Dr. Timothy Brown
on Communication Studies
Born and raised in Coatesville, PA, Dr. Timothy J. Brown is a rhetorical scholar whose research, teaching, and consulting focus on the intersection of culture, communication, and identity. He has addressed community groups and educational institutions on topics ranging from: Communicating Effectively to a Diverse Audience to Managing a Diverse Workforce to Deconstructing the Identity Politics of Black Masculinity. In addition, he has been a motivational speaker and workshop presenter on leadership skills for the Federal Government's Leadership Assessment Program at its Eastern Management Development Center.
Dr. Brown has established a consistent line of research in the field of communication studies which is highlighted by his co-authored textbook: Public Speaking for Success: Strategies for Diverse Audiences and Occasions (Hayden-McNeil) and the debate textbook: Argumentation and debate: A public speaking approach (Kendall/Hunt), which he is the second author. In addition, he has published several works that interrogate how Black masculinity is communicated, constructed, and negotiated in contemporary American culture:
"I am who I am": Black masculinity and the interpretation of individualism in the film Barbershop. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication (2008),
African American rhetoric: Cultural pluralism and the public speaking classroom. The Communication Annual (2007),
Welcome to the terrordome: Exploring the contradictions of a hip-hop Black masculinity. In Progressive Black Masculinities (Routledge) (2006)
Reaffirming African American cultural values: Tupac Shakur's greatest hits as a musical autobiography. The Western Journal of Black Studies (2005)
Allen Iverson as America's most wanted: Black masculinity as a cultural site of struggle. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (2005).
His current works include:
Scripting the Black male athlete: Donovan McNabb and the double bind of Black masculinity. Book chapter for Masculinity in the Black imagination: Contemporary narratives, symbolisms, and representations of Black men (University of Chicago Press).
Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. Entry for the Encyclopedia of Identity (Sage).
Dr. Brown integrates his research into his teaching to fulfill West Chester University's mission of preparing students for a global society. In each of his courses, he creates an interactive and engaging learning environment that challenges students to analyze and synthesize how factors such as culture, race, and identity impact the communication process. The primary undergraduate courses he teaches includes: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Public Speaking, African American Culture and Communication, and Communication Theory. On the graduate level, he teaches: Culture, Media, and Representation, and Rhetoric and Leadership.
In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Brown has demonstrated leadership and organizational skills through the various positions he has held such as: General Education Coordinator for his department, Chairman of the Board for the Frederick Douglass Institute, Co-Chair of West Chester University's Multicultural Faculty Commission, and Second Vice-President of the Eastern Communication Association.
Currently, he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves on West Chester University's Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (CAPC) and the University Mentoring Committee. He is also a workshop presenter for Phoenixville Area High School's Destinations with Direction program that prepares first generation students for higher education and for the Rotary Club International's Mid-Atlantic Scholar Training Program.
For his service to the University, he was honored by West Chester University's Board of Trustees. In 2008, he received the Drum Major for Justice Award as part of West Chester University's Martin Luther King Day Celebration. In 2009, he was presented with the Eastern Communication Association's Past President Award for his research and service to the organization.
Dr. Brown is married to his graduate school sweetheart, Dr. Laura Hamilton Brown, who also teaches for the Department of Communication Studies. The Browns have two sons: Jordan, 9, and Isaiah 7, who Brown enjoys coaching on their youth football and basketball teams.