L'Oreal Stephens

PhD Student

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L'Oreal Stephens


2019 Current Student PhD Communication Program
University of Memphis

2015 Graduate Certificate Women's and Gender Studies
Middle Tennessee State University

2008 MA Communication (Honors)
Austin Peay State University

2003 BS Organizational Communication (Summa Cum Laude)
Minor in Women's Studies
Middle Tennessee State University


2010-present Lecturer, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

2013-2014 Adjunct Instructor, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN
2009 Adjunct Instructor, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

2004-2010 Assistant Coordinator, Nursing and Allied Health Education Programs, Tennessee Board of Regents
Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) Nashville, TN

Presentations/ Research

2019 A Scary Time for Men: #HimToo and the Fear of False Sexual
Assault Allegations. Creating Global Change Conference

2018 Written Versus Audio Feedback in an Online Speech Course
Tennessee Communication Association Conference, Sept. 7
Southern States Communication Association Conference, April 7

2018 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
MTSU Critical Conversations Series, Sept. 6

2017-2019 StartSmart: The Art of Negotiation, Training Facilitator
American Association of University Women
Middle Tennessee State University

2017 Embracing Communication Training Opportunities,
Panel Presentation
Learning Communities: How Collaboration with Different Departments Increases Student Engagement and Retention,
Panel Presentation
Tennessee Communication Association Conference,
Volunteer State Community College

2017 Women's March on Washington, January 21, 2017: Because
Women's Rights are Human Rights. Creating Global Change
Conference, Middle Tennessee State University

2015 Upskirting: "The Gaze" and the First Amendment, Women's and Gender Studies Research Series, Middle Tennessee State University

2015 Trading Places: The Use of Visual Fear Appeals in Anti-Suffrage Postcard Messaging, National Communication Association,
Las Vegas, NV

2015 Upskirting: A First Amendment Right or Objectification of Women's
Bodies? Global Discourses in Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee State University

2014 Angelina Grimke': A Radical Among Radicals, Scholars Day
Middle Tennessee State University

2011 SlutWalk: Women (and Men) Pushing Boundaries and Taking to the Streets to Fight Victim Blaming, Tennessee Communication
Association Conference

2008 Spread the Word, Not the Flu: A Content Analysis of Take the Lead Campaign Components Developed to Inform the Public about Pandemic Influenza. (1st place - Graduate Student Paper Award - Tennessee Communication Association, 2008)


2019 Graduating Student Recognition (Spring)
2018 Horizon Award, Tennessee Communication Association
2017 Completed Faculty Fellows Program
2017 Graduating Student Recognition (Spring and Fall)
2016 Graduating Student Recognition (Spring and Fall)
2016 Women's & Gender Studies Outstanding Teaching Award for
Fall 2015
2015 Graduating Student Recognition (Fall)
2014 Graduating Student Recognition (Spring)

Organizational Memberships (Current)

Tennessee Communication Association
American Association of University Women (Murfreesboro VP of Programming)
President's Commission on the Status of Women (Diversity Subcommittee Chair)