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N. Benton Parish

Instructional Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Humanities & Critical/Cultural Studies
  • Journalism & Media Practices
  • BLTN 202C
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Dr. N. Benton Parish, PhD. in an assistant instructional professor in the department of
communication at Texas A&M University. She teaches courses in strategic communication, social
media, media campaigns, and public speaking.
Dr. Parish is the faculty adviser for the International Association for Business Communicators,
Public Relations Student Society of America, Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society, and HER Campus. She also
serves on the advisory board for Honors and Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee (HURAC) and
Communication Honors, overseeing all event planning duties of the organization.
She received her PhD in higher education administration with a minor in public relations from the
University of Florida in 2013, her MA in public relations and sports communication from the
University of Florida in 2003, and her BS in speech communication from Syracuse University in 1998.
Dr. Parish currently is ABD at Duquesne University majoring in rhetoric and philosophy of
communication with an emphasis in corporate communication and integrated marketing communication.
Her dissertation concerns St. Edith Stein’s phenomenology of authentic womanhood.

She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership Honor Society.

Dr. Parish has over 10 years professional experience in public relations, marketing, and sports

Courses Taught

  •  COMM 203:  Public Speaking
  • COMM 275:  Social Media
  • COMM 321:  Strategic Communication Case Studies
  • COMM 322: Strategic Communication Tactics
  • COMM 323:  Strategic Communication
  •  COMM 350:  Media Campaigns
  • COMM 476:  Advanced Social Media

Representative Service

  •  Advisor, IABC-TAMU, PRSSA, LPE, and HER Campus
  •  COMM Honors Advisory Board and Event Planning Chair
  •  The Honors and Undergraduate Research Advisory Committee (HURAC)

Representative Publications

Parish, N. Benton (2021) St. Edith Stein’s characteristics of femininity and the role of faith and reason in the natural  development of woman. Communication Research Trends, 40(3) 29-36.  

Parish, N. Benton (2021) The Media’s shaping of Pope Francis’ interview in America, The National Catholic Weekly. Journal of  Media and Religion. In J. Blaney (Ed.), Understanding Pope Francis: Message, Medium, and Audience (pp. 143-160). Roman &  Littlefield. 

Mendoza, P, Malcolm, Z., & Parish, N.B. (2015). The ecology of student retention: Undergraduate students and the Great  Recession. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 16(4), 461-485. 

Choi, Y., Starr, W. J., Kim, K., & Parish, N. (2014). Who is wonder woman? Gender stereotypes and heroism in television  commercials. Media Report to Women, 42(1), 12-18. 

Mitrook, M.A., Parish, N.B., & Seltzer, T. (2008). From advocacy to accommodation: A case study of the Orlando Magic’s  public relations efforts to secure a new arena. Public Relations Review 34(2), 161-168.