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Dr. Deanna B. Shoemaker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication & Performance Studies

Graduate Director, Master’s in Communication

Advisor, CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance

Plangere Center for Communication 229

Dr. Deanna B. Shoemaker, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Communication Studies (Performance Studies, Gender Studies), University of Texas at Austin

M.A. Communication Studies (Performance Studies, Rhetoric), University of Texas at Austin

B.F.A. Acting (Theatre Conservatory), Webster University, St. Louis, MO

Research Interests

Performance of Identity; Collaborative Directing and Devising; Critical Performance Pedagogy; Performance Auto/Ethnography; Performance Art and Social Justice; Performative Writing;


Scholarly Articles

Shoemaker, D. (2019). Stepping into Prison: Communication activism and pedagogy beyond Classrooms. Cultural StudiesóCritical Methodologies.

Clayton, P., Stokamer, S., Garvin, L., Shoemaker, D., Muse, S., Norvell, K. (2019). Practical wisdom on “co-“ in research on service learning. In Bringle, R., Hahn, T. & Hatcher, J. (Eds.), Practical Wisdom for Conducting Research on Service Learning: Pursuing Quality and Purpose. Stylus Publishing.

Shoemaker, D. & Carr, T. (2017). Hauntings: Marking flesh, time, memory. Text and Performance Quarterly, 37:1, 68-83. 

Shoemaker, D. & Carr, T. (2017, VIDEO). Hauntings: Marking flesh, time, memory. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies,13:2.

Shoemaker, D. & Dell, C. (2017, VIDEO). Mamafesto! (Why superheroes wear capes). Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 13:3.

Shoemaker, D. (2013). Autoethnographic journeys: Performing possibilities/utopias/futures. Handbook of Autoethnography. Adams, T.; Ellis, C.; Holman Jones, S., Eds. Left Coast Press.

Community Engagement

“Alternatives to Violence Project” Certified Co-Facilitator of conflict transformation workshops in prison and community settings

Service Learning and Community Engagement course/student partnerships with Interfaith Neighbors, KYDS, Trinity Episcopal, Visiting Nurses Association in Asbury Park, NJ.

Professional Activities

Siren Arts Sonic Drawing: Lines in the Sand (choreographer, performer). Asbury Park, NJ

Internat’l Assoc. for Research on Service Learning & Community Engagement

National Communication Association member/presenter

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry member/presenter

Fusebox Festival, Austin Tx.

Awards and Honors

2018-2019 Awarded Urban Coast Institute Faculty Enrichment Grant for “Service Learning and Community Engagement Creative Oral Expression Project” focused on impact of gentrification in Asbury Park, NJ.

2017, July. Invited Keynote: Critical Autoethnography and Activist Practices in Neoliberal University and Prison Settings. Critical Autoethnography and Activism Conference, Monash University. Melbourne, Australia.

2017-2018 Awarded One year Research Sabbatical

2016-2017 Awarded 1st annual Monmouth U. Service Learning Faculty Fellowship

2013-2014 Awarded Monmouth U. Stanley Traveling Fellowship to support Teaching in Humanities


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Co-Curricular Practicum in CommWorks (CO 266)
  • Colloquium in Communication (CO COL)
  • Communication Comprehensive Exam (CO CPE)
  • Communication, Culture, and Community (CO 509)
  • First Year Seminar (FY 101)
  • Group Techniques in Performance (CO 335, TH 335)
  • Group Techniques in Performance of Literature (TH 335, CO 335)
  • Oral Interpretation (CO 231)
  • Performance of Literature (CO 231)
  • Performance Theory and Practice (CO 337)
  • Public Speaking (CO 220)
  • Voice and Diction (CO 210)

Recently Taught Classes

2020 Spring

2020 Summer C

2020 Fall

2019 Spring

2019 Summer C

2019 Fall

2018 Fall

2017 Spring

2017 Summer C

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