Jill Mitten
Lecturer,Comm Studies

Email mittendj@longwood.edu
Phone (434) 395-4889
Department Communication Studies
Office Allen Hall 216

Jill Mitten is a proud alumna of Longwood and has been teaching in higher education for 23 years. She joined the university as a lecturer in the Communication Studies department, where she teaches a variety of courses contributing to the digital media concentration, the major, and the Civitae Core Curriculum and including Public Speaking, Inquiry into Citizenship, Introduction to Media Writing, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Contemporary Issues in Communication, and Media Criticism.

A highlight of her work in the department includes the successful attainment of the 2021 Advancing the Discipline Grant from the National Communication Association. Mitten collaborated with two of her colleagues and student interns to produce Speech Lab, an online, open access video resource in the form of a YouTube channel and website, which serves to equip students with the speaking skills necessary to become citizen leaders and to equip faculty with the tools to help students reach their greatest speaking potential. In addition to her role in Speech Lab, Mitten serves the university as a Speaking Fellow by providing pedagogical support for faculty in other disciplines who are teaching and evaluating speaking.

Her research interests include political communication, popular culture, and the roles that journalists and public relations specialists play in affecting (by either reporting on or creating and managing) an organization’s or an individual’s reputation and image through social media and other traditional media. Mitten’s favorite part of her career has been helping students find their voices as productive citizen leaders by becoming comfortable and confident speakers.

Prior to coming to Longwood, Mitten spent 19 years teaching at Richard Bland College of William & Mary as a tenured Associate Professor of Communication, English, and Theatre and Chair of the Department of Language and Humanities. In addition, she served in various faculty leadership roles at the college, including Chair of the Faculty Senate, Co-Chair of the Shared Governance Task Force, and Faculty Representative to the William & Mary Board of Visitors.

Mitten is completing her Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a specialization in Journalism at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She also has a Master of Arts degree in English: Writing and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts degree in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Longwood University.