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Amber Holland

Graduate

Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Center for Family and Community Engagement

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Bio

Amber Ellen Holland is a PhD student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program as well as an Instructor of Communication at North Carolina State University. Amber’s primary scholarly interests include relational maintenance and dissolution, identity on the margins, gender studies, and education.

Originally from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Amber graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Amber pursued her Master of Public Administration degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she studied communication and nonprofit/public organizations. She returned to school and obtained her Masters Degree in Communication Studies at UNC Greensboro and is currently pursuing her doctorate at NC State. While pursuing her graduate work, she has taught classes such as Introduction to Communication Studies, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication in face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning environments.

At the Center, Amber combines her passions for communication, education, and nonprofit management in her role as a Communication Specialist. Her goal is to become an educator, researcher, and advocate for healthy interpersonal (and intrapersonal) relationships.

Publications

Olson, L. N. & Holland, A. What happened? How did I get here? Consent and sexual assault on a college campus. In E. L. Kirby & M. C. McBride (Eds.), Gender actualized: Cases in communicatively constructing realities (2nd ed.)Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Olson, L. N. & Holland, A. Instructional materials for case entitled What happened? How did I get here? Consent and sexual assault on a college campus. In E. L. Kirby & M. C. McBride (Eds.), Gender actualized: Cases in communicatively constructing realities (2nd ed.)Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Presentations

Harvell-Bowman, L. (Chair), Borton, I., Ferguson, CLS, Sakina Jangbar, S., Kunkel, A., Wiley, M., Olson, L., Holland, A., Bussiere, C., Reynolds, R., Scott, K., & Weathers, M. (2019). Violence, voice, and victimhood: Activism and social justice in the face of survivorship. A panel discussion at the National Communication Association conference, Activism and Social Justice division, Baltimore, MD.

Holland, A. (2019). “It Isn’t Just People with Power Over Us who can Make Us Feel Vulnerable”: A Phenomenological Analysis of Contrapower Sexual Harassment in the Academy. A paper presentation at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.

Olson, L., Holland, A., Bussiere, C., Nance, C. (2019). Contrapower Sexual Harassment in the Academy: The Graduate Experience of Contrapower. A paper presentation at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.

Holland, A. (2019). Building and Sustaining A Culturally Responsive Classroom: A Teacher Training Workshop. A panel discussion at the Carolinas Communication Association conference. Hilton Head Island, SC.

Holland, A. (2019). Sexual Harassment in the Academy. Paper presented at Assemblages: Anti-Oppression Works, UNCG’s 6th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Research Symposium. Greensboro, NC.

Holland, A. (2019). Moving Beyond Out Boundaries: Supporting Persuasive Speech Organization in the Classroom. Panel presented at the National Association of Communication Center conference. Greensboro, NC.

Holland, A. (2018). Beyond Basic: Accelerating Learning in the Basic Course. Panel presented at Carolinas Communication Association. Charlotte, NC.

Holland, A. (2018). Why She Stayed: Analyzing a Viral Account of Domestic Violence. Paper presented at Carolinas Communication Association conference. Charlotte, NC.

Holland, A. (2013). The Perceptions of Recently Graduated Sorority Alumnae: The Evolution and Maintenance of Friendship and Communication. Paper presented at Southern States Communication Association conference. Louisville, KY.

Holland, A. (2013). President’s Leadership Program: Encouraging Students to Connect Nature and Culture. Panel presented at Virginia Humanities Conference 2013. Newport News, VA.

Education

B.A. Communication Studies Christopher Newport University

Master of Public Administration Old Dominion University

M.A. Communication Studies

Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media NC State University

Area(s) of Expertise

Interpersonal and Relational Communication, Gender Communication, Dark Side of Relationships

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