John A. McArthur is a professor of communication studies and chair of the department of communication studies at Furman University, and the author of Digital Proxemics: How Technology Shapes the Ways We Move (2016, Peter Lang).
At Furman, Dr. McArthur teaches courses in digital communication, social media, and the impacts of digital technologies on our lived experience (the digital humanities). Dr. McArthur’s research focuses on proxemics (the use of space) and information design with a particular interest in the ways that digital technology influences our interactions with spaces. His studies have applied information design theories to examine both built and digital spaces – urban settings, chat rooms, memorials, public art, classroom designs, and campus architecture – as well as to study our strategic communication messages. Some of his research also focuses on the relationships between spaces of learning, technology, and successful instructional practice.
Dr. McArthur has published in journals ranging from Social Media + Society, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication Teacher, and the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, to the ACEF Journal, Assessment Update, and the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. He has appeared in print, broadcast, and digital media many times in North and South Carolina media markets as well as nationally.
Prior to joining the faculty at Furman, Dr. McArthur was a member of the faculty in the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte for ten years. There, he served the university in multiple roles including director of undergraduate programs, director of graduate programs, director of online faculty services, and chair of both the university’s academic policy committee and the tenure and promotion task force. He was instrumental in developing the $5.75 million grant awarded to the school by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation in 2010.
Contact Dr. McArthur
Office: Furman University, Furman Hall 135
Telephone: 864 660-3585
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