John A. McArthur
Professor & Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Furman University
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 courses taught at Furman:

  • Media & Society
  • Small Group Communication
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Mobile Media, Space & Place
  • Furman in Edinburgh Study Away & International Internship


Dr. McArthur currently has served as the chair of the Human Communication & Technology Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), and as the president of Carolinas Communication Association (CCA), where he currently serves as Executive Director.