Department Chair, Associate Professor
Area of Study: Organizational Communication
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Parker’s research, teaching, and engaged scholarship focuses on social justice leadership and decolonizing organizational communication processes. Building on these themes, her work explores questions about difference, equity and participatory communication in a variety of contexts. As the inaugural Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences (2012-2015) she developed the College’s diversity liaison program, a network of faculty leaders working for equity and inclusion in their respective departments. For this effort, she won the 2014 University Diversity Award, UNC-Chapel Hill’s highest award for achievement in advancing diversity and inclusion. She is founder and executive director of The Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism, a venture supported by a 2006 Kauffman Faculty Fellowship for social entrepreneurship. In 2013 she received the UNC Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for teaching. She is the inaugural recipient (2010) of the Engaged Scholars Service Award in the National Communication Association’s Organizational Communication Division.
Parker is currently completing her next book, Ella’s Daughters, documenting a multiyear participatory research project with African American girls learning social justice leadership in their communities.