Lynn Harter, Ph.D.


Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication

Lasher 208
740-593-4830
harter@ohio.edu

Scholarly Interests: Guided by narrative and feminist sensibilities, my scholarly agenda focuses on the communicative construction of possibility as individuals and groups organize for survival and social change. My research has encompassed a range of issues including pediatric cancer care, disability-related concerns, the organizing of health care resources for underserved populations, poverty and homelessness. The various strands of my program of research are connected by a primary concern: how symbolic, material, and corporeal conditions foster resiliency among individuals facing vulnerable and difficult life circumstances.

Education: Ph.D. (Communication Studies), University of Nebraska; M.A. (Communication Studies), Missouri State University; B.S. (Sociology, Organizational Communication), Missouri State University.

Publications: Over 50 articles and book chapters in outlets including the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, and Management Communication Quarterly. Co-editor of an award-winning book published by Lawrence Erlbaum entitled Narratives, Health, and Healing: Communication Theory, Research, and Practice; author of a book published by Kendall Hunt entitled Imagining New Normals. A Narrative Framework for Health Communication; co-editor of a book published by Hampton Press entitled Communicating for Social Impact; and co-editor of an award-winning book with Kendall Hunt entitled Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research. 

Editorial Work: Editorial Board Member of Health Communication, Western Journal of Communication, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, and Qualitative Journal of Communication.

Select Honors:

  • Sue DeWine Distinguished Book Award by the Applied Communication Division of NCA (2012);
  • Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Gender and Language (2011);
  • Anita Taylor Outstanding Article Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Gender and Language (2011);
  • Award of Excellence in Extended Documentary Category from the Broadcast Education Association (2010);
  • University Professor, Ohio University (2009-2010);
  • Outstanding Book Award by the Health Communication Interest Group of NCA (2009)
  • Distinguished Graduate Faculty Member, Ohio University (2009-2010; Commencement Speaker, 2010)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University (2009)
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University (2008, 2005);
  • Honor's College Distinguished Mentor Award, Ohio University (2007);
  • Affirming Humanity Award, Ohio University (2007);
  • Distinguished Edited Book Award by the Applied Communication Division of NCA (2006); 
  • CSCA Federation Prize (2002);
  • Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award, State of Minnesota (2002); 

Other notes of relevance about Lynn: I live in Athens with my husband, Scott, daughter, Emma Grace, basset hounds, Ned and Cleo. I love cooking (and eating), reading, and watching football. Go Huskers!