Tess: Online

Dr. Teresa (Tess) Pierce
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Communication Program
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada
+1 (905) 721-8668 ext. 3820
Office: U5-19

Educational Background

Ph.D., Women’s Studies:

Clark University, Worcester, MA, February 2007
Dissertation title: ”Women, weblogs, and war: Digital culture and gender performativity. Three case studies of online discourse by Muslim cyberconduits of Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.”

Master of Arts, Human Communication:

University of Denver, Denver, CO, August 2000
Research focus: Online Environmental Movements.

Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication:

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, December 1997, Cum Laude.


Awards and Fellowships

2007 Campus-wide competitive lecture. Texts and Issues lecture series, Luther College Paideia Program. Title: ”Baghdad‘s burning up the blogosphere: Redefining ”text“ in the Internet age.” September, 2007.

2007 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS- STS) at the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture in Graz, Austria. Project: “Gendered rhetorical strategies of online environmental movements: The Green Parties of Europe and the USA,” January 2007.


Academic Positions

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Education
Communcation Program
Head, Science & Technology specialization
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Visiting Assistant Professor

Communication Studies Department
Luther College, Decorah, IA, July 2006 - May 2008
Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies

Adjunct Faculty

Communication and Culture Program Clark University, Worcester, MA, September 2002 - June 2003

Part-time Faculty

Department of Communication Studies
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, September 2000 - May 2004
Advisory faculty for Women’s Studies Program

Part-time Faculty

Department of Communications
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, September 2000 - June 2001

Academic Publications under Review

Book Chapter Proposal: Following the [gender] rules: A case study of online conflict. Submitted December 2008. CMC and Personal Relationships, Lynne Webb, Editor.

Reclaiming the message: Using message transformation to apply theory to practice in mediated communication. Co-authored with John Daniel. Submitted to 2009, 8th IAS-STS Annual Conference - "Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies" Graz, Austria.

Singing at the digital well: Women’s blogs as sites of resistance. Under Review. National Women’s Studies Journal (NWSA), Special Issue on Middle Eastern Women’s Issues, Debates and Priorities. Nawal Ammar, Editor.

Academic Publications under Contract

Editor: From Stones to Clouds: The Development of Human Communication. Under contract with EtreBook. Scheduled publication August 2009.

Co-Editor with Anthony Chan. The Dao of Communication. Under contract with EtreBook. Scheduled publication August 2009.

Academic Publications

“Oh What a Gendered Web We Weave: Deconstructing Digital Discourse in Political Web Sites.” Forthcoming in Bammé, A., Getzinger, G., & Wieser, B. (Editors). Yearbook 2008 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology, and Society. A publication of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz, Austria.

“Baghdad's Burning Up the Blogosphere: Redefining "Text" in the Internet Age.” (2007). The Agora: Luther College In Conversation, 20 (fall).

Blogging for life. The role of the cyberconduit in everyday narratives, cyberfeminism, and global social change. In Archibald, J., Emms, J., Grundy, F., Payne, J., & Turner, E. (Eds.). The gender politics of ICT. (pp. 163-178). Middlesex, UK: Middlesex University Press. (2005).

Ecofeminism. In Martinez-Aleman, A. M. & Renn, K. A. (Eds.). Women in higher education: An encyclopedia. (pp.163-166). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. (2002).


Selected Academic Conference Papers

“Blogging in drag: How women bloggers subvert enculturated gendered religious practices.” Western Communication Conference, Denver, CO, February 2008.

“Purdah and the sexual politics of Islam.” National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, November 2007.

“Islam, purdah, poetry, and Internet-based politics of women in Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” Global Studies Conference. Omaha, Nebraska, October 2007.

“The role of the cyberconduit in connecting the fragmented (cyber)self: Rhetorical performance at the virtual/real-world divide.” National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX, November 2006. Panelist.

“Interactive lives: the roles of weblogs and cyberfeminism in the health of feminist and communication research.” National Communication Association Convention, Boston, MA, November 2005. Competitive Paper.

“Blogging for life: the role of the cyberconduit in everyday narratives, cyberfeminism, and global social change.” The 6th International Women into Computing Conference, Greenwich, England, July 2005. Presenter and Contributor.

“Ecofeminist cyberconduits: the cyberactivism of Donna Haraway and Vandana Shiva.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2005. Panel Organizer, Chair, and Presenter.

“Cyberfeminisms: revolutionary narratives in everyday discourse.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 2004. Presenter.

“Parenting in the age of the Internet.” National Communication Association Convention, Miami Beach, FL, November 2003. Roundtable panelist.

“Making the invisible clear: Costa Rican feminisms 1975-1995.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2002. Presenter and Panel Organizer.

“Mother earth, connection, and gender: a metaphoric analysis of two environmental web sites.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2002. Presenter.

“Emerging genders: an exploration of tomboy narratives and lesbian identities.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2002. Presenter.

“Practical magic: a case for women’s studies classroom labs. The educator’s survival guide.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Boston, MA, June 2000. Presenter and Panel Chair.

“In search of a new metaphor: a feminist criticism of nature metaphors.” Western States Communication Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 1999. Presenter.

“Ecofeminism: a course design for graduate communication study.” Western States Communication Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 1999. Presenter.

“Making feminist connections: communication and ecology.” Western States Communication Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 1999. Roundtable Session and Invited Moderator.

“Anne La Bastille: ecologist, feminist, and rhetor.” National Communication Association Conference, New York, November 1998. Presenter.


Professional Affiliations