World Complexity Science Academy Journal
World Complexity Science Academy Journal

Special Section Co-Editors

Dr. Jim A. Kuypers

Special Section Co-Editor, WCSA Journal

Scholar and Consultant
Professor of Rhetoric and Political Communication
Virginia Tech

Kuypers is the author, editor, or co-author of 14 books, including Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism (winner of the Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship) and Partisan Journalism: A History of Media Bias in the United States (a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014) and over 40 book chapters and journal articles. He is a former co-editor for the American Communication Journal. He is the recipient of the American Communication Association’s “Outstanding Contribution to Communication Scholarship Award” and the Southern States Communication Association’s “Early Career Research Award.” He was on the faculty of Dartmouth College for ten years where he won Dartmouth College’s “Distinguished Lecturer Award.” His research efforts are devoted primarily to exploring and understanding how professional politicians and citizens publicly address pressing social and cultural issues as these issues are relayed through the mediating lenses of the press.

Kuypers is a pioneer in the area of rhetorical framing analysis. This work has led to important discoveries concerning how original messages of political actors—professionals and citizens alike—are re-framed by the press before being transmitted to the general public. In particular, Kuypers’s methodology allows researchers to investigate how the news media act to shape public awareness, understanding, and evaluations of issues and events in a particular direction.The framing approach Kuypers has advanced has led to important discoveries that shed light on how framing research from a social scientific point of view and framing research from a rhetorical point of view often yield dramatically different results.

In addition to his work on framing, Kuypers is actively involved in exploring how public advocacy works in the digital age. Such work has resulted in offering courses such as Public Advocacy and Digital Advocacy Campaigns. Additional information:

“He knew nothing yet well enough to see it; you cannot see things till you know roughly what they are.” Out of the Silent Planet, CS Lewis

Please contact Dr. Jim A. Kuypers by email at – kuypers@vt.edu

ELLEN TARICANI, PH.D.

Special Section Co-Editor, WCSA Journal

Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Taricani, Associate Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, joined the faculty in 2000. Ellen has a variety of degrees in many different areas such as Management Information Systems and Marketing. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems specializing in learning environments and cognitive structures with a supporting field of communication. To learn more about technology, she worked as a programmer and a computer consultant. This opened many opportunities and connections. She has also taught graduate courses in education at George Mason University. Dr. Taricani has been teaching at Penn State for the past 20 years in a variety of courses. Current courses of study have included Geospatial Intelligence and Homeland Security.

Past and present professional service includes Board of Directors of the American Communication Association; President of the American Communication Association. She has served on the EdMedia Executive Committee since 2016. Taricani has served as a peer-reviewerand referee for The American Communication Journal, the Media Psychology Journal, the Journal of Applied Communication, and the Journal of Computing in Higher Education.

This past summer (2018), she was the Keynote presenter at European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) in Albania. She regularly attends national and international conferences to make research presentations.Other areas of interest in teaching include: group communication, team building, communication and technology issues, and social media impact.

Please contact Dr. Ellen Taricani by email at – ext2@psu.edu

“May He give you the desires of your heart, and make all your plans succeed.” —Psalms 20: 4.