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Western Kentucky University

Graduate Faculty

Faculty Member Areas of Specialization

Dr. Ellen Bonaguro (Ph.D., Ohio University)

  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Laura Brown (Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin)

  • Health Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Quantitative Methods

Dr. Tammy Jeffries
(Ph.D., University of South Florida)

  •  Interpersonal Communication
  • Diversity

Dr. Cecile Garmon (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University)

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Global Leadership, Multinational Business
  • Conflict and Conflict Management
  • Terrorism Communication

Dr. Kumi Ishii (Ph.D., Kent State University)

  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Dr. Angie Jerome (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

  • Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Apologia, Sports Rhetoric
  • Organizational Rhetoric
  • Image Repair

Dr. Jieyoung Kong(Ph.D., Arizona State University)

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Qualitative / Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Communities of Practice

Dr. Holly Payne (Ph.D., University of Kentucky)

Graduate Program Director

  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Jennifer Mize Smith (Ph.D., Purdue University)

  • Organizational Communication
  • Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Dr. Helen Sterk (Ph.D., University of Iowa)

Department Head

  • Gender Communication
  • Rhetoric

Dr. Blair Thompson (Ph.D., University of Nebraska)

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Dr. Randall Capps (Ed.D., University of Virginia)

Dr. Judith Hoover (Ph.D., Indiana University)

Dr. Regis O’Connor (Ph.D., University of Kansas, deceased)

Dr. Larry Caillouet (Ph.D., University of Illinois)

Dr. Kay Payne (Ed.D., Vanderbilt University)

Dr. Larry Winn (Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Dale Wicklander (Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota)

Dr. Carl Kell (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

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 Last Modified 10/14/15