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Dean, Scripps College of Communication
Gregory J. Shepherd (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is Professor and Dean of the Scripps College of Communication. Prior to becoming Dean, he was Director of the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University and served on the faculties at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas. He is a winner of the Central States Communication Association Outstanding Young Teacher Award, as well as a W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. He is co-editor with Eric Rothenbuhler of Communication and Community (2001, LEA), co-editor with Jeff St. John and Ted Striphas of Communication as . . .: Perspectives on Theory (2006, Sage), and in addition to chapters in various edited volumes, his work has appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Yearbook, Communication Studies, Southern Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journal of Social Psychology, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Research and Development in Education and other scholarly journals.
My primary scholarly interests are in communication theory and American pragmatism. I am particularly interested in the pragmatic consequences of our beliefs about communication. I argue that it matters whether we believe communication is possible and that holding faith in the idea of communication as “the simultaneous experience of self and other” is central to Dewey’s notion of “democracy as a way of life” and the experience of community in a liberal pluralistic society.