Janette Muir

Janette Muir

Janette Muir

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education / Associate Professor

Political communication

Dr. Muir teaches courses in Political Communication and Rhetoric and has written several articles on presidential campaigns and political activism. Her courses tend to be highly interactive -- from taking students to New Hampshire to follow presidential candidate campaigns, to involving them in convention planning for major conferences. She also facilitated a course on Intergenerational Dialogues that paired undergrad GMU students with students from the Learning in Retirement Institute at GMU. Dr. Muir has received a GMU Teaching Excellence Award, she is a C-SPAN Fellow, past president of the Eastern Communication Association, and she is actively involved in both the National Communication Association and the American Association of Higher Education. She lives in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband, Star Muir, her two children, Caitlin and Alex, her mother, and numerous pets.


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Rhetorical and Political Communication
MA, Wake Forest University: Speech Communication
BS, Palm Beach Atlantic College: double major in Behavioral Science and Communication Arts

Professional Affiliations

National Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association (past president)
American Association of Higher Education
Editorial Board: Qualitative Research Reports
Virginia Women’s Network
Partnering with the National Communication Association, Campus Compact, the American Association for Higher Education, and the Southern Poverty Law Center for the Communicating Common Ground Initiative

Courses Taught

NCLC 304 - Social Movements and Community Activism (cross-listed with COMM326)

NCLC 395 - Cross-Generational Dialogues (with Learning in Retirement Institute)

NCLC 475 - The Presidential Campaign (cross-listed with GOVT 490/COMM 399)

NCLC 375 - The Presidential Primary (cross-listed with GOVT 490/COMM 399)

NCLC 375 - Convention Planning (cross-listed with COMM 399)

NCLC 295 - Events Management

NCLC 325 - Deans Honors Book Review

NCLC 426 - Deans Honors Thesis

COMM 432 - Political Communication (cross-listed with GOVT 490)