About the Authors
Lisa Inzer Coleman, M.A.
Lisa Inzer Coleman is a long-time associate professor of communication and theatre at Southwest Tennessee Community College. She began her career at STCC as a member of the English Department before moving to the Department of Communication, Graphic & Fine Arts. She holds a B.S.E in English and Speech/Drama from Henderson State University and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas. She is a course coordinator for her department. Her involvement in this OER began in 2019 when she was selected as a "Gatekeeper Fellow." The aim of the Gatekeeper program is to redesign "gatekeeper" courses such as Fundamentals of Communication to make them more relevant and equitable. This textbook is a product of the redesign process.
Thomas King, M.A. (He/Him/His)
Communication and Theatre Assistant Professor Thomas King teaches in the Department of Communication, Graphic & Fine Arts at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He received a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications and an MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina and is currently pursuing an MFA in Theatre at the University of Memphis. He is the Vice Co-Chair of the Equity and Inclusion sub-council. His research interests include Musical Theatre history, Gender and Ethnic performance, and International and Intercultural Communication in Higher Education. Thomas was in the first class of the Coca-Cola National Scholars program and is a part of the CCS Leadership Foundation. He is a brother of Phi Sigma Pi and Mu Beta Psi. He is an award-winning director, actor, singer, journalist, educator, and choreographer.
William G. Turner III, M.A.
Assistant Professor Turner is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Communication, Graphic & Fine Arts at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He has been teaching for Southwest Tennessee Community College for over a decade. The native Memphian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis on film and video production in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis on rhetoric in 2009, both from the University of Memphis.
*Special thanks to Patsy Fancher, Dept. Chair of Communication, Graphic & Fine Arts, for her assistance with the cover page.