In addition to teaching in JHU’s Communication MA program, Dr. LaKesha N. Anderson is the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the National Communication Association. In this position, she is responsible for the development of initiatives that support communication research, communication pedagogy, and careers in the communication discipline. She also engages in public policy advocacy efforts that support the work of association members as scholars and educators in the humanities and social sciences.
Previously, Dr. Anderson was Professor of Communication at Indiana State University, teaching courses in health communication, research methods, and public relations. She is an active health communication scholar, with research published in several academic journals, edited books, and textbook. She has ongoing research studies and several scholarly papers under review currently, and she is serving or has served on a number of academic journals’ editorial boards. Dr. Anderson has received several awards for her research, service, and teaching, including the JHU Communication Program’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
She often speaks to corporate, nonprofit, and academic groups about health communication and strategic communication, as well as best practices in communication education. She has been involved with non-profit work for more than 20 years, working with organizations in Southwest Virginia, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Central Indiana. Dr. Anderson earned her PhD in Communication, with a specialization in Health and Strategic Communication, from George Mason University.