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Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus , Ph.D.
Ph.D., Communication & Rhetorical Studies: Ethics, Interpersonal, Organizational Communication; Duquesne University
M.A., Communication Studies: Theory and Research; West Virginia University
B.A., Communication Studies: Public Relations; University of Pittsburg at Johnstown
First Vice President, Eastern Communication Association
Selected by the Eastern Communication Association's membership to plan the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, PA, and will then move to president of the organization in 2019.
Chair, Communication Ethics Division, National Communication Association (2015 - 2016)
Organized the convention in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Communication Ethics division of the NCA. I was in charge of reviewing and slotting papers, panels, and posters for the division. As chair, I sat on the nominating committee and legislative committee for the national organization and wrote newsletters for our division.
Second Vice President, Easter Communication Association (2009 - 2010 & 2015 - 2016)
Planned the ECA convention in Baltimore, MD. The first stage included visiting various hotels in the Inner Harbor to determine a location for the venue. Second stage included promoting the convention in Philadelphia at the prior conventions. Third stage included planning local arrangements with various colleges and universities, arranging for a guest speaker from the community and local public relations and advertising.
Lambda Pi Eta Faculty Advisor, Stevenson University (2007 - 2017)
Organized the first chapter of Lambda Pi Eta at Stevenson University. Lambda Pi Eta inducted its first class in the Spring 2008 and has continued to induct students every semester. SU received the Rookie Chapter of the Year award in 2009.
Service Learning Director, Stevenson University (2009 - 2011)
Worked directly with faculty on developing service learning courses. The job entailed bringing in guest speakers; reviewing and approving One-Credit-Option syllabi, and working with the Director of Experiential Learning and the Vista Coordinator. My main goal was to offer various options for service both on and off campus for students, faculty and staff.
Leeanne M. Bell McManus, Ph.D. (Duquesne University) is a professor in the Business Communication department at Stevenson University. She has co-authored three books, Communication Ethics: Dialogue and Difference (with Ronald C. Arnett and Janie Harden Fritz) Conflict between Persons: The Origins of Leadership (with Ronald C. Arnett and Amanda G. McKendree) and Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice (with Chip Rouse and Stephanie Verni). She has published excerpts in Integrated Marketing Communication: Creating Spaces for Engagement (with Chip Rouse), Exploring Communication Ethics: Interviews with Influential Scholars in the Field (with Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson) and The Encyclopedia of Social Identity. Dr. Bell McManus has also published in Atlantic Journal of Communication, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Communication Annual: Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, Communication Education, Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, and Review of Communication. She is a member of the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association and the Southern Communication Association. At the national level, she is currently the past president of the Communication Ethics Division, and at the regional level, she is the Vice President. She teaches and conducts research in communication ethics, event planning, conflict, leadership, and interpersonal communication.
Bell (In Press). Paulo Freire’s connection to communication ethics. In S. Carr (Ed.) The encyclopedia of Communication Ethics Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Ballard, R. L., Hoffer, M, & Bell McManus, L. M. (2016). Communication ethics: A vital resource in an ever-changing world. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 54, 155-164.
Bell McManus, L. M., & Rouse, C. (2016). An integrated marketing communication approach to event planning. In J. M. Persuit & C. L McDowell Marincheck (Eds.). Integrated marketing communication: Creating spaces for engagement.(pp. 37-51) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Bell McManus, L. M., Rouse, C., & Verni, S. (2016). Event planning: Communicating theory and practice. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Swenson-Lepper, T., Leavitt, M. A., Hoffer, M. Charron, L. Ballard, R. L. Bell McManus, L. M. Holba, A. M., Jovanovic, S., & Tompkins, P. S. (2015). Communication ethics in the communication curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Communication Education, 64, 472-490. (*Article of the year: NCA Communication Ethics Division)
Ballard, R. L. Bell McManus, L. M. Holba, A. M., Jovanovic, S., Tompkins, P. S., Charron, L. J. N., Hoffer, M. L., Leavitt, M. A., & Swenson-Lepper, T. (2014). Teaching communication ethics as central to the discipline. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 33, 2-20.
Arnett, R. C., Bell McManus, L. M. & McKendree A. G. (2014). Conflict between persons: Theorigins of leadership. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
Bell, L. M. (2010). Self consciousness. In R. L. Jackson (Ed.), The encyclopedia of social identity. (pp. 110-115). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Bell, L. M. (2010). Communication competence. In R. L. Jackson (Ed.), The encyclopedia of social identity. (pp. 678-682). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Arnett, R. C., Bell, L. M., & Fritz, J. H. (2010) Dialogic learning as first principle in communication ethics. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18, 1-17.
Bell, L. M. (2010) Crisis communication: The praxis of response. Review of Communication, 10, 142-155.
Arnett, R. C., Fritz, J. H., & Bell, L. M. (2009). Communication Ethics: Dialogue & Difference Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Arnett, R. C., Arneson, P., & Bell, L. M. (2006). Communication ethics: The dialogic turn. In P.Arneson (Ed). Exploring communication ethics: Interviews with influential scholars in the field. (pp. 143-184). New York: Peter Lang Press.
Arnett, R. C., Arneson, P., & Bell, L. M. (2006). Communication ethics: The dialogic turn. Review of Communication, 6, 62-92.
Bell, L. M., & Sleasman, B. (2005). Spotlight on pedagogy: Teaching communication ethics. Communication Annual: Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, 61, 33-45.
Bell, L. M., & Grabowski, E. (2004). The Pennsylvania Communication Association’s Annual: An analytical inquiry. Communication Annual: Journal of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, 60, 3-21.
Courses Taught (*Course Development)
Special Topics: Study Abroad-London*
Special Topics: Study Abroad-Ireland*
Special Topics: Communication Ethics*
Special Topics: Advanced Event Planning*
Principles and Practices of Public Relations*
Conflict and Negotiation
Small Group Communication
Online Undergraduate Courses
Conflict & Negotiation*
Online Graduate Courses Taught
Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere*
Online Courses Developed
Principles and Practices of Public Relations*
Conflict Communication and Leadership (M.S.)*
Learning Beyond Courses (1 credit)
Speaker Series connected to Public Speaking
Service Corps connected to Public Speaking
New York Trip to Ellis Island connected to Intercultural Communication
Tunnel of Oppression connected to Intercultural Communication
Alumni Shadowing connected to Organizational Communication
Communication & Community connect to Special Topics/Ethics
Non Profit Organization connected to Small Group Communication
Article of the year in Communication Education for the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association (2015)
Granted a sabbatical (2014)
Celebrant at Baccalaureate (2014)
Teacher of the Year from the Public Relations Society of America, Maryland Chapter (2014 – 2015)
Fostering Learning Award for the Faculty in the Halls program (2014)
Top Competitive Paper in the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association for the paper entitled Conflict in an age of ethical dispute. (2012, November)
Stevenson University Build Community Award for the Annual Food Drive (Fall 2011)
Recipient of a $600 Research and Development Grant from Stevenson University (Summer 2011)
Stevenson University Build Community Award for the Eastern Communication Association Conference (Fall 2010)
Recipient of a $2,500 Research and Development Grant from Stevenson University (Summer 2010)
Rookie Chapter of the Year for Gamma Chi Chapter of Stevenson University (2009)
Recipient of a $2,500 Research and Development Grant from Villa Julie College now Stevenson University (Summer, 2008)
Top Competitive Paper in the Philosophy of Communication Division of the Eastern Communication Association for the paper entitled Engaging the marketplace through philosophy (2008).
Recipient of the Graduate School’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the McAnulty School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University (2006)
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