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

Margaret Finucane, Ph.D., joined the Russert Department of Communication & Theatre Arts as a faculty member in 1998. Dr. Finucane’s teaching interests include communication theory, media effects, interpersonal and event planning. Her research interests focus on mediated interpersonal communication, service-learning pedagogy and outcomes, and vocational discernment. 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 chairs the university’s Vocation Coordinating Committee, a cross-divisional committee that is part of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). As chair, Finucane has led the effort to integrate conversations about vocational discernment and vocation into the campus culture. In July 2006, Finucane became director of John Carroll’s Center for Service and Social Action, serving in that capacity until June 2014.

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. She currently leads an effort to develop a minor in Poverty Studies. Dr. Finucane serves as faculty advisor for the Students for Social Justice and for The Carroll Ballers.

Dr. Finucane earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from John Carroll University; a Master of Arts in Communication Research from the University of Iowa; and a doctorate in Communication from Kent State University.