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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
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
225 Ford Hall
Rhetorical theory and criticism, women in communication, presidential rhetoric
Ronald Walter Greene
Professor and Chair
225 Ford Hall
Rhetorical studies, cultural studies/cultural policy, citizenship, philosophy of communication   
Dean E. Hewes
258 Ford Hall
Small group communication, interpersonal communication, analysis of social interaction, cognitive bases of communication, research methodology, bargaining and negotiation  
Susanne M. Jones
Associate Professor,
Dir. Undergraduate Studies
278 Ford Hall
Interpersonal communication and emotional support messages, nonverbal communication, communicating emotional support, communication theory
Monday: 2:30pm - 4:00pm 
Wednesday: 2:30pm - 4:00pm 
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
234 Ford Hall
Cognitive processes in interpersonal communication, marital and family communication, persuasion  
Kate Lockwood Harris
Assistant Professor
244 Ford Hall
Sexual violence, critical and qualitatitative methods, organizational communication, discourse, Title IX, feminist theory, intersectionality, new materialism Wednesday: 4:30pm -5:30pm
Laurie Ouellette
254 Ford Hall
Critical media studies, cultural studies, feminist criticism, television studies, reality TV, citizenship, governmentality and media  
Mark Pedelty
268 Ford Hall
Media ethnography, media and social change, media rituals, media education, music
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilbert B. Rodman
Associate Professor
284 Ford Hall
Critical media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, communication technologies, politics of race and ethnicity
Tuesday: 10:001m - 11:00am
Thursday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Catherine Squires
Dir. Graduate Studies
248 Ford Hall
Media and racial groups in the public sphere
Monday: Noon - 2pm 
Tuesday: 10am - 2pm
Mary Douglas Vavrus
Associate Professor
237 Ford Hall
Feminist theory, media studies, media postfeminism, media masculinity, political rconomy of media, media coverage of political women, gender and media, media activism
Monday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Wednesday: 9:00am - 11:00am 

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
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
247 Ford Hall
Public argument and debate, rhetorical theory and criticism
Wednesday: 2:00 - 4:00pm 
288 Ford Hall
Argumentation and rhetoric, biblical studies
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 1:00pm 
Thursday: 3:15pm - 4:00pm
288 Ford Hall
Persuasion, credibility, communication in the courtroom/jury deliberation, organizational communication, argumentation, musical performance
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 1:00pm 
Jeffrey VanCleave 285 Ford Hall


Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Wendy Anderson
285 Ford Hall
Tuesday: 11:00am - 12:40pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 12:40pm
Mike Baxter-Kauf
288 Ford Hall
Tuesday: 12:40pm - 2:40pm 
Thursday: 12:40pm - 2:40pm
Shelby Bell
285 Ford Hall
Simon Calder
285 Ford Hall
Liora Elias
285 Ford Hall
Stephanie Galarneault
285 Ford Hall
Monday: 10:00am - 11:00am 
Wednesday: 10:00am - 11:00am 
Annette Madlock Gatison 
285 Ford Hall
Tuesday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Scott Makstenieks
285 Ford Hall
Kate Ranachan
285 Ford Hall
Heidi Zimmerman
285 Ford Hall

Senior Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
290 Ford Hall
Small group communication, organizational communication
Monday: 11:05am - 12:50pm
Wednesday: 11:05am - 12:50pm
Electronic media production
Monday & Wednesday: 11:00am - 1:00pm 
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm; Friday: 9am - 6pm
290 Ford Hall
Public speaking, interviewing, environmental communication
290 Ford Hall
Critical media studies, public speaking, communication in the workplace 

Teaching Specialists

Name Contact Specialty Office Hours
Lisa Hutchinson  
Rebecca Jurisz
285 Ford Hall
Sarah Nelson
285 Ford Hall
Eric Short 
290 Ford Hall
Monday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm 
Wednesday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm