Shauna M. MacDonald, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Company: Villanova University

Location: Ardmore, Pennsylvania, United States

Shauna M. MacDonald, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Villanova University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. MacDonald holds a plethora of expertise in human communication, performance studies, qualitative methods and posthumanism and technoscience. An associate professor in the department of communication at Villanova University, she offers courses in theories of performance studies and qualitative research in communications. Alongside her primary endeavors, she serves as the director of programming for the gender and women’s studies department, where she advises both graduate and undergraduate students. Previously, she acted as the vice president of academic affairs for the graduate and professional student council at Southern Illinois University, having formerly held the roles of graduate assistant to the chair of the department of speech communication and graduate teaching assistant within the department of speech communication. Likewise, she commenced her career as an instructor and academic assistant at Cape Breton University.

Dr. MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Cape Breton University and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in speech communication from Southern Illinois University. In her spare time outside of academia, she uses performance art to demonstrate the conclusions of her research, including the interconnection of humans and technology. Currently performing a show called “Sentinels of Public Memory,” she previously performed such shows as “To Catch and To Keep,” “Tower at Midnight,” “Lightkeepers” and “Performance, Place and Memory,” among others. She has also published myriad articles in professional journals.

As a testament to her professional success, Dr. MacDonald was nominated for the Outstanding Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender in 2016. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Top Contributed Paper Award from the Performance Studies and Theatre Interest Group at the Central States Communication Association in 2013. Furthermore, she was honored with the Marion Kleinau Theatre Award, the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award, and the Excellence in Graduate Student Service Award.

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