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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Graduate Faculty

Faculty Member

Areas of Specialization

Dr. Ellen Bonaguro (Ph.D., Ohio University)

  • Health Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Larry Caillouet (Ph.D., University of Illinois)

  • Communication Theory
  • Communication Consulting
  • Persuasive Communication

Dr. Mittie Carey
(Ph.D., University of Memphis)

  •  Rhetoric
  • Gender Communication

Dr. Cecile Garmon (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University)

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Global Leadership, Multinational Business
  • Conflict and Conflict Management
  • Terrorism Communication

Dr. Kumi Ishii (Ph.D., Kent State University)

  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Dr. Angie Jerome (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

  • Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Apologia, Sports Rhetoric
  • Organizational Rhetoric
  • Image Repair

Dr. Carl Kell (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

  • Rhetoric
  • Nonverbal Communication

Dr. Jieyoung Kong(Ph.D., Arizona State University)

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Qualitative / Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Communities of Practice

Dr. Holly Payne (Ph.D., University of Kentucky)

Graduate Program Director

  • Organizational Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication

Dr. Jennifer Mize Smith (Ph.D., Purdue University)

  • Organizational Communication
  • Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Dr. Helen Sterk (Ph.D., University of Iowa)

Department Head

  • Gender Communication
  • Rhetoric

Dr. Blair Thompson (Ph.D., University of Nebraska)

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Instructional Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Dr. Randall Capps (Ed.D., University of Virginia)

Dr. Judith Hoover (Ph.D., Indiana University)

Dr. Regis O’Connor (Ph.D., University of Kansas)

Dr. Kay Payne (Ed.D., Vanderbilt University)

Dr. Larry Winn (Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Dale Wicklander (Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota)

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 Last Modified 12/8/14