Faculty

Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
785-864-9884
Office: 116C Bailey Hall

Dr. Kunkel teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication, communication and gender, and social support. In 2002, Dr.

Alesia Woszidlo
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Arizona
785-864-9896
Office: 115 Bailey Hall

Alesia Woszidlo (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an interpersonal communication scholar whose specialty is family communication and mental health.

Assistant Professor & Director of the Basic Course, Ph.D. Ohio State University
785-864-4370
Office: 116F Bailey Hall
Beth Innocenti
Professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois
785-864-9018
Office: 116H Bailey Hall

Beth Innocenti's teaching and research interests are in the history of rhetoric and argumentation.

Dave Tell
Associate Professor, Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
785-864-0450
Office: 116M Bailey Hall

Dr. Tell's work focuses on the intersections of rhetorical theory and cultural politics.

Dorthy Pennington
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
785-864-9883
Office: 116J Bailey Hall

Dr. Pennington's main teaching and research interests include intercultural communication, human relations, and public address. One of her special interests is labor rhetoric.

Jay P. Childers
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
785-864-1474
Office: 101 Bailey Hall

Dr. Childers's research and teaching are in the areas of rhetoric and political communication, paying particular attention to questions of democratic citizenship.

Jeffrey A. Hall
Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Southern California
785-864-1082
Office: 4B Bailey
 Mary Banwart
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
785-864-5681
Office: 104B Bailey Hall

Dr.Banwart's primary research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign

Mary Lee Hummert
Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas
785-864-4904
Office: 250 Strong Hall
Robert C. Rowland
Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Ph.D., University of Kansas
785-864-9868
Office: 116D Bailey Hall

Dr. Rowland's major teaching and research interests are in rhetorical criticism, argumentation, and the public sphere. Dr.

Scott Harris
Associate Specialist & Debate Coach, Ph.D, Northwestern University
785-864-9878
Office: Sub-basement 102 Bailey Hall

Dr. Harris' research and teaching interests include argumentation and debate, public address, political communication, and the rhetoric of sports.

Tom D. Beisecker
Associate Professor and Chair, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
785-864-9882
Office: 111 Bailey Hall

Dr. Beisecker's main interests include persuasion, social influence, bargaining, negotiation, and jury decision-making.

Tracy Callaway Russo
Associate Professor & Director of Edwards Campus Graduate Program, Ph.D., University of Kansas
785-864-9877
Office: 104A Bailey Hall

Dr.Russo's research focuses on communication behaviors in mediated environments, especially focusing on group member attachments to others in online teams and groups and in online classes and on ho

Yan Bing Zhang
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Ph.D., University of Kansas
785-864-9678
Office: 114 Bailey Hall

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on intercultural/intergenerational/mass communication particularly in regards to cultural values, age stereotypes, conflict management, and media effects.

Brett Bricker
Assistant Specialist, Assistant Debate Coach, Ph.D. University of Kansas
785-864-1576
Office: SB12 Bailey

Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. 


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Advising for summer 2014 and fall 2014
(March 24 – April 11)
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Colloquium Series
Departmental Awards

Communication Studies Department Awarded Inaugural Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship!
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If you are on campus and have the time tomorrow, consider going to The Commons to hear Dr. Lang speak!
Kansas African Studies Center
Tomorrow: What's Happening in Ferguson, Missouri Clarence Lang KU Associate Professor of American Studies and African & African-American Studies 12:00-1:00pm Tuesday, August 26 The Commons Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Union Activities Clarence Lang will begin the discussion by talking about the history of St. Louis, including racial tension and political unrest. His introduction will provide a platform from which to start a dialogue among audience members about policy, community, and the impact of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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