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Current Professional Endeavors

  • University of South Carolina Beaufort, Bluffton, SC                                      January 2022 to present

    • Instructor, Business and Communication Studies


  • Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg, SC                                      August 2021 - present

    • Adjunct Professor, Speech 

  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY                                                                                January 2015 to present

    • Adjunct Professor, Government & Media Law 

  • ​Consulting / Pro Bono Publico Practice; Executive Communications Management

    • True collaborator and superb communicator, proactively developing effective internal and external relationships, engaging staff, donors, funders, partners, and community stakeholders.

    • Key influencer, role model, and spokesperson representing an organization, its mission, message, and core values.

    • Competent in public affairs to influence public policy, build and maintain a strong reputation and find common ground with stakeholders.

    • Ability to anticipate and facilitate change by considering the long-term mission and the current capabilities and restraints of the organization, funding sources, and the community. Can manage ambiguity and persist in the face of obstacles without being easily frustrated.

    • Energetic, creative thinker, with an open mind and willing to make strategic recommendations and take positive actions and calculated risks to improve the organization’s programming and community outreach.

    • Excellent planning and execution skills, able to efficiently build annual and short-term work plans and make sound decisions that respect the input of internal and external partners.

    • Cultivates and creates new long-term alliances and improves and diversifies funding sources.

    • Demonstrates success as a leader with a passion and commitment to the community.

    • Achievement-oriented works to set challenging goals, innovates and improve results, and measure outcomes

Research Interest: The evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction, and the laws that govern these venues. Specifically, the public forum doctrine. If new media and mobile technology are cultural keys to success in communicating internally and externally with native and non-native speakers and the popularity of various media has proliferated then understanding public forum doctrine has become more important for those working in media and those tasked to govern and/or enforce public forums, traditional and digital.

Notable Activities:

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

  • Community Advisory Board,  WCNY-TV 2020 - present

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

  • 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

Notable Public Addresses: 

  • SCTEA Annual Conference, Presenter, February 19, 2022 “Evolution of Public Forum Doctrine,” Myrtle Beach SC 

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

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

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

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

  • Presenter: TEDxIthacaCollege, “Communicating Across the Divide” 2017


Academic Publication and Project

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 (Employment Law)

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

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


Public Speaking &

The Career Pathway


Summer College for High School Students

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York

Summer 2023


Get a jump start on college, meet new people, and learn what campus life is all about!


Enroll Today!

Take your first steps toward college by spending a few weeks this summer on the Ithaca College campus in beautiful Ithaca, New York.


Known as the "best time of the year" to be in Ithaca, plan to arrive on campus to begin your summer college adventure on Tuesday, July 5 with coursework occurring Wednesday, July 6 thru Friday, July 22, 2022. 

The Course:

Public Speaking & The Career Pathway

This course will involve delivering speeches, listening to lectures on public speaking that weaves in content on the world of work, group communication, video analysis, and other interactive activities.


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