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WVWC professor gets NCA grant

April 29, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College Associate Professor of Communication Mary Toale and Assistant Professor of Communication Katherine Thweatt were awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Communication Association for the project entitled "Communication Attributes: Aligning Employer Desires and Institutional Goals."

In addition, Dr. Toale was selected to serve on a project for the NCA Student-Learning Outcomes in Communication. She was one of only 24 faculty leaders from around the nation selected for this project.

Toale is a 1994 West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate and earned her doctorate of education at West Virginia University (WVU). Before arriving at Wesleyan in 2012, she taught at Baldwin-Wallace University (BWU), Ohio, from 2001-2012. Dr. Toale has received numerous accolades such as Faculty Appreciate Awards at both WVWC and BWU and BWU Outstanding Professor Award.

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Dr. Thweatt earned a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. She earned her MA and doctorate of Education from WVU. She joined WVWC in 2010 after serving as an associate director of CIPRS-QIP at the Veteran's Health Administration in Cleveland, Ohio for several years.

Both Toale and Thweatt have published several articles within the communication field.

NCA recently received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to conduct faculty-driven student learning outcomes project for the communication major, following a process called Tuning. The project will explore bridging the Tuning process and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) within the discipline of Communication. Tuning is a collaborative process that convenes experts in a discipline to identify and articulate the distinctive skills, methods, and substantive range of the discipline. The goals of the project are to productively support curriculum planning and improvement within the Communication discipline and to help position Communication centrally in institutions' general education curriculum development efforts.

With nearly 8,000 members, the NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.



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