School of Communication

Detail for School of Communications Faculty and Staff

Patricia S. Hill, Ph.D.

Patricia S. Hill, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Kolbe 111
Phone: 330-972-6486
Email: phill@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format

Research Accomplishments


Top Three Papers in the Spiritual Communication Interest Group of the National Communication Association (November, 2006) for the paper: “Creators of dialogic space, outsiders within, constrained gents: Women negotiating spiritual standpoint.”

Top Panel in The Basic Course Interest Group of the Central State’s Communication Association for Panel (April 2, 2004) to participants in the panel: “Rocking Institutes and student’s resistance and discomfort teaching sensitive topics in the basic communication course.”

2004 Honoree, Annual Women’s Recognition as “example of Professionalism and Poise” sponsored by The University of Akron Black United Students, March, 19, 2004.

The Diversity Award - Presented by the Department of Multicultural Development April 26, 2002. at The University of Akron All Campus Recognition Dinner for supporting and advocating equity and social justice by collaborating with the campus community in an effort to improve campus climate.

Summer Teaching Fellowship (2001). The Council for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

Awarded to: Patricia Hill, Yang Lin; Gabriel Giralt; Kathleen Clark, Julia Spiker and Mary Triece, for the development of an innovative and interactive pilot CD-ROM for use in General Education Courses: Effective Oral Communication and Introduction to Public Speaking.

Top Paper in Feminist and Women’s Studies Award: Hill, P. S. (2000). And Still I Rise: Communicative Resistance of African American Women in a Culturally Diverse Community. Presented in the Feminist and Women Studies Division at the 86th Annual Conference of the National Communication Association, Seattle, WA.


2010 Grant Submission – Service Learning Mini-Grant – the Institute for Teaching and Learning, on behalf of the African American Learning Community, The University of Akron.

2008 The Institute of Teaching and Learning Faculty grant to attend Research Methods Short Course, National Communication Association National Conference,

2007 The Friends of the University Library Grants or Library Collections

Innovative Teaching Strategies And Methodologies:

2009 – 2010 Pilot Study Participant, “Speech Studio” – Innovative Speech Grading Resource for use in the Public Speaking classroom. Sponsored by Cengage Learning – Ann White, Publisher’s Representative.

Developed CD-ROM: Patricia S. Hill, Ph.D.; Yang Lin, Ph.D. Gabriel Giralt; Kathleen D. Clark, Ph.D.; Julia A. Spiker, Ph.D.; Mary E. Triece, Ph.D. “Technological empowerment in the Basic Speech Course: Exploring the integration of CD-ROM.” Through the auspices of the 2001 Summer Teaching Competitively selected by the Council for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.



Hill, P. S. (2003). And Still I Rise: Communicative Resistance of African American Women in a Culturally DiverseCommunity. Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication, Vol. 13, Issues 2 & 3.

Harris, T. M., & Hill, P. S. (1998). Waiting to exhale or breath(ing) again: A search for identity, empowerment and love in the 1990’s. Women and Language, XXI (2), 9-20.

Hill, P. S., Balaswamy, S., & Hill, R. (1996). Communication factors as a Predisposing factor in dealing with conflict situations with elderly [Abstract]. The Gerontologist 36, (Special Issue l), 353.

Book Chapter

Hill, P. S. (2008). ‘What shall I tell my daughters that are black: Oral history reflections of middle class African American motherhood.” Family Communication Theories and research. Allyn & Bacon.

Triece, M. E., Hill, P.S., Clark, K. A., Lin, Y., & Spiker, J. A. (2002). Pedagogies of Empowerment: Promoting the Success of Students of Color. In W. S. Lee, D.Tanno & M. McPhail (Eds.) Promoting the success of students of color in communication (pp 57-75). National Communication Association and American Association of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.


Jones, G., Hill, P. S., & Perry-Burney, G. (2002). Motivation and challenges: Implications for success of two-year college students. Annals of the Academy of Education Research, 2. New York: University Press.

Scholarly Publications – Invited

Book Chapter

Lin, Y., Hill, P.S., Bishop, S. C. (In Press). Cross-cultural Humor: A new frontier for intercultural communication research.

Hill, P. S. (2001). African American Women and Spirituality: Advancing our understanding of leadership and organizing. In A. Rodriguez (Ed.), Essays on Communication and Spirituality: Contributions to a new discourse (pp. 137-144). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.


Hill, P. S. (2009). “A Curious Case of Engagement”. Invited contributor to the spring, 2009 Pan African Center Newsletter – Published by the office of Multicultural Development. Benefiting the Community Studies and the Pan African Studies Program

Hill, P. S. (2008). “Let the Healing Begin”. Invited contributor to the spring, 2008 Pan African Center Newsletter – Published by the office of Multicultural Development, benefiting Community Studies and the Pan African Studies Program.


Hill, P. S. (Spring, 2002) Book Review: Brian Ward (Ed.) Media, Culture, the Modern African American Freedom Struggle. Journalism History, 28, 1.


Hill, P. S. (1998). Speaking from within: (Hi)stories of African American mothers and daughters of Shaker Heights. Dissertation Abstracts International Comprehensive Dissertation Index, American Doctoral Dissertations, #9913581.


Ph.D., Communication, Bowling Green State Univ., Bowling Green, OH., 1998
M.A., Communication, Cleveland State University, 1995
B.A., Communication, Cleveland State University, 1993

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