I grew up in north-central Sioux Falls, attended Washington High School, earned my
B.A. at Augustana College, M.A. at USD, and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma.
I coach USD's Speech and Debate Team and teach classes supporting my research interests
in mediated persuasion and narrative entertainment. I regularly teach Communication,
Symbols, and Society (SPCM 203), Persuasion (SPCM 422/522), Honors Fundamentals of
Speech (UHON101), and Nonverbal Communication (SPCM 208). I also teach two topics
courses (SPCM 492/592): Content Analysis and Entertainment Education.
My theoretical research program uses humanistic methods to understand the meanings
of mediated messages and social behavioral methods to explain, predict, and control
the influence of those messages. I am particularly interested in how involvement
with mediated narratives and public speaking persuades and/or overcomes resistance
to persuasion. My research is published in Communication Monographs, Communication
Quarterly, Human Communication Research, and Western Journal of Communication. Most
recently, I published an article in Communication Research Reports reporting that
audio-only soliloquy, in the Showtime series Dexter, predicts more involvement with
the addressing character. I also published a book chapter reporting research showing
that reminders of death predict more involvement with a favorite television character.
My current research is investigating the influence audiovisual soliloquy in Netflix's
House of Cards. In 2016, I began a two-year term as the associate editor of Discourse:
Journal of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota.
Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for
display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions
of the faculty member or discipline.
- Semmler, Shane, and Loof, Travis. Audio-Only character narration overcoming resistance to narrative persuasion, 1-10. Communication Research Reports, 2019. (DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2019.1598855)
- Semmler, Shane. The Existential Function of Parasocial Relationship Interaction. In Denying Death: An interdisciplinary Approach to Terror Management Theory, edited by Lindsey A. Harvell & Gwendelyn S. Nisbett. East Sussex, UK: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Terror Management Theory, 2016.
- McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Semmler, Shane. The unfinished work of feminism: An analysis of online user-generated comments responding
to public opinion polls about gender equality. In Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance, and Identity, edited by M. Sternadori & C. Prentice, 279. Cambridge Scholars, 2016.
- Semmler, Shane, Loof, Travis, and Berke, Collin. The influence of audio-only character narration on character and narrative engagement, 63-72. Vol. 32, Iss. 1. Communication Research Reports, 2015. (DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2014.989976)
- Semmler, Shane, Loof, Travis, and Berke, Collin. The Influence of Audio-Only Character Narration on Character and Narrative Engagement, 63-72. Vol. 32, Iss. 1. Communication Research Reports, 2015. (DOI: 10.1080/08824096.2014.989976)
- McKay-Semmler, Kelly, Semmler, Shane, and Kim, Young Y.. Local news media cultivation of host receptivity in Plainstown, 188-208. Vol. 40, Iss. 2. Human Communication Research, 2014. (DOI: 10.1111/hcre.12024)
- Miller, Claude H., Ivanov, Bobi, Landau, Mark J., Masad, Dini, Semmler, Shane, and White, Jennifer A.. Differences in the experience and expression of sexual jealousy: A terror management
theory perspective, 65-75. Vol. 2, Iss. 2. Universal Journal of Psychology, 2014. (DOI: 10.13189/ ujp.2014.020203)
- Semmler, Shane. Using video clips to illustrate how paralinguistic variation communicates emotion, 57-61. Vol. 1. Discourse: The Official Journal of the Speech Communication of South Dakota, 2014.
- Semmler, Shane. Book review: M. Wheeler, "Celebrity politics.", 190-192. Vol. 31, Iss. 1. Political Communication, 2014. (DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2014.865479)
- Semmler, Shane, McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Robertson, Terry. Gendered issue depictions in Commander in Chief vs West Wing, 247-262. Vol. 21, Iss. 5. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 2013. (DOI: 10.1080/15456870.2013.840304 )
- McKay-Semmler, Kelly, and Semmler, Shane. The art of making conversation: Learning the skills of small talk, 48-55. Vol. 40. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 2013.
- Semmler, Shane, and Bobby, Jacob. Consumer materialism: An ideological critique and a dialogic response, 559-581. Vol. 77, Iss. 5. Western States Journal of Communication, 2013. (DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2012.762113)
- Pfau, Michael, Banas, John, Semmler, Shane, Deatrick, Leslie, Mason, Alicia, Nisbett, Gwen, and Lane, Lyndsay. Role and impact of involvement and enhanced threat in resistance. Edited by Janette Kenner Muir, 1-18. Vol. 58, Iss. 1. Communication Quarterly, 2010. (DOI: 10.1080/01463370903520307)
- Pfau, Michael, Semmler, Shane, Deatrick, Leslie, Mason, Alicia, Nisbett, Gwen, Lane, Lindsay, and Craig, Elizabeth. Nuances about the role and impact of affect in inoculation. Edited by Mike Allen, 73-98. Vol. 76, Iss. 1. Communication Monographs, 2009. (DOI: 10.1080/03637750802378807)
- Pfau, Michael, Houston, Brian, and Semmler, Shane. Mediating the vote: The changing media landscape in US presidential elections. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
- Pfau, Michael, Houston, Brian, and Semmler, Shane. Presidential election campaigns and American democracy : The relationship between
communication use and normative outcomes. Edited by Gregory Payne, 48-62. Vol. 49, Iss. 1. American Behavioral Science, 2005. (DOI: 10.1177/0002764205279429)
- Semmler, Shane. Fetching good out of evil: George W. Bush's post 9/11 rhetoric. Edited by Dan Cronn-Mills, 67-90. Vol. 40. Speaker and Gavel, 2003.
- Semmler, Shane, Swets, Megan, Quanbeck, Bailey, and Warner, Blake. An Experiment Testing the Influence of Oral Interpretation on Entertainment and Persuasion..