Professor Ted Sheckels
Randolph-Macon College Professor Ted Sheckels has been appointed by the governing
boards of the NCA Communication Centers Section and the National Association of
Communication Centers (NACC) as the initial editor of a new refereed journal. The
journal’s mission is to share research on communication centers as well as articles
outlining best practices.
“My term is three years, and, in my dialogue with the boards, I stressed that I
saw these years as building ones,” says Sheckels, who teaches
communication studies and English. “After
the appointment is announced at NCA in November, I will spend some time assembling
an editorial board and picking an associate editor who will be responsible for formatting
the journal for electronic distribution and then disseminating it.”
Sheckels will also be working with folks at the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, where the journal may have its platform.
“This appointment will sustain R-MC’s position at the forefront of communication
centers,” he says.
About Ted Sheckels
Sheckels, who joined the faculty in 1980, earned his B.S. from Duquesne University
and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He is the director
of the Forensics Program,
the director of
Speaking Across the Curriculum and the chair of the
Communication Studies Department. In addition, Sheckels was the A.G.
Ingram Professor of English from 2008-2011, and from 1987-2006 he served as director
of the Summer Session.
A prolific writer, Sheckels is the co-author, with Nichola Gutgold and Diana Carlin,
of Gender and the American Presidency (Lexington Press, 2012). Sheckels
wrote the chapters on Barbara Mikulski, Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. He is
also the author of The Political in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction: The Writing on the
Wall of the Tent (Ashgate, 2012). Sheckels, the founding editor of the
journal Margaret Atwood Studies, currently serves as president of the Margaret
Atwood Society. Atwood visited Randolph-Macon while Sheckels was teaching a senior
seminar, and a picture of her in Washington-Franklin Hall is featured on the book’s
Sheckels’ latest book, Political Communication in the Anglophone World,
was published by Lexington Press in 2012.