Allison J. Ainsworth serves as the Chair of the Department of Communication, Media Studies, and Journalism at Gainesville State College, Gainesville, Georgia. She teaches Communication courses in the areas of Business and Professional, Interpersonal, Intercultural, as well as the basic course. Additionally, she teaches Environmental Communication as a member of the Teaching Faculty of the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis where she combines geospatial analysis with her research projects. She is actively involved with the National Communication Association and serves as the 2010-2011 Chair of the Community College Section and Past-Faculty Delegate to Sigma Chi Eta, one of the honoraries sponsored by NCA. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Education and her master’s degree in Speech Communication & Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In Fall 2010, she successful defended her dissertation titled "The Communication Process: Impact of Ethnocentrism and Communication Apprehension on Foreign Language Student Competence,” and will be awarded her doctorate in Higher Education Administrative Leadership from Argosy University in Spring 2011.