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Faculty Directory » Viera Lorencova

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: FALL 2020
Dr. Lorencova is on sabbatical and does not have office hours for Fall 2020.

Office Information:

Room Number: CNIC 325
Phone: 978.665.4856

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Seminar in Communication Theory (COMM 4205)
Media and Society (COMM 4206)
Intercultural Communication (COMM 4280)
Gender and Communication (COMM 4281)
Research Seminar (COMM 4250)
Human Communication (COMM 4200)
Communication Research Methods (COMM 9110), GCE
Gender Communication (COMM 7301), GCE
Communication and Social Change (COMM 8115), GCE
Practicum in Communication (COMM 9200), GCE
Thesis in Communication (COMM 9980), GCE
Introduction to Women's Studies (IDIS 1000)
Creating Resources for LGBTQ Students - Ind. Study in WGSS Minor (IDIS 4903)
Intercultural Communication Competence (COMM 8009)
Independent and Directed Studies


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst (Communication)
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst (Communication)
Graduate Certificate, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Advanced Feminist Studies)
Mgr. [M.A.], Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (Journalism)

Research Interests:

Communication, Media and Social Change
LGBTQ and Feminist Movements
Feminist Pedagogy
Public Health Campaigns

Current Projects:

Cultural Production For/By/About LGBTQI+

Dr. Lorencová is a principal investigator on the research study about the cultural production for/by/about LGBTQI+ identified people in contemporary Slovakia, utilizing qualitative research methods at the intersection of communication, media, feminist and queer studies, including ethnographic interviews, participant observation, archival research, content analysis and discourse analysis.


Fitchburg State University Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience Interdisciplinary Research Project: Health of Fitchburg Community
Dr. Lorencová was part of the team of Fitchburg State faculty and students participating in an interdisciplinary summer research project on the health of Fitchburg population and environment (2017-2019). She has worked as a co-investigator on three Health of Fitchburg Community summer research projects, and has co-mentored three teams of student researchers from Communications Media, Business Administration, and Nursing. This interdisciplinary research project was funded by a 3-year $240,000 research grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Avantor Sciences Foundation.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program

Dr. Lorencová is an active member of the WGSS program. In addition to teaching courses in the WGSS Minor, and co-organizing Women History Month events, she has also collaborated with Fitchburg State faculty on co-authoring presentations and publications about their experiences with incorporating gender studies scholarship and feminist pedagogy into their teaching.

Applied Communication Graduate Program
As of July 2016, Dr. Lorencová serves as a Graduate Program Chair of the Applied Communication program, and as an academic advisor to graduate students enrolled in the program. As the chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee, she is currently collaborating with Communications Media faculty on developing and implementing curriculum changes with the objective of increasing the relevance and growth of the Applied Communication graduate Program at Fitchburg State University.

Representative Publications:

Book Chapters:

Lorencová, Viera. “Taking Off a Cloak of Invisibility: The Clash of Discourses about Sexual Difference in Slovakia.” N. Fejes and A.P. Balogh, Eds. Queer Visibility in Post-socialist Cultures. Bristol, UK: Intellect & Chicago, IL: The U of Chicago Press, 2013.

Wallace-Lorencová, Viera. “Reprezentácia sexuálnej odlišnosti v periodikách Aspekt, L-listy, Séparé, Atribút and Q archív,” (Representation of Sexual Difference in the Periodicals Aspekt, L-listy, Séparé, Atribút and Q archív). In: Lesby-by-by: Aspekty politických identít. Bratislava, Slovakia: Aspekt. 2004: 56-73.

Daucíková, Anna, Bútorová Zora and Viera Wallace-Lorencová. “The Status of Sexual Minorities.” Slovakia 2002: A Global Report on the State of Society. Bratislava, Slovakia: IVO. 2003: 743-756. 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Lorencová, Viera. “YouTube Dilemmas: The Appropriation of User-Generated Online Videos in Teaching and Learning.” Currents in Teaching and Learning, 2008, Vol.1, No 1, 62-71.

Lorencová, Viera. “Demistificazione dei tabù queer nella Slovacchia post-1989: Scontri discorsivi e pratiche controegemoniche.” (Unsettling Queer Taboos in Post-1989 Slovakia: Discursive Clashes and Counter-Hegemonic Practices). eSamizdat rivista di culture dei paesi slavi, Rome, Italy, December 2008, Vol. 6, No. 2-3, 249-261. [in English & Italian]

Wallace-Lorencová, Viera. “Queering Civil Society in Postsocialist Slovakia,” Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review Vol. 21, No 2, Autumn 2003: 103-112.

Professional Affiliations:

ICA - International Communication Association
NEFDC - New England Faculty Development Consortium
NEPES - New England Philosophy of Education Society