Becky McDonald

Becky McDonald

Assistant Professor of Journalism


Room:AJ 338

Educational Background:
PhD Communication Studies, Ohio State University, 1987
MA Communication Studies, Marshall University, 1979
BA News Editorial Journalism, Marshall University, 1978

Professional Experience:
McDonald joined the Ball State faculty in August 1988. Prior to her arrival at Ball State University, she worked as the assistant director of communication and marketing and executive of publications at The Ohio Dental Association from 1985 to 1988.

Research/Creative/Publication Interests:
Public relations, journalism, communications studies.

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
McDonald wrote two refereed publications, Social Movements and Public Relations and Sports Promotion. She also wrote a peer-reviewed article titled “Strain” for the Encyclopedia of Public Relations. She has authored or co-authored and presented more than 20-refereed papers at meetings and conferences. 

McDonald has served on numerous university committees including University Senate, University Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Search Committee for Dean of Graduate School and the CCIM Marketing Committee. McDonald has demonstrated service to the Department of Journalism by serving on the Graduate Committee, Undergraduate Policies Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Student Activities Committee and Department Culture Committee. She has also served the community and state by serving as a member of the statewide public relations network for Indiana Special Olympics from 1995 to 2001.

Thesis/Creative Project Experience and Philosophy:
McDonald has advised more than 30 theses and dissertations. She has been a part of 32 honors theses, and she advised 13 of those.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Senior Honors Projec 499 27 0000 - 0000
Public Relations Wri 265 1 0900 - 0950 M W F AJ, room 353
Writing Design Strat 385 1 1000 - 1050 M W F AJ, room 353
Strat Comm Case Stud 405 1 1200 - 1250 M W F AJ, room 341
Public Relations Cam 465 1 1700 - 1815 M W TC, room 412