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About Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas

I am a Communication and Africana Studies Scholar. My academic research interests include narrative, storytelling about the African Diaspora. I direct plays written by African American women playwrights and those which feature black women as protagonists/antagonists. I am a retired military United States Air Force Major. I served in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia in 1991. I conduct research about African Americans in the military, past and present.

Positions

2011 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Communication Arts, Department of
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Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Arts and Humanities, College of
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2005 - 2011 Assistant Professor Department of Communication Arts, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2016 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute Scholar
Virginia Tech University; Blacksburg, Virginia
Veterans in Society: Ambiguities and Representations
2011 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute Scholar
Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland
Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888
2008 Armstrong Atlantic State University Teaching and Learning Grant
Armstrong Atlantic State University; Savannah, Georgia
Importance of Orality in the Black Community Workshops
$1,950
2007 - 2008 Summer Publishing Grant
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow
Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Gulf War Experiences
$6,000
2005 - 2006 Armstrong Atlantic State University Scholarship and Research Grant recipient
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African American Women’s Gulf War Experiences
$1,896
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Past Chair, University System of Georgia Faculty Council
2017 - Present Chair, University System of Georgia Faculty Council
2012 - Present Committee member, Professional Communication and Leadership Master of Arts Advisory Committee
2011 - Present Member, African American Heritage Program Committee
2007 - Present Member, University President’s Committee on Minority Affairs, (AASU)
1998 - Present Caucus member, National Communication Association African American Division
2016 - 2017 Member, College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council
2016 - 2017 Chair Elect, University System of Georgia, Member of the Council Executive Board
2014 - 2016 Member, ASU Joint Leadership Team
2014 - 2016 President, Armstrong University (ASU) Faculty Senate
2012 - 2015 Member, IRB Committee
2010 - 2013 Member, National Communication Association Legislative Assembly
2005 - 2012 Member, AASU Gender Studies Advisory Council
2011 Chair, National Communication Association Feminist Women Studies Division
2008 - 2010 Member, Southern States Communication Association
Member, Council Executive Board, University System of Georgia Faculty Council
Co-chair, Liaison Committee, Feminist Division/Women’s Caucus National Communication Association
Member, Minerva Society for the Study of Women and War
Member, National Association of African American Studies
Member, National Association of Black Military Women
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Women of Distinction Legacy Award, Armstrong State University (2014)
  • Recipient, Armstrong Collegiate 100 CHOICE Award Outstanding Faculty Member, Armstrong State University (2016)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Nottable Service for Men of Vision and Excellence, MOVE Armstrong State University (2016-2017)
  • Recipient, R. Rex Crowley Outstanding Service Award, National Communication Association African American Communication and Culture Division and Black Caucus (2017)

Courses

  • Public Speaking (COMM 2280)
  • Public Relations (COMM 3060)
  • Introduction to African American History (AFAS 2000)
  • Gender and Communications

Education

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2003 Ph.D. in Communication, Regent University
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1987 M.A. in Communication, Regent University
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1979 B.A. in Mass Media/Journalism, Central Washington University
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Contact Information

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: (912) 344-3190

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Academic Works (6)