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Scott Gratson Director of Undergraduate StudiesSchool of Media and CommunicationCommunication Studies
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University of DenverInterpersonal CommunicationPhD
Tyler School of ArtArt HistoryPhD Student
Miami University (OH)Rhetorical CriticismMA
Eastern Michigan UniversityPsychology/CommunicationsBA, Hnrs

Biographical Information

Scott Gratson the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School and the Director for the Interdisciplinary Communications program he advises nearly 400 students and coordinates several of the School’s undergraduate currciular and student affairs initiatives. Gratson teaches in the Department of Strategic and Organizational Communications. Courses include Argumentation, Persuasion, Public Speaking, and Campaigns and Movements and originated the NYC Study Away program, a program which employs New York City as the backdrop of the classroom. Along with his work in the School of Media and Communication, he also works with Temple’s Trial Advocacy LLM Program. Gratson earned his Doctorate at the University of Denver while also working as a full time debate coach and intructor at The Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Combining his love for New York City and history, Dr. Gratson volunteered as a docent and helped coordinate the College Outreach Program for The New-York Historical Society (NYHS), where he also served on the Friends of The NYHS Board. He was also the archivist for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk School and the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ educational services agency. He also is a mentor with Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students of merit. He has presented at dozens of professional conferences, campus and community events concerning aspects of LGBTQ history, identity, and mediated depictions. He serves as a reviewer for the GLBT studies division of the National Communication Association and been involved with numerous LGBTQ student inclusion initiatives on several campuses. In past years, Dr. Gratson has also served as host to the 2,000 member National Parliamentary Debate Association conferences, in both 2001 and 2002, as well as the National Forensics Association Conference in 1997, given and supervised well over two dozen regional academic and student-affairs oriented conferences.

Dr. Gratson is the recipient of numerous outstanding teaching and service awards, including receiving the 2010 Distinguished Almunus from his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, and Temple University’s 2010 Faculty Advisor Award. His research interests include urban and rhetorical analysis, sexual identity studies, and advocacy and argumentation. In addition to his faculty duties, he is currently studying Art History and German at Temple University. In Spring, 2011, Dr. Gratson returned to graduate school to obtain a second doctoral degree. A proud student in the Art History Department of Temple’s Tyler School of Art, he completed his doctoral coursework and qualifying examinations in 2013. He is currently writing a dissertation on cadaver tombs from the mid-fifteenth to mid-sixteenth centuries in the south of England and Germany.


TypeTitleCoauthorsJournal or publicationDate
Journal ArticleAn Open Door to a Closed Society: The Incorporation of Dialogue into Museum Viewing SpacesThe International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.25-35.2012
Journal ArticleAn Exploratory Study of Englishness as Viewed across the North-South DivideJournal of Intercultural Communication Research, vol. 1 (1).2002
Journal ArticleHomogeneity in Familial Responses to Coming-out Episodes in the Films Beautiful Thing, The Hanging Garden, and Ma Vie en Rose [My Life in Pink]: Pedagogical Suggestions and ImplicationsJournal of Family Communication (In Press)
Book ReviewAn analytical review of Impossible bodies: Masculinity and femininity at the movies and Now you see it: Studies in Lesbian and Gay filmFeminist Media Studies 3, 2, 233 – 2382002
Journal article“Don’t sweat the small stuff (and its all just small stuff): Re-examining the role of conflict in later life couples.”Dickson, F, Hughes, P., Walker, K., Manning, L., Bollis-Pecci, T.Southern Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, 67, 110-1212001


Reading Rainbows Between the Lines: Considering LGBT progress and inclusion Presentation to the Temple University EEOC and University OmsbudspersonsJuly 2014
Nonverbal Communication and Lawyer Effectiveness, National Institute for Trial Adovcacy, Philadelphia PANovember 2012, 2013
Thirty Seconds to Make An Impact: The Creation of “Elevator Speeches”, Temple University’s Learning and Living CommunitiesAugust 2012, 2014
Persuasive Communication And Lawyer Advocacy, Temple University LLM Trial Advocacy ProgramJuly 2012, 2013, 2014
“Getting History out of the Mausoleum and into the Community: Applied Relationships between the New-York Historical Society and the Upper West Side Neighborhood Association.”2008
“An Analysis of Homogeneity within Coming Out Episodes and Familial Responses in the films ‘Beautiful Thing’, ‘Hanging Garden’ and ‘Ma Vie en Rose’ [My Life in Pink].”2007
“An analysis of the Rhetoric of Apologia and Black Community Appeals by Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street and Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick.”2007
“Beyond the Dorm Room: Resident Hall Advisors’ Reactions to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion Training.”2005
“Family Communication Scholarship: Rethinking, Retooling, and Reframing.”2002
“Methodological Research: Implications for Family Communication Research.”2001
“Methodology, Sexuality, and Adolescents: Methodological Considerations for Family Communication Research.”2001
“Open Communication Under Fire: The Effects of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens Discussing Sexuality with Parents and Professionals.2000


An Interpolation of Space, Discourse, and Ideas: A Reconceptualization of the Museum as Inclusive Agent. Paper presented and chaired at the 5th Annual Conference on the Inclusive MuseumUniversity of the West Indies, Cave Hill, BarbadosAugust 2012
The Gendered Object of a Queer Affection: A Reconceptualization of Identity through Saints Sergios and Bacchos. Paper Presented at the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art/ Internationaler Kunsthistoriker-Kongress, Das Germanische NationalmuseumNuremberg, GermanyJuly 15-20, 2012
Silence and the Atrophy of Activism. Paper presented and chaired at the Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again.Prague, Czech RepublicDecember 13-15, 2012

Ongoing Projects:

Ongoing Service Projects and Affiliations include: Advisory and Committee Positions:SFLAG/RPA, AdvisoryUniversity Honors Oversight CommitteeNational Parliamentary Debate Association: Governance and Finances CommitteesWomen Studies and Honors Program Affiliated Faculty
Studies on the communication of the mediated images and communication of New York City’s neighborhoods
Consultant with the Temple University Beaseley School of Law Trial Advocacy Program

Professional Service:

Reviewer for the Journal of Homosexuality and The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

University Service:

University Disciplinary CommitteeUniversityMember/Chair2005pres
School OmbudspersonAdministrativeMember2007present
University Honors Oversight CommitteeUniversityMember05/04
Faculty SenateUniversityParliamentarian10/2004present
Provost’s Academic Planning CommitteeUniversityMember2007present

School Service:

Faculty Council of the School of Communications and TheaterCollegeChair2005pres

Community Service:

National Parliamentary Debate AssocationPrimary Host2001, 2002
New York Historical SocietyDocent/College Outreach2006pres

Teaching Awards:

Nominated for Honors Professor of the Year. Temple University Honors Program’04-’07Pedagogical
Ally to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered People, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Student Services. Metropolitan State College of Denver.05/01Service and Activism
The Student Government Association Excellence and Dedication in Teaching Metropolitan State College of Denver05/98Pedagogical

Service Awards:

Numerous State and Regional Debate Coaching Awards1997 – 2002
School of Media and Communication Service Award2014

Academic Awards:

Graduate Scholar’s Award, Organizers of the Inclusive Museum. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
Graduate Scholar’s Research Award, 33. internationalen Kunsthistoriker-Kongresses/ Congress of International Historians of Art, Nuremberg, Germany
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