Dr. Camesha Whittaker

Dr. Camesha Whittaker HeadshotLong-time educator, non-profit administrator, entrepreneur and communication expert, Dr. Camesha Whittaker maintains active scholarly engagement through her roles as Director of the BJ Moore Center for Faculty Innovation & Associate Professor of Communication at Bethune-Cookman University. A former Tenured Professor of Communication and Adjunct Coordinator in the Department of Arts & Communication at Seminole State College (Sanford, FL) home to more than 30,000 students, in May 2018, Dr. Whittaker was awarded the Ken Sylvester Excellence in Teaching Award by Seminole State College of Florida. Prior to returning to serve Bethune-Cookman University in 2018, Dr. Whittaker held full-time and adjunct faculty appointments at various colleges and universities (including Daytona State College, Upper Iowa University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Kaplan University) and also served as Interim Department Chair for Mass Communications at Bethune-Cookman University.

For more than 18 years she has taught courses and has written and lectured on interpersonal communication, mass communication, crisis communication, civility, conflict resolution, public speaking, public relations and strategic planning, social change in higher education, and non-profit leadership. As Managing Principal & Consultant of Advance Civility Enterprises, LLC, Dr. Whittaker continues to provide innovative communications and leadership training to business and education executives throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

Dr. Whittaker has been involved in community outreach for nearly 17 years. In 2004, she co-founded VMO, Inc, a 50l(c)(3), a non-profit organization that provides life enrichment, community outreach, counseling, transitional housing, corporate training, and behavioral modification services. In 2009, she successfully led the organization through state licensing to open the first group home for at-risk boys in Daytona Beach city limits.

A noted motivational speaker and diversity and leadership development coach, Dr. Whittaker's presentations are engaging and compelling. Dr. Whittaker's dissertation examined the unique relationship between former United States First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights leader and educator, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. She intends to do additional publications about these two women that will reveal the nature of their relationship and various leadership and life lessons that youth, women, business leaders and academicians can glean from their example.

Dr. Whittaker earned the B.A. in Mass Communication from Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL), the M.A. in Public Communication from American University (Washington, DC), and the Ph.D. in Communication Studies: Organizational Communication from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). Dr. Whittaker and her family reside in the Central Florida area.