Faculty Bio

Donna Weimer

Colonel Sedgley and Elizabeth Bailey Thornbury Professor of Communication Chair, Communication and Theatre Arts Departments

Office Location: Brumbaugh Academic Center C111A
Phone Number: (814)641- 3462

Personal Website: http://faculty.juniata.edu/weimer/

Professor Weimer joined the faculty at Juniata in 1990 with a BA, MA and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and several years of experience as a communication consultant and instructor. She is currently chairperson of the Department of Communication, and Theater Arts at Juniata.

Her specific areas of expertise include rhetorical theory and criticism, film, media violence, cultural studies in mass media, and communication in business. Her most recent research involves the assessment of the Program of Emphasis using the Degree Qualification Profile from the Lumina Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges. Her foremost research interest revolves around twenty-first century technologies and their impact on the way we think and organize ourselves. She created a communication curriculum and a designated program of emphasis in communication in 1990. She is a member of the Information Technology Department and has participated in the development of teaching learning technologies on campus. She received the Lindback Teaching Award in 1993; Juniata's Woman of the Year Award in 1994; and the Beachley Award for Service in 2007. She received the Distinguished Carroll Arnold Service Award in 2002 and the Harvey Kelly Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.

Dr. Weimer consults on executive training in leadership and presents workshops on Conflict Management, Working with Difficult People, Professional Presentational Skills and Peer Mediation Training. She assumes many administrative responsibilities, serving on a number of committees such as the Middle States Committee on the Curriculum and the Faculty Representative to the full board of Trustees. She is the faculty advisor to the Power93, WKVR, the radio station; Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society; the Ministry of Games; and the Quidditch Club.


In addition, she participates in the Pennsylvania Communication Association's Annual Meetings by presenting papers and attending seminars. She is past-President and has been a member of the Executive Council since 1992. Dr. Weimer was on the Board of Representatives to WPSU, public radio and television, for Huntingdon for ten years and a team leader for Governor's School of Information Technology at Penn State for six years. She is an invited speaker on Social Media and changing communications.