Courtney Cole head shot

Associate Professor

College Hall
Department Communications

Mailing Address

Regis College box 1051

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Cole is the undergraduate chair for majors in Communication and Marketing and Communications. She also serves as co-program director for the Master's in Product Management.

    Dr. Cole worked as a communication professional in nonprofit organizations, -- including Habitat for Humanity International where as a writer and editor she managed a successful $500M campaign -- before earning her PhD.

    Typical classes taught at Regis

    • Organizational Communication
    • Public Speaking
    • Media Studies
    • Organizational and Nonprofit Communication
    • Communication Theory
    • Business Communication for Managers


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ohio University

    Master of Arts, State University of New York Binghamton

    Bachelor of Arts, Principia College


    In all my work, I integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion, with particular attention to ensure that evaluation processes are attentive to the needs of those historically underserved within higher education.

    A committed lifelong learner, I have participated in a Universal Design for Learning faculty learning community and earned the Quality Matters (QM) certificate for Applying the QM Rubric; the Association of College and University Educators Inclusive Teaching and Equitable Learning (ITEL) and Effective Teaching Practices (ETP) certificates.

    Awards Honors

    Competitively selected for "around/work" residency (2023, June.) Design Inquiry collective, Vinalhaven Island, ME.

    Competitively selected to be a Rural Scholar. (2021-22). Rural Communication Institute. Tarleton State University. Tarleton, TX.

    Outstanding Program Award. (2016). “It’s on Us” video PSA. Produced with Newbury College Communication students and Student Affairs staff members Jenn Forry and Katie Collins. New England College Personnel Association.

    Faculty Fellow. (2014-15). Intended Consequences? The Historical and Contemporary Problematic of Planning. Humanities Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Seminar. Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, Bentley University.

    Top Paper. (2013). Stories of a Research Instrument: The Lived and Living Process of Fieldwork. Ethnography Division. National Communication Association.

    United States Institute of Peace Case Studies in Peacebuilding Competition. $1,000 Award Winner for All in the “fambul”: A case study of local/global approaches to peacebuilding and transitional justice in Sierra Leone. Reviewed and awarded by the United States Institute of Peace Academy.

    Top Four Paper. (2011). From Sierra Leone to Kosovo: Exploring possibilities for gendered peacebuilding. Peace and Conflict Division. National Communication Association. Co-authored with Stephanie Norander.


    Design/Inquiry (2023, June). Funding for around/work residency. Vinalhaven Island, ME.

    Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (2017, October) Institute for Media Science. Travel grant to present at Doing Memory of Right-Wing Violence in Mediated Public Spheres conference.

    University of Liepzig (2017, September). Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition.” Travel grant to present at Second Annual Conference.

    Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (2017, May). Travel grant and stipend to attend Spring Academy on Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Temporality and Procedurality. Volkswagen Foundation.

    Cole, C. E. and Grace, A. (2020). Organizing so that Black Lives Matter. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 40(1), 83-89.

    Cole, C. E. (2020). Transitional Justice in Public: Communicating Transnational Memories of Mass Violence. In A. Sierp and J. Wüstenberg (Eds.), Agency in Transnational Memory Politics: a Framework for Analyzing Practice. New York: Berghan Books.

    Cole, C. E. (2019). Motherhood, migration, and mobility in the age of the Muslim Ban. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 8(2), 35-43. https//

    Cole, C. E. (2018). Commemorating mass violence: Truth commission hearings as a genre of public memory. Southern Communication Journal, 83(3), 149-166.

    Cole, C. E. (2017). Culturally-sustaining pedagogy in higher education: Teaching so that Black Lives Matter. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(8), 736-750.

    Cole, C. E. (2017). Beyond “being there”: Space and mobility in ethnographic peace and transitional justice research. In G. Millar (Ed.), Ethnographic Peace Research: Approaches and Tensions. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

    Cole, C. E. (2013). Stories from the lived and living process of fieldwork. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. 8, 50-69.