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#VCLiftTheRock Presents: Julien Mirivel and Joyce Locke Carter

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Lift The Rock is produced by The Venture Center to bring entrepreneurs and business leaders together for conversation around economic development and entrepreneurship. 

From students learning to apply theory and research to drive social change, to user experience design and the latest technology using eye movement to monitor wellness, this Lift the Rock is a must attend event!

Join us on Friday, 10/18 from 11:30am - 1:00pm for lunch + program.

11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch + Networking
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Program

About our speakers:
Dr. Julien C. Mirivel is interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Communication and Professor of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) features a community of teacher-scholars and students whose mission is to apply theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.


Originally from Paris, France, Julien’s academic journey began when he traveled to the US as a 15-year-old foreign exchange student to learn English in Iowa. During that year, he fell in love with American culture and thus decided to continue his studies in the US. He earned a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa (2000) and both an MA (2002) and a PhD (2005) in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2005, Dean Mirivel has served as a faculty member and in a number of leadership roles, including interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, interim Associate Dean, and co-Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence – all at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Dr. Mirivel is a recognized expert in the study and teaching of effective and ethical human communication. He is “among the founding scholars in the emerging field of positive communication” and an award-winning teacher and scholar. In 2011, he won the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching from the College of Professional Studies at UA Little Rock. In 2016, he won the Faculty Excellence Award in Research from the College of Social Sciences and Communication. Julien has published in the most prominent journals in the field of communication such as Communication MonographsHealth Communication, and Research on Language and Social Interaction. He is the author of two books on positive communication published by Peter Lang: The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice(2014) and How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective (2017). His current research explores the nature of peak communication – moments of human interaction in which people experience happiness and joy. In the last five years alone, he has delivered over 100 keynotes, trainings, and workshops on how to communicate effectively across contexts.


Dean Mirivel’s mission is to promote deep learning, student success, and the creation of a positive academic culture across the college. Julien lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Meg and 3 children: Hugo, John Luke, and Claire.

Dr. Joyce Carter Locke

Joyce Locke Carter is professor of rhetoric and technical writing at The University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where she chairs the department of Rhetoric and Writing and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in argumentation, hypertext, usability research, publication management, and rhetoric and technology. Her work appears in Computers and CompositionTechnical Communication, her Hampton Press book on market and market-like rhetorical activities, and a Baywood Press book edited by Cook & Grant-Davie on distance education. She wrote the proposal for the Texas Tech PhD degree offered via distance education and managed that degree for its first 11 years. Her current book project, Reading Arguments: How Sophisticated Readers Read Graduate Admissions Arguments, uses eye-tracking and usability research methods to study how experts read high-stakes arguments. Dr. Carter is the past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Dr. Carter worked as a professor of rhetoric for 18 years at Texas Tech. Before that, she was the CEO of the Austin-based Daedalus Group, Inc., an educational software firm that was founded by herself, fellow graduate students, and faculty at the University of Texas. She received both her MBA and her PhD in rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin.

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