Assistant Professor of Journalism
PhD Communication Studies, Ohio State University,
MA Communication Studies, Marshall University,
BA News Editorial Journalism, Marshall
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.
relations, journalism, communications studies.
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.
Project Experience and Philosophy:
advised more than 30 theses and dissertations. She has been a part of 32 honors
theses, and she advised 13 of those.