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Elvinet S. Piard

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies & Public Speaking Course Coordinator
Tom Raper 252
(765) 973-8425


  • Ph.D., Communication, Arizona State University, 2008
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa, 2002
  • B.A., Mass Communication, Bethune-Cookman University, 1999

Current Research Interests

  • Attitudes Regarding Diversity and Intergroup Conflict
  • Feminist Advocacy in the Anglophone Caribbean

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Piard, E. & Rybas, N. (2012). Finding New Ways to Assess Communication Competencies in the Digital Age. [Peer Reviewed Workshop Presentation] Scholarship of Teaching & Learning presentation given at Edward C. Moore Symposium, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Wilson, E. S. (2011). Strangers in the ivory tower: Framing international female faculty identity negotiations in a ‘majority’ academic institution. In M. N. Niles & N. Gordon (Eds.), Still Searching for our Mother’s Gardens: Experiences of New Tenure Track Women of Color at ‘Majority’ Institutions (pp.155-174). Lanham, MD: University of America Press.
  • Wilson, E. S. (2011). Chapter 13: Reconceptualizing the story of U.S. cultural adaptation. In Paul Kriese and Randall Osborne, (Eds.), Social Justice, Poverty & Race: Normative and Empirical Points of View (pp. 147-158). New York: Rodopi (Value Inquiry Book Series, Studies in Jurisprudence).
  • Wilson, E. S. (2009). What it means to become United States American: Afro-Caribbean immigrants’ constructions of American citizenship and experience of cultural transition. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 3, 196-204.

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Faculty Associate, Communication, Arizona State University Polytechnic, 2007-2008.
  • Adjunct Instructor, Communication, Mesa Community College, 2006-2008.
  • Graduate Research Associate, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, 2005-2006.

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • 2010-2011 Susan Knowles Scholarship Recipient & Participant in the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), Wellesley Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.
  • 2011 Top Paper, Women’s Caucus, for paper: “Narratives of the Ivory Tower: International Female Faculty Identity Negotiations in a ‘Majority’ Academic Institution,” presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Selected Grants

  • 2010-2011 IU East, Faculty Research Support Grants totaling $10,960
  • 2010 Wayne County Foundation, Inc., Community Grant $1,150
  • 2009 New Frontiers Traveling Exploration Grants totaling $3,891

Certificates/Professional Training

  • Certificate in Gender & Development earned at The Institute of Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit. 8th Caribbean Institute in Gender and Development Studies: An Intensive Training Program, July 2-31, 2009, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
  • Trained as a community mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center to promote peaceful resolution to conflicts and mediate assigned cases within the transformative mediation model; 22 hours of classroom training, 18 hours on-the-job training, 18 hours of skill-building sessions and continued practice since 2009.