Beth Ann Labadorf to Join Communication Faculty

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Beth Ann Labadorf

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 28, 2024) – Elizabeth “Beth Ann” Labadorf will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Division of Communication in the School of Fine Arts and Communication.

Labadorf earned a BA in communication and an MA in communication studies from BJU. She will complete a PhD in communication from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in August.

“We are thrilled to welcome Beth Ann to the communication studies department. Her expertise in teaching, research and community engagement will be invaluable additions to our new Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Communication,” said Dr. Mary Mendoza, Division of Communication chair. “She brings teaching experience as well as the knowledge and passion to help students get hands-on job experience working with local organizations.”

While completing her degrees, Labadorf taught several undergraduate courses at BJU and Purdue. She has earned specialized certifications and focused training in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and research design. Additionally, she is a Ross Fellowship Scholar, recipient of the PROMISE Award and the PSGA Travel Grant and was a member of the I-HOPE Communication Team, which conducted CDC-funded work with local health departments and community organizations throughout Indiana. 

Next academic year, Labadorf will teach Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (Com 602), Assessment Methods in Communication (Com 622), and Oral Communication for the Professions (Com 410).

Labadorf, and her husband, James, have one child and another due in June. They attend Kossuth Street Baptist Church and are actively involved in the Engage Ministry, which is focused on supporting orphans and vulnerable children, especially those in the foster care system. 

“As the university approaches its hundredth year of serving students, I look forward to joining the Communication faculty to continue the legacy of providing excellent education and life skills that will help students serve God throughout their lifetimes,” said Labadorf. “Whether students are pursuing communication-focused careers or other professions, I aim to help them improve their practical skills and be well prepared for their futures. I’m proud to do so at an institution focused on mentoring students toward Christlikeness.”