Faculty and Staff

Establishing a foundation of excellence

The faculty in the department of communication maintain a reputation of excellence through their teaching, research and publication accomplishments. Nine of our faculty members have received the University Teaching Award, while others have been honored for their excellence in advising.

Our small faculty-student ratio allows you to directly interact and learn from our faculty, who are experts in a variety of fields. The faculty further encourage you to get involved in the department through student organizations and research opportunities and with your community through service-learning and internships. Our faculty members are committed to supporting you as you pursue your passion and achieve your goals.

Dr. Stephen Spates

Teaching & Research Areas: organizational communication, diversity communication, research methods

Dr. Isabelle Bauman

Teaching & Research Areas: interpersonal communication, diversity, GLBT relationships, counseling communication, research methods

Dr. Charlene A. Berquist

Dr. Charlene A. Berquist

Faculty Emeritus
Dir of the Center for Dispute Resolution

Teaching & Research Areas: family communication, conflict communication, research methods

Dr. John S. Bourhis

Teaching & Research Areas: communication apprehension, organizational communication, conflict communication, communication education

Dr. LeAnn M. Brazeal

Teaching & Research Areas: communication education, political communication

Dr. Christopher Collins

Teaching & Research Areas: communication theory, performance studies, intercultural communication, gender and communication, posthumanism, new materialism

Allison R. Coltharp

Teaching & Research Areas: public speaking, intercultural communication

Nora F. Cox

Teaching & Research Areas: public speaking, political speechwriting, interpersonal communication, gender and communication

Dr. Randy K. Dillon

Teaching & Research Areas: intercultural communication, communication theory, public dialogue, diversity

Dr. Elizabeth A. Dudash-Buskirk

Teaching & Research Areas: political communication, rhetorical theory & criticism, social movements, research methods

Dr. Sam C. Dyer

Teaching & Research Areas: public relations, crisis communication, media analysis

Dr. Gloria J. Galanes

Teaching & Research Areas: group communication, organizational communication, public dialogue, intercultural communication, research methods

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher

Dr. Carrisa Hoelscher

Interim Associate Dean
Director of Graduate Studies

Teaching & Research Areas: organizational communication, small group communication, leadership communication

Jason A. Howard

Teaching & Research Areas: public speaking

Jerri Lynn Kyle

Teaching & Research Areas: public speaking, public relations

Dr. Gordana Lazic

Dr. Gordana Lazic

Assistant Professor
Director of the Basic Course

Teaching & Research Areas: rhetoric, intercultural communication

Dr. Eric R. Morris

Dr. Eric R. Morris

Associate Professor
Director of Forensics

Teaching & Research Areas: argumentation & debate, presidential rhetoric, persuasion

Dr. Taleyna M. Morris

Teaching & Research Areas: persuasion, research methods, interpersonal communication

Dr. Brian L. Ott

Teaching & Research Areas: rhetoric and media studies

Dr. Jake Simmons

Teaching & Research Areas: performance studies, intercultural communication, gender and communication, posthumanism, new materialism

Nihar S. Sreepada

Teaching & Research Areas: public relations

Dr. Shawn T. Wahl

Teaching & Research Areas: instructional communication, rhetoric, culture

Heather L. Walters

Teaching & Research Areas: argumentation & debate, persuasion, mediation & negotiation

Dr. Erin C. Wehrman

Teaching & Research Areas: interpersonal communication, family communication, research methods, conflict communication