Tara Schuwerk


Associate Professor and Department Chair

My teaching and scholarship focus on the social construction of communication, food, culture, and identities.

  • PhD, communication, The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
  • MA, communication, University of Central Florida


Course Sampling

  • Food and Nutrition in the Media
  • Food, Culture, and Communication
  • Qualitative Theory and Methodology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Project

Areas of Expertise

  • Food and Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Tara Schuwerk is an associate professor of communication and media studies at Stetson. Her research revolves around the intersections of communication, culture, health, and identity. 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. She endeavors to better understand these intersections by using qualitative research methods such as interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis.


  • Food and communication--food security and hunger relief, food and nutrition discourse in the media, the social construction of food and identities, policy, culture, the environment, and food in organizational settings.
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning


  • Schuwerk, T. J. (2018). Exploring the relationship between multiple identities and communication through a classroom art gala. In J. Seiter, J. Peeples, & M. Sanders (Eds.), Communication in the classroom: A collection of GIFTS (pp. 251-254). New York: Bedford/St. Martins.
  • Graham, L., & Schuwerk, T. J. (2017). Teaching qualitative research methods using Undercover Boss. Communication Teacher, 31(1), 11-15. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2016.1244345
  • 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 & nutrition communication in a hunger-relief organization. In J. M. Cramer, C. P. Greene, & 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, & L. Graham (Eds.), Instructor's resource manual for communicating: A social, career and cultural focus (11th ed., pp. 94-95). Boston, MA: Allyn & 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.