His teaching and research focuses on organizational communication. Current interests include organizational communication assessments, feedback systems, product liability and warning, job commitment, communication audits, and selection interview processes. He is a former division chair for organizational communication in both the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management.
Dr. Friedman's main interests involve interpersonal, instructional, and organizational communication, as well as qualitative research methods. Currently, he is studying processes involved in relational communication, narratives, and leadership. He coordinates KU's interdisciplinary Leadership Minor and directs the COMS Department's internship and honors programs. He is a former chair of the Instructional Division of the International Communication Association, recently received the Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award, and was chosen the Students in Communication Studies Outstanding Professor.
Dr.Gold's research and teaching interests include the speaking of President Ronald Reagan, political communication, television criticism, politics and mass media, rhetorical theory and language, American public address, and higher education research and theory. She was President of the Central States Speech Association in 1997, selected as a Mortar Board Outstanding Educator by Mortar Board, and named Outstanding Woman Instructor on campus by the Commission on Women in 1996. Her current research includes a study of the political comedy/jokes on late night comedy shows such as Leno and Letterman.
Dr. Parson's work focuses on argumentation and rhetorical theory, both classical and contemporary. He is the director of the department's graduate program. He is also the Director of the National Debate Tournament. He was selected as a Kemper Teaching Fellow in 1997 and has received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.