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  • PhD in Communications, 2009, Scripps College of Communications, Ohio University-Specializing in Media Management and Critical Cultural Theory
  • Associate Certification in Women's Studies, Ohio University
  • MS in Journalism, 2005, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
  • BA in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts, Concentration: Communication/Rhetoric, 1986, Wake Forest University

Course Specialties

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Multimedia Story Telling
  • Broadcast
  • Leadership Development
  • De-Marginalization


Dr. Janice Marie Collins is a multi Emmy, Associated Press, Best of Gannett award winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry and an award-winning professor with 14 years of teaching experience on the university level. She was selected as one of the Top 50 Journalism Professors in the nation of 2012 by Journalismdegree.org and was inducted into the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Legends 2015 Hall of Fame representing Wake Forest University Women’s Basketball. Collins has received national recognition for her teaching, service, research, and creative endeavor including the Baskett Mosse National Award for Faculty Development AEJMC 2017, took second place in “Best in Digital” for her website called Hearmyvoiceonline.com AEJMC 2017, a Faculty of Excellence award by the Department of Minority Affairs at Eastern Illinois University and an Excellence Award for Teaching and Service at Hampton University. She has, consistently, made the Teachers of Excellence List at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For 2 consecutive years, Collins won first place in the Open Paper Competition at the National Broadcast Educators Association Conference as, both, coauthor, and sole author of mixed methodology and quantitative studies. an award-winning television broadcast program and web-series called A Taste of Gullah that aired, regionally, on PBS, and won Best Documentary at the International Garifuna Film Festival in Venice, California.

Research/Creative Endeavor

Dr. Collins’ research focuses on leadership development and issues of marginalization, self-empowerment, gender and race found in professional media outlets, on multimedia platforms, and journalism and college classrooms/newsrooms. Presently, Dr. Collins has a book chapter on marginalization through image portrayals within prime time commercials coming out this year through Lexington Press and is working on a book that focuses on an innovative style of De-Marginalization through self-agency and leadership development within a collective she has been researching and developing for over a decade. This praxis, theory and pedagogy is called Active Centralized Empowerment and addresses issues of self-esteem, marginalization, diversity, and issues of power. Her latest publications include, "250 Years and Still a Slave: Breaking Free with Active Centralized Empowerment," a Critical Cultural perspective book on race relations from a social-psychological platform that prominent educator, Jane Elliott, has called “a Great read!”, a published article on leadership development titled, “Leadership Development in College Newsroom Labs: It’s Transactional,” in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and just completed a comprehensive, auto-ethnography documentary series that chronicles her trip back to her maternal ancestral land, Sierra Leone, West Africa and the Mende tribe called “Journey to My Mother’s Land: Extending the Gate’s Effect into Africa.” For 2 consecutive years, Collins has won first place in the Open Paper Competition at the National Broadcast Educators Association Conference as, both, coauthor, and sole author, for her research on leadership development, gender, and issues of race coverage in the media. Her research adds to the literature on pedagogical approaches, designs and strategies and professional practices that lead efforts towards De-Marginalization.

Besides being a scholar, researcher, educator, journalist, an author, documentarian and script writer, and a creative (music and words), Collins spends her time being a motivational speaker and prayer warrior. She is currently working on a book about triumphing in the midst of tribulation titled: "Dancing in the Rain" and a book that she and her late mother wrote about staying positive in the face of medical and spiritual attacks called "Riding the Rainbow" (her mother was a survivor of a stroke). She is also developing projects that promote her national award winning praxis and theory to De-Marginalize the Marginalized called Active Centralized Empowerment that develops leadership and self empowerment and activates voices in the margins to move to the center of their power and uniqueness. Collins has a passion for empowering people to reach their optimal potential and “calling” in life and also prides herself on feeding the soul not just through words and action but her cooking as well...dishes and recipes called "Seasoned with Love." She is also the President and founder of the empowering organizations, "Active Centralized Empowerment" and "Inspire."

Collins earned a Ph.D. in Communications from the Scripps College of Communications at Ohio University-Specializing in Media Management and Critical Cultural Theory and an Associate Certification in Women’s Studies, a Masters of Science and Women’s Studies Certification at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Communication/Rhetoric at Wake Forest University.

Related Links

Collin’s Blog; theoreticalteaandcompany
twitter: janicemcollins
https://youtu.be/ZFAQjzkFKgE (Trailer of Documentary Series)
https://youtu.be/B852_HObQQ4 (Clip from Documentary Series)