Kennesaw State University

Keisha Hoerrner

Kennesaw State University
Professor
Dr. Keisha L. Hoerrner is the Associate Dean for University College, an academic unit at Kennesaw State University that houses both the Department of First-Year Programs and the Department of University Studies. Formerly Chair for the Department of First-Year Programs from 2007 to 2012, Dr. Hoerrner is also Professor of Communication. In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Hoerrner oversees the college’s global education and distance learning initiatives; participates in the strategic planning and implementation of innovative, interdisciplinary programs; and manages the college’s communication to both internal and external constituencies. She is also co-chair of KSU’s American Democracy Project. Dr. Hoerrner teaches both KSU 1111, a first-year seminar dedicated to global issues, and KSU 1200, a leadership-focused first-year seminar, within learning communities. As Chair, she supervised the nationally recognized first-year seminar program and the learning communities program for first-year students. Her department was honored by Georgia’s Board of Regents in 2009 with its Excellence in Teaching – Program Award. In addition to her work with incoming students, Dr. Hoerrner is also dedicated to global political engagement. She is co-faculty advisor for the KSU chapter of the ONE Campaign, a national grassroots advocacy group working to end extreme poverty and hunger. She served as the 2007 Chair of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia, a statewide coalition of faith-based, human rights and advocacy groups. She has held leadership roles in modern-day abolitionist organizations working to end human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to assuming administrative roles in University College in 2004, Dr. Hoerrner taught mass communication courses in KSU’s Communication Department. Her primary courses included media law, contemporary issues in mass media, and introduction to mass communication. She also developed and taught a special topics course exploring children and electronic media. She published many journal articles and book chapters related to mass media issues. Dr. Hoerrner holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in communication from Kennesaw State College. She was a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University before moving home to KSU in 2000.

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