Gene Segarra Navera

Senior Lecturer


Contact Information

Telephone: 6516 6082
Email: elcgsn@nus.edu.sg
Office: CELC #03-29 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)
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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD English Language, National University of Singapore
  • MA Speech Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • BA Communication Arts (cum laude), University of the Philippines Los Banos

Department Duties/Committee

  • Coordinator, University Town Writing Programme, July 2020 to date
  • Co-organizer and Facilitator, The 2020 CELC Oral Communication Camp, a 3-part Interactive Webinar, 23 to 24 September 2020
  • Co-organizer and Facilitator, The 2019 CELC Oral Communication Camp, NUS University Town Complex, 14 to 15 May 2019
  • Co-organizer and Facilitator, The 2018 CELC Oral Communication Camp, NUS University Town Complex, 15 to 16 May 2018
  • Associate Editor/ Member,eltworldonline.com (ELTWO)/ External Relations Committee
  • Chair: Complementary Initiatives Committee (AY 2012-13)
  • Course Coordinator: ES2331 (Communicating Engineering) (January to December 2013)

Modules/Courses Taught

  • UTW2001R (Discourse, Citizenship and Society)
  • UTW1001R/ IEM1201R (Oratory and the Public Mind)
  • ES2331 (Communicating Engineering)
  • ES1531 (Critical Thinking and Writing)
  • Embedded communication course for IE2101 (Introduction to Systems Thinking)
  • Courses Taught at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (1998-2006): Speech Communication, Oral Interpretation, Philippine Public Address, Group Discussion and Leadership, Argumentative Writing, Intensive English for Foreign Graduate Students

Professional Affiliations

  • International Member, Rhetoric Society of America, 4 September 2013 to date
  • Lifetime Member, Speech Communication Organization of the Philippines since 31 May 2019
  • Member, Singapore Association of Applied Linguistics, September 2011 to date

Research Interests

  • Political rhetoric
  • Critical discourse studies
  • Metaphor studies
  • Facilitation

Publications


Book

  • Navera, G. S. (2018).  The rhetoric of PNoy: Image, myth and rhetorical citizenship in Philippine presidential speeches. Frontiers in political communication, volume 32.  New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters

  • Navera, G. S. (2018). The technicist framework and the teaching of speech communication in the Philippines. In I. P. Martin (Ed.), Reconceptualizing English education in multilingual societies: English in the Philippines (pp. 140-152). New York: Springer.
  • Wu S. M. and G. S. Navera. (2017). ELT materials as sites of values education: A preliminary observation of secondary school materials. In H. P. Widodo, L. V. Canh, M. R. G. Perfecto, & A. Buripakdi (Eds.), Situating moral and cultural values in the ELT materials: The Southeast Asian context (pp. 51-68). New York: Springer.
  • Navera, G. S. (2014).’People Power’ in Philippine presidential rhetoric: (Re)framing democratic participation in post-authoritarian regimes. In C. Kock and L. Villadsen (Eds.) Contemporary rhetorical citizenship (pp. 205-222). Leiden University Press.
  • Navera, G. S. (2013). The Singapore arts landscape: Influences, tensions, confluences and possibilities for the learning context. In C-H. Lum (Ed.) Contextualized practices in arts education: An international dialogue on Singapore (pp. 3-20). Singapore: Springer.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Brooke, M., Cook, M. S. W., Lee, K. C., Navera, G. S., Tang, K. K. (2020). Trekking the Educator Track at a research-intensive university: Five accounts of different career levels. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 14(3), Article 3. Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2028&context=ij-sotl.
  • Navera, G. S. (2020). Belligerence as argument: The allure of the war metaphor in Philippine presidential speeches. Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium. [S.l.], 5(1), 67-82, ISSN 2581-7361. Available at: <http://kairostext.in/index.php/kairostext/article/view/98>.
  • Navera, G. S. (2018). Metaphorizing martial law: Constitutional authoritarianism in Marcos’s rhetoric (1972-1985). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 66(4), 417-52
  • Navera, G. S. (2013). Teaching as transformative performance: Performance as kinesis in an argumentative writing class. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 21(4), 1621-1631
  • Navera, G. S. (2011). ‘WAR ON TERROR’ IS A CURATIVE: Recontextualization and political mythmaking in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State of the Nation Addresses (2002-2004). Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 8(4), 313-343.
  • Navera, G. S. (2007 December). Performance as kinesis: Facilitation and language teaching as activist performance. Reflections on English Language Teaching, 6(2), 65-75.
  • Navera, G. S. (2006 July to December). The rhetoric of accountability in Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s State of the Nation Addresses (2001-2005). Public Policy 10, 27-57.

Dissertations

  • Navera, G. S. (2012). Metaphorizing the Philippine presidency: Schemas of presidential leadership in the post-Marcos State of the Nation Addresses (1987-2009). PhD Dissertation, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Navera, G. S. (2003). Subversion and reaffirmation of the Erap myth in the ‘Trial of the Century’: A rhetorical inquiry. Unpublished master’s thesis. Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
  • Navera, G. S. (1998). Corazon C. Aquino: The leader as a rhetorician and her place in Philippine history. Unpublished undergraduate thesis. Department of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna. (Awarded Best Thesis by the Department of Humanities).

Seminars & Conferences

Keynote Speeches/ Invited Academic Lectures

  • Keynote Speaker. “Speech Communication in Multilingual, Multicultural and Multidisciplinal Contexts.” Keynote Speech for the 31st National Convention of the Speech Communication Organization of the Philippines and 2019 Research Conference. University of the Philippines Los Banos, 30 May to 1 June 2019.
  • Invited Speaker. “Writing The Rhetoric of PNoy: Insights and reflections on doing rhetorical studies in/on the Philippines.” DSCTA@60 Lecture Series. Palma Hall, Pavilion 1, Room 1131, Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 27 February 2019.
  • Invited Speaker. “Political rhetoric in the Philippines: What’s the matter and why it matters”.  UPLB General Education Conversation. UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Auditorium, 25 September 2017.
  • Invited Speaker. “Speech criticism as rhetorical citizenship”. Bahaginan: College of Arts and Letters Research Forum and the UP Diliman Discourse Studies Group. Pavilion 1, Room 1131 Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City, 7 August 2017.
  • Plenary Speaker. “Political Discourse in the Age of Social Media:  What, How, and Why We Should Teach (about) Opinion-making and the Analysis of Political Talk and Texts”. Plenary Speech during 1st International and 2nd National Language, Kultura and Integration of Technology (LangKIT) Conference. Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines, 26-28 February 2017.
  • Resource Speaker. CAL-DECL API Workshop. Pulungang Claro M. Recto, University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters. 30 November to 1 December 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker. “The State of Speech Communication in the Philippines (and the ASEAN): Notes from the Margins.” Keynote Message for the 28th National Convention of the Speech Communication Organization of the Philippines. La Carmela de Boracay, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines, 2-4 May 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker.  “Beyond K+12: What does it mean to be a ‘world class’ teacher of language and literature in higher education?” Plenary Speech. Alliance of Language and Literature Teachers (ALLT), Inc. National Seminar. Venezia Hotel, Bldg 675 Canal Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, SBMA, Olongapo City, 21-22 September 2012.

Conference Paper Presentations

  • Workshop Facilitator. “Addressing ‘Special Needs’ in the EL Classroom: Toward Inclusive Education.” English in Southeast Asia 2019, Raffles Town Club, 6 December 2019.
  • Moderator. Panel discussion on “Creating spaces for inquiring teaching practices and evidencing learning.” 6th CELC Roundtable. Educational Resource Centre, University Town, National University of Singapore, 3-4 December 2019.
  • Co-presenter. “Negotiating curriculum design in an integrated academic English writing course: The UTWP model.” 6th CELC Roundtable. Educational Resource Centre, University Town, National University of Singapore, 3-4 December 2019.
  • Presenter. “Asking critical questions: Toward a framework for facilitating discussion of academic content.” 6th CELC Roundtable. Educational Resource Centre, University Town, National University of Singapore, 3-4 December 2019.
  • Presenter. “Belligerence as Argument: The Allure of the War Metaphor in Philippine Presidential Speeches.” Twenty-Second Biennial Conference, International Society for the History of Rhetoric. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 24-27 July 2019.
  • Presenter. “Stirred but not shaken: Dutertismo, populist rhetoric and the Philippine presidency.” 18th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 31 May to 3 June 2018.
  • Presenter. “Metaphorizing martial law: Constitutional authoritarianism in Marcos’ rhetoric, 1972-1985”. Conference on the “Remains of a Dictatorship: 45 Years after Martial Law”.  Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints and the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola School of Social Sciences, 3-4 August 2017.
  • Presenter. “Schemas of Presidential Leadership: PNoy, Barack Obama, and Philippine Political Rhetoric.” 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, 27-29 May 2016.
  • Presenter. "Technicism in English language teaching and speech communication education in the Philippines." CELC Symposium 2016. University Town, National University of Singapore, 25-27 May 2016
  • Presenter. "Schemas and Presidential Identifications: (Dis)continuities in Philippine Presidential Rhetoric". The Fifth Biennial New Zealand Discourse Conference. Auckland University of Technology, 7-9 December 2015.
  • Presenter. "The Philippine Impeachment Trials as Cases of Public Moral Argument." The 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA). University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1-4 July 2014.
  • Presenter. "US-British Hegemony and Rhetorical Enactments on the Sabah Question." The 16th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Marriott River Center, San Antonio, Texas, 22-26 May 2014.
  • Presenter. "The Forging of Social Justice and the Rhetoric of the Philippine Left." The 2013 International Society for Language Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 13-15 June 2013.
  • Presenter. "'People Power' in Philippine Presidential Rhetoric: A Schema Theoretic Perspective." Rhetoric in Society 4. Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, Section of Rhetoric, University of Copenhagen, 15-18 January 2013.
  • Presenter. "Schemas and the Presidency: Continuities and Discontinuities in the Post-Marcos Political Rhetoric." The 2012 Linguistic Society of the Philippines National Conference. University of Asia and the Pacific, Ortigas Drive, Pasig City, 19 May 2012.
  • Presenter. "In Pursuit of the 'Tuwid na Daan': A Critical Analysis of P-Noy's Presidential Rhetoric (2010-2011)." International Conference on Language and Communication. Graduate School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-16 December 2011.
  • Presenter. "'Ang Tuwid na Daan' as Metaphor: A Critical Analysis of Noynoy Aquino's Rhetoric of Inclusive Growth." 3rd "Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue" Conference. University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam, 4-5 December 2011.
  • Presenter. "Teaching Argument as Transformative Performance." International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT) 2011. Damai Laut, Perak, Malaysia. 18-20 September 2011.
  • Presenter. "Cory Aquino and the Framing of Philippine Democracy." The 5th Asian Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies. Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 7-9 July 2010.
  • Presenter. "From 'Martial Law' to 'War on Terror': Framing and Reframing the Militarist Solution in Philippine Presidential Rhetoric." 2009 International Conference on Political Linguistics. University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland, 17-19 September 2009.
  • Presenter. "'WAR ON TERROR' IS A CURATIVE: Recontextualization and Political Myth-making in Philippine State of the Nation Addresses." 2009 Conference of the International Society for Language Studies at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, 7800 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, 11 to 13 June 2009.
  • Presenter. "Facilitation as Performance as Kinesis: Rethinking Principles and Practices of Group Facilitation." Presented at the 2007 NUS Center for English Language Communication (CELC) International Symposium on English Language Teaching. Hilton Singapore, 30 May 2007.

Academic blog entries

Awards

  • Residential Colleges Teaching Excellence Award, AY2018/19, National University of Singapore, February 20, 2020.
  • Residential Colleges Teaching Commendation, AY 2017/2018, National University of Singapore, February 28, 2019
  • Residential Colleges Teaching Commendation, AY 2016/17, National University of Singapore, February 13, 2018