General Studies Program

Dr. Billy Wooten

Chair of Academic Division IV;
Associate Professor of Communication

Draper, Room 208B
CPO 2073
Phone: 859-985-3762
Fax: 859-985-3906


At Berea College since 2002

Office Hours, Summer 2016:

By appointment.


  • BA, Berea College , 1998
  • MA, Georgia State University , 2002
  • PhD, University of Kentucky , 2006

Honors and Awards

  • “Power of One” Award for outstanding mentorship – Berea College Black Cultural Center, 2008
  • “Dwight Freshley Outstanding New Teacher Award” from the Southern States Communication Association, 2007
  • “Dedicated Faculty Member Award,” Senior Class of Berea College 2007, 2006
  • “Distinguished Volunteer Award” from Madison County Safety Coalition, 2006
  • President of the Kentucky Forensics Association, 2006
  • Kentucky Forensics Association Coach of the Year, 2006
  • “David Carter Outstanding Forensics Coach of the Year” Award, 2004-2005
  • Secretary of Southern Forensics Division, Southern States Communication Association, 2004-2005
  • Vice-President of Kentucky Forensics Association (KFA), 2004
  • Outstanding Faculty Member (Black Student Union, Berea College), 2003
  • Top Student Paper Award, CSCA Conference, 2003
  • Top Student Paper Award, AEJMC Conference (Women’s Caucus), 2002


  • COM 100 Public Speaking
  • COM 201 Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 410 Senior Seminar in Qualitative Research
  • COM 400 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM 300 Communication Theory
  • COM 486 Gender Communication
  • COM 486 Political Communication
  • COM 301 Small Group Communication
  • COM 102 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 301 Organizational Communication
  • COM 103 Forensics
  • COM 498 Interpersonal Communication
  • GSTR 100 Stories
  • GSTR 203 U.S. Traditions
  • GSTR 410 Senior Seminar


  • American Communication Association
  • Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender
  • National Communication Association
  • Media Literacy Organization
  • Human Rights Campaign

Papers and Publications

  • “Third wave praxis: The power of the personal narrative.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal (under review 2008)
  • “Historicizing change: A Brechtian & Habermasian review of Robbie McCauley’s Sally’s Rape.” Women and Language (under review 2008)
  • Wooten, B. (2004). Peering through the ceiling of the boy’s club: Examining how masculinity affects journalism, in Rush, R.R., Oukrop, C.E., & Creedon, P. (Eds.). (2004). The search for equity: Women in journalism and mass communication education. Mahwah, NJ, Erlbaum, 129-148.
  • Wooten, B. (2004). “My experience as a male, feminist, junior scholar.” – forthcoming, Journalism Communication Monographs, 2004
  • “Drowning the Female Blaze: Examining Gender Inequality in Newspaper Coverage of the September 11, 2001 Attack on America” – SSCA April, 2004
  • “Bridging the Activist Gap Between Academe and Media” – CSCA 2003
  • “The Female Gaze and Third Wave Feminism” – Purdue University Third Wave Symposium 2002
  • “Manifesta: The Third Wave” – UK Symposium 2002
  • “Peering through the Glass Ceiling of the Boy’s Club: Examining the Status of Women and Minorities in Journalism and Mass Communication Education” – AEJMC 2002

Research Programs

I am currently working on a framing analysis of Hillary Clinton’s 2007-2008 primary campaign for U.S. President. This study is analyzing newspaper coverage of her campaign events for epistemic sexism.
My current research program centers on mass media’s effects on masculinity and male body image. I also have a passion for exploring personal narrative and autoethnographic methodology.


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