Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Instructional Communication, Communication Theory
School Crisis Communication, Parent-Teacher Communication, Student Academic Support, Computer-Mediated Communication, Pedagogical Relationships, Construction of Power in the Classroom, Computer-Mediated Communication
Dr. Thompson graduated from Concordia College in 1998 with a B. A. in English and Communication (emphasis on secondary education). He received his M. A. in Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2003. Dr. Thompson received his Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska in 2007 where he studied instructional and interpersonal communication. Dr. Thompson taught high school for three years prior to retuning to graduate school. At WKU, he teaches communication theory, qualitative research methods, interpersonal/family communication, and works intricately with GTA/instructor training.
Dr. Thompson has served as Basic Course Director for the department for the past 7 years years. He has also served on a variety of committees utilizing his instructional background including chairing the department’s undergraduate curriculum committee as well as being a member of the Potter college curriculum committee, WKU’s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching, and the Kentucky State General Education Communications Area Outcome Workgroup. He has also held elected positions in the Instructional Communication and Basic Course divisions at both the national and regional levels. Most recently, he was elected as 2nd Vice President of Central States Communication Association.
His on-going research projects focuses on analyzing school crisis communication, studying student and parental academic support, and examining how computer-mediated communication is transforming various pedagogical relationships (i. e. student-teacher, parent-teacher, and parent-child). He has published research in Communication Education, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Narrative Inquiry, Communication Research Reports, Communication Research, Comm Currents, The Basic Course Annual, Kentucky Journal of Communication, and RCA Vestnik. In 2014, Dr. Thompson won the James Applegate Award for Excellence in Research sponsored by the Kentucky Communication Association.