Headshot Ann-Marie Adams

Ann Marie Adams

Lecturer, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Phone: 607-229-8071
Office: Roy H Park School of Communications 370, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Public Forum Doctrine / Digital Discourse / Media Law / Corporate Communications / Public Speaking

Ann-Marie Adams MS MLS

Ann-Marie Adams believes literacy is a critical component of creating opportunities, both socially and economically. She engages students in critical thinking and rhetoric to amplify their voices in public communications in various scenarios and across multiple platforms (traditional and digital). 

She holds a Master of Science in Communications from Ithaca College and a Master of Legal Studies from Washington University in St Louis School of Law with a certificate in Employment Law. Her current consultancy practice focuses on litigation PR and communications. She has over two decades of experience in media relations, corporate communications, social networking, non-profit leadership, civic engagement, and advocacy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from East Tennessee State University.

Her passion for literacy consistently links her professional and personal endeavors. As such, she monitors the evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction, and the laws that govern and enforce our communication on these platforms. 

Ann-Marie splits her time annually between the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and the Finger Lakes region of New York to listen, engage, speak, and porch sit.

Roy H Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY January 2015-present 

Adjunct Professor, Multiple Departments

  • Government & Media 2019-present [online]
  • Journalism Law 2019- 2022
  • Strategic Communications: Public Relations, Senior Capstone course: PRLab/Agency, Organizational Communication, and Introduction to Strategic Communication. 2015-2020

Park School Professional Development Coordinator 2020 - 2021 Develop a careers ecosystem through an array of impactful programs, products, and events in a hybrid office environment. 

Instructor, Ithaca College, Summer High School Program 2022 / 2023 Public Speaking & The Career Pathway

Instructor, Ithaca College Summer Seminar: College 2021 College: Why Are We Here?  

Related Activities:

~ Pendleton Pivot Teaching Award Winner in recognition of teaching efforts during the pandemic Fall 2021

~ Esports Joint Task Force, Ithaca College, game development, competitions, broadcasting 2021

~ Moderator for Student Panel: James J Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College, 2021 “Indigenous & Racial Politics” 2021

~Mentor/Advisor: Humans by Design 2020-present

~ Student Conduct Faculty Advisory Board Member  Fall 2020 -2021

~ Faculty Representative, Park School of Communications, Discrimination Complaint Review Board, Fall 2020-2021

~ Mentor/Advisor: IC Women in Communications 2018-present (collegiate chapter)

~ Facilitator: Park Scholars Book Discussions 2018-2021 Themes: Diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.

~ Mentor: MIND Mentoring Initiative for Networking & Development 2019

~ Panel Facilitator: Women in Media: Power, Leadership, Diversity, Ithaca College 2019

~ Mentor: James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, Ithaca College, 2017, Courtney Yule “What is Native Advertising?”

~ Mentor: Random Acts of Kindness, 2017 (advisor to collegiate chapter, Ithaca College)

~ Mentor: She’s the First, 2016-2017 (advisor to collegiate chapter, Ithaca College)

Other Instruction at IC

  • Minicourse Instructor, Department of Organizational Communication, Learning and Design, Ithaca College, 2005; Ithaca, New York Designed, developed, and delivered a weekend mini-course titled Organizational Communication and the Elected Official, April 2-3, 2005. 
  • Instructor, Department of Speech Communication, Ithaca College [adjunct] 2001; Ithaca, New York Designed, developed, and delivered curriculum in a freshman-level speech communication course using a multimedia format to teach the fundamental components of business and professional communication in the workplace. 

Focus Area: The evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction, and the laws that govern these venues. Specifically, the public forum doctrine. If new media and mobile technology are cultural keys to success in communicating internally and externally with native and non-native speakers and the popularity of various media has proliferated…understanding public forum doctrine has become more important for employees, those working in media, and those tasked to govern and/or enforce public forums, traditional and digital.

Teaching Philosophy:  As higher education moves away from content-laden curricula to experiential learning, young people must have the requisite knowledge and skills to use simulation, apprenticeships, and cooperative learning as pathways to employment. I have designed a series of simulations with activities that overlay a business setting focusing on business coaching, executive briefings, and longitudinal assessment. I mentor students through a series of briefings according to a rubric designed after Bloom's Revised Hierarchy of Learning which provides a rich opportunity to make real-time decisions in an environment that embraces failure as much as it applauds success.


  • Volunteer, The GRIT Conference, Savannah, GA 2023 (Creative Coast)
  • Participant, Renaissance Weekend 2018-present. An invite-only American retreat for leaders in business and finance, government, the media, religion, medicine, science, technology, and the arts.
  • Board Member: The Ithaca Voice, an independent online news outlet 2019-present 
  • Community Advisory Board,  WCNY-TV 2020 - 2021
  • Virtual Visiting Professor Program (VPP) 2020 Association of National Advertisers Educational Foundation (AEF) New York, NY Summer 2020 
  • Participant: Microsoft Mixed Reality Ideation Workshop, October 28, 2019
  • Board Member, WSKG Public Media Group, 2017-2019
  • Mayoral Appointment, Redevelopment Commission Member, Town of Port Royal, Beaufort County, SC; 2006-2014
  • Reading Tutor/Volunteer with additional service at a national Supplementary Education Service (SES) provider.


  • Presenter, Engage Series, Center for the Arts "Speak Up!"/ Beaufort, SC March 30, 2023 
  • Presenter, Student Leadership Institute, "Public Forum: Are you in One?" Ithaca College / March 10, 2023
  • Presenter, SCTEA Annual Conference, Presenter “Public Forum, Are you in one?” Part 2, Myrtle Beach SC / February 18, 2023
  • Presenter, SCTEA Annual Conference, “Evolution of Public Forum Doctrine,” Part 1, Myrtle Beach SC /February 19, 2022
  • Presenter, Lyceum Lecture Series, Spartanburg, SC, January 25, 2022  “Public Forum Doctrine”
  • Commencement Speaker, Ithaca College, December 13, 2020 “The Power of Words” 
  • Presenter, Books Sandwiched, Dan Pink’s book “When” benefiting the Friends of the Beaufort Libraries 2019
  • Presenter: TEDxGreenville, “Digital Discourse: Promise or Breach” 2019
  • Presenter, Student Leadership Institute "Timing is Everything" 2019
  • Presenter: TEDxIthacaCollege, “Communicating Across the Divide” 2017


  • Instructor, University South Carolina Beaufort, January 2022 - present (Business & Communication Studies) 
  • Adjunct Professor, Spartanburg Community College, August 2020 - present (Speech)


Title: Using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to Support Simulated Educational Environments 

As higher education emphasizes greater programmatic inclusion of experiential learning, undergraduate students must have the requisite knowledge and skills to use simulation experiences as a pathway to navigate in the world and at work. Applying a simulated environment in an undergraduate curriculum allows for situated cognition or learning in context. The simulation model provides a rich learning opportunity for students to make real-time decisions in an environment that embraces failure as much as it applauds success. It fosters confidence, independence, learning, and integrating industry knowledge that leads to understanding one's place in the world.  As policymakers and educational institutions increasingly turn to the workforce and career connections, the simulated decision-making models stand to gain ground in meeting workforce needs and educational attainment goals. (Focus: Learning in Action)


  • Co-author, Gayeski, D., and Adams, A. (1999, May/June). Barriers and Enablers to the Adoption of Human Performance Technology: Or, If We're So Smart, Why Aren't We Rich? Performance Improvement. 37-48.
  • Gayeski, D. (1998). Establishing the Practices and Philosophy of Performance Technology: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn. A study funded by a competitive grant from the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Academy of Human Resources Development. [Principle management and data compilation of this study conducted by Ann-Marie Adams]


  • Employment Law Certificate Washington University in St Louis School of Law, January 2020
  • Advertising Ethics Certificate, Institute for Advertising Ethics, Fall 2019
  • Legal Research, WestLaw Certificate, Summer 2019


TECHNICAL COLLEGE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY Beaufort, South Carolina 2003-2006

  • Director of Public Relations 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY Ithaca, New York 1999 - 2003

  • USDA(CSREES)/ 4-H Youth: Cooperative Service Agreement with Cornell University. 
  • Assistant Director/Lobbyist, Office of Government Affairs, University Relations 
  • Director of Public Relations, Cornell Cooperative Extension 

ITHACA COLLEGE Ithaca, New York, 1996-1998

  • Interim Assistant Director, Institutional Advancement/Alumni Relations 
  • Graduate Intern/Coordinator, Office of the Provost/Office of Continuing Education 
  • Teaching Assistant, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Corporate Communication

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Johnson City, Tennessee 1985-1991 

  • Admissions Counselor/Recruiter, Enrollment Management  
  • Director, Commuting Adult Programs and Services, Office of Student Affairs 
  • Advisor/Graduate Assistant, Fraternities/Sororities, Office of Student Affairs