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Lee McGaan

Academic Biography:
Dr. McGaan graduated from Monmouth College in 1969. After completing a Master’s degree at Ohio University, he entered the U.S. Army, serving first as a psychology specialist and counselor in the 6th Army Correctional Facility at Ft. Carson, Colorado and later as an advisor and coordinator for enlisted men’s affairs to the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Major General John C. Bennett. Following his military service he returned to graduate school completing a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication with related study in Higher Education Administration.

Lee has taught a wide range of communication courses at Ohio University, Olivet College (MI), Wabash College (IN) and Monmouth College. His dissertation was nominated to the International Communication Association as the top doctoral thesis of the year in 1980 in his specialty. He has served as a divisional officer of state, regional and international professional associations, presenting and publishing a substantial number of papers on communication and pedagogical topics. Joining the faculty at Monmouth College in 1986, he has served the college in a number of capacities including as a strategic planner in two different decades, as COMM 101 course director, and faculty director for WMCR radio. He has chaired a number of faculty committees. He served as Assistant Dean for Assessment, where his work in developing the college's assessment program was recognized by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as one of the principle strengths of Monmouth College. In recent years, he has served as the Chair of the Faculty and Institutional Development Committee, Chair of the Compensation Task force, and is Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Lee is married and lives on the west edge of Monmouth where he and his wife enjoy gardening and caring for horses and a variety of pets. He notes that his time as a student at Monmouth forever focused him on the value of liberal arts colleges. He has spent his career at small colleges because of the opportunity to get to know and work closely with students and (he hopes) to make a difference in their lives.

Research Interests:
Organizational Communication: Information and decision-making by groups and individuals, Organizational culture, Training and development.

Public Communication: Persuasive cases and campaigns, Message development, Argument and critical thinking.

Media: Intellectual "property" in the digital age, Social effects of mass media.

Program Assessment in colleges, Digital portfolios.

Teaching Interests:

Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Persuasion, Freedom of Expression, Media Literacy, New Media

Courses Taught:
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 235 Small Group Communication
COMM 333 Organizational Communication
COMM 339 Persuasion
COMM 321 Junior Colloquium
COMM 412 Senior Colloquium
COMM 491 Seminar in Freedom of Expression
COMM 494 Internship
INTG 415 Media and the Self-Directed Citizen

B.A. Monmouth College 1969
M.A. Ohio University 1970
Ph.D. Ohio University 1980

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 308 Wallace Hall