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Heather Parsons

Coordinator of Academic Advising and Departmental Initiatives


College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Heather Parsons
Phone: 937-229-2350


  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Dayton, 2020
  • M.A., Communication Management, University of Dayton, 1997
  • B.A., Communications, University of Dayton, 1995


Heather Parsons is the Coordinator of Academic Advising and Departmental Initiatives for the Department of Communication.

Staff perspective

"I love UD. A true Flyer!"

Professional activities

  • Member of the University of Dayton Advising Council 
  • Serve on Department Undergraduate Executive Committee
  • ASI 150 Department Coordinator
  • Participant in several committees, including the Advising Task Force, Vocation Implementation Team, Advising and Vocation Development Team
  • Member of Writing across the Curriculum
  • Member of Teaching Fellow Workshop

Recognition and awards

  • Recipient of Ellen M. Murphy Outstanding Advising Award (2010, 2015)
  • Recipient of Don Morlan Outstanding Adjunct Award (2012)
  • NCA panel presentation: “How to Recruit Communication Students Through our Basic Course” (2015)
  • Served as Site Coordinator, OCA Conference (2015)
  • Attended NACADA annual conference, Las Vegas (2015)
  • Served as Adjunct Representative Academic Senate (2011-12)

Selected publications

Parsons, H. (2020). A Jump Start on College Credit: Understanding Students' Self-authorship Journey and Sense of Belonging. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from

Parsons, H. (2009) You know what I’m sayin’?  A handbook on how to deliver effective presentations. Indianapolis, IN:  Authorhouse.