Cady Short-Thompson

Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication
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Before joining Hope College in mid-2017, Dr. Short-Thompson served for seven years as the dean of Blue Ash College, a 5,500-student college within the University of Cincinnati system. Her leadership responsibilities as dean were comparable to that of both president and chief academic officer at an independent liberal arts college. From 1996 through 2010 she was an award-winning professor at Northern Kentucky University, where she launched its graduate program in communications, directed that program from 2005 to 2008, and chaired the department of communication from 2008 to 2010.


Dr. Short-Thompson’s expertise includes leadership and management of faculty and staff, development of new academic programs, facilities planning and project supervision, cultivation of experiential education and public engagement. During her tenure as dean of Blue Ash College the school’s enrollment grew and its campus expanded. Her academic expertise crosses disciplines; at Blue Ash she served on the faculty of both the department of communication and the department of political science. Her research and writing have focused on American electoral politics and perceptions of the attributes of an ideal presidential candidate, as well as women in politics.


  • Ph.D., political communication, University of Cincinnati, 1997
  • M.A., communication, University of Cincinnati, 1992
  • B.A., communication, University of Cincinnati, 1991


  • “The Consistent Attributes of the Ideal Presidential Candidate in an Increasingly Divided Electorate,” with Judith Trent et al., American Behavioral Scientist, 2017
  • “Diversity in 2008, Homogeneity in 2012: The Ideal Candidate Revisited,” with Judith Trent et al., American Behavioral Scientist, 2013
  • “Cracked and Shattered Ceilings: Gender, Race, Religion, Age, and the Ideal Candidate,” with Judith Trent et al., American Behavioral Scientist, 2010


  • Women of Influence Award from Venue Media of Greater Cincinnati, 2016
  • Distinguished Staff Award from the University of Cincinnati Foundation, 2015
  • Fellow, Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, 2014–2015
  • Woman of the Year finalist (Nonprofit Organization category), YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 2014
  • Elected Chair, Council of Deans, University of Cincinnati, 2012
  • Elected Chair, Council of Deans, Inter University Council in Ohio, 2013
  • Most Innovative Master’s Degree Award, National Communication Association, 2009
  • Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award, Northern Kentucky University, 2007
  • City of Wyoming (Ohio) Citizen of the Year, 2004


When not engaged at the college, Dr. Short-Thompson enjoys hiking, reading, painting, baking and traveling on mission trips with her church’s youth group. She and her husband Steve have three children, all lacrosse players. A lifelong Cincinnatian until joining Hope, she’s a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds (even when it’s difficult).

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Cady Short-Thompson

Phone Number616.395.7595

Martha Miller Center 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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