Hugh Downs School announces four promotions

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences has announced four promotions for the 2019-2020 academic year, two assistant to associate professor and two lecturers. 

Bradley Adame and YoungJu Shin were promoted from assistant to associate professor and were granted tenure. Jennifer Linde, director of online learning was promoted to principal lecturer and Adam Symonds, director of forensics was promoted to senior lecturer.

“The faculty whose promotions we are celebrating this year are indicative of the unwavering excellence of the Hugh Downs School faculty,” said Linda Lederman, professor and the school’s director.  

“Being promoted and awarded tenure is an important milestone and significant professional achievement,” said Lederman. “With tenure, Bradley Adame and YoungJu Shin have received explicit recognition from the school, The College, and the university for the important contributions each have made in distinguishing themselves in the areas of teaching, research and service.  I am happy to see their hard work rewarded, and I look forward to seeing how they will bring their expertise to help the university continue to grow and serve the community and its students.”

Lederman added, “Bradley’s work has changed the way we understand concussion reporting and education among college athletes. His work will continue to help students make better decisions about their health and well-being.”

 “YoungJu continues to display exemplary scholarship, as evidenced most recently by her selection into the highly competitive U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program.  As a communication scholar focusing on intercultural communication, YoungJu had the opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and key policymakers in Washington and Seoul in an effort to address important social issues in innovative ways.” 

“Jennifer Linde and Adam Symonds also bring their expertise to programs that are key to the school’s success,” said Lederman. “Jennifer oversees one of the largest and most successful online programs at ASU, and Adam oversees a forensics program that wins multiple awards each year, consistently ranking among the top 25 programs in the nation, and among the top five for policy debate and speech.”

Our newly promoted faculty:

Bradley Adame joined the faculty in 2013 teaching risk and crisis communication. Adame studies social influence as it relates to risk perception. He looks at both people’s responses to risk information and studies how organizations can create more effective risk messages. His work also addresses disaster preparedness for events like earthquakes and tornados as well as concussions and brain health. Recently Adame was co-lead investigator on a $400,000 grant from the NCAA-Department of Defense Mind Matters Research Challenge to study concussion reporting and risk perception among college athletes. He collaborated with a team of ASU social scientists to produce messages for student-athletes that emphasize the short-term dangers of playing through a concussion. Adame currently serves as the faculty lead for the Health Communication Initiative (HCI), one of six research collaboratives at the Hugh Downs School that bring faculty and graduate students together in an inclusive and collaborative environment.  

YoungJu Shin joined the faculty in 2016 with her research and teaching expertise on health and intercultural communication.  Shin studies health communication and culture with a focus on prevention intervention. Using a mixed-method approach, she has conducted a series of studies that examined the differential roles of family, school, media, and culture for substance use prevention intervention. Shin is also interested in creating and implementing entertainment-education, a narrative-based digital storytelling intervention to serve immigrant families. Shin has investigated immigrant families and health during the acculturation process, specifically exploring acculturation typologies and health information-seeking behaviors, the effects of a role reversal between parent and child in Mexican immigrant families and their communication privacy management and identity negotiation.  Shin also serves as coordinator for the Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICGlobal), another of the six research collaboratives at the Hugh Downs School. 

Jennifer Linde joined the faculty in 1998 teaching gender, performance studies, and civil communication. Linde teaches and coordinates a variety of performance studies classes that focus on oral interpretation of literature, critical performance of identity, storytelling, and performance in social contexts, and serves as artistic director of The Empty Space. Linde designed and teaches the civil communication course that is the core class in the Hugh Downs School’s Civil Communication Certificate. In 2012, Linde was appointed director of online education for the Hugh Downs School and has overseen the development and exponential growth of the online communication degree programs at ASU and served important roles in the development of the online MA in communication.

Adam Symonds joined the faculty in 2008 teaching professional, business, and political communication while directing all aspects of the ASU Forensics Team.  Symonds coordinates and plans the team’s preparation for, and participation in, more than 30 debate tournaments per year. Symonds manages the Hugh Downs School Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament each January that brings more than 2,000 high school students from 30 states at the ASU Tempe Campus. Symonds also manages and develops curriculum for summer speech and debate institutes at ASU for both high school and college students across the Southwest. The program for college students provides the only summer opportunity in the nation for college policy debate. The economically-feasible institute for high school students allows for wider participation, which matches ASU’s Charter to provide access, defined by whom we include, rather than exclude.