Communication Program

Dr. Verlaine McDonald

Verlaine MacDonaldProfessor of Communication

At Berea College since 1995

Contact Information

Draper Building, 201B
CPO 1893
mcdonaldv@berea.edu
Ext. 3756

Office Hours, Spring 2016:

Monday: 1:30-4 p.m.
Tuesday: 3-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1-2 p.m.
Thursday: 3-4:30 p.m.

“Walking Meeting” Hours:

TR 12-1 p.m.
on Quad Outdoor track
Seabury indoor track

Class Schedule

  • COM 201 (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)
  • COM 206 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
  • GSTR 210 L (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)

Degrees

  • BA Communication and English Education, Seattle Pacific University, 1987
  • MA Communication Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California, 1993
  • PhD Communication Arts & Sciences, University of Southern California, 1994

Biography

I grew up on a wheat farm and cattle ranch in northeastern Montana. I’ve lived in Berea since 1995 when I joined the Berea College faculty. Before that, I was a professor at Seattle Pacific University; an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California (where I did my graduate work); a high school teacher in northern California; and an office manager in Washington, D.C.

I accepted Berea College’s job offer because I was impressed by its powerful mission and history, small-town setting, and the amazing students, faculty, and staff I met during my interview. I have never regretted the decision to come to Berea!

Most of my published research has explored historical topics from a communication perspective, such as the way activists persuaded many farmers and workers in my home county in Montana to embrace radical politics in the 1920s.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, gardening, reading contemporary fiction, and traveling to new places.

Courses

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Communication and Gender
  • Persuasion
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Argumentation & Debate
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Senior Seminar in Communication
  • GSTR 210

Selected Publications

  • McDonald, Andrew T. and Verlaine Stoner McDonald. Democracy in a Kimono: Paul Rusch and the Shaping of Post-War Japan. Book manuscript under review.
  • Stoner, Helen and Verlaine Stoner McDonald. Sheridan County. In the series, “Images of America.” Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
  • “Democracy in a Kimono: The Kiyosato Education Experiment Project as Burkean Comic Corrective.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the International Conference on Narrative (Manchester, England: June 2013).
  • McDonald, Verlaine Stoner. The Red Corner: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Northeastern Montana. Helena: Montana State Historical Society Press, 2010.
  • “Civic Engagement in Japan and Appalachia: A Burkean Analysis of the Kiyosato Education Experiment Project.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual convention of the Central States Communication Association (Cincinnati: April 2010).
  • “Burke’s ‘The People’ Edict and American Communism’s Evolving Narrative.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the International Conference on Narrative (Birmingham, England: June 2009).
  • “Revolutionary Symbolism in the Electronic Age: Burke and the Contemporary Communist Party.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association (formerly the Speech Communication Association; hereafter NCA) (San Diego: November, 2008).
  • “A Paper of, by and for the People’: The Producers News and the Farmers’ Movement in Northeastern Montana,1918-1937.” Montana Legacy: Essays on History, People, and Place. Ed. Harry W. Fritz, Mary Murphy, Robert R. Swartout, Jr. Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002.
  • “Vice President’s Spotlight Series: Burkeian Scholarship Making a Difference in Our Communities. A Roundtable Discussion.” Invited member of a peer-reviewed panel at the annual convention of the Southern States Communication Association (hereafter SSCA) (Winston-Salem, April 2002).
  • “An American Communist Party for the New Millennium.” Peer-reviewed poster session at the annual convention of the NCA (Chicago: November, 1999).
  • “American Communist Rhetoric After ‘the Fall.’” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual convention of the SSCA (Savannah: April, 1997).
  • “‘A Paper of, by, and for the People’: The Producers News and the Farmers’ Movement in Northeastern Montana,1918-1937.” Peer-reviewed paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northern Great Plains History Association (Brandon, Manitoba: September, 1995).

Current Research

My current research focuses on the lives of children on farms and in coal camps during the homestead era (1862-1932).

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