Amy King

Associate Professor and Division Director of Communication
Student Center
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PhD UNC Chapel Hill, Communication Studies, 2009
MA UNC Chapel Hill, Communication Studies, 1997
BA UNC Chapel Hill, Political Science and Communication Studies, 1995

Dr. Amy L. King is an Associate Professor of Communication at Charleston Southern University and serves as Division Director for Communication and Art. She teaches Media Literacy, Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, and Applied Communication Theory. Her research interests have, over the years, spanned topics such as political rhetoric, evangelical culture, online learning, film, gender, religion, technology, and music. Her research often focuses on rhetorical criticism of media texts, numinous experiences, virtual spaces functioning as community, hyperrealism, and global publics. She is specifically interested in the electronic music festival as a cultural space and the rhetorical ethos created through music and community. Dr. King currently serves on the Legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association.

“DJ Eric Prydz’s Reimagination of the Electronic Music Festival Space: Connection and Transcendence Facilitated through Technology.” Paper presented at National Communication Association (NCA), November 2021.

“Tomorrowland Around the World 2020: A Virtual Pilgrimage.” Journal of Communication Technology. 4, no. 3 (2021): 80 – 103.

“This Music is My Religion; This Place is My Church.” Journal of Communication and Religion. 43, no. 4 (2020): 39-59.

“Advocate for All Neighbors.” An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue, 2nd Edition. Quentin J. Schultze. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020.

“Popular (U.S. American) Music and the Survival of Identity, Place, Form, and Channel,” Panel discussion at NCA, November 2019.

“Embracing the Opportunity to Examine the ‘Public’ in an Online ‘Public Speaking’ Course” Roundtable discussion at NCA, November 2015.

“The Dangerous Memory of Mary Magdalene,” Paper presented at Religious Communication Association, November 2014.

Pauley, John, and Amy King, “Evangelicals’ Passion for The Passion of the Christ.” Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture, ed. Robert H. Woods Jr. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2013.

“Sacred Profanity,” Paper presented at NCA, November 2013.

“Fostering Community in the Online Public Speaking Class Through Peer Connection,” Panel Discussion at NCA, November 2013.

“Connecting Students in the Online Public Speaking Class Through Virtual Speeches,” Presentation at Carolinas Communication Association, October 2013.

“A Publisher-generated Rubric: Using CONNECT for Evaluating Speeches,” Panel Discussion at NCA, November 2012.

“Everything Must Change: Brian McLaren’s Radical Proposition for Evangelical Capitalists,” Paper presented at NCA, November 2009.

“James Dobson,” Paper presented at NCA, November 2007.

“Evangelical Passion: As Understood through Kenneth Burke,” Paper presented at NCA, November 2006.

National Communication Association