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Joy Hart

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Dr. Joy L. Hart is a Professor in the Department of Communication. She joined the University of Louisville faculty in 1990 and teaches courses and conducts research on organizational and health communication. In particular, her work examines discourse, communication skill, culture, and message strategies. One of her current projects examines health beliefs and practices in rural villages in Belize. Another current project analyzes message strategies used in tobacco control activism (e.g., efforts to raise the cigarette excise tax, arguments regarding smoking bans). Examples of courses she’s recently taught include: Communication and Ethics, Health Communication Issues in Central America, Intercultural Communication, Leadership, Organizational Communication, and Risk Communication.

In 2003, Professor Hart received the University of Louisville’s Award for Distinguished Service as well as a Metroversity Award for Instructional Development. She previously served as Editor of the Southern Communication Journal and President of the American Communication Association. Currently, Professor Hart is a fellow in the University Honors Program and has an associate appointment in the School of Public Health. From June to December 2001, she was a visiting professor in the Department of Management Communication at the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand. Working with the University’s International Service Learning Program, she has taken students to Belize for more than five years. In addition, she has taught in Panama for three years.

Contact information

Email: joy.hart@louisville.edu

Office: 310 Strickler Hall (West Wing)

Office Phone: (502) 852-6976

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