Department of Communication Staff
- Instructor II
COMM 145: Fundamentals of Public Speaking & Communication
COMM 161: Business & Professional Speaking
COMM 263: Fundamentals of Communication & Culture
B.S., Dietetics, University of Kentucky
M.A., Communication, Western Kentucky University
Patricia Witcher began her professional career as a Registered Dietitian. While serving as a dietitian, she spent the majority of every day talking with patients and their families and teaching the impact of proper nutrition on their health. It was during this time that she realized how passionate she was about teaching and communicating.
As a result, Patricia pursued her Master’s degree in Communication, graduating from WKU in May 2002. She then accepted a teaching position in the Department of Communication in August 2002 and has just completed her sixteenth year at WKU. Patricia teaches COMM 145 and COMM 365. On July 1, 2017, she also became the academic advisor for the Public Relations major. Patricia’s attention to detail and strong organization skills serve her well in both roles. She loves meeting, working with, and getting to know her students and advisees and takes great enjoyment from helping them realize their potential and achieve their goals. She also views teaching and advising as giant puzzles (and she appreciates the opportunity to assist in the assembling of pieces to achieve a finished product).
In her free time, Patricia loves to read suspense novels, travel, try new restaurants, and go shopping.
I find the relationship between communication and culture, as well as the exchange of ideas and information across cultures, fascinating. I firmly believe that we can learn so much from each other and develop a greater appreciation for diversity when we take the time to learn about the world around us. I also enjoy helping students learn skills and strategies for coping with speech anxiety, as well as how crucial organization and a clear development of ideas are when developing a speech topic/idea.