Dean, Scripps College of Communication
Although I study communication from more of a social-scientific, quantitative perspective, I am deeply influenced by people like John Dewey and Kenneth Burke who remind us that the analytical components of communication can have a larger aesthetic that binds us and "it" together. In my scholarship and classes I embrace that aesthetic and strive to explore the subtle, shifting, and often times ambiguous processes of communication. I hope that as I learn with my colleagues and students that we are guided by the beauty of unending questions rather than the certainty of obvious answers.
Education:Ph.D. (Instructional Communication) University of Nebraska; M.A.(Rhetoric and Argumentation) Southwest Missouri State University; B.A.(Rhetoric and Public Address) Emporia State University.
Professional Experience:Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University Moorhead; GraduateAssistant and Assistant Basic Course Director, University of Nebraska;Instructor, Truman State University; Instructor and Interim Director of Debate, Emporia State University; Graduate Assistant, SouthwestMissouri State University.
Leadership Positions: Chair, Basic Course Division of NCA; Chair, Instructional Developmental Division of NCA; Chair, Communication Needs of Students At Risk Commission of NCA; Chair, Communication Education InterestGroup, Central States Communication Association. Past editor of the Basic Communication Course Annual and reviewer for Communication Education, Communication Monographs, Communication Teacher, Communication Studies, and Southern Communication Journal.
Publications: Articles published in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Education, Communication Studies, Basic Communication Course Annual, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Argument and Advocacy. Co-author of Quantitative Research in Communication, (Sage), Human Communication (McGraw Hill) iSpeak: Public Speaking for the Engaged Communicator, and A Style Manual for Communication Studies (McGraw Hill). Co-author of book chapters in Handbook for Instructional Communication, Teaching Ideas in the Basic Communication Course (Vol. 3) and Teaching communication: Theory, research, and methods (2nd ed.). Author of three instructor's manuals/test item banks for basic communication texts and the website for Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication (Wadsworth).
Honors:Presidential Teacher Awardee, 2008-2011; University Professor Awardee, 2008-2009; Top Three paper for the Instructional and Developmental CommunicationDivision, ICA 2004; Top Three Paper in Applied Communication, NCA 2001;Top paper in Communication Education, CSCA 2001; Top three paper inCommunication Education, CSCA 2001; Top three paper in CommunicationEducation, CSCA 2000; Top three paper in Health Communication, CSCA2000; Gustav Friedrich Award for top student paper in CommunicationEducation, CSCA 1998; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award,CSCA 1999; Outstanding Senior in Communication, Emporia StateUniversity, 1991; Debater of the Year, Emporia State University, 1998.
Research Interests:I am interested in how the classroom communication environment stimulates students' emotions, and more generally, provides an emotional context in which they learn. My projects in this area generally align with traditional instructional communication research exploring student affect and learning, as well as organizational research exploring emotionality. I also continue to have an interest in various questions surrounding effective pedagogical practices in the discipline.
Teaching Specialization: Introduction to Communication, Communication Theory, Teaching Methods in Communication, and quantitative methodology.