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Maurika Smutherman

Graduate Student

Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Maurika Smutherman is a CRDM student who received her M.A. in New Media and Global Education from Appalachian State University, and her B.A. in Mass Communications with a focus in journalism from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), where she currently teaches in the communication and media studies department. Her research interests include intersections between technology, Black materiality, communication, and critical making.


“The Ethics of Online Memes” In Social Media Law and Ethics by Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz (2022)


“Integrating Digital and Mobile Learning Strategies into HBCU College Courses”, The Learning Revolution Emergency Home Learning Summit (November 2020)

“Multimodality in the HBCU Writing Center: Communicating for the Future,” Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) (March 2022)


B.A. Mass Communications Winston-Salem State University 2014

M.A. New Media and Global Education Appalachian State University