Faculty & Staff

Ms. Joy A. Mcdonald Ms. Joy A. Mcdonald Assistant Professor, English and Foreign Languages Location:Armstrong Hall314 Phone:757-727-5770 Expertise:Media Ethics, Diversity, Employee Relations, English, Technical Writing

Instructor Profile:


              Prof. McDonald has been an assistant professor and internship coordinator for the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications since 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Theatre from Clarion State College (now Clarion University) and her master’s from The Ohio State University in Mass Communications. Prof. McDonald has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources.

           She also produces and, on occasion, hosts a talk show on the School’s radio station, WHOV. She has written entries for the African-American National Biography and Oxford Encyclopedia of African-American History from 1896-2008, published in 2009 the Encyclopedia of African-American Popular Culture, published in 2010, Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era published in 2013 and E & P (Editor & Publisher magazine).

          The former Director of Internships at Norfolk State University, she has an extensive background in training and development and employee relations. She has worked with organizations such as the New York Times, Sentara Health System and Colonial Williamsburg.

          Prof. McDonald is also vice president of J&F Productions, Inc., a sound-reinforcement production company providing services for gospel concerts, business meetings, and festivals. She has been vice president of programs, for the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), the nation's professional association for human resources practitioners. Currently she serves as the Director of Diversity for her local chapter of SHRM. She is also a member of Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

          In addition to teaching, she has served on the American Cancer’s Relay for Life planning committee for the Hampton, VA. Currently, she is serving on a committee for Peninsula Reads.