Tracy Lauder

Chair, Department of Mass Communications Academic Affairs

Tracy Lauder is an associate professor and chairs the Department of Mass Communications at Emory & Henry College where she leads a dynamic and multifaceted academic program that engages students and lands them jobs they love.

During her 17 years at Emory & Henry, Tracy has served various administrative roles including the Chair of the Social Sciences Division, the Director of the Oral Communication Proficiency Program, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, the Director of the SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan, the Director of the Ampersand Integrative Learning initiative, the Assistant Vice President of Special Academic Programs, and the Interim Director of the van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development. 

A native of the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Tracy landed in Appalachia 17 years ago and fell in love with the mountains—a place she now calls home. She finds the college’s close community of students, faculty, and staff to be a warm and supportive environment for people to reach their full potential. 


  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Ph.D., Communications
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    M.J., Public Relations
  • University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL
    B.A., English


Tracy has served the college on the mass communications faculty full time for 17 years teaching graphic design, public relations, media and culture, persuasion theory, and women and media. She has also taught in the core curriculum, notably the first-year seminar and the senior capstone course, as well as in the Women’s & Gender Studies program.


Tracy’s research interests have focused on the cultural impact of mass mediated messages—particularly the portrayal of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic class. Her publications tell the story of the startup of Southern Living magazine in 1960s Birmingham.

Professional Experience

Before joining the academy full time, Tracy worked at the Birmingham-based Southern Progress Corporation (a Time-Warner subsidiary) in the corporate public relations office and as a travel editor for Southern Living magazine. She also ran a freelance writing and consulting business where she worked for the sales teams of Cooking Light and Weight Watchers magazines, launched the coastal travel magazine Southern Breeze, and provided copy writing and creative direction services for a wide variety of agencies and clients in Birmingham. From May to September 2019, Tracy served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Population Health at Ballad Health, headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee.

  • Tracy Lauder

Contact Info

van Vlissingen Center (former Ampersand Center)

12231 Collins Drive

Emory, VA 24327



12231 Collins Drive Emory VA 24327