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

Biography

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.

Education

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

Publications

Type

Publication 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

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

Conferences

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

Conferences

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

Conferences

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 Project

SFLAG/RPA, Advisory

Ongoing Project

University Honors Oversight Committee

Ongoing Project

National Parliamentary Debate Association: Governance and Finances Committees

Ongoing Project

Women’s Studies and Honors Program–Affiliated Faculty

Ongoing Project

Studies on the communication of the mediated images and communication of New York City’s neighborhoods

Ongoing Project

Consultant with the Temple University Beasley School of Law Trial Advocacy program

Service

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

Awards

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