Dr Victoria J Gallagher

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Professor

Biography

As a full Professor in the Department of Communication, Dr. Gallagher teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in visual and material rhetoric, rhetorical theory and criticism, communication ethics, and organizational communication. Dr. Gallagher's primary area of publication and scholarship is rhetorical criticism, particularly of civil rights-related discourse, commemorative sites (museums and memorials), visual and material culture, and public art. She is the principle investigator of the Virtual Martin Luther King project, funded and supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the college research office, and the NC State Libraries.  In addition, she has conducted research on gender and communication in engineering work teams (supported by an external grant from The Engineering Information Foundation), communication ethics, and communication education. Gallagher is the co-editor of Communicative Cities in the 21st Century and authored the introduction and an additional chapter in that collection.  She has published articles in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Journal of College Admission, and the Journal of Engineering Education, as well as in edited book collections. She has presented over 50 conference papers, been an invited respondent for numerous panels and served on several roundtable panels at national and regional conferences. Her co-authored article on the rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Aubrey Fisher Journal Article Award, Runner-Up, from the Western States Communication Association.  In May 2013 she was awarded the Robert M. Entman award for Excellence in Communication Research from NC State's Department of Communication.

During her tenure at NC State, Professor Gallagher has served in various administrative capacities, including 3 years as Associate Department Head in the Department of Communication.  At the college level, she served 2 years as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and 5 years as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (overseeing undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary studies) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  In April 2015, Gallagher was elected Second Vice-President of the Southern States Communication Association, a professional academic organization that supports scholars and students of communication in the Southern and Southwestern regions of the U.S.  She is also active in the community, serving on the North Carolina Freedom Monument Advisory Board and Artist Liaison Committee, and consulting for a variety of organizations including the former Exploris Children's Museum, Headstart of New Hanover County, the North Carolina League of Women Voters, and the Integral Mid-Range Users Group.

Projects

Current research projects include the Virtual Martin Luther King projet (vmlk.chass.ncsu.edu), a project which integrates public address and digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy through the development of an immersive digital experience of the 1960 MLK speech, titled, "A Creative Protest," better known as the "Fill Up the Jails Speech."  Dr. Gallagher also has a book in progress titled, "A Necessary Space: The Rhetoric of Civil Rights-related Museums and Memorials," and a collection of critical essays in the area of visual and material rhetoric, examining the rhetorical functions and potentialities of painting, photography, public sculpture and public space.

Funded Research

Dr. Gallagher has received over $85,000 in grants and research awards and has participated in pedagogical initiatives funded through internal grants totaling $198,570.

Publications

Communicative Cities in the 21st Century: Urban Communication Reader III. Routledge, 2013.

You Make it Amazing: The Rhetoric of Art and Urban Regeneration in the Case of "The Public." Journal of Visual Literacy. 2013

Visual Wellbeing: Intersections of Rhetorical Theory and Design. Design Issues. 2011


Rhetoric and materiality in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Quarterly Journal of Speech. 2009

Visibility and rhetoric: Epiphanies and transformations in the Life Photographs of the Selma Marches of 1965. Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 2007

Graduate Advising

As an active member of the graduate faculty at NC State University, Professor Gallagher has served on 24 masters and masters thesis committees, performing the duties of Chair 11 times. She has served or is currently serving as chair on seven doctoral committees for Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, as committee member for five additional doctoral committees in the same program, and as a committee member for two doctoral students in the Graphic Design program. She has also served as an external reviewer for doctoral committees in the department of Organizational Psychology and the School of Education. She has received outstanding teaching awards from the Department of Communication graduating seniors and from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and is a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. She is also a recipient of the College of Humanities and social Sciences Outstanding Adviser Award.

 

Education

  • PhD in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, 1990