Dacia Charlesworth is a university ambassador and first lady at Valdosta State University. Previously, she was an associate professor at Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne.
Dacia earned her PhD in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also earned an MS in speech communication from Southern Illinois University and a BA in communication from Arizona State University.
Dacia’s research focuses on the intersections of rhetoric, performance, and ideology and how that intersection impacts gender, ethnicity, and class in everyday life. She is the author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. Dacia’s work has been published in Communication Teacher, Women’s Studies in Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Women & Language, and Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course.
Her teaching excellence has been recognized with the 2007 Engaged Faculty Award from the Student Government Association at Robert Morris University, the 2005 Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association, and the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Student Government Association at Robert Morris University.
In 2004, Dacia was named a Distinguished Member of Robert Morris University’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.