Connie Book

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communications
Alamance Building 118B
2200 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
cledouxbook@elon.edu (336) 278-5661

Brief Biography

Connie Ledoux Book, Ph.D. came to Elon in 1999 as a faculty member in communications to teach courses in broadcast journalism and new media adoption.  Since earning promotion to professor, she has served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and sits on the university's senior staff.  Dr. Book's primary responsibilities include providing leadership for general education, the Elon experience (student engagement), academic advising, career services, leadership and professional development, faculty development fellows, academic and residential facilities ($174 million in current construction), athletic academic advising and domestic study programs. Dr. Book served in the president's office as a fellow from 2008-2010 to develop the university's current strategic plan, the Elon Commitment.  She serves on the following standing meetings/committees:  long range planning, academic affairs council, provost’s council, dean’s council, university curriculum committee, graduate council, residence life initiative, civic engagement and the experiential education advisory committee.

Education

(2013-2014)         Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.  Currently enrolled in coursework in higher education.

(1990-1993)        Ph.D., Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia. Dissertation:  Municipal Officials' Attitudes toward Cable Television Regulation:  A National Study.

(1987-1989)         M.Ed., Education Administration and Supervision, Northwestern State University.

(1983-1986)         B.A., Manship School of Journalism, Louisiana State University.

Courses Taught

Interactive Media Management, Broacasting and the Public Interest, Communications in a Global Society, Broadcast News Writing, Digital Media, Senior Capstone, special topics in digital television, women in media and a host of undergraduate research mentoring.

Leadership Positions

Senior Staff (2008-current)

Associate Provost, Academic Affairs (2010-current)

Board Member, Agency for Public Telecommunications, North Carolina (2008-current)

Founding Executive Director, Sunshine Center (2006-2010), Board Member (2013-current)

Administrative Fellow, Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning (2008-2010)

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Communications (2006-2010)

Current Projects

Current strategic initiatives include the launch of the university's residential campus, digital learning opportunities, improving intellectual life on campus, enhancing civic engagement learning outcomes and domestic study opportunities.

Grants Awarded

Three time grant winner, National Association of Broadcasters

Knight Foundation, fund to support establishment of Sunshine Center at Elon University

Additional grants from North Carolina Associaiton of Broadcasters, North Carolina Association of Cable Television, North Carolina Press Foundation, McClatchy Newspapers, National Freedom of Information Coalition, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Publications

Dr. Connie Ledoux Book contributes to the field of scholarship in cable and broadcast television policy, women/race in mass media, digital television and broadband.  She has assisted communities across the United States in franchise negotiations with cable television companies and in state broadband development initiatives.  Her works include the first book on digital television consumer adoption, as well as a number of book chapters and research grant publications as the nation worked to transition from an analog to digital television system.  Her other publications can be found in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Religion and the Media, College Teaching, Feedback, Convergence, Electronic Media, Journal of Municipal Telecommunications and Georgia Historical Quarterly, as well as several trade magazines. Her current research focuses on issues in higher education.

Awards

(2010)  Fellow.  American Council on Education.  Office of Women in Higher Education 76th National Leadership Forum

(2009)  Outstanding service and leadership award for assistant with the state of North Carolina’s transition to digital television.  North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

(2009)  Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award.  Recognizes a faculty or staff person who has demonstrated sustained commitment to Elon University undergraduates through outstanding mentoring.

(2009)  Invited to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on the DTV transition in Wilmington, N.C. With student Lauren Limerick.

(2008)  Received leadership citation from the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors for research on the impact of state cable franchising in Texas.  Cited during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.  With student Stefanie Meyers.

(2006)    Selected to receive the Ovation Award from the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors for work on behalf of the public interest in cable television policy.