Samara Anarbaeva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

 “The style of my teaching is a student-centered approach, where I focus on the needs of the students and place them in an active position in the process of learning. I am an avid proponent of engaged learning where students have to develop interconnected layers of awareness by interactively participating and building knowledge in specific situations. I strongly believe in bringing my experiences outside of the academia as well as my global perspectives into the classroom.”

Dr. Anarbaeva brings her passion for teaching, professional experience as a Social Media Consultant and her multicultural background into the classroom and her research. Her teaching has earned her an Outstanding Teaching Award at Central Michigan University. She has experience working with public relations and advertising departments in organizational settings. She presents papers based on her research at National and International conferences on a regular basis and has won several Top Paper awards. She has published in journals such as Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, Development in Practice, Speaker & Gavel, Mass Communication and Society, Communication Studies, and Journal of Communication and Religion. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Anarbaeva enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures.

Education

Ph.D., Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
M.A. Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
B.S. Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Honors and Awards

  • Top Paper – American Forensics Association Division of the National Communication Association: Croucher, S. M., Holody, K., Anarbaeva, S., Braziunaite, R., Oommen, D., Spencer, A. T., Garcia-Michael, V., & Yoon, K. (November 2010). Religion and the relationship between verbal aggressiveness and argumentativeness. San Francisco, CA
  • Dissertation Fellowship Award recipient (August 2010 – August 2011)
  • Top Paper – Argumentation and Forensics Division of National Communication Association: Croucher, S. M., Anarbaeva, S., Turner, J., Oommen, D., & Borton, I. (November 2009). A cross-cultural analysis of argumentativeness among self-identified Christians in France and Britain. Chicago, IL
  • The Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund Award recipient: awarded for superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership in the academic community, and commitment to diverse research projects (August 2009 – May 2010)
  • Top Student Paper – International and Intercultural Communication Studies Division of National Communication Association: Long, B. L. & Anarbaeva, S. (November 2008).  Communicative adaptability and intercultural communication apprehension:  Gender and cultural differences in college students. San Diego, CA
  • Top Paper – Intercultural Communication Division of International Communication Association: Croucher, S. M., Borton, I., Oommen, D., Anarbaeva, S., & Turner, J. S.  (May 2008). A comparative analysis between Muslim and non-Muslim self-construals and conflict styles in France and Britain. Montréal, Canada
  • Top Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (Spring 2005), Central Michigan University

Publications or Exhibitions

Gajjala, R., Oh, Y, Watkins, S., Birzescu, A. and Anarbaeva, S (forthcoming 2014). Transnationalizing, Producing the Global and “Sub”localizing: Re-Mixing Diasporic Cultures through Memes and Viral Media, in Digital Crossroads: Media, Migration and Diaspora in a Transnational Perspective edited by Sandra Ponzanesi, Mariëtte de Haan and Kevin Leander.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2012). Samarita Ibanez: An identity journey from First life to Second. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 5:1, 1-14. ISSN: 1941-8477 http://journals.tdl.org/jvwr/article/view/6176

Croucher, S. M., Holody, K., Anarbaeva, S., Braziunaite, R., Oommen, D., Spencer, A., Garcia-Michael, V., Yoon, K., (2012). Religion and the relationship between verbal aggressiveness and argumentativeness. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 20, 116-129.

Gajjala, V., Gajjala, R., Birzescu, A., & Anarbaeva, S. (2011). Microfinance in online space: A visual analysis of kiva.org. Development in Practice, 21:6, 880-893.

Croucher, S. M., Anarbaeva, S., Turner, J. S., Oommen, D., & Borton, I. (2010). A cross-cultural analysis of argumentativeness among self-identified Christians in France and Britain. Speaker & Gavel, 47, 16-27.

Croucher, S. M., Oommen, D., Borton, I., Turner, J. S., & Anarbaeva, S. (2010). The influence of religiosity and ethnic identification on media use among Muslims in France and Britain. Mass Communication and Society, 13.

Croucher, S. M., Oommen, D., Hicks, M. V., Holody, K. J., Anarbaeva, S., Yoon, Y., Spencer, A. T., Marsh, C., & Aljahli, A. I. (2010). The effects of self-construal and religiousness on argumentativeness: A cross-cultural analysis. Communication Studies, 61(2), 135-155.

Croucher, S. M., Turner, J. S., Anarbaeva, S., Oommen, D., & Borton, I. (2008). Ethnic identification and religiosity: An analysis of Muslims and non-Muslims in France and Britain. Journal of Communication and Religion, 31, 182-205.

Conference Presentations

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2012, November). YouTubing Difference: Performing Identity in Online Do-it-Yourself Communities. Paper presented at the Asian/Pacific American Caucus of the 98th Annual National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

Croucher, S. M., Holody, K., Anarbaeva, S. M., Braziunaite, R., Oommen, D., Spencer, A. T., Garcia-Michael, V., & Yoon, K. (2010, November). Religion and the relationship between verbal aggressiveness and argumentativeness. Top paper presented at the American Forensics Association Division of the 96th Annual National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2010, May). Fashioning self online. Paper presented at the Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2009, November). Samarita Ibanez: A journey from First Life to second. Paper displayed at the 8th Annual BGSU Research & Creative Activity Conference, Bowling Green, OH.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2009, November).Gendered avatar in Second Life: One woman’s journey from First Life to Second Life. Panel: Trajectories of gendered identities in Web 2.0. Paper presented at the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the 95th National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2009, November). Cross-cultural adaptation and intercultural communication apprehension in international students in the United States. Paper Presented at the International and Intercultural Communication Studies Division of the 95th Annual National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Croucher, S. M., Anarbaeva, S., Turner, J., Oommen, D., & Borton, I. (2009, November). A cross-cultural analysis of argumentativeness among self-identified Christians in France and Britain. Paper presented at the American Forensics Association Division of the 95th Annual National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Holody, K., Croucher, S. M., Yoon, K., Marsh, C., Spencer, A. T., Oommen, D., Anarbaeva, S., & Aljahli, A. (2009, November). Religiosity and uses and gratifications: Exploring the potential relationship. Paper presented at the Mass Communication Division of the 95th Annual National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Oommen, D., Croucher, S. M., Anarbaeva, S., Aljahli, A., Yoon, K., Holody, Spencer, A., & Marsh, C. (2009, November). An analysis of the relationship between argumentativeness, religiosity and Christian denomination. Paper presented at the Argumentation and Forensics Division of the 95th Annual National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2009, October). Raced 3D digital identities: Critical interrogations of race, embodiment and identity. Paper presented at the Annual Association of Internet Researchers Convention (AOIR), Milwaukee, WI.

Anarbaeva, S. M., Yamaguchi, P. V., & Gajjala, R. (2009, October). Shopping for an avatar body: Gender and race construction in Second Life. Paper presented at the Annual Association of Internet Researchers Convention (AOIR), Milwaukee, WI.

Gajjala, V., Gajjala, R., Birzescu, A., & Anarbaeva, S. (2009, June). From microfinance to online socio-business-networking: Microfinance in the age of social networking. Paper presented at the First European Conference on Microfinance, Brussels, Belgium.

Gajjala, R., Anarbaeva, S., Birzescu, A., & Yartey, F. (2009, February). Learning through building secondlives. Teaching and Learning Fair, February 6, 2009, Bowling Green State University.

Anarbaeva, S. M. (2009, March). Fashionable avatar in Second Life. Panel: Gendered, placed, and raced three-dimensional cyberselves. Paper presented during Women’s History Month at the Women’s Center, Bowling Green, OH.

Croucher, S. M., Oommen, D., Turner, J. S., Anarbaeva, S., & Borton, I. (2008, Spring). Muslim and non-Muslim communication differences: A cross-cultural analysis between France and Britain. Paper presented at a monthly departmental colloquium, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, OH.

Croucher, S. M., Oommen, D., Turner, J., Anarbaeva, S., & Borton, I. (2008, May). The correlation between ethnic identification and religiosity: An analysis of Muslims and non-Muslims in France and Britain. Paper presented at the Ethnicity and Race Division of the 58th Annual International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.

Croucher, S. M., Borton, I., Oommen, D., Anarbaeva, S., & Turner, J. S. (May, 2008). A comparative analysis between Muslim and non-Muslim self-construals and conflict styles in France and Britain. Paper presented at the International Communication Division of the 58th Annual International Communication Association, Montréal, Canada.

Croucher, S. M., Oommen, D., Borton, I., Turner, J. S., & Anarbaeva, S. (2008, May). The influence of religiosity and ethnic identification on media use among Muslims and non-Muslims in France and Britain. Paper presented at the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the 58th Annual International Communication Association, Montréal, Canada.

Croucher, S. M., Turner, J. S., Anarbaeva, S., Oommen, & Borton, I. (2008, May). Ethnic identification and religiosity: An analysis of Muslims and Non-Muslims in France and Britain. Paper presented at the Ethnicity and Race Division of the 58th Annual International Communication Association, Montréal, Canada.

Long, B. L. & Anarbaeva, S. (2008, November). Communicative adaptability and intercultural communication apprehension: Gender and cultural differences in college students. Competitive paper presented at the International and Intercultural Communication Studies Division of the 94th Annual National Communication Association, San-Diego, CA.

Anarbaeva, S. (2007, April). Experiences of an international teaching assistant: Intercultural experiences, teaching styles, and introductory-level communication courses. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.

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Samara Anarbaeva

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863.680.6168
sanarbaeva@flsouthern.edu