Ann Marie Adams

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

Ann-Marie Adams has over two decades of experience in media relations, corporate communications, social networking, non-profit leadership, and advocacy. She currently teaches a government and media course framed as a learning lab that simulates real-time research and decision making. She believes literacy (traditional and digital) is a critical component of creating opportunities, both socially and economically. That aim has consistently linked her professional and personal endeavors across time.

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, M.L.S., Legal Studies 2020

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; M.S., Corporate Communication 1998

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; B.S., Major: Sociology, Minor: Business 1985

Interim Professional Development Coordinator February 2020-present

Adjunct Professor, Ithaca College, Multiple Departments  January 2015-present.

Instructor, Ithaca College, Summer Seminar: College: Why Are We Here? Summer 2020 

2020 Visiting Professor Program (VPP) Association of National Advertisers Educational Foundation (AEF) June 2020

The goal of the VPP is to enhance understanding of current developments and practices in advertising and marketing to inform their teaching and research. It is also a forum for professors to exchange learning, and to create long-term relationships with agencies and marketers. Program timeframe: a 1-week seminar with industry representatives (Facebook, Oglivy, R/GA, IBM, McCann) and quarterly gatherings. (Virtual)

Research Interest: The evolution of discourse and the multi-mobile nature of human interaction and the laws that govern these venues. Power, knowledge, and truth are key attributes of discourse (traditional/digital). Organizations gain power as they obtain consent from stakeholders, consumers, and customers. If new media and mobile technology are cultural keys to success in communicating internally/externally with native and nonnative speakers, it will be key to understand the laws that govern these interactions.

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 as a pathway leading to employment. I have designed a series of simulations consisting of a set of activities that overlay a business setting with a focus 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 strategic communication decisions in an environment that embraces failure as much as it applauds success.


Board of Directors: The Ithaca Voice, an independent online news outlet 2019-present

Community Advisory Board  WCNY-TV 2020 - present

Faculty Member Student Misconduct Processing Spring 2021-present 

Faculty Representative, Roy H Park School of Communications, Discrimination Complaint Review Board, Fall 2019-present

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

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

Mock Juror: The Legal Decision Lab, Cornell University, National Science Foundation Study, November 2019

Participant: Microsoft Mixed Reality Ideation Workshop, Ithaca College, October 28, 2019

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. Conversations are off-the-record and subject matter ranges widely, tending to focus heavily on policy and business issues. 

Presenter: TEDxGreenville, Digital Discourse: Promise or Breach 2019

Mentor: MIND Mentoring Initiative for Networking & Development 2019

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

Presenter: Student Leadership Institute, Ithaca College Timing is Everything 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)

Presenter: TEDx Ithaca College, Communicating across the Divide 2017

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


Title: Using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to Support Simulated Educational Environments (currently under development)

As higher education emphasizes greater programmatic inclusion of experiential learning, it is critical that undergraduate students have the requisite knowledge and skills to use simulation experiences as a pathway to navigate in the world and at work. [Journalism Law Presentation Case: This project is geared to inform/educate the nonlawyer in grasping the laws impacting citizens, media, and the legal system]. The application of 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 both 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)

Related published academic work:

  • 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]


Career Coaching: Life Coach Certification (Accredited) 2021 ~ in progress

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

Member, Society of Professional Journalists, 2018-present

Member, National Communication Association, 2016-present; Reviewer 2017 (Comm & Law)

Member, NY Women in Communication, Inc, 2016-present (faculty advisor 2018-present)


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

Director of Public Relations 

CORNELL UNIVERSITY Ithaca, New York 1999 - 2003

(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


Moderator: Civility and Finding Common Ground, Beaufort, SC “Engage” series. USCB Center for the Arts (Originally planned for May 6, 2020, postponed due to COVID)

Presenter, Books Sandwiched In benefiting the Friends of the Beaufort Libraries 2019

Facilitator, Power of Words Tour (series of small group sessions to share words, meanings, and stories) 2018

Periodic Segment Co-Host, Girl Talk, WHHI-TV, Hilton Head Island, SC 2009-2010 

Advisory Board Member, Skirt Magazine, September 2006

Guest Editor, Beaufort Gazette Newspaper, McClatchy Company, April 10-14, 2006

Board Member, South Carolina Festival & Events Association, SC statewide nonprofit, 2006-2013; 2009 and 2010 serving as Vice President for the organization.

Board Member, Old Village Association, Village of Port Royal, South Carolina, 2005

Team Member, Corporate Campaign, United Way of Beaufort County, 2005

Participant, Leadership Beaufort, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2004-05

Member & Technical Secretary, Rotary Club of Beaufort, South Carolina. 2003 - 2006

President, Public Information Officers Peer Group, SC Technical College System, 2005-06

Member, Web Accessibility Work Team, SC Technical College System, December 2004