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Dr. Brown is on sabbatical leave during Fall 2013
Note: Dr. Brown is on sabbatical leave during the Fall 2013 semester. Dr. Denise Polk is serving as acting chair during his absence.
Dr. Brown is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He is a rhetorical scholar with research interests in African American culture and communication, popular culture, and communication and sport. Recent publications include: 'Scripting the Black Male Athlete: Donovan McNabb and the Double Bind of Black Masculinity' published in the book Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Contemporary Narratives, Symbolisms, and Representations of Black men (New York: Peter Lang Publishing), and 'Culture, Ethnicity, and Race" in The Encyclopedia of Identity (Newbury Park, CA; Sage) . He is also the co-author of the textbook, Public Speaking for Success: Strategies for Diverse Audiences and Occasions, 3rd. ed. (Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil).
Dr. Brown teaches undergraduate courses in Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, African American Culture and Communication, Communication Theory, and graduate courses in Culture, Media, and Representation and Rhetoric and Leadership. Prior to being elected Chair, he served as the Assistant Chair/General Education Coordinator for his department. Currently, Dr. Brown serves on WCU's Tenure and Promotion Committee and CAPC (both elected positions) and the PASSHE Initiative, the Equity Scorecard. Moreover, he served as the co-founder and co-chair of West Chester University's Multicultural Faculty Commission, co-founder and committee member of WCU's Mentoring Program, and Chairman of the Board for the Frederick Douglass Institute. In addition, Dr. Brown has served in the following university leadership positions: Chair of the Council of Chairs, Chair of the Director of Social Equity Search Committee, Chair of the Space Allocation Committee, and a member of the Program Articulation Committee for Communication programs (PED).
Dr. Brown was presented with West Chester University’s Drum Major for Justice Award which was presented at the university's Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Moreover, he was honored by the Eastern Communication Association with its Past President Award for his research and service to the organization. It is the highest award given by the Eastern Communication Association. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from West Chester University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University. Dr. Brown joined the faculty at West Chester University in 2002.