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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 Office Hours (Fall 2020)
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
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
248 Ford Hall
Critical race and media studies; feminist media studies; politics and media; public sphere studies  
Mary Douglas Vavrus
Interim Director of Undergraduate 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
Lena Palacios
Assistant Professor
247 Ford Hall
Critical carceral studies and abolitionist feminisms; Transformative justice and community accountability; Racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence within carceral, settler states; Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms
Girls’ and girlhood studies; Research justice and critical participatory action research; Media justice and social movement media; Critical disability studies
Health justice and structural determinants of health
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 Office Hours
David Cram Helwich
285 Ford Hall
Public argument and debate; rhetorical theory and criticism
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
By appointment
288 Ford Hall
Argumentation and rhetoric; biblical studies
Tuesday: 3:30pm - 4:00pm 
Thursday: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
288 Ford Hall
Family communication, persuasion, organizational communication, credibility 
Tuesday: 11:15am - 12:45pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 11:00am
Thursday: 11:15am - 12:45pm
Jeffrey VanCleave 285 Ford Hall
Rhetorical criticism; public speaking; communication and sport
Monday: 8:15am - 8:45am; 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Wednesday: 8:15am - 8:45am; 1:00pm - 2:00pm 


Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Wendy Anderson
285 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies, media studies
Tuesday: 12:40pm - 2:00pm 
Thursday: 12:40pm - 2:00pm
288 Ford Hall
Kolthoff 133 - Monday and Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:45am
Ford B29 - Monday and Wednesday: 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Ford 288 - Monday and Wednesday: 2:15pm - 3:00pm
By appointment
Allison Brenneise 285 Ford Hall
Communication and disability; critical communication pedagogy; rhetorical criticism; communication theory/research methods; intercultural communication
Monday: 9:45am - 11:00am 
Wednesday: 9:45am - 11:00am
By appointment
285 Ford Hall
285 Ford Hall
Monday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
285 Ford Hall
Organizational communication; intercultural communication
Monday: 3:45pm - 5:00pm 
Wednesday: 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Dawn Shot Klotzbach 264 Ford Hall
Media Production  
285 Ford Hall
Tuesday: 9:40am - 10:40am
Thursday: 9:40am - 10:40am

Senior Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
290 Ford Hall
Small group and team communication; conflict management
Monday: 11:05am - 12:05pm 
Tuesday: 5:10pm - 5:50pm
Wednesday: 11:05am - 12:05pm
290 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies; environmental communication'communication performance
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 
Thursday: 1:00pm - 2:30pm 
By appointment
290 Ford Hall
Small group; interviewing; internships; public speaking
Monday: 9:00am - 11:00am 
Wednesday: 9:00am - 11:00am

Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Lisa Hutchinson Electronic media production
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
264 Ford Hall
Video production; feminist media studies; US television history
Monday: 12:15pm-1:15pm
Wednesday: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
290 Ford Hall
Rhetoric and public speaking
Tuesday: 11:30am - 12:30pm; 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
Thursday: 11:30am - 12:30pm; 5:30pm - 6:30pm
By appointment