Fay Akindes, Ph.D.

  • Professor - Communication
  • Communication Department
  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 1999
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2561
  • EMAIL: akindes@uwp.edu
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 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

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.)

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

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
CBL 101 - INTRO COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING
CBL 495 - CAPSTONE IN COMM BASED LEARNG
CBL 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 108 - MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 363 - COMM/ETHNICITY: (DV)
COMM 365 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 366 - COMM AND POPULAR MUSIC
COMM 390 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATN
COMM 435 - INTEGRATED MARKETING COMM
COMM 460 - GLOBAL MEDIA
COMM 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
ETHN 363 - COMM/ETHNICITY: (DV)