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Dorthy Lee Pennington

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Grievance Committee Chair
Primary office:
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Pennington is the author or co-author of Crossing Difference. Interracial Communication; African-American Women Quitting the Workplace; andInterracial Communication: Case Studies and Critical Incidents. She has published in the Journal of Afro-American Issues; The Speech Communication Teacher; Handbook of Intercultural Communication; Contemporary Black Thought; American Orators of the Twentieth Century; Intercultural Communication: A Reader; Seeing Female: Social Roles and Personal Lives;African-American Communications: An Anthology; Voices of Multicultural America; Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the 21st Century: A Communication Perspective; Understanding African-American Rhetoric; The African Presence in America; The Howard Journal of Communications; Die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft und der Religion bei der Demokratisierung Afrikas; and Promoting the Success of Students of Color in Communication Departments.

Dr. Pennington is the recipient of many awards, including: a distinguished teaching award from the National Communication Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the philosophy and methodology of teaching communication; a Teaching Excellence Award (University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence); an award as a teacher, scholar, mentor in intercultural communication by the National Communication Association; the Steeples Service to Kansans Award (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU); she has been invited multiple times to present at Oxford University, England, and invited to present on intercultural communication in Germany, Japan, and Korea. She is listed inBlack Pioneers in Communication Research. She has been inducted into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame and into Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Society. Her professional memberships include: the National Communication Association, where she served as Black Caucus chairperson; the Central States Communication Association, where she served as chairperson of the Intercultural Group; the National Council of Black Studies; and the National Consortium of Doctors, where she received its most distinguished member award. She serves on several national journal editorial boards.

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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.

Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).

African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

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Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete.  This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.

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