Associate Professor and Department Chair

Degrees: B.A., John Carroll University; M.A. Communication Research, University of Iowa; Ph.D. Communication, Kent State University

Expertise: Research Methods and Event Planning

Dr. Finucane joined the Russert Department of Communication & Theatre Arts as a faculty member in 1998. Dr. Finucane’s teaching interests include communication theory, media effects, digital literacy, interpersonal, and event planning. Her research interests focus on mediated interpersonal communication, service-learning pedagogy and outcomes, and vocational discernment. Dr. Finucane has participated in the Media Education Lab’s Summer Institute for Digital Literacy twice, as well as the Winter Symposium on Digital Literacy.

Dr. Finucane works closely with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium for Poverty, a national group of universities and colleges dedicated to educating students about the causes, consequences, and solutions for poverty. She serves as John Carroll’s representative to the Consortium and as the Academic Director for the program on campus. She is working to develop a program of study around poverty issues at John Carroll. Dr. Finucane serves as faculty advisor for Students for Solidarity in the System.

Recently, she presented at the national NetVUE conference in St. Louis and at the AJCU Service-Learning Directors’ Conference in Cleveland on vocation and service-learning. Dr. Finucane also presented with student leaders of The Carroll Ballers at the IMPACT Service-Learning Conference in Los Angeles and at the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Conference in Cleveland on the effect of The Carroll Ballers Program on JCU students and its clientele who are the residents of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

Dr. Finucane co-founded and directed several significant mission-focused programs at John Carroll, including the Arrupe Scholars, a signature scholarship program dedicated to developing students who lead the university and the world in social change; the We the People Service-Learning Program; the Poverty and Solidarity Summer Internship Program; and the Leadership and Social Justice Learning Community.