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About Molly J. Scanlon

Molly J. Scanlon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, composition, and university (UNIV) first-year seminars. She also teaches research methods and visual media to graduate students in the department’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM).

As the Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL) Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Scanlon leads the Experiential Education and Learning Advisory Council (EELAC), a collaborative group of faculty and professional staff charged to build and implement an innovative college experience at the undergraduate level. Dr. Scanlon supports faculty and college leadership through this initiative, working to provide increasingly engaging, authentic, and transformative learning experiences for students.

Dr. Scanlon's research interests center on visual rhetoric and rhetorics of identity. For her doctoral dissertation, Scanlon studied teams of comics writers and artists and their collaborative multimodal composing processes. Her findings were published in Composition Studies (2015). Currently, she is engaged in a collaborative research project funded by the Conference on College Composition and Communication's 2015 Research Initiative Grant and a 2017 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) to study how faculty construct professional identities through the transition from graduate school to the professoriate. Her work has also appeared in Reflections and ImageText.


2017 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
2018 - 2020 Faculty Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University First Year Experience, UNIV 1000
2016 - 2018 Faculty Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL)
2013 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
2009 - 2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech ‐ Department of English
2009 Writing Fellow/Teaching Consultant, Virginia Tech ‐ Blue Ridge Writing Project
2008 - 2009 Writing Center Coordinator, Wheaton High School ‐ Silver Springs, Maryland
2007 - 2009 English Composition Assistant, Wheaton High School ‐ Silver Springs, Maryland

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 - 2019 Copy Editor, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture
2012 - 2013 Associate Editor, Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Literacy, and Service Learning
Member, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Member, College Composition and Communication (CCC)
Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
Member, National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE)
Member, National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
Member, Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
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Honors and Awards

  • (2019) Professor of the Year STUEY Nominee and Finalist
  • (2019) 5-Year Service Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • (2018) Professor of the Year STUEY Nominee and Finalist
  • (2016) Faculty Recognition Award, Department of Writing and Communication, CAHSS Spring Faculty Meeting – Year-end honor to one member of each department in the college.
  • (2015 – 2018) External Funding Recognition Award Recipient
  • (2012) Favorite Faculty Award (Student Nominated), Housing & Residence Life - Virginia Tech


  • COMP 1000: Basic Writing
  • COMP 1500: College Writing
  • COMP 1500H: Honors College Writing
  • COMP 2000: Advanced College Writing
  • HONR 1000Y: Menace to Society: Comics, Art & More
  • UNIV 1000: First-Year Experience
  • WRIT 5010: Research Methods
  • WRIT 5800: Editing, Layout, and Design
  • WRIT 5850: Teaching and Tutoring Second Language Writers


Present M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
2013 Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, Virginia Tech
2008 M.A., English: Rhetoric and Composition, University of Maryland at Baltimore
2006 B.A., Professional Writing, York College of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

(954) 262-8233 


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Books and Book Contributions (2)

Presentations (39)