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“Self-education is the only possible education;
the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.”
Charlotte M. Mason

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Me in love - circleHello! My name is Carol Hepburn. Welcome to my website and online portfolio. I am glad you found my site, and I hope you find what you are looking for as you browse through the online pages.

This website is a compilation of my life and work experience in both industry and education. Since 2011, I have worked in higher education as an advisor and as an instructor. In 2013, I began a PhD in Communication at Regent University’s School of Strategic Communication and the Arts in order to explore interests in organizational and visual communication.  Doctoral study has been a phenomenal experience for me, and I expect to complete my dissertation on organizational identity in the American mega church in fall 2016.

I currently work as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in undergraduate composition, communications, and literature at several universities in the Southwest, Midwest, and East while I complete my PhD. My professional work experience, prior to returning to graduate school, included roles in corporate communications, IT, web design, and graphic arts. If you would like to learn more about my professional experience, please click on the Resume link above. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn.

Academic Research

  • Summer 2016 – My proposal for my dissertation on how the American megachurch uses mediated communication to create organizational culture and establish organizational identity is in revision. I hope to present my proposal to my committee in early September.
  • Spring 2016 – My article, “Ethnography of Communication in Praxis in the Literature Classroom” has been accepted for publication at The Journal of Instructional Research. Print release date is August 2016. Update: Read the published article here.
  • Spring 2016 – My research study seeks to understand the role mediated communication plays in the American megachurch. This project will utilize a mixed methods approach including content analysis and rhetorical analysis in order to examine the effectiveness of emerging technology in developing and sustaining organizational identity. Draft Proposal – submitted for review (May 2016).
  • Fall 2015 – I completed a review of the 12th century French teacher and philosopher, Peter Abelard. This critical review features a discussion of Abelard’s views on theology and the nature of reason. I read Abelard’s “Letters to Heloise” as an undergraduate English student, and greatly admired his work. In addition, I enjoy reading medieval philosophy, and I am interested in the works of the early Church fathers, specifically in their assertion of the necessity of reason as a precursor to faith. My focus of this paper will center on his position in support of reason, and in his argument that faith rests upon reason. This position is contrary to what most theologians of the period, and those following, have argued, that reason rests upon faith.
  • Fall 2015 – Literary ethnography is a relatively new approach to research, and until recently, was not considered an accepted method for ethnographic research. However, scholars have pushed the boundary lines of what constitutes ethnography to include such disparate approaches such as auto-ethnography and ethnography in the classroom. This critical review will examine key texts produced by Native American writers, and will explore their conceptual framework of  liminal spaces as they observe their own culture through dual lenses.
  • Spring 2015 – I wrote an article on Ethnography of Communication and suggested a way for college Literature instructors to introduce this framework into the literature lesson. This manuscript is currently in review at The Journal of Instructional Research.
  • Fall 2014 – I conducted a visual analysis of the Boarding School’s exhibit at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ in 2014. In addition to writing a conference paper, I also created a short video of my analysis, which is available for viewing on my Media page.
  • Fall 2013 – I developed a proposal in 2013 to suggest ways to improve communication at Paradise Church in Phoenix, AZ. This proposal was in partial fulfillment for a course in Organizational Communication at Regent University. I have a short video presentation describing the project on my Media page.

Research Interests

  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Visual Communication
  • Organizational Communication and Identity

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“Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind.”
Charlotte M. Mason