Scott Gratson

Scott Gratson

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Communication Studies

Annenberg Hall, Room 9C
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


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.


Degree Field School
PhD Interpersonal Communication University of Denver
PhD Student Art History Tyler School of Art
MA Rhetorical Criticism Miami University (OH)
BA, Honors Psychology/Communications Eastern Michigan University


Type Title Co-Authors Publisher Location Year Misc.
Journal Article Homogeneity 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 Implications Journal of Family Communication In press
Journal Article An Open Door to a Closed Society: The Incorporation of Dialogue into Museum Viewing Spaces The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 2012 Volume 5, Issue 1, pp. 25-35
Journal Article An Exploratory Study of Englishness as Viewed across the North-South Divide Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 2002 Volume 1 (1)
Journal Article Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it's 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 2001 67, 110-121
Book Review An analytical review of Impossible bodies: Masculinity and femininity at the movies and Now you see it: Studies in Lesbian and Gay film Feminist Media Studies 2002 3, 2, 233 – 238

Lectures / Conferences

Title Date
Reading Rainbows Between the Lines: Considering LGBT progress and inclusion Presentation to the Temple University EEOC and University Omsbudspersons July 2014
Nonverbal Communication and Lawyer Effectiveness, National Institute for Trial Adovcacy, Philadelphia PA November 2012, 2013
Thirty Seconds to Make An Impact: The Creation of “Elevator Speeches”, Temple University’s Learning and Living Communities August 2012, 2014
Persuasive Communication And Lawyer Advocacy, Temple University LLM Trial Advocacy Program July 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

Additional Projects

Title Description Dates Active

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 Museum at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

August 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 Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany

July 15-20, 2012

Silence and the Atrophy of Activism. Paper presented and chaired at the Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again in Prague, Czech Republic

December 13-15, 2012
Ongoing Projects
  • SFLAG/RPA, Advisory
  • University Honors Oversight Committee
  • National Parliamentary Debate Association: Governance and Finances Committees
  • Women 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 Beasley School of Law Trial Advocacy Program


Name Type of Service Position Dates Active
The Journal of Homosexuality and The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum Professional Reviewer
School Ombudsperson Administrative Member 2007
Provost's Academic Planning Committee University Member 2007
University Disciplinary Committee University Chair/Member 2005
Faculty Senate University Parliamentarian 2004
University Honors Oversight Committee University Member 2004
SFLAG/RPA University Advisor 2003
Faculty Council of the School of Media and Communication College Chair 2005
New York Historical Society Community Docent/College Outreach 2006
National Parliamentary Debate Association Community Primary Host 2001–2002


Title Type of Award Date
Nominee, Honors Professor of the Year, Temple University Honors Program Teaching 2004-2007
Ally to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered People, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Student Services. Metropolitan State College of Denver Teaching 2001
The Student Government Association Excellence and Dedication in Teaching Metropolitan State College of Denver Teaching 1998
School of Media and Communication Service Award Service 2014
Numerous State and Regional Debate Coaching Awards Service 1997-2002
Graduate Scholar’s Award, Organizers of the Inclusive Museum. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados Academic
Graduate Scholar’s Research Award, 33. internationalen Kunsthistoriker-Kongresses/ Congress of International Historians of Art, Nuremberg, Germany Academic