Deneen Gilmour, an assistant professor of mass communications, and Heather Nesemeier, an adjunct professor in communication studies, are part of a research team that earned top panel honors in the women’s caucus division at the Central States Communication Association’s annual conference last weekend in Cleveland. The panel donated its cash award to a Cleveland food pantry.

The panel’s rhetorical analysis of The Learning Channel’s programming is titled “One Step Forward, A Thousand Steps Back? The Learning Channel’s World of Women.” 

Gilmour co-wrote her segment, “TLC motherhood: Personal quest, feminine test” with Mary Frances Casper, Boise State University.

Nesemeier co-wrote her segment, “ ‘Once you go big, you never go twig:’ Plus-size women as the ‘other’ in TLC programming” with Amanda Brown, University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Other panelists were Derek Jorgenson, North Dakota State University, who examined “Sister Wives,” the world of polygamist brides, and David Airne, University of Montana, who analyzed TLC shows that focus on the coupon craze and its implications for over-consumption and stockpiling.

Gilmour also presented pedagogical ideas for classroom use of Pinterest, the fastest-growing social media site of 2012, and, a file-sharing website at a panel titled “Connecting Today’s Technology and the Classroom: Best Practices for Online Tools.”