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About Me

With over 25 years of experience in communication, education, and nonprofit sectors, I am an instructor at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, where I teach courses in public communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, public relations, media and society, and public speaking. I hold a Master of Legal Studies from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, with a focus on employment law and a Master of Science in Communications from Ithaca College.

My core competencies include making strategic decisions, planning and evaluating initiatives, thriving in dynamic environments, communicating and influencing effectively, managing and leading diverse teams, and applying DEI concepts and practices. My mission is to empower my students and clients with the literacy, skills, and knowledge they need to create opportunities and succeed in various fields and settings. My research interest is the evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction, and the laws that govern these venues, especially the public forum doctrine.

Professional Endeavors

  • University of South Carolina Beaufort (Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island)                                    

    • Full-time Instructor, Business and Communication Studies​​



Consulting / Pro Bono Publico Practice;  Public Relations Litigation

The management of the communication process during any legal dispute or adjudicatory processing to affect the outcome or its impact on the client's overall reputation.


Research Interest: My passion for literacy consistently links my professional and personal endeavors. As such, my research interest focuses on the evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction, and the laws that govern/enforce communication in these platforms.


Notable Activities:

  • Board Member: The Ithaca Voice, an independent online news outlet 2019 - 2023

  • Community Advisory Board,  WCNY-TV 2020 - 2021

  • Virtual Visiting Professor Program (VPP) 2020 Association of National Advertisers Educational Foundation (AEF) New York, NY Summer 2020 

  • Participant: Microsoft Mixed Reality Ideation Workshop, October 28, 2019

  • Board Member, WSKG Public Media Group, 2017-2019

  • Redevelopment Commission Member, Town of Port Royal, Beaufort County, SC; 2006-2014

  • Reading Tutor/Volunteer with additional service at a national Supplementary Education Service (SES) provider.; 2011-present


Recent Public Addresses: 

  • TEDxCharleston, Speaker "Swim in the Open Ocean" (Internet), April 17, 2024

  • CFA Engage Series, Facilitator/Presenter, March 30, 2023. "Speak Up! – Building skills and confidence for public speaking"

  • SCTEA Annual Conference, Presenter, February 18, 2023, "Public Forum: Are you in one?"

  • SCTEA Annual Conference, Presenter, February 19, 2022 “Evolution of Public Forum Doctrine."

  • Lyceum Lecture Series, Spartanburg, SC, January 25, 2022  “Public Forum Doctrine”

  • Commencement Speaker, Ithaca College, December 13, 2020 “The Power of Words” 

  • Books Sandwiched, Presenter in benefiting the Friends of the Beaufort Libraries 2019

  • TEDxGreenville,  Speaker “Digital Discourse: Promise or Breach” 2019



Academic Publications and Project

[In Development] Co-author, Hamula, S. and  Adams A (2023) Governance, Regulation and Enforcement in Kid Podcasts & Advertising.

Co-author, Gayeski, D. and Adams, A. (1999, May/June). "Barriers and Enablers to the Adoption of Human Performance Technology: Or, If We’re So Smart, Why Aren’t We Rich?" Performance Improvement. 37-48.


Gayeski, D. (1998). “Establishing the Practices and Philosophy of Performance Technology: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn.” A study funded by a competitive grant from the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Academy of Human Resources Development. [Principle management and data compilation of this study conducted by Ann-Marie Adams]

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, Master of Legal Studies 

  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; M.S., Communication 

  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; B.S., Major: Sociology, Minor: Business


Currently Teaching 


Communication Law
Media & Society
Introduction to Public Relations
Writing Across Media Platforms
Public Communication

Available for Conferences/Workshops

Public Forum Doctrine
Government & Media

Core Competencies

  • Making long-term strategic decisions through thoughtful analysis of predicted future outcomes.

  • Planning, learning, and evaluating pivotal initiatives; understanding how to interpret organizational needs, translate them into broader strategies, and lead their delivery.

  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic and rapidly growing organization requires one to flex between strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

  • Outstanding communication and influencing skills; understanding how to navigate difficult and intricate conversations.

  • Excellent project management capabilities, able to balance multiple workstreams and prioritize projects concurrently.

  • Experience building, managing, and leading a diverse team of professionals and functions to encourage and deliver excellence.

  • Fluency in DEI concepts, programs, and initiatives, and experience in their application to build programs that attract and retain diverse talent.

  • Nonprofit leadership as an executive director and board member.

  • Grantmaking and experience in 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

I believe literacy (traditional and digital) is a critical component to creating opportunities, both socially and economically.


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