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Donna Schiess, Ed.D.
Donna Schiess, Ed.D.
- Instructor II

Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication, Critical Listening, Fundamentals of Communication and Culture, Special topics Study Abroad, Communication and Culture in Australia


Refugees, culture shock, assimilation, immediacy in the classroom


Dr. Schiess joined the WKU faculty in the Department of Communication in July 2002. She previously taught as a teaching assistant in the department. Dr. Schiess holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. Her research is in the area of refugee assimilation and resettlement best practices in a midsized city. She is a member of the International Listening Association where she has served on the board of directors and chaired the committee for creating a certification program for listening professionals

Additionally, Dr. Schiess worked with the Kentucky State Police in communication prior to coming to WKU. Dr. Schiess has completed several consulting projects for both WKU and other consulting organizations involving needs analysis, 360 evaluations and survey analysis.

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 Last Modified 8/25/22