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The faculty takes pride in teaching all manner of communication courses from the introductory level to advanced graduate student seminars. We are dedicated to teaching students both the communication skills required for success in business, family and civic life and the most recent and cutting edge research in communication. The faculty takes pride in their close relationships with undergraduate and graduate students. Student faculty contacts are frequent and informal enough to permit the development of genuine interpersonal exchange. Faculty are willing to engage in team research with all students.

Department Leadership

Name Role
Ronald Walter Greene Professor and Chair
Mark H. Pedelty Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ascan F. Koerner Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Core Department Faculty

Name Areas of Expertise
Rosita D. Albert
Ph.D., 1972, University of Michigan
Intercultural Communication; International Relations; Communication Theory; Health Communication.
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
Ph.D. 1968, University of Minnesota
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; Women in Communication; Presidential Rhetoric.
Ronald Walter Greene
Department Chair
Ph.D. 1995, University of Illinois
Rhetorical Studies; Cultural Studies/Cultural Policy; Citizenship; Philosophy of Communication
Alan G. Gross
Ph.D. 1962, Princeton University
Rhetorical criticism and theory. Rhetoric of science. Visual rhetoric.
Dean E. Hewes
Ph.D. 1974, Florida State University
Small Group Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Analysis of Social Interaction; Cognitive Bases of Communication; Research Methodology; Bargaining and Negotiation.
Susanne M. Jones
Ph.D. 2000, Arizona State University
Interpersonal Communication and Emotional Support Messages, Nonverbal Communication, Communicating Emotional Support, Communication Theory.
Ascan F. Koerner
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. 1998, University of Wisconsin
Personal website
Cognitive Processes in Interpersonal Communication; Marital & Family Communication; Persuasion.
Laurie Ouellette
Ph.D., 1998, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Critical Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Feminist Criticism; Television Studies; Reality TV; Citizenship, Governmentality and Media.
Mark H. Pedelty
Ph.D., 1993 University of California, Berkeley
Media Ethnography; Media and Social Change; Media Rituals; Media Education; Music.
Gilbert B. Rodman
Ph.D. 1996, University of Illinois
Personal website
Associate Professor; Critical Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Popular Culture; Communication Technologies; Politics of Race and Ethnicity.
Amy Sheldon
Ph.D. 1972, University of Texas, Linguistics
Language and Gender; Language and Social Interaction; Child and Adult Language Acquisition; Discourse Analysis.
Catherine Squires
Ph.D., 1999, Northwestern
Media and Racial Groups in the Public Sphere.
Mary Douglas Vavrus
Ph.D., 1997, University of Illinois
Feminist theory; Media studies; Media postfeminism; Media masculinity; Political economy of media; Media coverage of political women; gender and media; Media activism
Arthur E. Walzer
Ph.D., 1975, University of Minnesota
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism; 18th Century Rhetorical Theory; Ethics and Technical Communication.

Affiliated Graduate Faculty

Name Areas of Expertise
Richard Graff
Ph.D. 2000, Northwestern University
Early History of Rhetoric; Writing and Reading Practices of Ancient Greece and Rome; Theories of Prose Style.
Laura J. Gurak
Ph.D. 1994, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Personal website
Rhetorics of Science and Technology; Rhetorical Criticism; Internet Studies; Online Research Methods; Social Aspects of Computing; Technical and Professional Communication.
Zornitsa Keremidchieva
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2007
Feminist Rhetorics/Theory; Congressional Rhetoric; Democratic Theory; European Studies
Elaine Tyler May
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles, 1975
Twentieth Century History of Intersections between Gender, Sexuality, Domestic Culture, and Politics.
Daniel J. Philippon
Ph.D., 1998, University of Virginia
American Studies; Conservation Biology; Development Studies & Social Change; English; Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication; Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes.
Mary Lay Schuster
Ph.D. 1976, University of New Mexico
Gender and Communication; Reproductive Technologies; Feminist Theory and Rhetoric of Science and Technology.
Jeffry Simpson
Ph.D. 1986, University of Minnesota
Interpersonal relationships; Evolution and social behavior; Personality and social behavior; Social influence.
Shayla Thiel-Stern
Ph.D. 2004, University of Iowa
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Youth and new media; Social media and culture; Media representation of adolescent girls; Gender and mass media production.

Additional Faculty

Name Areas of Expertise
Donald R. Browne, Emeritus
Ph.D. 1961, University of Michigan
Comparative and International Broadcasting; Broadcasting and National Development; International Relations; Historical Research Methodology.
Robert L. Scott, Emeritus
Ph.D., 1955, University of Illinois
Rhetorical Theory; Criticism of Public Address; Value Implications in Communication Research and Practice.
Michael Sunnafrank
Ph.D., 1979, Michigan State University
Interpersonal Communication; Intercultural Relationships, Communication Theory; Persuasion.