Faculty

The Communication Studies faculty is committed to giving you the critical concepts you need to explore the elements of the communication process, the options in assessing them, the significance of selections among those alternatives, and the ample opportunities for misunderstanding and disagreement as well as rapport and accord.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen J. Turner
Ph.D. Purdue University
I am professor and chair of Communication Studies and director of oral communication. My teaching specialties include "COM 201: Introduction to Communication Studies" and "COM 495," the senior capstone seminar. My interests include critical analysis of media, history of mass communication, visual communication and gender, persuasion, political communication, advertising, mass communication law, and political communication.

Pat Baker

Pat Baker
M.A. Queens University of Charlotte
I teach COM 101: Principles of Oral Communication, helping students develop their ability to prepare and deliver an effective speech. In addition, I teach both Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Communication.

Andrew Leslie

Andrew Leslie
Ph.D. Northwestern University
I teach a variety of communication studies courses, including Introduction to Oral Communication and a seminar in the Rhetoric of Law, focusing on arguments and interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, I'm a professional storyteller.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez
Ph.D. Texas A&M
I teach courses for Communication Studies and Sociology, including intercultural communication, media effects, women/men/communication, nonverbal communication, rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and argumentation and debate.