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Education

Ph.D. Communication                                                                                                               expected May, 2018

     University of Missouri: Adviser Dr. Benjamin R. Warner

·M.A. Communication                                                                                                                                                2006

     University of Arkansas

B.A. Political Science; Communication                                                                                                             2005

     University of Arkansas

Academic Positions

2014Present

University of Missouri

  

     Graduate Instructor – Department of Communication

                        COMMUN 1200: Public Speaking

                        COMMUN 4474: Theory and Research in Persuasion

     Research Assistant –Election Research Team (2016)

20092011

Missouri State University

     Communication Instructor –LNU-MSU Department of International Business

                       COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

20052006

University of Arkansas

     Graduate Instructor – Department of Communication

                        COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Publications

Jennings, F. J., Galarza, R. A., & Warner, B. R. (2016). Political polarization in the 2014U.S. midterm elections. In J. A. Hendricks & D. Schill (Eds.), Communication and midterm elections: Media, message, and mobilization, (pp. 83-97). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jennings, F. J. (2016). Keeping tradition alive: Cultural transmission among Native Americans. Global Diversity Network Monograph Series, 52-77.

Brandhorst, J. K., & Jennings, F. J. (2016).Fighting for funding: Values Advocacy and Planned Parenthood’s right-to-life. Public Relations Review, 42(4), 723-733. doi: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2016.06.002

Jennings, F. J., Coker, C. R., McKinney, M. S., & Warner, B. R. (Accepted).  Tweeting Presidential Primary Debates: Debate processing through motivated Twitter instruction. American Behavioral Scientist.

Warner, B. R., Galarza, R., Coker, C. R., Tschirhart, P., Hoeun, S., Jennings, F. J., & McKinney, M. S.(Accepted). Comic agonism in the 2016 campaign: A study of Iowa Caucus rallies. American Behavioral Scientist.

Warner, B. R., Greenwood, M. M, Jennings, F.J. & Bramlett, J. C. (Accepted). exploring the relationships between political information efficacy, partisan affect, and political uses of Twitter. In J. A. Hendricks & D. Schill (Eds.), The presidency and social media: Discourse, disruption, and digital democracy in the 2016 Presidential Election. New York: Routledge

Honors and Awards

Pansy Jacobs Jackson National Annual Student Research Competition winner, National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates 2016. Keeping tradition alive: Cultural transmission among Native Americans

 Top Four Paper Panel. Political Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association 2016.The tragedy of political polarization. 

Quantitative Social Science division (2nd place). Research and Creative Activities Forum. 2016. The effectiveness of corrective information.

Humanities division (3rd place). Research and Creative Activities Forum. 2016. Examining the Ferguson Protests.

Top Student Paper. Health Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association 2017. Civility and health: The impact of uncivil comments on source credibility and attitude formation.

Top Paper. Political Communication Interest Group, Central States Communication Association 2017. Sexism in politics: The impact of online discussions of candidate support.

Conference Presentations

Jennings, F. J. Keeping tradition alive: Cultural transmission among Native Americans. Present at the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Annual Convention, Baton Rouge, LA, February, 2016.

Hawthorne, J., Smith-Frigerio, S., Choi, H., Coker, C., & Jennings, F. The tragedy of political polarization.  Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Grand Rapids, MI, April, 2016.

Jennings, F. J., Galarza, R. A., & Durbin, B. Get you facts straight: The effectiveness of corrective information on Facebook. Presented at the International Communication Association Annual Convention, Fukuoka, Japan, June, 2016.

Jennings, F. J. The Ballot or the Bullet 50 years later: Examining the Ferguson protests through the words of Malcolm X. Presented at the International Communication Association Annual Convention, Fukuoka, Japan, June, 2016.

Jennings, F. J. Where to Turn? The influence of information source on belief and behavior. Presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2016.

Galarza, R., & Jennings, F. J. The effects of incivility in online discussions. Presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2016.

Warner, B. R., Greenwood, M. M., Jennings, F. J., Bramlett, J. C., Hoeun, H. Political uses of social media in the 2016 election. Presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November, 2016 (Panel).

Jennings, F. J. Dissecting the Truth: A rhetorical analysis of the Sermon on the Mount. Presented at the Research and Creative Activities Forum, Columbia, MO, March, 2016

Jennings, F. Power, lies, and polarization.  Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2017.

Jennings, F. Civility and health: The impact of uncivil comments on source credibility and attitude formation.  Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2017.

Jennings, F. Sexism in politics: The impact of online discussions of candidate support.  Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2017.

Jennings, F. Media in the 2016 Election: Discourse, Disruption, and Digital Democracy (Social Media and the 2016 Presidential Election panel). Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2017 (Panel).

Coker, C. & Jennings, F. Motivated Tweeting and motivated processing: Influencing debate viewership through Twitter instruction. Presented at the International Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, May, 2017.

Jennings, F. J., Bramlett, J. C., & Warner, B. R. Comedic cognition: The impact of elaboration on political comedy effects. Presented at the International Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, May, 2017.

Research (Under Review)

Hawthorne, J., Smith-Frigerio, S., Choi, H., Coker, C., & Jennings, F. The tragedy of political polarization. (submitted to Terror and Political Violence)

Jennings, F. J. The Ballot or the Bullet 50 years later: Examining the Ferguson protests through the words of Malcolm X. (4th R & R at Argumentation and Advocacy)

Research in Progress

Jennings, F. J., Galarza, R., & Durbin, B. Get you facts straight: The effectiveness of corrective information on Facebook.

Jennings, F. J. Where to Turn? The influence of information source on belief and behavior.

Jennings, F. J. Sexism in politics: The impact of online discussion on support for a female candidate.

Jennings, F. J. Civility and health: The impact of uncivil comments and source credibility on attitude formation

Galarza, R., & Jennings, F. J. The effects of incivility in online discussions. 

Jennings, F. J., Bramlett, J. C., Warner, B. R. Comedic cognition: The impact of elaboration on political comedy effects.

Jennings, F. J., Greenwood, M. M., & McKinney, M. S. “I’m with her:” The impact of gender social identification on debate perceptions and effects

Jennings, F. J., Bramlett, J. C., Coker, C. R., Reed, J. L., & Bolton, J. The polarizing influence of political ads: The effects of viewing on democratic mistrust, attribution of malevolence, and hostility toward the outgroup.

Warner, B. R., Jennings, F. J., Bramlett, J. C., Coker, C. R., Reed, J. L., & Bolton, J. Broadcast media echo-chambers: The conditional and indirect effects of political ads and political comedy on vote intentions

Choi., H., Warner, B. R., & Jennings. The effects of partisan media on voter attitudes: An O-S-O-R Model.

Academic Organization Affiliations

Political Communication Institute–University of Missouri                                                  2014-Present

Association of Communication Graduate Students–University of Missouri                2014-Present

National Communication Association (Reviewer)                                                                 2014-Present

International Communication Association (Reviewer)                                                        2015-Present

Central States Communication Association (Reviewer)                                                      2015-Present

National Association of African-American Studies and Affiliates                                     2015-2016

Southern Communication Association                                                                                      2005-2006

Service

Academic Mentor: Didar Manik

Guest Lecturer: Political Communication. Presidential Campaigns. November 10, 2015.

Guest Lecturer: Strategic Communication. Values Advocacy Theory. November 16, 2016.

Journal Reviewer: SOJ Nursing & Health Care (SOJNHC)