Agnes Scott College Appoints Shannan Palma as Faculty Director of Its New Writing and Digital Communication Graduate Program

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Shannan Palma

Decatur, GA, May 29, 2018—Agnes Scott College’s Graduate and Extended Programs announces the appointment of Shannan Palma, Ph.D. as the faculty director of its new writing and digital communication graduate program. Palma will draw upon her extensive writing and communication experiences at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, to lead the graduate program, which launches in fall 2018.

Palma will lead a dynamic group of faculty whose areas of expertise will provide rich learning experiences for graduate students in writing and digital communication. The program’s current faculty includes Melissa Fay Greene, a journalist and award-winning author of six books of nonfiction, Ruth Dusseault, a cross-disciplinary media artist in photography, film and digital production, and Mina Ivanova, an expert in communication theory and practice.

Palma’s goal for students pursuing a master’s or graduate certificate in writing and digital communication is “to help them learn to write for the web and social media and develop analytical and forecasting skills, so they think critically about digital communication and its impact on the world,” she explains. “Students are drawn to Agnes Scott for its reputation for academic excellence and innovation and because they share its values of inclusion, courage and integrity. The graduate programs will help them incorporate these strengths and values into the way they go about their work responsibilities.”

Through Agnes Scott’s writing and digital communication program, students also will explore the complexities of ethics and citizenship that play out in digital communication.

“They will learn how to design, write and communicate messages across a variety of platforms and to diverse audiences,” says Kelly Ball, Ph.D., assistant dean for graduate and extended programs for Agnes Scott. “And they will understand the strategic role of content in supporting the corporate bottom line or institutional mission and how to address issues that arise when writing for global audiences and responding to crises.”

For more information on Agnes Scott’s graduate programs, contact Kelly Ball at or visit




Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.