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Nichola D. Gutgold

Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Associate Dean for Academics, Penn State

Nichola D. Gutgold is professor of communication at Penn State University and associate dean for academics of the Schreyer Honors College. She is author of a number of books on women in non-traditional fields including: [Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced, co-authors with Diana Carlin and Theodore Sheckels.

Dr. Gutgold joined the Schreyer Honors College in July 2013 and has been with Penn State since 1990. Before coming to the SHC, she taught speech at Penn State Lehigh Valley where she won numerous awards, led student groups through Europe and China, and was promoted to professor of communication arts and sciences in 2013. She has authored or co-authored numerous books on women's rhetoric in male-dominated fields including "The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women: From Obstacles to Options," published in 2012. She is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Communication Association's Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Research. In addition to her scholarly works, she is the author of a children's book on women and the American Presidency titled: Madam President: Five Women Who Paved the Way, published in 2015 that is based on her research, that shows that when children read books about people who have been successful in non-traditional fiends, they are more likely to aim for their goals.

Dr. Gutgold is a member of the National Communication Association, and past president of the Pennsylvania Communication Association.


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    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University