Harrington School Forum (Professor Emerita Agnes Doody)

24 Feb 2015 | 4 p.m.

Harrington School-Wide

“You’ve Come A Long way, Baby!” 

Tuesday, February 24, 4-5 p.m. at the Alumni Center, reception to follow


Agnes Doody and Don DeHayes

A presentation about the changes in the lives of career women, based on Professor Agnes Doody’s own experiences at URI, starting when she joined the faculty in 1958.

Professor Doody commands strong interpersonal communication competences. She has taught on both the graduate and undergraduate level for more than four decades in the discipline of Communication Studies. Within that field she has specialized in public speaking; interpersonal, intercultural, inter-generational communication and gender communication; negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation.

Now Doody is president of Arthur Associates, a consulting firm specializing in communication and management. As a consultant she has coached executives, mediated conflicts among and between senior management, has developed in-house training programs focusing on public speaking, intercultural and intergenerational communication, business writing, workplace conflict resolution and gender communication. She has also completed communication audits for senior management in several organizations.

Professor Doody’s leadership ability is strong, as several of the leadership positions she has held clearly demonstrate:

–Director of Forensics, Department of Speech and Theatre, University of Rhode Island
–Department Chairperson, Department of Speech, University of Rhode Island
–Chairperson, University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate
–Member, Executive Committee, University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate
–Treasurer, New England Speech Association
–1st Vice-President, New England Speech Association
–President, New England Speech Association
–Executive Committee, Speech Association of Eastern States
–1st Vice-President, Eastern Communication Association
–President, Eastern Communication Association
–Member, Legislative Assembly of Speech Association of America
–Chairperson, Commission on Undergraduate Education, University of Rhode Island

She has received the following honors and awards:

–Teaching Excellence Awards, URI undergraduate and graduate Executive EMBA program and nationally: Communication Association of America
–Arts and Humanities Woman of the Year, State of Rhode Island, sponsored by Greater Providence YWCA
–Listed in Who’s Who: American Women; Who’s Who, in the East, 24th ed.; Who’s Who in Finance and Industry
–American Ambassador People-to-People program, delegate to South Africa
–Edward R. Tufts Award for Distinguished Service, awarded by the New England School of Banking Board of Directors
–Great Heart Award, Big Sisters of Rhode Island (recognized for serving as mentor for women in Rhode Island)
–Women’s Center of Rhode Island: Women’s Excellence Award
–Awarded Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree, University of Rhode Island

Professional Development:
Professor Doody received her B.A. degree from Emerson College, her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University; a Certificate from the year-long Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; and a certificate in Elder Mediation training.