North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central speech professor named to panel on gender identity

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John Stanley, instructor of speech communication at North Central College, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Committee on Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity.

AAUP President Cary Nelson appointed Stanley to the panel after Stanley’s conference presentation about being “out” as a gay faculty member. The AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, held June 9–12, in Washington, D.C., featured four days of presentations on pivotal questions in higher education in addition to keynote addresses and AAUP annual meeting business sessions.

Stanley, of Aurora, also is assistant director of forensics and director of individual events at North Central College. He earned a master of arts degree from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor of science from Central Missouri State University.

The Washington, D.C.-based AAUP’s mission is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Visit to learn more.

North Central College’s speech communication program prepares students for myriad careers by offering instruction in public speaking and debate, broadcasting, communication across cultures, video production, screenwriting, newswriting, communication law, media policy and other areas of study. Recent speech communication graduates are working as broadcasters, lawyers, sound engineers, teachers, writers, television producers and business executives, among other careers.

North Central’s award-winning Forensics Team placed in the top 10 at the 2010 National Forensic Association (NFA) national tournament and offers 11 competitive events from various genres including limited preparation and prepared speaking events as well as interpretation events and debate.