About the Founder

Gwendolyn Scotton Bethea, Ph.D. is the founder of Scotton Communications Network, an organization that specializes in editing, writing, and public relations. An editor/writer and communications specialist, she presently serves as editor of the Howard University Graduate School Research Magazine (hugsresearch.org) and the manager of the Speakers Bureau of Howard University. She is the former director of the Howard University Graduate School’s Communications and Expository Writing Programs and the former director of the Preparing Future Faculty Program for the Howard University Graduate School, Washington, DC.  During her tenure as director of the Communications and Expository Writing Programs, she oversaw the entry writing examinations for all enrolled graduate students. recruitment publications, and website development. As director of the PFF program, she directed seminars, workshops and pre-faculty internships for doctoral students planning to enter the professoriate at partner institutions ranging from community colleges to research-intensive universities. She also spearheaded new partnerships to enhance the international scope of pre-faculty opportunities, including with Abu Dhabi University.


She has directed marketing campaigns for National YWCA Outreach Programs; Howard University’s National Affirmative Action Symposium; Slavery: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Exploration; Bioterrorism in America; and Global Access to Higher Education for People of Color, among other events.

The editor/author of books and articles focusing on social and economic disparities, as well as autobiographies, she is also active in community activities with educational, service, and civil rights organizations. She has served on the boards of Origins Marketing Sports Management Company, the Maryland Christian Community Development Association, the YWCA of the National Capital Area, the Washington DC Health Task Force for D.C. Public Schools, and the African American Health Task Force Communications Network.

She is a member of the Board of Advisors for Discover.com and a former member of the Board of Advisors for Aumazo, Inc., an organization that is building a school for girls in Cameroon. Dr. Bethea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Howard University, a Master of Arts in Print Communications from American University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University. She is currently working on two books, her own autobiography, Memories:  The True Story of an African American Family, and the book, Why Do Men?…by R. Richardsun. Selected edited books include One Doctor’s Story:  From West Virginia to  Washington, DC by John F.J.Clarke, MD;  Women’s Health, What Do You Know About It? By Fostenia Baker, Ph.D.; What’s In a Meal, by Catherine Blacknalland My Spiritual Journey to Universal Consciousness by Dr. Saleem Hylton.