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School of Communication welcomes Captain Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis to campus during the week of March 11-15.

Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis visit the School of Communication March 11-13.

During the week of March 11 – 15, the School of Communication welcomes Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis to campus.


Banjo-Johnson is a captain in the United States Air Force and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in German from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University City, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from George Mason University. She has served in a variety of public affairs and engagement roles for the United States Air Force since 2009.


Lewis is completing her PhD in Communication and Culture from the Cathy Hughes School of Communication at Howard University. Lewis’ research focuses on marginalized populations, particularly Black youth. Her dissertation focuses on the Grime subculture in South London. She will be on campus as part of ECU’s Emerging Scholars program. Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.


On Monday, March 11, Banjo-Johnson will visit Dr. Charles Meadows’ PR Theory class and Dr. Cui Meadows’ PR Campaigns classes. On Tuesday, March 12, she will present on Careers with Foreign Languages and Communication from 3-4 p.m. in Mendenhall Great Room 1. All are welcomed to the presentation on March 12 that is sponsored by ECU School of Communication and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of International Studies and Foreign Languages and Literatures.


On Wednesday, March 13, Lewis will visit Brittany Thompson’s Intercultural class and then be the School of Communication Research Mingle series’ guest speaker.


The School of Communication is proud to welcome these visitors to the campus of ECU.

School of Communication Career and Internship Fair February 28 from 2-3:30 p.m.

SOC Career/Internship Fair is Feb. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Main Campus Student Center

The School of Communication Career Panel and Career/Internship Fair is Thursday, February 28 in the Main Campus Student Center. Join us to learn more about communication career paths and find your future career. This year’s panel and fair is sponsored by WNCT 9 on your side!

Career Panel:
1-2 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Center Room 125
Learn more specifics about careers in TV news and promotions, recruiting , digital marketing and more!

Career/Internship Opportunities Fair:
2-3:30 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Center Ball Room
Meet local and regional employers who have full/part-time positions or internship opportunities.

Employers inlcude:

WNCT 9 On Your Side
The Hammock Source
Greenville Utilities
Red Ventures
City of Greenville
ECU Student Media
Summit Roofing of NC
Waffle House
ENC Stop Human Trafficking​
Eastern Radiologists
News Channel 12
Fayetteville Swamp Dogs
Washington Daily News


Bring polished resumes and dress to impress. Professional attire strongly recommended.

Please register to attend.

Register Here:…/store_main.jsp…

Thank you WNCT for your support.

For information contact the SOC main office: 252-328-4227

School of Communication Welcomes Dr. E. Patrick Johnson on February 11 by Kaitlyn Longest

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson to perform at East Carolina University February 11. Co-sponsored by the School of Communication

On February 11, 2019, Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will be visiting East Carolina University. During his visit, he will be speaking as a guest lecturer in Brittany Thompson’s Intercultural Communication class from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m in Joyner East 202. He will also be giving a longer presentation in Hendrix Theatre called “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at 7 p.m. on February 11. Anyone is welcome at either performance, sponsored by the School of Communication and the Department of History in celebration of Black History Month.


Dr. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American studies and professor of performance studies and African American studies at Northwestern University. He has done extensive research in African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies that has had a large impact on each topic. He is also the author of four books Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, Black. Queer. Southern. Women, and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Johnson decided to take interviews from his books and turn them into a performance.


‘Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” is an award-winning solo performance about the stories of two of Dr. E. Patrick Johnson’s books. The stories are about southern, black, LGBT people between the ages of 18 to 93 and what it is like growing up and continuing to live in the south. Johnson has performed his one man show “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at over 100 college campuses since 2006. The performance won the Black Theater Alliance Bert Williams Award for Best Solo Performance in 2010.


If you have any questions about the Intercultural Communication class please contact Brittany Thompson with the School of Communication at:

Phone: (252) 737-4707


For more information about the evening performance, contact Mark Rasdorf, Interim Senior Associate Director of ECU LGBTQ Center.


Phone: (252) 737-4451

School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony is Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Fall 2017 Graduating Class School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony is December 14 at 4 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

For the day of the ceremony, graduates please arrive at 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Bate building to check-in and start lining up before the ceremony. Family members and friends do not need tickets for the graduation.

For family and friends not able to attend the ceremony, it will be live-streamed via the link below. To view graduation live go to

The link will go live 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. You do not need a password at that time.

If you have questions, please call the School of Communication main office at 252-328-4227.

Dr. Ian Brodie speaks October 12 about Fake News and Real Funny: Navigating Political Stance in The Onion, John Oliver, and George Carlin.

Dr. Ian Brodie

The English Department, the School of Communication, and the Harriet College of Arts and Sciences are co-sponsoring visiting International Scholar Dr. Ian Brodie on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Bate 1028. His presentation is on Fake News and Real Funny: Navigating Political Stance in The Onion, John Oliver, and George Carlin. Dr. Brodie is a professor of folklore at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

International Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Schulz visits the School of Communication

Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Schulz from the University of Lugano in Switzerland.

We welcome visiting scholar Dr. Peter Schulz to ECU and the School of Communication October 2 through October 6.

Schulz is a Professor of Communication at the University of Lugano (USI) in Switzerland. During his visit to ECU, Dr. Schulz will lecture to multiple classes including Public Relations Campaigns, Public Relations Strategies, Media Effects and Health Communication.

Dr. Schulz’ visit is part of the School of Communication’s efforts to continuously build international relationships and create a globally diverse learning environment for our students and our faculty.

Face Your Fear: Public Speaking Workshop

Speech Communication Center host Face Your Fear public speaking workshop on 10/3

The Speech Communication Center is hosting a Face Your Fear public speaking workshop Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 10 am until 12 pm in Joyner Library 2409.

The Face Your Fear event includes a panel on using public speaking professionally and special guest speakers include:

Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs;

Coach Heather Macy, Head Basketball Coach, Women’s Basketball;

Jordan Koonts, SGA President ECU Student Government Association.

This event, like all SCC events, is FREE! Contact today at 252-328-2790 or

Event schedule:

10:00 am
Welcome! Mix and Mingle with students and staff. Light refreshments will be offered.

10:15-10:45 am
Panel presentation; Using Public Speaking Professionally. Speakers include:

Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs;
Coach Heather Macy, Head Basketball Coach, Women’s Basketball;
Jordan Koonts, SGA President ECU Student Government Association.

10:45 -11:15 am
Speaking anxiety tips presented by Kelsey Rhodes, SCC Assistant Director ECU Speech Communication Center; Caroline Umphlett, Academic Advisor ECU Academic Advising & Support Center.

11:15 -12:00 pm
Impromptu Speaking Contest with prizes

ECU alum and WITN co-anchor Lynette Taylor is the SOC Graduation Recognition Ceremony Keynote Speaker on May 4th at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium by Mariah Smith

ECU alum and WITN co-anchor will address SOC Spring 2018 graduating class on May 4 at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium

Lynette Taylor calls herself a “drama queen.” Her love for acting and theater throughout her high school years in Durham, led her eventually to broadcast journalism at East Carolina University. She graduated from ECU with a degree in electronic journalism and immediately started working with WITN as an associate producer. Later that year, she accepted a position at WITN as a reporter and later was promoted to weekend morning anchor.

After four years at WITN, she moved to Florida to become the morning and noon anchor for WCJB-TV 20 in Gainesville, Florida. During her time at WCJB-TV 20, she featured local adoptable children in the foster care system and many were successfully adopted. While there, she mentored aspiring University of Florida journalism students and became an honorary Mistress of Ceremony for the Ronald E. McNair Program at the University of Florida.

Taylor eventually returned to her beloved Carolina roots as a weekday reporter for WITN and in 2008 teamed up with Dave Jordan as co-anchor for WITN News at six.  At home, Taylor is married to an East Carolina University Professor and has two dogs, Henri and Murphy. She enjoys spending time with her family, who still live in Eastern North Carolina. She is an award-winning Associated Press Journalist and has received several awards for her work in the community. She is a Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Member, ECU Alumni Board member, Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and Executive Director of her Godmother’s up and coming foundation.

We are pleased to have Ms. Taylor as our keynote speaker at the School of Communication Recognition Ceremony which will be held at three o’clock May 4th at Wright Auditorium. Graduating seniors should report to the 1st floor of the Bates building at two o’clock to prepare for the ceremony which will be streamed via a link on the School of Communication webpage. To view graduation live go to

The link will go live 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. You do not need a password at that time.


Broadening Horizons with International Exchange Programs

American University of Sharjah. Dr. Linda Kean visited the UAE in March to promote the College of Fine Arts and Communication Summer Exchange Program.

Dr. Linda Kean, Director of the School of Communication, traveled throughout the United Arab Emirates in March promoting the College of Fine Arts and Communication Summer Program during Summer Session II 2018.


Kean visited Abu Dhabi University, the University of Sharjah, the American University of Sharjah, and Higher Colleges of Technology to recruit students to ECU for the summer. This unique opportunity is part of the CFAC and SOC’s global initiative to build relationships with universities around the world and create exchange programs for both faculty and students. Visiting students can take numerous classes in the School of Communication and the School of Art and Design, such as Video News Performance, Public Speaking, Web Design, Foundation and Intermediate Drawing, Printmaking Survey, and Typography and Letterpress. Other general electives include Introduction to Theatre, World Geography, General Biology, General Chemistry I, and Introduction to Film Studies. Additionally, faculty and students in the exchange programs get to explore cultural opportunities beyond the university.


During Summer Session II of 2016, the School of Communication hosted students and a faculty member from the University of Sharjah in the UAE. Kean’s efforts abroad this past month support continued efforts to build educational and opportunity bridges for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


To read about the 2016 visit, go to

ECU Communication Professor Engages Students and Expands Horizons by Jordan Koonts

Spring Break 2018 North Ireland Study Abroad
A professor’s love for communication studies has a global reach and a lasting impact.

Dr. Rebecca Dumlao of East Carolina University’s School of Communication has found a unique way to share her innovative studies with students across the globe. And now, some will get a chance to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience alongside her.

Dr. Dumlao has a passion for communication studies and the benefits they can entail. Lauded for her expertise in the field by School of Communication Director, Dr. Linda Kean, Dumlao is regarded by many as a leading scholar of communication. “Dr. Dumlao’s expertise in communication and conflict is long-standing,” says Dr. Kean.

This expertise has helped propel Dr. Dumlao to the forefront of many global outlets and publications. Dumlao’s work has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Family Communication, Science Communication, and Health Communication. Dr. Dumlao is also currently completing a book on collaborative communication.

In addition to being a well-published author, Dr. Dumlao is known by the ECU School of Communication as a great mentor to both students and her peers. In 2013, Dr. Dumlao received the Robert L. Sigmon Award for Service Learning as a testament to her work across the department. Dr. Dumlao also serves on the University Service Learning Committee for ECU.

It is this passion for service through scholarly work that has driven Dr. Dumlao to spearhead a student trip to Northern Ireland. This spring break, Dr. Dumlao and the School of Communication are partnering with the Honors College and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE). Along with Amizade, a nonprofit service-learning organization in Northern Ireland, ECU students will learn how cultures and past histories, including conflicts addressed by the Belfast (Peace) Agreement of 1998, still impact communication and daily life for residents. Students will learn to work collaboratively through hands-on, service-learning experiences at youth clubs. They also will visit with officials who have experience in community-based learning, peace-building and peace-keeping efforts. Students taking Dr. Dumlao’s Honors Seminar, “Communication, Conflict and Community Engagement” will work along students participating in the Alternative Break Experience during this trip.

Dr. Dumlao is no stranger to studying communication and conflicts within another culture. She has previously worked and instructed students in both Trinidad and Tobago and in the Netherlands. To Director Linda Kean, this trip is yet another testament to Dumlao’s “commitment to global teaching and learning.”

The East Carolina University Alternative Break Experience has a mission of “Pushing Boundaries and Creating Change.” Along with Dr. Dumlao, Dr. Dennis McCunney, director of the CLCE, and Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Educational Programs in the CLCE, will co-lead this unique experience for ECU students.

The 2018 trip will run from March 2nd until March 10th and will engage students as they study in Northern Ireland. This first-of-a-kind international service-learning program at ECU involves cross-campus partnerships between the Honors College, the School of Communication, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

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