Moody Open Door Discussions MODDs

Moody Open Door Discussions (MODDs) are online, informal office hour sessions.

MODDs are designed so students and faculty can connect, ask questions and learn more about each other. Students, we encourage you to seek this opportunity to learn more about Moody College and how your curiosities fit into the whole spectrum of communication.

You are welcome and invited to register for a MODD session featuring any faculty member, including those outside of your major, as well as the Dean's Office team.


MODDs are conducted online via Zoom. Participation is limited to 12 students.

Please register online -- and encourage your friends to do the same.

Frequency and focus

Each academic unit and the Dean's Office will conduct at least one MODD session per week, from Sept. 21 to Nov. 23.

Week of Feb. 8

Monday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.: Joe Cutbirth - "Fake News and Truthiness in the Post-Trump era"

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m.: Maddie Redlick and Rachel Davis Mersey - "Let's Talk About Sex(ism)"

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m.: John Daly - "What it takes to effectively persuade people"

Thursday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m.: Amy Kristin Sanders - "So you want to go to law school?"

Week of Feb. 15

Monday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.: Mira Lippold-Johnson - "Staying motivated to achieve your creative career goals + industry update from Los Angeles"

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m.: Larry Schooler - "Changing the conversation on justice"

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.: Kevin Robbins - "The wide, wide world of sports (journalism)"

Thursday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m.: Natalie Czimskey - "BRAINS and Communication"

Week of Feb. 22

Monday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m.: Mallary Tenore - "How to be a better self editor"

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m.: Christian McDonald and Robert Quigley - "All the news that's fit to click: how data, coding and podcasting continue the media evolution"

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.: Jay Bernhardt - "MODD with the Dean"

Thursday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.: Scott Stroud - "So you want to be an ethical communicator"

Week of March 1

Monday, March 1, 5 p.m.: Dave Junker - "Popular Music as Cross-Cultural Communication"

Tuesday, March 2, 4 p.m.: Mary Bock - "Seeing Justice: Images and American Criminal Justice"

Wednesday, March 3, 4 p.m.: Sharon Strover - "AI and Media: from Disinformation to Ethical Speech"

Thursday, March 4, 4 p.m.: Meme Drumwright - "What does it take to be an ethical leader?"

Week of March 8

Monday, March 8, 4 p.m.: Rosemary Lester-Smith - "Vocal health and voice disorders"

Tuesday, March 9, 4 p.m.: Noah Isenberg - "Movies, Television, Podcasts and Other Media for Maintaining Sanity During the Pandemic"

Wednesday, March 10, 4 p.m.: Michael Butterworth - "The Politics of the Playing Field: Why We Can't Stick to Sports"

Thursday, March 11, 4 p.m.: Ben Bays - "Introduction to Game Design"

Week of March 22

Monday, March 22, 4 p.m.: Raj Koul - "Assistive Communication Technologies"

Tuesday, March 23, 4 p.m.: Mary Beltran - "Latinx Battles for Visibility & Jobs as TV/Film Storytellers: Where are we today?"

Wednesday, March 24, 4 p.m.: Cassandre Alvarado - "What the most successful students do"

Thursday, March 25, 3 p.m.: Johanna Hartelius - "Expertise in Public Discourse: Why is it so contentious?"

Week of March 29

Monday, March 29, 4 p.m.: Matt McCutchin - "The Power of Story"

Tuesday, March 30, 4 p.m.: Ya'Ke Smith - "Discussion with Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

Wednesday, March 31, 4 p.m.: Kyle Clark - "Intent vs. Impact: Words Still Matter"

Thursday, April 1, 4 p.m.: Anita Vangelisti - "Communication Family Relationships During (and after) COVID"

Week of April 5

Monday, April 5, 5 p.m.: Tamara Bell - "So you want to jumpstart your PR career?"

Tuesday, April 6, 5 p.m.: Corinne Jones and Zoi Gkalitsiou - "Speech Language and Hearing Sciences Open Discussion"

Wednesday, April 7, 5 p.m.: Jay Bernhardt - "MODD with the Dean"

Thursday, April 8, 6 p.m.: Joshua Barbour - "Mapping the Web of Connections that Shape Who You Are, What You Do, and Why"


Week of April 12

Monday, April 12, 5 p.m.: Chang Liu - "Bilingualism and speech communication"

Tuesday, April 13, 5 p.m.: Anthony Dudo - "Why trust science?"

Wednesday, April 14, 5 p.m.: Lizzie Chen - "Less is more on social media"

Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m.: Erin Donovan - "Difficult Conversations during the Pandemic"

Week of April 19

Tuesday, April 20, 3 p.m.: Caroline Frick - "Having Fun with Old Movies"

Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m.: Valerie Salinas-Davis: "Green-ish: How to Protect the Environment Without Hugging a Tree (Happy Earth Day!)"

Week of April 26

Monday, April 26, 4 p.m.: Maya Henry and Stephanie Grasso - "Dementia: A Global Epidemic"

Tuesday, April 27, 3 p.m.: Spencer Smith: "Enhancing virtual reality with hearing and balance illusions"

Wednesday, April 28, 3 p.m.: Josh Gunn - "The Persuasion of Conspiracy: QAnon and Beyond"

Wednesday, April 28, 4 p.m.: Jennifer Jones Barbour - "The World of Nonprofits"

Thursday, April 29, 4 p.m.: Jun Wang - "Brain-computer interfaces for speech communication"