John A. McArthur
Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Programs
James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte
Ph.D., Clemson University | M.Ed., University of South Carolina | B.S., Furman University


Dr. McArthur uses information and experience design theories to study the communicative power of space (proxemics). He is particularly interested in the role that digital and participatory media play in shaping our use of spaces. Some of the spaces he’s studied include built spaces (like classrooms, monuments and memorials, campus architecture, and urban and community spaces) and digital spaces (social media platforms, discussion forums, and online gathering spaces).

See Dr. McArthur’s publication record with links to articles here.


Selected Undergraduate courses taught at Queens:

  • Introduction to Communication COM 101
  • Integrated Strategic Communication/Public Relations COM 306/342
  • Media Aesthetics COM 309
  • Layout & Design COM 316
  • Sports Promotion & Publicity COM 357
  • Social Media Strategy COM 359
  • Social Media (Seminar) COM 401
  • Proxemics – Space & Communication (Seminar) COM 401

Selected Graduate seminars developed and taught at Queens:

  • Integrated Strategic Communication: Analysis & Theory COM 605
  • Constructing Messages & Audiences COM 613
  • Strategic Communication for Global Audiences COM 638
  • Seminar in Digital Communication COM 648
  • Seminar in Space, Technology, and Communication COM 668
  • Masters Capstone & Thesis Direction, COM 680/681


Dr. McArthur is currently the Director of Knight School of Communication Graduate Programs at Queens University of Charlotte and serves on various internal committees. Previous, he served as the director of Online Faculty Services at the university and the director of undergraduate programs in the Knight School. He is a member of and active presenter in the National Communication Association (NCA), the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) and the SC College Personnel Association (SCCPA).