Hello, I am Vanessa Ferguson and I have been a COMM faculty member in the Humanities Division at Mott. I have been a faculty member at the college since 2008 and have been teaching online since 2013. I currently teach: COMM 131: Fundamentals of Public Speaking and COMM 140: Principles of Interpersonal Communication. I also teach our COMM 131 class for the Honors Program and often teach through our early college programs at high schools throughout the community. In addition to teaching, I have a small business that provides public relations consulting for nonprofits across Genesee County and throughout the state. Prior to starting my business, I worked for a nonprofit television network that was modeled off C-SPAN for over a decade.
My academic background started at Mott as a dual-enrolled student during my senior year of high school. Later I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Communication from the University of Michigan-Flint, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Public Administration (Focus: Nonprofits) from Eastern Michigan University.
I have been involved with several research projects related to health communication through Michigan State University and the National Cancer Institute. I also worked on large development projects in the community and helped build the dog parks in Grand Blanc and Burton. I love providing practical tips and tools to help my students from knowledge I have gained while working with my clients. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling (especially to Disney parks) and am on track to visit all 50 states very soon. My husband and I are active in the community including volunteering at Hurley Medical Center with our therapy dog.