FVSU professor to chair panel at a national communications conference

Dr. Andrew Lee

September 15, 2015 – A Fort Valley State University director will chair a panel at a conference that will examine issues related to media, communications and liberal arts. Dr. Andrew Lee, director of FVSU’s Undergraduate Research Program, was selected to lead a national book discussion at the National Communication Association’s 101st Annual Convention: Embracing Opportunities from Nov. 19-22 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lee will present a panel called “The Heart of the Matter,” during the convention’s inaugural “Best Book Club Ever” event at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Rio Conference Center.

“I am very excited NCA (the largest professional communication organization in US) has selected my book club proposal designed to engage communication scholars and practitioners in a national discussion related to the importance of STEM and the Humanities, within the context of humanistic inquiry,” Lee said. “I also found it exciting to note that I will be leading the discussion of one of two first-ever book clubs at NCA.”

The NCA is an organization that advances the field of communications as a discipline and its studies in all forms of media and the resulting humanistic, social, scientific and aesthetic consequences of communication.  The group serves scholars, teachers, and practitioners within the field of communications.

The NCA’s “The Best Book Club Ever” is an academic book club designed to bring scholars from across the communications discipline for a conversation in a relaxed environment. The texts that were selected are books that challenge academicians as teacher-scholars, films that underscored the communication of contemporary relationships and articles that advanced compelling ideas within the communications field.

Lee will lead a discussion based on The American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commissioned Study entitled “The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and the Social Sciences.” Panelists will discuss critical issues impacting the humanities and social sciences, most specifically, college campuses’ heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to the detriment of liberal arts and humanities-related courses. Scholars will discuss the importance of the humanities and the social sciences, which prepare individuals to become critical thinkers capable of participating in a democracy.

Said Lee, “Anytime a faculty member is engaged in scholarship and has an opportunity to present it at a national level, that scholarly endeavor promotes the University’s research profile and prestige in the community, state and nation and it serves as a valuable means of leveragingexternal support.”

The director is a recipient of a NCA Presidential Citation for her outstanding service to theprofessional organization and the communication discipline. She has also served on the NCA Legislative Council (the governing body of NCA) for a three-yearterm.

The director submitted her proposal for the conference in March 2015.

For details, contact Lee at (478) 827-3241 or email leea@fvsu.edu.