Samantha M. Senda-Cook, MA, PhD
Samantha M. Senda-Cook, MA, PhD

Samantha M. Senda-Cook, MA, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Communication Studies

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Samantha Senda-Cook (PhD, University of Utah) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and an affiliated faculty member with the Environmental Science and Sustainability programs at Creighton University. She studies rhetorical theory and analyzes environmental communication and materiality in the contexts of social movements, outdoor recreation, and urban spaces/places. Her current research focuses on constructions of space/place in urban environments, specifically Omaha, NE, and tactical acts of resistance. When she’s not researching or teaching, she’s probably reading a mystery novel, cooking, or riding the hills of Omaha on her bike. A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my CV.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Utah, 2010, Communication
  • M.A. Colorado State University, 2006, Communication Studies
  • B.A. Shippensburg University, 2003, Communication and Journalism

Certifications

Colorado State University, 2006, Women’s Studies

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Michael Middleton, Aaron Hess, Danielle Endres, and Samantha Senda-Cook, Participatory Critical Rhetoric: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Studying Rhetoric In Situ, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015)., Lexington Books: A Division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2015

Articles

  • Danielle Endres, Aaron Hess, Samantha Senda-Cook, and Michael K. Middleton, “In Situ Rhetoric: Intersections between Qualitative Inquire, Fieldwork, and Rhetoric,” Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, 16, no. 6 (2016): 511-524. DOI: 10.1177/1532708616655820, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 16, no. 6 , 511-524, 2016

  • Michael Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, Aaron Hess, and Danielle Endres, “Contemplating the Participatory Turn in Rhetorical Criticism,” Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, 16, no. 6 (2016): 571-580.
    , Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, 16, no. 6 , 571-580, 2016

  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Extending Rhetorical Criticism’s Engagement,” Review of Communication, 16, no. 1 (2016): 95-97. doi: 10.1080/15358593.2016.1183907. Permanent link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2016.1183907
    , Communication Studies, 16, no. 1 , 95-97, 2016
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael Middleton, & Danielle Endres, “Interrogating the ‘Field,’” in Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method, ed. by Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chávez, and Robert Glenn Howard (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State Press, 2016), 22-39., 2014
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Wilderness Within Reach,” International Journal of Wilderness 21, no. 1 (2015): 29-33., 2014
  • Danielle Endres, Samantha Senda-Cook, and Brian Cozen, “Not Just a Place to Park Your Car: PARK(ing) as Spatial Argument,” Argumentation and Advocacy, 50 (2014): 121-140. **Lead Article**, 121-140, 2014
  • George F. McHendry, Jr., Michael Middleton, Danielle Endres, Samantha Senda-Cook, & Megan O’Byrne, “Rhetorical Critic(ism)’s Body: Affect and Fieldwork on a Plane of Immanence,” Southern Journal of Communication, 79, no. 4 (2014): 293-310., Southern Journal of Communication, 293-310, 2014
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Practicing Rhetoric,” in Rhetorical Criticism: Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy, ed. by Jim Kuypers (Lexington Books), 2014. **Invited**, Lexington Books: A Division of Rowman and Littlefield, 2014
  • Senda-Cook, Samantha Materializing Tensions: How Maps and Trails Mediate Nature, Environmental Communication-a Journal of Nature and Culture, 7, 355-371, 2013
  • “Materializing Tensions: How Maps and Trails Mediate Nature,” Environmental Communication 7, no. 3 (2013): 355-371., Environmental Communication-a Journal of Nature and Culture, 355-371, 2013
  • Senda-Cook, Samantha. Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse., Women & Language, 35, 143-144, 2012
  • Senda-Cook, Samantha Rugged Practices: Embodying Authenticity in Outdoor Recreation, Quarterly Journal of Speech, 98, 129-152, 2012
  • “Experiential Degradation: It’s Not Just the Environment that’s in Danger,” Communication Currents 7, no. 3 (2012). Available at http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=2441., 3, 2012
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Book Review: Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse,” Women & Language 35, no. 1 (2012): 143-144, 1, 143-144, 2012
  • Middleton, Michael K., Senda-Cook, Samantha, Endres, Danielle Articulating Rhetorical Field Methods: Challenges and Tensions, Western Journal of Communication, 75, 386-406, 2011

Presentations


  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Place, Memory, and Rhetorical Criticism,” Conference on Communication and the Environment, Leicester, England, June 2017.
    , 2017
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Standing Up, With, For, or Against: Who has the ‘Right’ to Deploy a Place in an Act of Resistance?” Conference on Communication and the Environment, Leicester, England, June 2017., 2017

  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “A Place Ballet of Resistance,” 15th Biennial Public Address Conference, Syracuse, NY, September 29-October 1, 2016.
    , 2016
  • Danielle Endres, Samantha Senda-Cook, & Brian Cozen, “Not Just a Place to Park Your Car: PARK(ing) Day as Reconstruction and Remediation of Place in Protest,” National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, November 2012., 2015
  • Competitively Selected Presentations Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael Middleton, and Danielle Endres, “Rhetorical Cartographies: (Counter)Mapping Urban Spaces,” Conference on Communication and the Environment, Boulder, CO, June 2015., 2015
  • Samantha Senda-Cook & George F. McHendry, Jr., “Embodying Resistance: De Certeau and Bourdieu ground Rhetoric’s Materiality,” National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, November 19-24, 2014., 2014
  • Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, November 19-24, 2014., 2014
  • Scholar to Scholar: Constructing a Communicative World, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, November 19-24, 2014., 2014
  • Roundtables on Research in Progress, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, November 19-24, 2014, 2014
  • “Rhetorical Field Methods and Performance,” Rhetoric and Performance (COMM 495, Dr. George F. McHendry, Jr.), April 2014., 2014
  • Off Campus “Tactical Urbanism,” Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, July 16, 2014. “Activating Place: The Changing Nature of Social Movements and Place as Rhetoric,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 14, 2014., 2014
  • “Activating Place: The Changing Nature of Social Movements and Place as Rhetoric,” Creighton University Communication Studies Department’s Colloquium, February 24, 2014., 2014
  • Environmental Communication Division, Western States Communication Association Conference, Anaheim, CA, February 15-18, 2014., 2014
  • Environmental Communication Division, National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C., November 15-18, 2013., 2013
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Connecting Rhetoric and Qualitative Methods: Ethnography, Enactment, and Embodiment,” National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C. November, 2013., 2013
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael Middleton, & Danielle Endres, “Interrogating the Field,” selected as part of a pre-conference at National Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C. November, 2013., 2013
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Making Do and Masculinity,” Conference on Communication and the Environment, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2013., 2013
  • “Rhetorical Criticism,” Senior Research in Communication Studies (COMM 497, Dr. Erika Kirby), October 2013., 2013
  • Environmental Communication Division, National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, November 15-18, 2012., 2012
  • Samantha Senda-Cook & Jay Leighter, “Social Movement as Social Media Practice,” Conference on Communication and the Environment, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2013. Samantha Senda-Cook & Danielle Endres, “A Place of One’s Own,” National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, November 2012., 2012
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Appropriating Resistance? Constructions of Resistance and Making Do in Outdoor Recreation Catalogues,” National Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, November 2010., 2012
  • “Not Just a Place to Park Your Car: PARK(ing) Day as Reconstruction and Remediation of Place in Protest,” Creighton University Environmental Science Program’s Senior Seminar, August 30, 2012., 2012
  • “Not Just a Place to Park Your Car: PARK(ing) Day as Reconstruction and Remediation of Place in Protest,” Creighton University Communication Studies Department’s Colloquium, March 21, 2012., 2012
  • Michael Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, & Danielle Endres, “Assessing the Material, Embodied, and Everyday Discourses of Rhetorical Communities,” Western States Communication Association Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2012., 2012
  • George F. McHendry, Jr., Michael Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, Danielle Endres, & Megan O’Byrne, “Transactional Rhetorical Field Methods,” Western States Communication Association Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2012., 2012
  • Samantha Senda-Cook, “Making Nature Meaningful,” National Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, November 2010., 2010
  • Michael Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, & Danielle Endres, “Articulating Rhetorical Field Methods: Challenges & Tensions,” National Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, November 2010., 2010
  • “Rugged Practices: Embodying Authenticity in Outdoor Recreation,” Zion National Park, June 25, 2010., 2010

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Floyd O’Neil Scholarship in Western American Studies, University of Utah, American West Center, 2009-2010 academic year, $1,000.
  • David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2008-2009 academic year, $5,500.
  • Daniel Steiner, “‘Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That’: Ideographic Analysis of ,” St. Albert’s Day Student Research Forum, Creighton University, April 1, 2014.
  • Alexandria Clark, “Sexy Environmentalism: A Closer Look at PETA’s Racy Ad Campaign,” St. Albert’s Day Student Research Forum, Creighton University, April 1, 2014.
  • Alexandria Clark, “Sexy Environmentalism: A Closer Look at PETA’s Racy Ad Campaign,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Minneapolis, April 2014.
  • Michael Kotrous, “Keeping Racism in the Past: The Masking Ideology of Remember the Titans and Glory Road,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Kansas City, April 2013.
  • Stephen Waters, “Filtering Starbucks Ideological Grounds,” Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference, Cleveland, March 2012.

Awards and Honors

  • Invited Plenary Speaker, 15th Biennial Public Address Conference, 2016
  • Outstanding Book of the Year, National Communication Association – Critical & Cultural Studies Division, 2016
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
  • B. Aubrey Fisher Award, Western Journal of Communication , 2011