IPh.D. in Communication Candidate Bridie McGreavy Selected to Participate in Doctoral Honors Seminar of the National Communication Association

Posted September 12, 2013

University of Maine graduate student Bridie McGreavy was one of 29 doctoral students nationwide who were selected to participate in this year’s Doctoral Honors Seminar of the National Communication Association, July 18–21 in Bar Harbor. For more than three decades, the seminar has brought together the top Ph.D. students and faculty to discuss current topics in communication. The National Communication Association is the largest professional communication organization in the United States. UMaine has had an interdisciplinary doctoral program in communication since 2007. McGreavy is pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in communication. She is a research fellow with Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), where her work as a member of the KnowledgeAction team focuses on resilience from multiple perspectives. She also studies collaboration in interdisciplinary partnerships. McGreavy said of the experience, “Participating in the National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar was one of the most significant experiences in my doctoral program. This was a unique opportunity to advance a chapter of my dissertation and to meet early-career scholars in my field. The seminar provided me with an enhanced focus and sense of clarity about my work, as faculty mentors and fellow students in my session gave supportive and helpful insights for how to strengthen my writing.” McGreavy’s doctoral work seeks to understand on how communication, as a field of study, offers insights into the processes of sustainability and resilience. McGreavy described her research as focusing on, “the concept of resilience, which I approach through three different research projects: interdisciplinary and community partnerships; conservation action planning; and, as a discourse, a system of rules that produce particular ideas about what resilience is and what it is not.” McGreavy has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), a collaborative effort led by UMaine and the University of New Hampshire in collaboration with many other academic, governmental and nongovernmental institutions.