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John A. McArthur , Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor , Graduate Faculty, Communication Department
  • Director of Graduate Programs
  • Knight School of Communication

John A. McArthur is an associate professor in the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte and the author of Digital Proxemics: How Technology Shapes the Ways We Move (2016, Peter Lang).

Since 2015, Dr. McArthur has directed the graduate programs in the James L. Knight School of Communication. Prior to that, he served as director of undergraduate programs for 6 years and was instrumental in developing the $5.75 million grant awarded to the school by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation in 2010. In 2013, he was invited to work with faculty university-wide as the director of online faculty services, a faculty development role promoting successful teaching and learning In online and hybrid environments.

Dr. McArthur’s research focuses on proxemics (the use of space) and information design with a particular interest in the ways that digital technology influences our interactions with spaces. His studies have applied information design theories to examine both built and digital spaces – urban settings, chat rooms, memorials, public art, classroom designs, and campus architecture. Some of his research also focuses on the relationships between spaces of learning, technology, and successful instructional practice.

At Queens, Dr. McArthur teaches courses in strategic message design such as public speaking and integrated strategic communication, and courses related to proxemics and information design. He also serves as a national officer for the Human Communication and Technology Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).

In addition to his book projects, Dr. McArthur has published in  journals ranging from the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication Teacher, and the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, to the American Clearinghouse of Educational Facilities Journal, Assessment Update, and the Journal of the Association of Communication Administration. He has appeared in print,radio, broadcast, and digital media many times in the Charlotte market as well as nationally on sites such as the national Social Media Club,, and Entrepreneur Magazine. A selection of recent journal articles include:


  • B.S.  - Psychology, Religion; Furman University
  • M.Ed.  - Higher Education Administration; University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D.  - Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design; Clemson University


  • Top 3 Paper - GIFTS Division 2009 National Communication Association
  • Lambda Pi Eta Service Award - 2011 2012 Knight School of Communication
  • Graduate Teaching Award 2007 International Communication Association
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