Agnes Doody


Agnes 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 Agnes Doody, professor emerita, 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.

Agnes 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

Agnes’ professional competences have been recognized in the following manner:

  • 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, 24thed.; 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: Agnes 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.