Leader in residency program



JosephMacDoniels.jpgJoseph W. (Joe) MacDoniels, professor emeritus of communication at Hope College in Holland, Mich., currently serves as an adjunct professor of communication in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

MacDoniels graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology.  As a student, he was a member of the football team, captain of the swimming team, and a member and officer of the Chapel Choir.  He was the president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, for two years.

MacDoniels received his Master of Science degree in social group work in 1965 from George Williams College in Chicago.  From 1964-1966, he was a high school youth program director for the Southwest Suburban YMCA of Chicago. In this position, he implemented and administered various programs for high school youth, including Youth in Industry and Youth in Government programs.

From 1966 to 1969, he served in the Army Medical Service Corps at Fort Riley, Kan.  MacDoniels was the Officer in Charge of the Army Community Service Center, which provided support for families of military personnel.  He held the rank of Captain.  

MacDoniels earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1972 in human relations and group interaction. During his doctoral program, he served as director of the multi-section basic course in communication.  Late that year, MacDoniels was named assistant professor of communication at Hope College, where he taught for 29 years.  He retired as a full professor from the faculty in 2001.  Following retirement from Hope College, he served on the communication faculty at St. Louis University, Eastern University (Philadelphia), St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana), and a semester program in Italy.  In addition, he taught for two years in Australia.

MacDoniels’ professional and community service include chairing the Department of Communication at Hope for seventeen years, during which time the program was recognized with Programs of Excellence Awards by the National Communication Association.  He served as Chairperson of the 1984 Critical Issues Symposium at Hope, "Civil Rights in the United States: the State of the Dream." He is a recipient of the Foundation Prize of the Central States Communication Association, a Presidential Citation from the National Communication Association for “Outstanding Service” and was awarded the “Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Service Award” by the National Communication Association in 2006.

MacDoniels was a member of the Consistory of Christ Memorial Reformed Church and is currently a member of Third Reformed Church in Holland.  He is a past-president of Holland Rotary, was vice-president of the Holland Community Foundation, and served on committees and boards associated with the Holland Community Hospital.  

MacDoniels was a member of the Board of Trustees of Culver-Stockton College for over 25 years. He served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, and served on two Presidential Search Committees.

In 2012, MacDoniels established the “Rose Marie (Grossenbacher) MacDoniels Prize for Campus Leadership” at Culver-Stockton College in memory of his late wife who was also a graduate of the College.  The prize is awarded annually to a student in the junior year for all-campus leadership, recognizing demonstrated qualities of courage, integrity, strength and grace. These qualities are central concepts in theories of leadership and characterized the leadership of Rose on campus, in her family and personal life, and in her professional career.
MacDoniels was recently married to Thelma K. (Tommye) Leenhouts, a long time acquaintance and professional colleague in the field of communication.