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Molly J. Scanlon, Ph.D.

Molly Scanlon
Associate Professor
Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL) Faculty Coordinator
(954) 262-8233


  • Ph.D. Virginia Tech
  • M.A. University of Maryland
  • B.A. York College of Pennsylvania

Professional Interests

Molly J. Scanlon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, composition, and university (UNIV) first-year seminars. She also teaches research methods and visual media to graduate students in the department’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM).

As the Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL) Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Scanlon leads the Experiential Education and Learning Advisory Council (EELAC), a collaborative group of faculty and professional staff charged to build and implement an innovative college experience at the undergraduate level. Dr. Scanlon supports faculty and college leadership through this initiative, working to provide increasingly engaging, authentic, and transformative learning experiences for students.

Dr. Scanlon's research interests center on visual rhetoric and rhetorics of identity. For her doctoral dissertation, Scanlon studied teams of comics writers and artists and their collaborative multimodal composing processes. Her findings were published in Composition Studies (2015). Currently, she is engaged in a collaborative research project funded by the Conference on College Composition and Communication's 2015 Research Initiative Grant and a 2017 President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) to study how faculty construct professional identities through the transition from graduate school to the professoriate. Her work has also appeared in Reflections and ImageText.

Areas of Academic Focus

  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Multimodal Literacy
  • Collaborative Composing
  • The Rhetoric of Comics
  • Writing in the Disciplines

Courses Taught

  • COMP 1000: Basic Writing
  • COMP 1500: College Writing
  • COMP 2000: Advanced College Writing
  • COMP 2000H: Advanced College Writing Honors
  • WRIT 4900: Special Topics in Writing - Writing in the Arts 
  • WRIT 5010: Research Methods
  • WRIT 5200: History and Grammar of the English Language
  • WRIT 5800: Editing, Layout, and Design
  • UNIV 1000: First Year Seminar
  • UNIV 1012: Language and Identity
  • UNIV 1012: Image as Truth; Image as Power

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