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Tomeka Robinson - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Tomeka Robinson Tomeka Robinson

Associate Professor of Rhetoric | Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY, UNITED STATES

Dr. Robinson directs Hofstra's award-winning forensics team and can discuss effective public debate and political rhetoric.

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Dr. Tomeka Robinson is an Associate Professor & the Director of Forensics in the Department of Rhetoric. She primarily teaches courses in intercultural, organizational, and health communication. Dr. Robinson's scholarly interests lie at the intersections of health, culture, and policy.

Dr. Robinson is currently president of the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Honorary Association, after serving a 4 year term as Charters & Standards Coordinator and and additional 2 years as President-Elect. She is the first person of color to hold that position in any national collegiate speech and debate organization.

She is currently involved in several research projects with colleagues at the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba in Brazil, University of Montana, and the University of Southern Mississippi focusing on global health, crisis, and risk. Additionally, she has been invited to give several lectures throughout the US and Brazil on health and culture within the last few years.

Dr. Robinson has taken an active role in professional and civic organizations throughout her career. She is currently a member of the Long Island Community and Academic Research Partnership, which focuses on bridging the gap between the community and academics on issues of health disparities. Prior to her arrival at Hofstra University, she was president of the Ohio Forensics Association and the president of the board of directors for the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home.

For her service, she has been awarded numerous awards including the Carol Hickey Dedicated Service Award from the American Forensics Association-District III in 2009, Bob Derryberry New Forensics Educator Award from Pi Kappa Delta in 2010, Marietta College Faculty of the Year in 2011, Marietta College Excellence in Advising Honor Roll in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and the Presidential Service Award from Pi Kappa Delta in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Industry Expertise (4)

Public Relations and Communications Media - Broadcast Education/Learning Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (5)

Public Speaking & Debate Intercultural Communication Argumentation and Debate Health Communications Rhetoric

Accomplishments (4)

President, Pi Kappa Delta (professional)

First woman of color to be elected president of a national speech and debate organization.

Faculty of the Year (professional)

Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio, 2011

New Forensics Educator Award (professional)

Awarded by Pi Kappa Delta, 2010

Dedicated Service Award (professional)

American Forensics Association, 2009

Education (3)

Texas A&M University: Ph.D., Public Health Education and Promotion 2009

Texas A&M University: M.A., Health Communication 2007

McNeese State University: B.S., Biology & Communication 2005

Affiliations (7)

  • National Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Pi Kappa Delta Honorary National Forensics Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • American Bioethics and Humanities Association
  • American Public Health Association

Media Appearances (4)

Presidential Debate, Sept. 26, 2016

National and international media including ABC, NBC, CBS, USA Today, Canadian Broadcasting System, et al  tv

2016-09-26

Dr. Robinson made more than a dozen appearances on TV, radio, and print media to discuss aspects of the 2016 presidential debate between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Media companies that interviewed her ranged from ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX news affiliates in New York and Chicago to national and international outlets including USA Today, Huffington Post, the Xinhua News Agency (China), Walla Israel, and the Canadian Broadcasting Agency.

Hofstra Prepares On Eve Of First Debate Between Trump, Clinton

CBS New York  

2016-09-25

The eyes of the nation and much of the world will focus on the debate stage at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island Monday night.

Hofstra professor Dr. Tomeka Robinson said two qualities will identify the debate winner. “A, they’re able to very clear about their policy and B, that they’re likable and approachable to the audience,” Robinson said.

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Not Just Hillary: Young Women In Debate Face Sexism, Double Standards

The Huffington Post  

2016-09-26

For women on the debate team at Hofstra University, where Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage Monday night for the first presidential debate, these are complaints they’re all too familiar with.

I’ve been called every nice word and every word in the book,” said Dr. Tomeka Robinson, who directs Hofstra’s Speech and Debate team and has been in the debate world for 16 years. “Male competitors can be a little bit more aggressive and it’s just seen as being as assertive, whereas with women, we sometimes get the ‘B’ term used with us.”

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Ebola Outbreak

NBC News 4 New York  tv

2014-10-24

Dr. Robinson appeared on NBC News 4 to answer viewers' questions and discuss how city officials can better communicate information about the spread of the Ebola virus in New York.

Research Focus (3)

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Dr. Robinson's scholarly interests lie at the intersections of health, culture, and policy.

Research collaboration with the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, Brazil

2013-Present

Dr. Robinson and colleagues are working on an ongoing set of projects ranging from looking at how mega events like the Olympics affect developing countries to more general understandings of health, health behavior, and culture. Over the last four years, they have developed and collaborated on new projects annually involving their undergraduate and graduate students. Research publications listed below.

Research collaboration with University of Montana & the University of Southern Mississippi

2015-Present

Research projects are focused on how health crises and risk affects organization and organizational behavior. A book chapter on Ebola is in press, and the team will soon be shifting attention to other global health crises.

Articles (4)

Book Articles & Chapters The Forensic, Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, et al.

2010-2016
Dr. Robinson has contributed about a dozen articles or book chapters:

Articles:

1. Robinson, T.M., Clemens, C., Garnett, R., & Johnson, B. (in press). The political climate as a barrier to civic engagement: Are students ready to engage? The Forensic.

2. Robinson, T.M., Silva, C. L. da, Patreze, N. S., & Garnett, R. (in press). Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the social impacts of megaevents: A qualitative study. Revista Licere.

3. Clemens, C., Robinson, T.M., & Valdez, D. (2016). The influence of poverty on health: Promoting conversations in the communication classroom. Carolinas Communication Annual. XXXII, 81-84.

4. Robinson, T.M., Clemens, C., & Ortega, S. (2016) The evolution of extemporaneous speaking: A structuration approach. The Forensic. 101 (1), 21-29.

5. Silva, C. L. da, Robinson, T.M., Origuela, M.A., & Souza, M. F. (2015). The evaluation of human movement sciences for coordination for the improvement of higher education personnel. Revista CPAQV, 7 (3). 1-9.

6. Pasin, L., Silva, C. L. da, Robinson, T.M., Valdez, D., Clemens, C., Hendershot, V., Origuela, M.A., Ray, M., & Hamilton, K. (2015). Leisure and health: Undergraduate and graduate students expectations from Brazil and the United States of action in the health field. Revista CPAQV, 7 (3), 1-14.

7. Robinson, T.M. & Clemens, C. (2014). Service learning and forensics: A systematic literature review. The Forensic, 99 (2), 35-49.

8. Robinson, T.M. & Reese, W.B. (2012). Digitizing Forensics: Coaching the net generation. The Forensic, 97 (2), 3-13.

9. Robinson, T.M. & Goodson, P. (2010). Religious and Genomics/Genetics Beliefs: An exploratory study. American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research, 1 (2), 35-42.

Book Chapters

1. Robinson, T.M. & Allen, S. (in press). Substantive discourse & pedagogy: Fostering conversations about race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and social class within forensics. Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate.

2. Iverson, J. Robinson, T.M., & Vennette, S. (in press). Constituting Ebola and healthcare organizations: Exploring risk communication from a structuration theory approach. Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing.

3. Robinson, T.M., Clemens, C., Valdez, D., & Hendershot, V. (2015). Health communication. In D. West (Ed), Fundamentals of human communication (pp. 267-281). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Service-Learning and Forensics: A Systematic Literature Review The Forensic of Pi Kappa Delta

Tomeka Robinson & Cody Clemens

Summer 2014

As an activity, we are seeing programs diminishing, budget cuts, and a host of other threats to our sustainability. These threats necessitate the need to legitimate forensic education to outside audiences. One of the ways that we can make better connections is through service-learning. Service-learning is a form of experiential education that offers students a structured and academically rigorous way to engage in community betterment. Numerous articles have assessed the role of service-learning within forensics. To date, however, there has not been an attempt to systematically review the state of current research concerning this relationship. Additionally, the quality of literature on this topic has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by systematically reviewing research concerning this relationship by examining and organizing findings from available studies. The specific research question guiding this review is: what are the benefits of service-learning identified within forensic scholarship?

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Digitizing Forensics: Coaching the Net Generation Forensic

Tomeka Robinson & Ben Rees

Summer 2012

The advent of social media has had a major impact on the way that individuals and particularly young people communicate. As the demographics of forensic teams have changed, the students bring their unique experience of having grown up with computers to a speech and debate circuit that has not yet fully adapted to the transition. Very little research has been done on how the power of social media can be channeled to improve the power and impact of forensic education. This paper seeks to make some recommendations on ways to incorporate new technology into forensic education.

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Religious and Genomics/Genetics Beliefs: An Exploratory Study AJOB Primary Research

Tomeka Robinson & Patricia Goodson

June 2010

The purpose of this study is to provide structure and evidence-based insight into the impact of religious beliefs on public perceptions and U.S. government policies regarding embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).

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