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Communication Studies faculty take pride in teaching all manner of communication courses from the introductory level classes 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 cutting edge research in communication. Faculty take pride in their close relationships with undergraduate and graduate students. Student-faculty contacts are frequent and informal, fostering the development of genuine interpersonal exchange. Faculty are willing to engage in team research with all students.

Regular Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
Ronald Walter Greene
Department Chair
225A Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies, cultural studies/cultural policy, citizenship, philosophy of communication 
Atilla Hallsby
Assistant Professor
263 Ford Hall
Rhetorical Studies; Post-structuralist Theories of Discourse; History of Secrecy; Privacy & Transparency; Critical Surveillance & Security Studies
Dean E. Hewes
258 Ford Hall
Small group communication, interpersonal communication, conflict, research methodology
Susanne M. Jones
Director of Undergraduate Studies 
278 Ford Hall
Interpersonal communication and emotional support messages, nonverbal communication, communicating emotional support, communication theory
Zornitsa Keremidchieva
Assistant Professor
228 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies; feminist political theory and democratic theory; congressional and public policy discourse; women's and immigrants' civic and political organizations
Ascan F. Koerner
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
234 Ford Hall
Cognitive processes in interpersonal communication; marital and family communication; persuasion
Kate Lockwood Harris
Associate Professor
244 Ford Hall
Sexual violence; critical and qualitatitative methods; organizational communication; discourse; Title IX; feminist theory; intersectionality, new materialism
Laurie Ouellette
Chair of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature 
254 Ford Hall
Critical media studies; cultural studies; feminist criticism; television studies; reality TV; citizenship; governmentality and media
Mark Pedelty
268 Ford Hall
Environmental communication; media ethnography; media and social change; media rituals; media education; music; methods
Rachel Presley
Assistant Professor
205 Nolte Center
Rhetorical theory and criticism; critical/cultural studies; social movement and resistance rhetorics; (trans)national citizenship and belonging; postcolonial/decolonial/anticolonial theory.
Gilbert B. Rodman
Associate Professor
284 Ford Hall
Critical media studies; cultural studies; popular culture; communication technologies; politics of race and ethnicity
Catherine Squires
Associate Dean of Humphrey School of Public Affairs
248 Ford Hall
Critical race and media studies; feminist media studies; politics and media; public sphere studies
Mary Douglas Vavrus
Interim Director of Graduate Studies
237 Ford Hall
Media studies; feminist theory; political economy of media
Emily Winderman
Assistant Professor
247 Ford Hall
Rhetoric of health and medicine; reproductive health; public emotion

Affiliate Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
Richard Graff
Associate Professor
221 Nolte Center
Early history of rhetoric, writing and reading practices of ancient Greece and Rome, theories of prose style
Laura Gurak
212 Nolte Center
Rhetorics of science and technology, rhetorical criticism, internet studies, online research methods, social aspects of computing, technical and professional communication 
Elaine Tyler May
207 Scott Hall
Twentieth century history of intersections of gender, sexuality, domestic culture, politics
Daniel J. Philippon
Associate Professor
21 Lind Hall
American studies, conservation biology, development studies and social change, English, rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, risk analysis for introduced species and genotypes
Mary Lay Schuster
225 Nolte Center
Gender and communication, reproductive technologies, feminist theory and rhetoric of science and technology
Jeffry Simpson
N-218 Elliott Hall
Gender and communication, reproductive technologies, feminist theory and rhetoric of science and technology
Jacquelyn Harvey-Knowles
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, UMN-Duluth
421 A.B. Anderson Hall
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Interpersonal communication theory, interpersonal communication and health, mindful communication, supportive communication
John Logie
Associate Professor
Department of Writing Studies, Room 206 NCCE
University of Minnesota-TC
Interpersonal communication theory, interpersonal communication and health, mindful communication, supportive communication

Emeriti Faculty

Name Contact Specialty
Rosita D. Albert Intercultural communication, international relations, communication theory, health communication
Donald R. Browne Comparative and international broadcasting, broadcasting and national development, international relations, historical research methodology
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
Rhetorical theory and criticism, women in communication, presidential rhetoric
Alan G. Gross Scientific communication, visual communication, rhetorical theory
Robert L. Scott Rhetorical theory, criticism of public address, value implications in communication research and practice
Amy Sheldon Language and gender, language and social interaction, child and adult language acquisition, discourse analysis
Michael Sunnafrank Interpersonal communication, intercultural relationships, communication theory, persuasion
Arthur E. Walzer Rhetorical theory and criticism, 18th century rhetorical theory, ethics and technical communication 

Senior Lecturers

Name Contact Specialty
David Cram Helwich
285 Ford Hall
Public argument and debate; rhetorical theory and criticism
288 Ford Hall
Argumentation and rhetoric; biblical studies
288 Ford Hall
Family communication, persuasion, organizational communication, credibility 
Jeffrey VanCleave 285 Ford Hall
Rhetorical criticism; public speaking; communication and sport


Name Contact Specialty
Wendy Anderson
285 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies, media studies
288 Ford Hall
Allison Brenneise 285 Ford Hall
Communication and disability; critical communication pedagogy; rhetorical criticism; communication theory/research methods; intercultural communication
285 Ford Hall
285 Ford Hall
285 Ford Hall
Organizational communication; intercultural communication
Dawn Shot Klotzbach 264 Ford Hall
Media Production
285 Ford Hall

Senior Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty
290 Ford Hall
Small group and team communication; conflict management
290 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies; environmental communication'communication performance
290 Ford Hall
Small group; interviewing; internships; public speaking

Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty
Lisa Hutchinson Electronic media production
264 Ford Hall
Video production; feminist media studies; US television history
290 Ford Hall
Rhetoric and public speaking