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  Communication Across the Curriculum  


Professor Lee McGaanLee A. McGaan, Ph. D.
Professor Emeritus
Communication Studies

Rm. LL17, Wallace Hall
Office: 309-457-2416
Cell:  309-333-5447
Fax:  309-457-2310
Voice Mail & Text: 319-214-0103  or

Office Hours -

       I no longer have regular office hours but I remain available for meetings by appointment. I am also available for presentations and consultations locally and off-campus by phone, Skype and in person.  Use email or gmail to contact me.

Courses Taught: 

COMM 101 - "Fundamentals of Communication"
COMM 333 - "Organizational Communication"

COMM 335 - "Argumentation"

COMM 339 - "Persuasion"

COMM 421 - "Senior Colloquium"

COMM 491 - "Freedom of Expression"

INTG 491 - "Media and the Citizen"

    Internship Coordination - COMM 494, 495, 496, PUBR 493


Ph.D. - 1980. Concentrating in organizational communication with emphasis on communication theory, philosophy of communication and research methods (quantitative and qualitative). Related Area: Higher Education Administration. The College of Communication. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701.

M.A. - 1970. Concentrating in communication theory and processes (supported by a National Science Foundation Fellowship). School of Communication Studies, The College of Communication. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701.

B.A. - 1969. Interdepartmental concentrations in Economics, Speech, and Psychology.  Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 61462. (Graduation with departmental honors).

Teaching Interests:

Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Persuasion, Freedom of Expression, Media Literacy, New Media

Scholarly Interests:

Organizational Communication: Information and decision-making by groups and individuals, Organizational culture, Training and development.

Public Communication: Persuasive cases and campaigns, Message development, Argument and critical thinking.

Media: Intellectual "property" in the digital age, Social effects of mass media.

Pedagogy +:  Program Assessment in colleges, Digital portfolios, Metacognition.

     "Welcome to the Conversation,"  An Introduction to COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Communication

About Lee McGaan:

Lee McGaan graduated from Monmouth College in 1969. After completing a Master's degree at Ohio University, he entered the U.S. Army, serving first as a psychology specialist and counselor in the 6th Army Correctional Facility at Ft. Carson, Colorado and later as an advisor and coordinator for enlisted men's affairs to the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Major General John C. Bennett. Following his military service he returned to graduate school completing a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication with related study in Higher Education Administration. 

Lee has taught a wide range of communication courses at Ohio University, Olivet College (MI), Wabash College (IN) and Monmouth College. His dissertation was nominated to the International Communication Association as the top doctoral thesis of the year in 1980 in his specialty.  He has served as a divisional officer of state, regional and international professional associations, presenting and publishing a substantial number of papers on communication and pedagogical topics. Joining the faculty at Monmouth College in 1986, he has served the college in a number of capacities including as a strategic planner in two different decades, as COMM 101 course director, and faculty director for WMCR radio.  He has chaired a number of faculty committees. He served as Assistant Dean for Assessment, where his work in developing the college's assessment program was recognized by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as one of the principle strengths of Monmouth College. He was a co-founder of the college's innovative Communication Across the Curriculum program. In 2016 he was recognized with the Hatch Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest honor given to faculty at Monmouth College.

In recent years he has served as a member of and Chair of the Faculty and Institutional Development Committee, Chair of the Compensation Task force, Co-Chair of the Communication Across the Curriculum Committee, and a member of the Human Subjects Review Board.  In 2014 he ended his service as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies but continues to coordinate internships for the department.  His current projects and interests have focused on developing curriculum and programs that enhance student civic engagement at Monmouth College as well as enhancing teaching through improved active learning pedagogy and metacognition.

Lee is married and lives on the west edge of Monmouth where he and his wife enjoy gardening and caring for horses and a variety of pets. He notes that his time as a student at Monmouth forever focused him on the value of liberal arts colleges.  He has spent his career at small colleges because of the opportunity to get to know and work closely with students and (he hopes) to make a difference in their lives.



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