnicity, sex/gender, sexuality, socio-economic status/class, and communication influence how people think about health and health outcomes.
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning

Publications

  • Graham, L., & Schuwerk, T. J. (2017). Teaching qualitative research methods using Undercover Boss. Communication Teacher, 31(1), 11-15.
  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2016). [Review of the book Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, by Ted Merwin]. The Popular Culture Studies Journal, 4(1-2), 470-473.
  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2014). Critical consumption: Analyzing food and nutrition in media artifacts. Teaching Media Quarterly, 2(2).
  • Schuwerk, T. J. & Davis, A. (2013). Influencing factors on social media adoption in county-level emergency management departments. Florida Communication Journal, 41(2), 11-24.
  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2011). Food bank culture: Food and nutrition communication in a hunger-relief organization. In J. M. Cramer, C. P. Greene, and L. M. Walters (Eds.), Food as communication/communication as food (pp. 381-403). New York: Peter Lang.
  • LeGreco, M., Hess, A., Lederman, L. C., Schuwerk, T. J., & LaValley, A. G. (2010). An innovative dialogue about college drinking: Developing an Immediate Response Technology Model for health promotion. Communication Education, 59(3), 389-404.
  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2010). Verbal language use: Translating for the situation. In L. A., Janusik, R. M. Berko, and L. Graham (Eds.), Instructor's resource manual for communicating: A social, career and cultural focus (11th ed., pp. 94-95). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2010). Human outline. In L. A., Janusik, R. M. Berko, and L. Graham (Eds.), Instructor's resource manual for communicating: A social, career and cultural focus (11th ed., pp. 273-277). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Lederman, L. C., LeGreco, M., Schuwerk, T. J., & Cripe, E. T. (2008). A final word: Framing the future of health communication. In L.C. Lederman (Ed.), Beyond these walls: Readings in health communication (pp. 395-408). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lederman, L. C., Stewart, L., Greenberg, J., Bates, C., LeGreco, M., & Schuwerk, T. J. (2007). LET'S TALK ABOUT IT. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Health Services.