professional biography &
administrative experience

Victoria Gallagher teaches courses in 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 images, and public art. 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. As well as being a co-editor of the third edition of the Urban Communication Reader (forthcoming in 2013 from Peter Lang), Dr. Gallagher has published articles in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Design Issues, 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.

Current research projects include developing a theoretical/critical framework of visual well-being. Dr. Gallagher is also preparing a book, “A Necessary Space: The Rhetoric of Civil Rights-related Museums and Memorials,” and a collection of critical essays in the area of visual rhetoric, examining the rhetorical functions and potentialities of various works of painting, photography, and sculpture.

As an active member of the graduate faculty at NC State University, Professor Gallagher She has served on thirteen doctoral committees for the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media Program, in addition to having served as chair for four students who successfully defended their dissertations between 2010 and 2012. She also serves on advisory committees for students in the doctoral program in Design. In addition, Dr. Gallagher has served on 17 masters committees in Communication, performing the duties of Chair 8 times, and has also served on 16 masters thesis committees for the M.A. in Technical Communication, M.A. in English, and M.A. in Liberal Studies programs, performing the duties of Chair 3 times.

Professor Gallagher 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.

Professor Gallagher serves on numerous committees, including the Graduate Administrative Board, the Graduate Operations Council, and the Graduate School Advisory Board for the Responsible Conduct of Research. She is 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.

Administrative Experience

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies for CHASS, 2011 - present, North Carolina State University (interim from 2010 - 2011)
Oversees undergraduate policies, procedures, and curricula; manages undergraduate enrollment, including monitoring GER sections; manages college undergraduate program assessment; oversees all distance education (DELTA) initiatives; interviews assistant professor candidates in the humanities; supervises academic affairs personnel; plans and organizes external reviews of academic departments; oversees graduate operations within CHASS, representing CHASS across the university; oversees graduate student support programs and funding; oversees graduate student completion; responsible for graduate programs, course proposals and graduate enrollment.

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for CHASS, 2008 - 2010, North Carolina State University
Responsible for overseeing graduate operations within CHASS and representing CHASS across the university. Also responsible for overseeing graduate student support programs, student completion, new programs and course proposals and, graduate enrollment.

Associate Director, Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media doctoral program 2005-2008, North Carolina State University
Responsible for admissions and recruitment for interdisciplinary doctoral program including initiating and maintaining contact with prospective students and applicants, overseeing and assisting in the development of admission and recruitment strategies, materials and procedures, and organizing and implementing on-campus recruitment visits; responsible for planning and implementing program orientation for incoming classes/cohorts; serve as liaison between program/director and COM/ENG department(s) on issues of work assignments and course scheduling; serve on the program committee; assist in development and implementation of program policies, procedures, assessment; assist the director with budget and with funding initiatives; advise the director as requested.

Concentration Coordinator, Spring 2004-Spring 2006 Department of Communication, North Carolina State University
Responsible for coordinating the scheduling of courses in the Public and Interpersonal Concentration, advising department head on hiring of lecturers, developing and maintaining the quality of the concentration’s curriculum, facilitating assessment of the concentration’s curricular objectives and outcomes, facilitating the development of compact planning initiatives in the concentration, advising the department head on other issues as requested.

Associate Department Head, August 2000-August 2003, Department of Communication, North Carolina State University
Responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing all undergraduate curricular policies and programs for department of over 1000 undergraduate majors, including advising, scholarships, student grievances, incoming and transfer student requirements, core courses, new course proposals, curriculum changes; other duties include development and implementation of departmental alumni initiatives, publication of internal and alumni departmental newsletters, supervision of office staff, planning and leading yearly faculty retreat and other special events, attending college events and meetings in lieu of department head as needed, consulting with department head on policy issues as requested.


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nature in man "Public Art in Estates," an art promotion scheme initiated by Hong Kong Housing Authority

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