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John M. Sloop was named
interim dean of the College of Arts and Science in May 2014 after
serving as senior associate dean for faculty, where he was responsible
for faculty appointments, reappointments, promotions and leave requests.
From 2007-2011, he served as senior associate dean for undergraduate
academic affairs for the college. He is also professor of communication
studies in the Department of
Sloop’s scholarship and teaching explore the rhetoric of mass media
and popular culture, as well as mass media production and consumption.
His recent research has addressed issues of gender, immigration,
citizenship and mediation.
He is the author or co-author of five books, including Disciplining
Gender: Rhetorics of Sex Identity in Contemporary U.S. Culture and
Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California’s "Proposition
187,” which was named the 2004 book of the year by the Critical and
Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. His
1995 essay, “The Critique of Vernacular Discourse,” was honored by the
National Communication Association in 2008 as a work that continues to
be influential in the communication field. He has served on the
editorial boards of various journals, and is a past editor of
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
Sloop joined the College of Arts and Science in 1995 as assistant
professor of communication studies and was promoted to professor in
2000. In that same year, he was awarded Vanderbilt’s Ellen Gregg Ingalls
Award for Classroom Teaching. In his Vanderbilt career, he has served on
committees for student organizations as well as for university affairs.
Most recently, he was named to the executive committee for Vanderbilt’s
strategic planning committee and co-chaired the Chancellor’s Committee
on Social Media. Sloop has also been a fellow and seminar leader for the
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.
Sloop earned his bachelor's degree in media/advertising from
Appalachian State University before earning his master of arts in speech
communication from the University of Georgia. He received his doctorate
in communication studies from the University of Iowa and was an
assistant professor of rhetoric and communication studies at Drake
University before coming to Vanderbilt.
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