New Chair in the Department of Communication

Submitted by Gisela Gil-Egui on August 31, 2009

cas_maggie_willsAssociate Professor Maggie Wills has been recently designated chair of the Department of Communication. Wills replaces Professor James Shanahan, who after a couple of highly productive years at the helm of the largest major within the College of Arts & Sciences, left Fairfield University to pursue new professional endeavors in Boston.

Dr. Wills received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her scholarship in health communication is informed by her previous experience as a certified drug and alcohol counselor in State College, Pennsylvania. She has presented workshops on recognizing and assisting children of chemically dependent parents. Her health communication research has been supported by a summer grant from Fairfield University. She is author of top conference papers on 12-step support groups and her work is published in Communication in Recovery: Perspectives on Twelve-Step Groups (Hampton). She is also editor of a recently published volume, Communicating Spirituality in Health Care (Hampton).

On the teaching side, she has been in charge for a number of years of the capstone course for communication majors, as a result of which many of our seniors have been accepted to present their papers at the highly competitive national undergraduate research conferences organized by De Pauw University. Her outstanding work in this and other courses earned her the College of Arts & Sciences’ Distinguished Teacher of the Year award in 2006.

Congratulations Dr. Wills!

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