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Cara Mackie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communications

"In the classroom, I not only teach theories of human communication, but also help students become better communicators. I start my courses by stating, 'It will take hard work to succeed, but I am working just as hard to be there for you. We build these ideas together. You will be great.' Students leave my class with a better understanding of themselves and with confidence to succeed in various forms of interpersonal relationships."

Dr. Mackie's teaching goals include creating an environment eliciting engaged learning and provide a safe space for students to interact, learn, and grow. She builds strong relationships with her students and believes that teaching is not just subject orientated, but should include the mentoring of students. Dr. Mackie is reliable and completes all tasks assigned to the highest level and volunteers to participate in the department and on campus. When she is not working, Dr. Mackie enjoys working out, traveling, and learning new hobbies such as scuba diving and surfing. She always likes to challenge her mind and body.

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of speech; Interpersonal Communication; Intercultural Communication; Foundations I - Flying Start MBA Course; Profession and Research Writing; Introduction to Communication as Performance; Introduction to Public Speaking; Mass Media and Society; Persuasion; Relationships on Film; Speech Communication for the Professionals; Small Group Communication


Ph. D., M. A., Communications, University of South Florida
B. A., Communications, Florida State University

Honors and Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year, Florida Southern College - 2012

Faculty Representative invited by the Florida Southern College Cheerleader Team to attend the 2011 Athletic Awards Banquet, Florida Southern College - April 2011

Peer Coaching Program, one of ten faculty invited to participate in leadership training program, Florida Southern College - 2009/2011

Elected Professionl Development Coordinator, informa faculty of conference and publication opportunities and organize national, regiona, and state conference presentation panels

Recent publications

Mackie, C. T., (2009). "Finding my...A story of female identify." Qualitative Inquiry, 15(2), 324-328.

Mackie, C. T. (2008). "Leaving an alcoholic life." Journal of Loss and Trauma, (13), 547-556.