Constance “Connie” Ledoux Book, Ph.D.
Provost and Dean of the College (2015-current)
Serve as the number two official of the college and provide leadership across all areas of college operations and strategic planning. Primary responsibilities include managing undergraduate and graduate academic programs and chair of the Fiscal Review Board. This portfolio of responsibilities touches more than 1,100 faculty and staff and an operating budget of $144 million. Hold tenure as a professor in the Department of English, Fine Arts and Communications.
Telecommunications Consultant (1996-current)
Specialty Areas: Digital Television, Cable Communications and Broadband (1994-Present) Includes consumer testing of digital television and high definition picture and hardware preferences. Cable franchising work includes statistical assessment of community and residential perceptions of cable television service. Have served as lead researcher on cable television, broadband and other technology related needs and interests ascertainments across the country.
Senior Cabinet (2008-2015)
Associate Provost, Academic Affairs (2010-2015)
Primary responsibilities included managing undergraduate and graduate curriculum development, the general education program, the Elon Experiences (high impact practice areas, assessment and accreditation), academic advising, career services, leadership and professional development, faculty development fellows, academic and residential facilities ($134 million in construction projects), athletic academic support and domestic study programs/centers.
Presidential Faculty Fellow for Strategic Planning (2008-2010)
Provided university leadership that led to the development and adoption of a $600 million strategic plan to take the university to 2020. The process included 24-months of gathering evidence and ideas from stakeholders across the university, alumni, trustees, advisory boards and trends across higher education. The work has launched strategic efforts in eight key areas of the university’s development: diversity, professional development for staff and faculty, $164 million dollar residential initiative, new outreach to young alumni, $100 million dollar endowment campaign, athletic gold-standards and revitalization of the downtown area adjacent to campus.
Board Member, Agency for Public Telecommunications, North Carolina (2008-2013)
Provide leadership to the state of North Carolina as a member of the board of the Agency for Public Telecommunications. This group advocates for government media and public television as important tools to empower state residents.
Associate Dean and Associate Professor, School of Communications (2006-2010)
Provided leadership in the School of Communications. Primary responsibilities included leadership in strategic initiatives, faculty development, accreditation, oversight of support staff, internship program, Elon in LA/NYC programs, undergraduate research and advisory board.
Executive Director, Sunshine Center (2006-2010)
Board Member North Carolina Open Government Coalition (2013-2015)
Conceived and executed a plan to establish the Sunshine Center at Elon to support educational initiatives around open government. Effectively fundraised to endow operating expenses.
Currently, provide leadership as a board member for the N.C. Open Government Coalition which focuses on initiatives to promote awareness of understanding of transparency in government and the N.C. public records and open meetings laws. www.ncopengov.org.
Department Chair, Associate Professor, School of Communications (2004-2006)
Provided leadership, faculty development and instruction in the School of Communications. Wrote annual performance reviews, promotion and tenure recommendations and advanced curricular proposals. Faculty grew from 27 to 42 during three year appointment.
Assistant Professor, later promoted to Associate Professor then Professor (1999-2015)
Teaching areas include a variety of new media, broadcast policy, news writing, research and production courses. Provided service and chaired elected and standing advisory committees: promotion and tenure, research and development, long-range planning, library committee, study abroad, undergraduate research and multiple search committees. Chaired and served on dozens of ad hoc committees, such as, the future of the sciences, establishment of a School of Information Technology, feasibility of Physician Assistant Studies and admissions.
Academic Program and Accreditation Consultant (2005-present)
Provide review and assessment as an external reviewer to university programs seeking perspective on academic programs and accreditation issues. Areas include general education, experiential education, career services, communication/journalism studies and strategic planning.
Previous Teaching Experience:
Meredith College, Assistant Professor of Communications (1997-1999)
North Carolina State University, Visiting Professor of Communications (1996-1997)
Georgia College & State University, Assistant Professor of Communications (1993-1996)
University of Georgia, teaching assistant (1990-1993)
Previous Broadcast Experience:
WAFB-TV, producer and reporter.
LPB-TV, public television documentary work
KLSU, radio news work
(Fall 2013) Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. Higher education coursework.
(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.J., Manship School of Journalism, Louisiana State University.
PROFESSIONAL HONORS (since 2005):
(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.
(2008) Invited to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on the DTV transition in Wilmington, N.C. With student Lauren Limerick. http://www.c-span.org/video/?281143-1/digital- television-transition.
(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.
(2007) Awarded grants from the Knight Foundation, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and others of $500,000 for the work of the Sunshine Center at Elon University.
(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.
(2006) Selected to the inaugural program of the Scripps Howard Leadership Academy. Louisiana State University, June 4-9, 2006.
(2005) First Place Research Award, Open Category. Awarded first place for research paper on women in broadcasting. Broadcast Education Association/National Association of Broadcasters, Gender Division.
(2004) Digital Television: DTV and the Consumer. John Wiley & Sons.
(2015) Chapter on formation of domestic programs and “Study USA.” With co-authors J Mcmerty and William Webb. Neal Sobania (ed.) Putting the Local in Global Education: Transformative Learning through Domestic Off-Campus Programs. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
(2006) Chapter on New Media in Copeland, D. & Hatcher, A. (eds.) (2nd Ed). Introduction to Mass Communication. Northport, Ala.: Vision Press.
(2006) Chapter, “The Cable Guy and the Public Interest.” In Reynolds, A & Barnett, B. (eds.) Communication and Law: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research. Mahwah, N. J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
(2000) Critical Studies in Media Commercialism. Co-author of chapter regarding the use of light-skinned African Americans by advertisers. R. Anderson and L. Strata. (eds.) London: Oxford University Press.
(2009) Contributor. Encyclopedia of Journalism. Sage Press. Wrote entries on news diffusion, television ratings and niche markets.
Sample of Articles (*Blind Review by Peers):
*(2017) “Impacts of Experiential Learning Depth and Breadth on Student Outcomes.” Journal of Experiential Education. With Coker, J.; Heiser, E.; and Taylor, L. Vol. 40 (1), pp 5-23.
(2016) “Should Institutions Expand the Academic Record?” College and University. With Parks, R. Vol 91(3), pp 47-52.
*(2010) “75 Years of Broadcasting & Cable magazine: An examination of women featured in Broadcasting & Cable’s Fifth Estater.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. With alum Brandi Little and Harry Jessell.
(2008) “Why Not Interrupt the Super Bowl?” Multichannel News (29 September 2008, pg. 63).
(2008) “Internet Governance Policy and the Future of the Internet.” Feedback. With colleague Janna Anderson and invited scholars. Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 18-28.
(2008) “Realizing the Global Promise of the Internet: The future of internet governance.” Pew Internet and American Life Project. www.pewinternet.org. With colleague Janna Anderson and students (Anne Nicholson, Michelle Hammberbacher, Eryn Gradwell and Dannika Lewis.
*(2008) “An Examination of the Use of Anecdotal Evidence in the FCC’s Report and Order on Video Franchising.” Journal of Municipal Telecommunications and Policy. Vol. 16 (1), 12-16. With student Stefanie Meyers.
*(2006) “PCTV: Consumers, Expectancy-Value and Likely Adoption.” Convergence. Vol. 12 (3), 325-340.
*(2005) “Access Television Ratings and the Numbers Game.” Journal of Municipal Telecommunications Policy. Vol. 13 (2), 24-27.
Sample of Convention Presentations and Academic Presentations since 2005 (*Blind Peer Review):
*(2013) The Elon Study: A Longitudinal Study of Engagement and Learning Outcomes. National Society of Experiential Education. St. Pete, Florida. With colleagues Steven House, Jeffrey Coker and Evan Heiser.
(2011) A comprehensive study of Missouri’s residential broadband adoption. Missouri Broadband Summit, Jefferson City, MO.
(2010) 10 Lessons in Leadership from a Year at the Table. Summer Institute 2010. Association of New American Colleges. Wagner College, Staten Island, New York.
(2008) Using data to evaluate the success of state cable franchising: A case study of Texas. National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, Washington, D.C.
(2008) The Texas’ story: Higher rates and weaker customer service. Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, Dallas, TX.
*(2007) “Women in Public Relations Weekly: A Framing theory analysis of leaders featured in the industry trade magazine 2002-2006. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. New Orleans, March 2007. With student Leanne Jernigan.
(2006) Testimony on cable issues at the NC General Assembly House and Senate committees. June 19.
(2006) “Working with Professional Associations.” Invited panelist Research Division, Broadcast Education Association. Las Vegas, Nevada, April 22-24.
*(2006) “A Quantitative Analysis of the Golden Era of Children’s Television.” Paper presented with students at the annual meeting of the Broadcast Education Association. Las Vegas, Nevada, April 22-24.
Founding editorial board member, Electronic News, 2006-current.
(2017) Omicron Delta Kappa. Leadership honor society.
(1993) Kappa Tau Alpha. Journalism honor society.
(1993) Phi Kappa Phi. Academic honor society.
(1993) Blue Key. National Honor Society. University of Georgia.
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Broadcast Education Association/National Association of Broadcasters
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication