Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Denver, 2011
  • M.A., Communication, Colorado State University, 1999
  • B.A., Sociology, Queens College, 1996

Professional Memberships

  • National Communication Assocation (NCA)
  • American Forensics Association (AFA)
  • Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

New Media Technologies
Memetics
Gaming Theory
Visual Communication
Affect Theory
Embodied Argument
Social Controversy
Public Memory
Democratic Aesthetics
Cricital/Cultural Studies
Rhetorical Theory

Select Publications

Sci, S. A., & Ott, B. L. (In Press). Super Columbine Massacre RPG!: The procedural rhetoric of critical (gun) play. Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies. Special issue titled "Guns in America: From the Old West to Sandy Hook."

Sci, S. A., & Dewberry, D. R. (In Press). Something funny? The Laughing Joe Biden memeplex as digital topoi within political argumentation. Selected volume from the biennial meeting of the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association, Alta, UT. [Revised manuscript submitted October 22, 2013]

Sci, S. A., & Dare, A. (In Press). The pleasure and play of the Pepper Spraying Cop meme. Northwestern Journal of Communication. [Revised manuscript submitted October 18, 2013]

Ott, B. L., & Sci, S. A. (Forthcoming). The many moods of Michael Moore: Aesthetics and affect in Bowling for Columbine. In B. Snee & T. W. Benson (Eds.), Agit-docs: Michael Moore and the rhetoric of documentary. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. [Revised manuscript submitted April 1, 2013]

Reitmeyer M. T. & Sci, S. A. (2012). How to talk eloquently: Cultivating the digital citizen through eloquentia perfecta. Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, 43, 33-34.

Sci, S. A. (2011). Embodied argument as experience: Moral taste and the physical, affective, and mediated presence of bodily claims. In R. Rowland (Ed.), Reasoned argument and social change (pp. 181-189). Washington: National Communication Association. [Manuscript submitted October 14, 2011]

Sci, S. A. (2009). (Re)thinking the memorial as a place of aesthetic negotiation. Culture, Theory and Critique, 50(1), 41-57. Special issue titled “Democratic Aesthetics.”

Select Presentations

Reitmeyer, M., Goodkin, K., Sci, S., & Sagendorf, K. (2014, February). Eloquentia perfecta and emergent WAC/CAC pedagogy. Symposium to be given at the annual Writing Research Across Borders conference, Paris, France.

Sci, S. A. (2013, November). Banning the veil: Fear, indignation and Cennet Doǧany’s shorn response. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s 99th annual convention, Washington, D.C.

Sci, S. A. & Hicks, D. K. (2013, November). Flesh/machine/inference. Presentation given at the National Communication Association’s 99th annual convention, Washington, D.C.

Sci, S. A. & Dewberry, D. R. (2013, August). Something funny? The Laughing Joe Biden memeplex as digital topoi within political argumentation. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association, Alta, UT.

Sci, S. A. & Dewberry, D. R. (2013, June). Digital topoi, rhetorical invention, and the creation of Laughing Joe Biden memes. Presentation given at the annual Visual Communication Conference, Midway, UT.

Reitmeyer, M.T., Sci, S. A., & Goodkin, K. (2013, February). Eloquentia perfecta as critical engagement: Restructuring Regis’ first year and beyond. Presentation given at the Heartland Delta Faculty Conversations Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Sci, S. A. (2012, November). Enacting reverence: The role of affect in the International Freedom Center social controversy. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s 98th annual convention, Orlando, FL. Top Paper Award, Argumentation and Forensic Division.

Reitmeyer, M.T., Sci, S., & Goodkin, K. (2012, October). Eloquentia perfecta for the 21st century. Presentation given at the annual Regis University Fall Faculty Conference, Denver, CO.

Sci, S. A. (2012, June). The Officer Pike Meme as postmodern play in the networked condition. Presentation given at the annual Visual Communication Conference, Midway, UT.

Sci, S. A. (2011, November). Between French and Islamic law: Cennet Doǧanay’s embodied argument and le Loi 2004-228. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s 97th annual convention, New Orleans, LA. Top Paper Panel, Argumentation and Forensic Division.

Sci, S. A. (2011, August). Embodied argument as experience: Moral taste and the physical, affective, and mediated presence of bodily claims. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association, Alta, UT.

Ott, B. L. & Sci, S. A. (2010, November). Mood, movies, and Michael Moore: The material dimensions of Bowling for Columbine. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s 96th annual convention, San Francisco, CA.

Sci, S. A. (2009, November). Between French and Islamic law: Rhetorically reframing veiled subaltern agency. Paper presented at the National Communication Association’s 95th annual convention, Chicago, IL. Top Student Paper Panel, Argumentation and Forensic Division.

Sci, S. A. (2009, August). Arguments of encounter: How public memorials argue aesthetically. Presentation given at the biennial meeting of the National Communication Association/American Forensic Association, Alta, UT.

Awards & Recognition

  • Travel Grant, Faculty Development Committee, Regis University, $1,500, 2013
  • Small Work Grant, Faculty Development Committee, Regis University, $300, 2013
  • Top Paper Award, Argumentation and Forensic Division, National Communication Association, 2012
  • Top Paper Panel, Argumentation and Forensic Division, National Communication Association, 2011
  • Top Student Paper Panel, Argumentation and Forensic Division, National Communication Association, 2009