Joanne Detore-Nakamura

Associate Professor of Humanities and Communication and Program Coordinator for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Humanities and Communication Department
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

Varies according to semester.<br><br>Email me any time:

Areas of Expertise

Diversity and inclusion, diversity training, communication and gender, gifted girls and education, popular culture, public relations and crisis communication. women in STEM, ethnic studies and multicultural literature.

Joanne L. DeTore, Ph.D. is a tenured Associate Professor of Humanities & Communication at the Daytona Campus and the former University Director of Diversity Initiatives working for President John Johnson from 2007-2010, overseeing diversity initiatives on all three campuses.  She has been with the University since 2002 and is a nationally-recognized and award-winning  diversity program creator who has brought in over $670,000 in grant funding as a PI or Co-PI during her tenure.  The Office of Diversity and the College of Engineering were awarded the ABET President's Award for Diversity in 2008, for the outstanding programs for women and minority students in engineering.

Prior to ERAU, Dr. DeTore was a full professor and department chair at Eastern Florida State College with a faculty of 30 full-time faculty members and two dozen adjuncts where she created a journalism program and co-wrote their diversity white paper with the VP of HR titled, The Diversity Mirror, which was adopted by their Board of Trustees and has been cited and used by many community colleges around the country as a standard of excellence.

In addition to her teaching and administrative career, Dr. DeTore was a Director of Public Relations and Fundraising for a non-profit agency in NY and an account executive for a tech PR firm in Rhode Island.  She holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (1998) where she was a Fellow, an M.A. from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY (1990) and a B.S. from Syracuse University (1987), where she was the recipient of a prestigious Gannett Journalism Scholarship and was a protegee of PR Hall of Fame Inductee, Prof. Raymond Simon, a founder of PR education in America.   

Dr. DeTore is a published poet, essayist, and scholar. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Reed MagazineVoices in Italian Americana; Italian Americana;, Review Americana: A Literary Journal; Apple Valley Review; Slow Trains; Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering; Art & Ciência: Revista de Arte: Cincia e Communicação; And/Or; and Florida English. She has also been published in books including Anti-Italianism: Essays on Prejudice;Fractured Feminisms: Rhetoric, Context, and Contestation; Joy, Interrupted; and Sweet Lemons: Writing with a Sicilian Accent.  

She has presented over 50 papers, poetry readings, and workshops on literature, popular culture, gender, ethnic studies, public relations, and diversity.  In addition, she has appeared on national television and in documentary film.  Dr. DeTore is an elected Executive Council Member of the Italian American Studies Association and is a member of several academic associations including Women in Aviation, the Popular Culture Association, and the American Association of University Women among others. She is a manuscript reviewer for Gender & Society and for Pearson Publishing.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in English, Southern Illinois Unversity Carbondale
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in English, College of Saint Rose

  • COM 219: Speech
  • COM 399: Special Topics Communication
  • COM 460: Media Relations II
  • CEIS 396: Coop Ed Interdisciplinary Stud

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: 4/4/1 load  

  • HU142: Studies in Literature, Survey
  • HU145: Interdisciplinary Humanities Theme: Literary and Film Monsters (Primary texts by Faulkner, Shelley, Stoker, Kafka, Beowulf poet in translation, Stevenson, Browning and several others)
  • HU 305: Modern Literature: Theme: Friendship, Communication, & Gender in Literature
  • HU 325: Exploring Film: Italian American Culture
  • HU 420 Inter-Cultural Communication
  • COM 122: Composition
  • COM 219:  Speech
  • COM 260: Intro to Mass Communication
  • COM 360: Media Relations I
  • COM 460: Media Relations II

Eastern Florida State College, 5/5/2 load

  • ENC 1101, Communications I (Composition course)
  • ENC 1102, Communications II (Literature-based composition course)
  • AML 2012, American Literature I, survey
  • AML 2021, American Literature II, survey
  • AML 2012 H, Honors American Literature I
  • AML 2021 H, Honors American Literature II
  • SLS 1101, Success Skills for College and Life
  • LIT 2300, Special Topics: Literary and Film Monsters
  • LIT 2300, Special Topics: Women’s Literature
  • ENC 1058, Technical Writing

University of Central Florida, Continuing Education Department Five-week, 15 hour courses taught for the University of Central Florida’s Continuing Education Department at the graduate level (500-level) for BCC faculty development included:

  • EDH 6935-XA: Special Topics: Beyond The Five Paragraph Essay, February 1998
  • ESE 6938-OP92: Special Topics: Gender & Communication, February- March 2000
  • EDF 6938-OP95: Special Topics: Cultural Competency in a Global Society, February-March 2001

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2/2 load

  • GED 101, Composition I (SIUC)
  • GED 101, Computer-Aided Composition (SIUC)
  • GED 102, Composition II (SIUC)
  • GED 122, Introduction to Literature (SIUC)
  • ENG 290, Intermediate Composition (SIUC)


  1. CTLE: Service Learning Mentoring Grant for Mentoring another faculty member, $500, 2016
  2. CTLE: Digital Lab Grant, $500, 2015-16
  3. Submitted/Not Funded: NSF ADVANCE IT Grant, Co-PI, Submitted Proposal, January 20, 2016 for $2.5 million to establish SOAR (Supporting, Opportunity, Advancement & Retention) Center to recruit & to retain female STEM faculty. Principal writer.
  4. Accepted Letter of Intent: NSF ADVANCE IT Grant, Co-PI, letter of intent, November 4, 2015
  5. Solar Decathlon Competition U.S. Dept. of Energy, Co-PI with Dr. Sandra Boetcher, November 2015, Team Daytona 2017 to build a solar, self-sustaining home, accepted team, $100,000 U.S. Dept. of Energy
  6. ERAU Internal Grant, Persuading Rosie The Riveter: The PR campaign to collude women to join the workforce and then retreat, $11,444, July 2011
  7. NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), 2010 to fund scholarships for women & minorities.  Co-PI. Principal writer. $600,000.
  8. Title I Grant from Volusia County Schools to establish Tutoring Program at Campbell Middle School, $14,000, Spring, 2010
  9. Title I Grant from Volusia County Schools to establish Tutoring Program at Campbell Middle School, $14,000, Fall 2009
  10. Boeing Grant to fund FIRST (Female Initiative: Reaching Success Together) Mentoring Program. Principal writer.  Co-PI.  $14,000.
  11. Florida Space Consortium Education Grant to fund ERAU Girls Exploring Math and Science Summer Camp & Campbell Middle School’s Aerospace Camp 2008. PI. Principal writer.  $15,000.
  12. Clare Boothe Luce Foundation Invitation to Apply, October 2007. Submitted invitation to apply for two, five-year faculty grants totaling more than $600,000 for two female professors in engineering. Status: University Not Competitive 2.8 grade out of 4.0 for university status on female professor in STEM up from 2.0 grade the year before. Principal writer.
  13. Texas Space Grant Consortium: NASA Means Business Public Relations Campaign Competition.  Won over $4500 in prize money for our ERAU team.
  14. Florida Space Consortium Educational Grant to fund an ERAU Girls Exploring Math & Science Summer Camp, 2007, a part of the NASA Means Business Outreach Plan.  Decision: Outstanding rating: Should be funded, but was not.
  15. National Science Foundation – a grant to fund a multicultural communication training course for pilots.  Applied but not funded. 8/2004
  16. Title III Grant, Diversity Core Committee to restructure general education curriculum to include a diversity requirement by infusing courses with a diversity component, 2000-2001
  17. Title III Grant to produce an Annotated Bibliography of Composition and Literature Websites, 1999
  18. S & PD Grant to revamp American Literature I & II by integrating technology, 1999
  19. Multimedia Grant to Produce Two Power Point Presentations:  one for Women’s Literature and for Communications II on the Renaissance, 1996.


  1. Book In Progress: From Victim to Victor: the Friendship Plot as Survival Strategy in Women’s Fiction and FilmUnder Contract with Mellen Publishing.

Book Chapters

  1. Accepted: “Killing ‘one of his true miracles’: John Coffey as the Pagan Sin Eater in King’s The Green Mile,” for the book, Beyond Horror: The Modern Stephen King Canon, edited by Philip Simpson and Patrick McAleer.  Chapter Due March 2017.
  2. Published: Essay, "Diving Deep and Surfacing," in the anthology, Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology of Motherhood and Loss. Fat Daddy's Farm Publishing, October 2012
  3. Published: Book Chapter: "'Good Enough': An Italian American Memoir," published in the book, Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice, Eds. William J. Connell and Fred Gardaphe.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, December 2010.
  4. Published: “When Our Feminism Isn’t Feminist Enough” in the book, Fractured Feminisms, Eds. Laura Gray-Rosendale and Gil Harootunian.  Albany: SUNY.

Refereed Articles

  1. Submitted: Scholarly Paper, “Secrets and Shadows: Reading the Psychosexual Signs of The Penny Dreadful,” to a special edition of Neo Victorian Studies, January 2016.
  2. Reprint:  “Dissertation Distress:  A Room of One’s Own with a Crib and Computer” published in peer reviewed, The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (York University) in the “Mothering and Teaching in the Academe” issue, vol. 5.2, Fall/Winter 2003.

Book Reviews:

  1. Published: Rev. of George Guida’s.  Pugilistic: Poems.  Cincinnati, OH: WordTech Editions, 2015. and Guida’s The Sleeping Gulf. New York: Bordighera Press, 2015 in VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Spring-Summer 2016.
  2. Reviewer Gender & Society, a peer-reviewed journal from the U of Mass, January 2016.  One manuscript. (wrote 4 page response)
  3. Reviewer Gender & Society, a peer-reviewed journal from the U of Mass, Dec. 2013-Feb. 2014.   One manuscript. (wrote 2 page response)                               

Poems in Peer Reviewed Journals & Anthologies:

  1. Published & Finalist: “Leftovers,” finalist for Reed Magazine’s Edwin Markham Prize in Poetry, forthcoming publication May 2016
  2. Accepted, “Love in the Age of Google,” Reed Magazine, May 2016.
  3. Published: "Sundered Seeds" and "Dead Woman's Float" in the anthology, Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology of Motherhood and Loss. Fat Daddy's Farm Publishing, October 2012.
  4. Published: "Real Time," in Florida English, Volume 9, Fall 2011.
  5. Published: "In Exchange for Laundry," in And/Or Literary Journal, Volume 2, Fall 2011. 
  6. Re-Print: "Dreams" in Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice, Eds. William J. Connell and Fred Gardaphe.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, December 2010.
  7. Published: “Judith,” Issue 8 of Art Ciencia: Revista de Arte, Ciência e Comunicação , April-August 2008, on-line at 
  8. Published: “Poem Writing,” Review Americana: A Literary Journal, fall 2006, published by the Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture.
  9. Published: “In Your Eye” in Apple Valley Review: a Journal of Contemporary Literature for fall 2006 issue.
  10. Published: “Nana” in Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review, a journal published by the University of Rhode Island, p. 41-42, winter 2005.
  11. Published: “Tomato Plants” and “Dreams” in the anthology, Sweet Lemons: Writing With a Sicilian Accent.  Eds. Venera Fazio and Delia De Santis. Ottawa: Legas Publishing, 2004. 
  12. Published: “Ice Princess” in Slow Trains: Online Literary Journal in the March 2003 issue.
  13. Published: “Escape Artist” in The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering in the “Mothering and Literature” issue, vol. 4.2, Fall/Winter 2002.
  14. Published: “Tomato Plants” in VIA: Voices in Italian-Americana (Purdue University), spring 1995 issue.

Journalistic Essays:

Creative Non-Fiction Essays From Special Delivery Column in the online zine: Philosophical Mother Magazine:

  1. "Mother Knows Best or Why Tom Cruise Should Stay Off Sofas" July 2005
  2. "Snakes and Snails and All That Jazz" June 2005
  3.  "My Life Stood--- Like a Load of Laundry" March 2005
  4. " New Year's Resolution: Shedding my Extra Hyde" January 2005
  5.  "Beauty of the Hours" August 2004
  6.  "My Mother, Myself" May 2004
  7.  "My So-Called Boring Life" April 2004
  8.  "Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Aliens Among Us, and Extraterrestrial Superheroes" February 2004
  9.  "Girl Power" January 2004
  10.  "Rekindling the Spirit and Giving Thanks" December 2003
  11.  "Diving Deep and Surfacing" November 2003

Published: “Students Can Make Projects, Life Easier” (invited guest column) in Florida Today. 5 January 2002: 11A.

Published: “We Mustn’t Let Terrorism Divide Us.” (invited guest column now indexed in ProQuest) in Florida Today. 20 September 2001: 14A.

Published: “Professor Urges Patience.” (invited guest column about Florida Election. My students’ short essays were also published as a full-page spread.) in Florida Today. 19 November 2000: 13A.


  • International Margaret Atwood Society’s Annotated Bibliography.  Co-bibliographer with Loretta Koch on the 1992, 1993, and 1994 edition.  Published in print and online:   

White Paper:

  • “Diversity Mirror: A Diversity Initiative for Brevard Community College” with Vice President for Human Resources, Dr. Joni Oglesby, and the Director of Institutional Research.  Presented to the Board of Trustees and accepted, December 2000.              

In-House Publications:

  1. “Persuasive Speeches” in ERAU’s  Humanities & Communication’s In-house speech text book, Eds. Rachel Friedman & Rachel Silverman, Fall 2015. 
  2.  “Change is Good” in ERAU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, Vol. 1, Fall 2004.
  3.  “Revamping Our Classes for the 21st Century” in Chalklines. 10.1. Eastern Florida State College Staff and Program Development.  Sept./Oct. 2000 issue.

Encyclopedia Entries:

  1. Published: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1500 words) and The Scarlet Letter 1500 words) in The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film.  Ed.  John Tibbets.  Gale Research Press, 1998
  2. Reprint: The Scarlet Letter (1500 Words) in Novels into Film: The Encyclopedia of Movies Adapted From Books (Abridged). Ed. John Tibbets.  Checkmark Books, 1999

Scholarly Conference Presentations & Poetry Readings:     

  1. Submitted: Mary “Carlotta” Myers Female Aeronaut, First American Woman to Solo a Lighter Than Air Craft, for a multimedia presentation/article  at the Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, FL in March 2017. Submitted conference proposal Aug. 2016.
  2. Accepted: “Dropping a ‘Nuclear megaton bomb:’ Exploding the stereotypes of Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.” at the Italian American Studies Conference in Long Beach, CA, Nov. 3-5. 2016.
  3. Presenter: Reading “Love in the Age of Google” new poetry at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Seattle, WA, March 21-25, 2016.
  4. Presenter: Reading new poetry for the Italian American Studies Association Conference, Joint Conference with NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) October 15-17, 2015, Washington, DC
  5. Presenter: Popular Culture Conference, Academic Paper, “Secrets and Shadows: Reading the Psychosexual Signs of The Penny Dreadful,” April 2, 2015, New Orleans.
  6. (Oct. 3-6, 2013)  Reading new poetry. Italian-American Identity Politics, for the 46th Italian American Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA
  7. Invited Poetry Reading: Reading new poetry from my poetry collection, An American Brocade Unraveled, for the 45th Italian American Studies Association Conference, E Pluribus: What Is Italian America?  Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 2012.
  8. Invited Presenter for Poetry Reading:  from "An American Brocade Unraveled," poetry collection in-progress. American Italian Historical Association Conference, October 20-22, 2011, Tampa, FL
  9. Panel Chair & Presenter:  "Persuading Rosie the Riveter: The Public Relations Campaign to Persuade Women from the Kitchen to the Workforce and Back Again During and After World War II" PCAS/ACAS Conference, October 6-8, 2011.  New Orleans, LA.
  10. Presenter:  "Vampires and the Human Women Who Love Them," The Popular Culture Conference of the South. Oct. 7-10, 2010. Savannah, GA.
  11. Presenter: Paper for Short Course, "Strategy and Structure for Successful Service and Scholarship: Incorporating Service Learning in Public Relations" National Communication Association Conference in San Diego, California, Nov. 23, 2008.
  12. Presenter: Florida Communication Conference, October 12, 2007. Daytona Beach, FL: NASA Means Business:  The Solution for Inclusion Grand-Prize Winning Proposal presented with my student team.
  13. Presenter: PCA/ACAS Conference, September 28, 2007, Jacksonville, FL: Cultural Hierarchy and Cultural Author: “FACEBOOK and Crisis Communication: Responding to University Crisis with Student-Driven Channels.”
  14. Presenter: National American Italian Historical Association Conference, October 27-29, 2006, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.  Poetry reading drawn from work-in-progress, An American Brocade Unraveled.
  15.  Presenter: PCAS/ACAS Conference, October 4-8, 2006  Savannah, GA: Women’s Literature Session: "What's There to Cluck About in Chick Lit: One Hen Explores the Best and the Worst of Women's Friendship in Chick Lit"
  16. Panel Chair & Presenter: The 27th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas/ Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, February 8-11, 2006, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, New Mexico:  Women’s Studies Area.  “The Friendship Plot in Contemporary Women’s Literature and Film”
  17. Invited Panelist: National Conference: Real Stories: Italian-American Discrimination and Defamation Conference, Seton Hall University, December 4, 2004. 
  18. Chair & Presenter: American-Italian Historical Association Conference, Boca Raton, FL  November 2003.  Chair & Presenter of Poetry Reading  “Through the Looking Glass: La donne di Malia riflettono la vita attraverso la poesia (The Women of Malia Reflect Life Through Poetry)”
  19. Presenter: Regional, Popular Culture Association in the South, Jacksonville, FL October 2003.  “Cry Babies and the Lone Hero: The Place of Children in Buffy and Angel.”
  20. Chair & Presenter: International Popular Culture Association, New Orleans.   April 2003.  “Mothering (the) Monsters:  Maternity and Paternity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.”
  21. Presenter: International Association for Research on Mothering’s 6th Annual Conference on “Mothering, Law, Politics, and Public Policy, at York University in Toronto, Canada.  October 18-20, 2002. “She Works Hard for the Money:  A Snapshot of Working Class, Working Mothers Through the 20th Century” with Prof. Kim Landon, Utica College of Syracuse University.
  22. Presenter: Florida Conference on Communications for Community Colleges.  Orlando, FL.  September 2001.  “When Our Feminism Isn’t Feminist Enough:  Teaching Feminist Theory and Women’s Literature at the Community College Level.”
  23. Presenter: League for Innovation’s Innovations National Conference 2001.  Atlanta, GA. “Diversity Training:  From the Boardroom to the Classroom”
  24. Program Chair and Session Moderator:  International Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL.  December 1996.  Margaret Atwood Society.
  25. Presenter: Mid-west MLA, St. Louis, MO.  November 1995.  “Friendship as Life-Preserver in Atwood’s The Robber’s Bride.”
  26. Presenter: International 20th Century Literature ConferenceUniversity of Louisville, Louisville, KY. “Gender and Anthropology in Barbara Pym’s Less Than Angels.”
  27. Presenter: Virginia Woolf 3rd Annual International Conference. June 1993, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO.  “Please Virginia, Leave the Light On:  Woolf’s Influence on Barbara Pym’s Treatment of Men and Women.”
  28. Presenter: International 20th Century Literature Conference.  February 1993 University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  “Faulkner’s Moral Vision:  Food as Connective Metaphor in Light in August.”
  29. Presenter: American Conference for Irish Studies. October 1992.  Southern Illinois University.  Carbondale, IL.  “Molly Speaks:  Re-Framing ‘Penelope’ as an Oral Monologue.”
  30. Presenter: Midwest Feminist Graduate Student Conference. February 1992.  Miami University, Oxford, OH.  “Rerooting for Survival:  The Connective Elements in the Work of Louise Erdrich.

Other Invited Professional Lectures & Workshops:

  1. “Marketing to Millennials” session for the Volusia FPRA (Florida Public Relations Association)’s Mini-Conference: Sharpen Your Communication Skills, February 18, 2016.  Also brought two students to show their digital artifact presentations.
  2. Poster Session: CTLE Digital Literary: Presented a poster session on my students’ use of the Digital Studio for their portfolio and digital artifacts projects. Spring 2016.
  3. Round Table Discussion: CTLE Service Learning, Fall 2015.
  4. "Gender & Communication" workshop for Leadership Institute, February 2011 , Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (1 hour)
  5. "Vampires and the Women Who Love Them,"  a lecture for Tuesday's Treasures Lecture Series, October 27, 2009, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (1 hour & 15 minutes).
  6. "Mining for GEMS: Gifted Girls and STEM" workshop, June 25, 2009 for the Southeast Conference for Minorities in Engineering (SECME)  Summer Institute Leadership Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (2 hours)
  7. "Gender & Communication" workshop for Leadership Institute, April 4, 2009, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (1 hour)
  8. "Success Strategies for Girls," workshop for Leadership Conference, Oct. 11, 2008, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (1 hour)
  9.  “Gifted Girls: Encouraging an Interest in Math & Science” February 9, 2008. Volusia    County Gifted Teacher Training Seminar, Cypress Creek Elementary School.
  10. “Gender & Communication,” for LEP (Leadership Enhancement Program), March 2009.
  11. “Gender & the Workplace,” for LEP (Leadership Enhancement Program) Daytona session, March, 2008.
  12. “Mining for GEMS: Girls Exploring Math and Science: University Outreach,” March 8, 2008. Association of American University Women, Flagler Beach Chapter.
  13. “Women’s History Month and The State of Women in the Workplace.” March 12, 2007.  Business & Professional Women’s Foundation, Ormond Beach Chapter. Tomoka Oaks Country Club, Ormond Beach. ERAU, Diversity Initiative, April 2003. 
  14. ERAU Diversity Training: Facilitated a session, created power point for all facilitator’s use and several training exercises for ERAU, 2003.
  15. ERAU Student Leadership Conference. “It’s a Small World: Diversity Awareness 60-minute Workshop, February 2003. 
  16. Brevard Community College In-Service Program“Middle East Issues and the Classroom.” Two-hour workshop, October 2001.
  17. Brevard Community College In-Service Program.  “Work Like Your Dog:  A Motivational Workshop Based on the Book of the Same Name.” Two-hour Workshop.
  18. Rollins College Brevard Campus.  “Success Skills for Young Women: A Four-Day Workshop for At-Risk Minority Women ages 13-18.”  July 2001. Honorarium Paid.
  19. Brevard Community College In-Service Program. “Diversity Play Shop:  A Workshop on Cultural Competence.” October 2000.
  20. Brevard Job Link In-Service Day Program.  “He Said/She Said:  A Workshop on Gender.”  November 2000. Honorarium Paid.
  21. Brevard Community College In-Service Program.  “Gender and the Work Place Workshop:  Survival Strategies for Faculty and Staff.”  August 1999.
  22. “Women’s Friendship and Literature Lecture.”  April 1999.  Melbourne, FL. Fellowship at Pineda.
  23. “From Grad to Prof:  The English Ph.D. and the Job Market.”  November 1998. Carbondale, IL.  Southern Illinois University.
  24. “Women and the Gnostic Gospels” April 1997.  Melbourne, FL.  Fellowship at Pineda.

Appearances in Film, Documentaries, or quoted in media:

  • Appeared on the national Fox & Friends Morning Show to discuss Twilight film and history of vampires segment, Nov. 23, 2008
  • Interviewed by Rosemary Black for the New York Daily News, "On the Eve of Twilight, Why Women Find Vampires So Sexy, Nov. 21, 2008.
  • Quoted in Vanessa Richardson's article, "Puritans and Fangbangers," in Huffington Post, November 28, 2008.
  • Interviewed for Discover Daytona television show  on PBS about ERAU outreach program at Campbell Middle School, 10 minute segment special feature, May 2009
  • Appear in Anti-Italianism: Discrimination and Defamation in the History of Italian Americans, a 30-minute documentary, directed and produced by Paul Budline for the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute.   The film, featuring Joe Piscopo, other actors, writers, politicians, and scholars from across the country, presents incisive discussions of a history of discrimination that included lynching and racial bigotry, as well as the social and psychological effects of present-day stereotyping in the media. Release October 2005.          


  • Aaron Clevenger’s Dissertation Committee, 2014. Benedictine University. Committee Member.  Dr. Clevenger won Outstanding Dissertation, 2014.

Undergraduate Research

  • Discover Day Poster Session: An Introductory Analysis of Nonverbal Communication in the Workplace: Makeup as Artifact” Students: Nathalie Hahn, Cory White, Michael Meholic, and Kimberly Ventura, April 13, 2016.

Associate Professor of Humanities & Communication, ERAU, 2007-present

University Director of Diversity, ERAU, 2007-2010

Assistant Professor of Humanities & Communication, ERAU, 2002-2007

Professor of Communication, Eastern Florida State College, 1995-2002

Chair & Professor of Communication, Eastern Florida State College, 1996-1998

University Fellow, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1995

Other Experience:

* Textbook reviewer for Pearson Publishing, 2006-present.
* College Board AP Exam Reader for English Literature Exam, 2006-present.

*Public Relations, Journalism, and Diversity Training Freelance Work, ongoing from 1987 for a number of organizations.

*Account Executive, Stauch Vetromile Public Relations, Technical PR firm, RI 1987
*Director of Public Relations & Fundraising, Catholic Charities of the Eastern Region, Utica, NY, 1986-1987

  • Communication Graduate courses through Fort Hays State University.
  • Certified Diversity Trainer, June 2000 & June 2001, from National *Multicultural Institute, Washington, DC
  • The Institutional Portfolio: Performance-Based Model for Assessment, Innovations Learning Center Course, March 2001
  • Central Florida Consortium Leadership Enhancement Program, August 1999 -April 2000. Selected by the President of Brevard Community College for leadership potential. Year long training with seminars.
  • 2000 Florida Leadership Summit, January 2000
  • The Community College Course, Innovations League, January 2000
  • Master Student Workshop by David Ellis, June 1999
  • Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Effective Management Workshop, 1998

Professional Associations:

  • Reviewer Gender & Society, a peer-reviewed journal from the U of Mass, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016
  • Women in Aviation, 2016-present
  • Popular Culture Association, 2003-present
  • Executive Council Elected Board Member of Italian-American Studies Association, Two terms, 2012-2014 and 2014-2016
    • Communication Committee, Chair: Social Media: 2012-2016: Created and maintain all social media including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn sites.
    • Membership Committee: 2015-2016
    • Conference Committee: 2016 Conference: plan, execute, review & select panels
    • Conference Committee: 2014 Conference: plan, executive, review & select panels from over 150 paper proposals
  • Editorial board of Florida English journal, 2013-15 Reviewed 150 poems each issue (two issues a year)
  • Editorial Board Member and Manuscript Reviewer, Scientific Journals International
  • Malia New York: Italian American Women Writers Collective, 2002-present
  • Italian American Writers Association, 2014-present
  • Florida Association of Writers, 2015- present
  • Italian American Studies Association, 2001- present
  • The Association for Research on Mothering, 2001-2008
  • American Association of University Women, 2007- present


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Committee Work•    

  •   Publicity, Arts & Letters Committee, fall 2015- present.
  •   Appointed: COAS Dean Search, fall 2015-spring 2016
  •   Appointed Member: Committee for Women-Friendly Majors "The Frederick Report, spring 2016

•    Appointed: Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Athletics, fall 2015-spring 2016
•    Elected Chair, Faculty Handbook Committee, fall 2014-present
•    Chair, Research & Writing Committee WRAPT, spring 2015- present
•    Service Learning Committee, spring 2015 - present
•    Elected Chair, Dept. Curriculum Committee, fall 2012-spring 2014
•    Chair, HU/SS Dept. Amenities Committee, fall 2010- spring 2016
•    Faculty Rep, Integrated Student Services Committee, spring 2011-Summer 2011
•    Member, Outstanding Teaching Award Committee,  spring 2009, spring 2010
•    Benefits Committee, non-voting member, 2009-2010
•    Member, Search Committee for Asst. Prof of Mechanical Engineering,2008
•    Chair, University-wide Diversity Committee, fall 2007-present
•    Executive Chair, Diversity Lecture Series Committee, 2007-2010
•    Institutional Research Board, appointed, fall 2007- spring 2010
•    Teaching Review Committee, elected by peers, fall 2007
•    Member, Department Amenities Committee, fall 2003-present.
•    Chair,  College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee, spring 2007
•    Chair & Founder, Women’s History Month Committee, spring 2004-spring 2007

  • ERAU President's Council, 2004- 2005. Position: Faculty Representative. Invitation by President Ebbs.
  • Department Amenities Committee, Fall 2003-spring 2016
  • *Co-Chair & Founder, Women's History Month Committee, Spring 2005-present. Event planning including publicity, logistics, booking of speakers, desktop publishing, and media relations.
  • *Social Issues Committee, 2003- 2004. Chair: Ms. Paula Reed. Position: Faculty Representative.
  • *Humanities/Social Science Department Chair Search Committee, Fall 2004- Spring 2005
  • *Department Tenure & Promotion Evaluation Committee, Spring 2005-present
  • *Search Committee, Professor of Communication, Spring 2005-Summer 2005
  • *Heritage Project, 2002-2004. Chair: Mr. Robert Rockett. Position & Tasks: Interviewer tasked with interviewing persons for Heritage Project. Also created forms and a status report.
  • *Humanities Department's Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2002-2003. Chair: Dr. Donna Barbie. Position & Task: Elected member tasked to work with Dr. Lynette Porter on the Scholarship Section of Tenure and Promotion Document.
  • *Arts & Letters Committee, 2002-2003. Chair: Prof. Steve Glassman. Position & Tasks: Member who arranged for poet, Lucia Perillo, to give a poetry reading at ERAU in October 2003.

Administrative Service Work:

Assistant Communication Program Coordinator, May 2005- April 2005

*Contacted and coordinated, Dr. Philip Tompkins, to provide the keynote address for the annual meeting of the Communication Industry Advisory Board.

*Created program and coordinated all publicity for Tompkins' event.

*Organized and staffed interactive booth for communication program at Women in Aviation Day 2006

*Arranged for field trip opportunities in communication for program.

*Establish internships and field work opportunities

*Created Student Advisory Council and organized Senior Dinner

*Created program newsletter

*Course Monitor: HU 145 Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Fall 2003

*Course Monitor: COM 260: Intro to Mass Comm, COM 360: Media Relations 1, COM 460: Media Relations 2, COM 420: Cross-Cultural Communication

Community Work:

  • Girl Scout Leader for the All-Girl Robotics Team, 2007-2010
  • Creekside Middle School, 2006-2011, 2015- present
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 2006-2010
  • Port Orange Elementary School, volunteer mother
  • St. Paul Catholic School, Volunteer Mother, academic year 2003- present
  • St. Paul Catholic School, Brought Dr. Aprille Erickson to school to speak, March 2005.
  • Port Orange Presbyterian Preschool, Volunteer Mother, Spring 2003

Brevard Community College Service & Committees

* Co-Chair, Diversity Steering Committee, 01-02
* Diversity Steering Committee, 99- 02
* Diversity Core Committee, 00-02
* Vice-Chair, SACs Educational committee, 01-02
* Southern Accreditation of Colleges BCC Committee, 00-02
* Learning-Centered College Committee & Editor of Website, 00-02
* Chair, Communications Dept. Promotional Display, 01
* Co-Chair and Founder, Women's History Month, March 96- 02
* Liaison Committee, Communication/Business Rep., 99-01
* Student Retention Committee, 99, 00
* Leadership Enhancement Education Program Participant, 99-00
* Textbook Committee Chair for Communications I, 98 & 01
* Administrative Management Team for Melbourne Campus, 96-98
* Committee for Tech-Prep Instruction, 95-96

Recent Awards and Honors:

  • Vision Award for Creating Outstanding Programs for Women, 2010
  • Leadership Institute Award, UCF, for Visionary Leadership, 2009
  • Volunteer of the Year, Creekside Middle School for leading All-Girl Robotics Team, 2009
  • ABET's President's Award for Diversity : Office of Diversity & College of Engineering, 2008
  • Nominated for Faculty of the Year by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Senior graduating class, 2005.
  • Nominated for Exceptional Service Award by the Office of the Chancellor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, fall 2005.
  • Who's Who of American Women, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998, 2002, 2005
  • Distinguished Educator Finalist for Teaching Excellence & Innovation, 2002
  • VIP Merit Pay Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, 2001
  • Service Learning Teaching Awards, 1998-2001
  • Educational Leadership Enhancement Grant Program Participant, 1999-2000 Year-long program. 
  • College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Fellowship, SIUC, 1994-1995
  • Passed Preliminary Examinations with Distinction, SIUC, December 1993
  • Alan M. Cohn Research Award for Most Outstanding Research Paper, SIUC, 1992
    Most outstanding research paper written by an English graduate student for "Measure of a Man: Male Friendship in Henry James's Ambassadors."
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Must have a 4.0 to qualify as a graduate student), Inducted 1993
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Inducted 1989
  • Gannett Journalism Scholarship, Utica College of Syracuse University, 1986
  • National Dean's List, 1985
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, inducted 1984