Scott Gratson
Scott Gratson
Director of Communication Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Instruction
Departments: Communication and Social Influence, Communication Studies
Annenberg Hall, Room 9C


Scott Gratson, director of undergraduate studies in the School of Media and Communication (SMC) and director of the Interdisciplinary Communications program, advises nearly 400 students and coordinates several of SMC’s undergraduate currciular and student affairs initiatives. He teaches in the departments of Communication Studies and Strategic Communication. His courses include Argumentation, Persuasion, Public Speaking, and Campaigns and Movements, and he originated the NYC Study Away program, which employs New York City as the backdrop of the classroom. Gratson also works with Temple’s Trial Advocacy LLM program. He 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, 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 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 is also a mentor with Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ studies division of the National Communication Association and been involved with numerous LGBTQ student-inclusion initiatives on several campuses. In past years, Gratson has also served as host to the 2,000-member National Parliamentary Debate Association conferences (2001 and 2002), as well as the National Forensics Association Conference (1997), and has given and supervised well over two dozen regional academic and student-affairs oriented conferences.

Gratson is the recipient of numerous outstanding teaching and service awards, including the 2010 Distinguished Almunus from his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, and Temple University’s 2010 Faculty Advisor Award. His research interests include advocacy and argumentation, sexual identity studies, and urban and rhetorical analysis. In spring 2011, Gratson returned to graduate school to obtain a second doctoral degree. A proud student in the Art History Department at 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-15th to mid-16th centuries in the south of England and Germany.


PhDInterpersonal CommunicationUniversity of Denver
PhD StudentArt HistoryTyler School of Art
MARhetorical CriticismMiami University (OH)
BA, HonorsPsychology/CommunicationsEastern Michigan University


TypePublication TitleCo-AuthorsPublisherLocationYearMisc.
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 CommunicationIn press
Journal ArticleAn Open Door to a Closed Society: The Incorporation of Dialogue into Museum Viewing SpacesThe International Journal of the Inclusive Museum2012Volume 5, Issue 1, pp. 25–35
Journal ArticleAn Exploratory Study of Englishness as Viewed across the North-South DivideJournal of Intercultural Communication Research2002Volume 1 (1)
Journal ArticleDickson, F, Hughes, P., Walker, K., Manning, L., Bollis-Pecci, T.Southern Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal200167, 110–121
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 Studies20023, 2, 233–238

Lectures / Conferences

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 Association2008
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 Kilpatrick2007
Beyond the Dorm Room: Resident Hall Advisors’ Reactions to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion Training 2005
Family Communication Scholarship: Rethinking, Retooling, and Reframing2002
Methodological Research: Implications for Family Communication Research2001
Methodology, Sexuality, and Adolescents: Methodological Considerations for Family Communication Research2001
Open Communication Under Fire: The Effects of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens Discussing Sexuality with Parents and Professionals2000
<>Additional Projects
TitleDescriptionDates Active
ConferencesAn 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, BarbadosAugust 2012
ConferencesThe 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, GermanyJuly 15–20, 2012
ConferencesSilence and the Atrophy of Activism. Paper presented and chaired at the Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again in Prague, Czech RepublicDecember 13–15, 2012
Ongoing ProjectSFLAG/RPA, Advisory
Ongoing ProjectUniversity Honors Oversight Committee
Ongoing ProjectNational Parliamentary Debate Association: Governance and Finances Committees
Ongoing ProjectWomen’s Studies and Honors Program–Affiliated Faculty
Ongoing ProjectStudies on the communication of the mediated images and communication of New York City’s neighborhoods
Ongoing ProjectConsultant with the Temple University Beasley School of Law Trial Advocacy program


NameType of ServicePositionDates Active
The Journal of Homosexuality and The International Journal of the Inclusive MuseumProfessionalReviewer
School OmbudspersonAdministrativeMember2007
Provost's Academic Planning CommitteeUniversityMember2007
University Disciplinary CommitteeUniversityChair/Member2005
Faculty SenateUniversityParliamentarian2004
University Honors Oversight CommitteeUniversityMember2004
Faculty Council of the School of Media and CommunicationCollegeChair2005
New York Historical SocietyCommunityDocent/College Outreach2006
National Parliamentary Debate AssociationCommunityPrimary Host2001–2002


TitleType of AwardDate
Nominee, Honors Professor of the Year, Temple University Honors ProgramTeaching2004–2007
Ally to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered People, Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Student Services. Metropolitan State College of DenverTeaching2001
The Student Government Association Excellence and Dedication in Teaching, Metropolitan State College of DenverTeaching1998
School of Media and Communication Service AwardService2014
Numerous state and regional debate coaching awardsService1997–2002
Graduate Scholar’s Award, Organizers of the Inclusive Museum. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, BarbadosAcademic
Graduate Scholar’s Research Award, 33. internationalen Kunsthistoriker-Kongresses/Congress of International Historians of Art, Nuremberg, GermanyAcademic