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  • Fay Akindes, Ph.D.

  • Professor - Communication
  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 1999
  • Communication
  • (262) 595-2561
  • akindes@uwp.edu
Biography
September, 2017 will mark 20 years since I joined UW-Parkside's Communication Department. I was hired ABD (all but dissertation), earned my Ph.D. in 1999, gained tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2003, and promotion to full professor in 2015. I directed the Center for Ethnic Studies for eight years and chaired the Communication Department for three years. In July, 2015, I was appointed faculty director of Community-Based Learning & Research. I received my Ph.D. and Master's Degree at Ohio University, and my B.A. Degree at the University of Hawaii. Before graduate school, I worked for 11 years in broadcast marketing and promotion - KPBS-FM (NPR) in San Diego and KGMB-TV (CBS) and KHET (PBS) in Honolulu. I was born and raised on Molokai, the least touristy island in Hawaii.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

Teaching/learning has changed dramatically since I first arrived at UW-Parkside in 1997. The infusion of Internet and digital media has changed how students learn and engage with the world and, consequently, how I teach. My pedagogical approaches include high-impact teaching practices (HIPS), such as community-based learning. In Fall 2014, '15, and '16, my Integrated Marketing Communication class organized a community-based learning project with The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, directed by Guida Brown, in Kenosha. / In Summer 2016 and '17, I facilitated the CBL Summer Workshop. / In Spring 2017, I was a faculty in the Wisconsin in Scotland Program at Dalkeith Palace, located six miles from Edinburgh. Among the 45 or so U.S. students were three from UW-Parkside. My three classes: Media & Society, Intercultural Communication, and Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Media. We attended a TEDx Conference ("It begins with passion") at the University of Edinburgh, toured BBC Scotland in Glasgow, attended a staged performance of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale with a Scottish twist, and T2 Trainspotting, filmed in Edinburgh... Living and teaching in Scotland was one of the high-points of my career.

Research Interests

Most of my publications problematize communication, culture, and identity in Hawaii. I have written about Hawaiian rap music, the politics of hula kahiko, and sugar plantation life in Pahala. Just published in Spring 2016 : Diversity in the College Classroom: Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, Our Disciplines (Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing), co-edited by Eugene Oropeza Fujimoto, Roseann Mason, and me. The 15 chapter writers are UW-Parkside faculty and instructors who participated in UWP's Summer Institute: Infusing Diversity into the Curriculum from 2007-2010. / In July 2016, a small group of us participated in an international diversity conference at the University of Granada. Joining me were: co-editor Roseann Mason, chapter writers Linda Crafton, Damian Evans, and Dean Yohnk.

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

2016: Diversity in the College Classroom: Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, Our Disciplines., Common Ground Publishing

2016: Learning from others: Engaging students with people diagnosed with, Common Ground (179-189 pp.)

2013: Sudden Rush, Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd Edition) - Oxford University Press.

2011: Facing Future - Dan Kois (Book review), Hawaiian Journal of HIstory / Hawaiian Historical Society (2 1/2 pp.)

2005: Braiding Lives: Raising African-Asian-Pacific Children In-Between Homes, From generation to generation: Maintaining cultural identity over time (319-334 pp.)

2005: Dance of the Red Dog: Na Wahine Kumu Hula as Protectors of Hawaiian Culture., Intercultural communication and creative practice: Music, dance, and women's cultural identity. (79-94 pp.)

2005: Scenes from a Benin Summer, Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies (quarterly journal published by Sage) (373-382 pp.)

2004: Grandma's photo album: Clothing as symbolic representations of identity, Communicating ethnic and cultural identity (85-104 pp.)

2003: Floating lives: The media and Asian diasporas - Cunningham, J. and Sinclair, J. (Eds.) (Book review), Journal of Communication (380-81 pp.)

2001: Methodology as lived experience: Rhizomatic ethnography in Hawaii, Diegesis (journal published in LIverpool) (16-26 pp.)

2001: Pahala's last (bon) dance: The dead are not dead, Qualitative Inquiry (21-34 pp.)

2001: Sudden Rush: Na mele paleoleo (Hawaiian rap) as liberatory discourse, Discourse (81-98 pp.)

Selected Awards & Honors

Teaching Awards

2010: Outstanding Educator Award, Phi Delta Kappa, Kenosha-Racine Counties
2010: UW System's Women of Color Award,
2005: Visiting Professor at the Universite d'Abomey-Calavi, Anglais Department. , U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Benin, West Africa,
2004: Diversity Award, UW-Parkside,
2004: Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award, UW-Parkside,
2003: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: Pacific Islands: Re-Imagining Indigenous Cultures, East-West Center, University of Hawaii-Manoa
2000: Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, UW System
1999: Outstanding Dissertation Award, National Communication Association - International and Intercultural Communication Division
Key Service Activities

University Service

2015: Faculty Advisor - Community-Based Learning & Research
2015: Faculty Advisor - Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Professional Service

2015: Editorial Review Board Member - Transformative Dialogues
Courses Taught

Spring 2018

CBL 495 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CAPSTONE
CBL 101 INTRO TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Summer 2017

COMM 363 COMM/ETHNICITY: (DV)
ETHN 363 COMM/ETHNICITY: (DV)

Fall 2016

CBL 495 CAPSTONE IN COMM BASED LEARNG
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 435 INTEGRATED MARKETING COMM
COMM 365 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CBL 101 INTRO COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING

Summer 2016

CBL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATN

Spring 2016

CBL 495 CAPSTONE IN COMM BASED LEARNG
COMM 366 COMM AND POPULAR MUSIC
COMM 460 GLOBAL MEDIA
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY

Winterim 2016

COMM 366 COMM AND POPULAR MUSIC

Fall 2015

CBL 495 CAPSTONE IN COMM BASED LEARNG
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 435 INTEGRATED MARKETING COMM
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Summer 2015

COMM 363 COMM/ETHNICITY: (DV)
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring 2015

COMM 460 GLOBAL MEDIA
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Winterim 2015

COMM 366 COMM AND POPULAR MUSIC
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Fall 2014

COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 435 INTEGRATED MARKETING COMM
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Summer 2014

COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATN

Spring 2014

COMM 460 GLOBAL MEDIA
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 108 MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Winterim 2014

COMM 366 COMM AND POPULAR MUSIC

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