Jayne Violette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Jayne Violette, Department of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Communication Studies, came to the University of South Carolina Beaufort in 2014 after having taught at Eastern Kentucky University, the College of Charleston, the University of Kentucky, and Georgetown College. "Dr. V" is known for her lively instructional style in the classroom, her love for conversation with her students in her office, and karaoke with her students out-of-class. In addition to the many teaching and mentorship accolades she received at each of her previous institutions, Dr. Violette distinguished herself quickly in South Carolina, as she was the "USCB Professor of the Year" in 2016 and the "USCB Advisor of the Year" in 2018, awards presented on behalf of the student body. Dr. Violette was elected to a two-year term as Chair of the USCB Faculty Senate, for AY 2018-19 and 2019-2020.
Since the onset of her career in higher education over 30 years ago, Dr. Violette has taught a wide variety of human communication courses, including public speaking, persuasion, health communication, media studies, intercultural communication, storytelling, training and development, interpersonal communication, leadership, and several specialized independent studies for graduate-school bound students. She's also designed many new courses and re-designed several existing courses, including the senior capstone course for Communication Studies majors. In 2016, 2017, and part of 2018, Dr. Violette served as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at USCB and Program Coordinator for Communication Studies. She continues to professionally mentor communication colleagues across the United States, many of whom are former students. Dr. Violette is also frequently invited to serve as a leadership consultant to higher education administrators and other organizational managers.
Her research interests center around instructional communication research and theory, including online pedagogical practice and social media. Recent publications have appeared in The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and Cases in Higher Education Spaces. Most recently, Dr. Violette has been engaged in health communication research dedicated to raising awareness of the over-prescription of benzodiazepine medications, patient health narratives, and promoting best practices in benzodiazepine prescribing and problem management.
In addition to her professional affiliations with The National Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, and the Carolinas Communication Association, Dr. Violette is active with several national and international healthcare coalitions, including the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices and related support groups. She is also active in her local church, First Scots Presbyterian in Beaufort, SC, where she serves as a middle-grades Sunday School teacher. A breast cancer survivor, Dr. Violette speaks regularly to support groups and organizations supporting cancer research and education.
She is married Jeff Violette, her husband of 30 years and they have one daughter, Alexis, who resides in Charleston.