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Department of Communication Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2013-2014

 

The UNL Department of Communication Studies serves as a resource to the media and community. We study human communication as it shapes and is shaped by relationships, institutions, and societies. We are dedicated to understanding the ways in which communication erodes and sustains collaboration within and among local, national, and global communities.

Our main areas of expertise are: Interpersonal & Family Communication, Organizational Communication, and Rhetoric & Public Culture. We list areas of expertise below, short bios, and contact information.

Our contact person is Department Chair Dawn O. Braithwaite (dbraithwaite@unl.edu 402-742-6910, 402-540-8414 (mobile); 433 Oldfather Hall). Contact experts directly or she will help you locate one.  


Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., Willa Cather Professor and Chair

Interpersonal & Family Communication

Expertise:
Communication during relationship and family change and challenges
Family routines, traditions and rituals
Privacy and Communication Nontraditional Families (stepfamily, post-divorce, voluntary family [fictive, chosen])
Group and team communication

Contact information:

Emaildbraithwaite@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-2069
Mobile Phone: 402-540-8414
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/dbraithwaite

 
Dawn O. Braithwaite (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a Willa Cather Professor of Communication Chair of the department specializing in Interpersonal & Family Communication. Her research focuses on how those in personal and family relationships communicate during times of transitions and stress. She studies how nontraditional families communicate and become a family, gain acceptance, and how they communicate inside and outside the family to deal with challenges such as managing privacy, conflict, changing routines and rituals.

Dr. Braithwaite is the author of over 95 articles in journals and chapters in scholarly books. She received the National Communication Association’s Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship/Service in Family Communication and the UNL College of Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences. She was President of the 8,000-member National Communication Association in 2010 and is on the Executive Board of the Council of Contemporary Families. 


Jody Koenig Kellas, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Interpersonal & Family Communication

Expertise:
Storytelling and narratives in relationships and families
Individual and relationship well-being
Communication and health
Sense-making in relationships
Relationship dissolution

Contact information:

Emailjkellas2@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-2079
Mobile Phone: 402-570-9063
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/jkellas

 
Jody Koenig Kellas (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an Associate Professor of Communication specializing in Interpersonal & Family Communication. She specializes in relational communication, family communication, and narratives of personal relationships. Her research focuses on the communicative ways in which people make sense of their relationships, including negotiating post-dissolutional communication, facework, attributions in marital relationships, as well as the interaction processes, identity negotiation, and relational qualities associated with individual and collaborative storytelling in families.

Dr. Koenig Kellas has published her research in several book chapters as well as in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and The Journal of Family Communication. She has been the Chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association and she has won the division’s top article award.


Kathleen J. Krone, Ph.D., Professor

Organizational Communication

Expertise:
Organizing for social change
Cultural approaches to organizational change
Cultural approaches to leadership
Conflict and mediation

Contact information:

Emailkkrone1@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-6922
Mobile Phone: 402-489-8491
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/kkrone

 
Kathleen J. Krone (Ph.D. The University of Texas-Austin), a Professor of Communication Studies specializing in of Organizational Communication. She has studied the use of upward influence tactics in organizations, patterns of influence in leader-member relationships, and the experience and expression of emotion in the workplace. She currently is studying managerial conflict in Sino-American joint ventures, stakeholder turning points in community consensus building, and leadership and organizing processes in transnational feminist networks. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters in outlets such as Management Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and the Handbook of Communication Science. She has served as Forum Editor for the journal Management Communication Quarterly and is a past Chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association.


Ronald Lee, Ph.D., Professor

Rhetoric & Public Culture

Expertise:
Politics
Poverty
Public discourse
Race
Religion

Contact information:

Emailrlee1@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-2255
Mobile Phone:402-540-0260
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/rlee

Ronald Lee (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a Professor of Communication Studies specializing in Rhetoric & Public Culture. He has been on the faculty at UNL since 1991. He publishes work dealing with contemporary American political discourse. His research projects have dealt with the rhetorical construction of presidential legacies, the discourses of poverty, the mythical use of American place in national politics, the evolving standards of journalistic coverage of religion, and the use of race in post-civil-rights era political discourse.


Damien Smith Pfister, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Rhetoric & Public Culture

Expertise:
Digital media
Civic discourse
Public address and argumentation
Political campaigns
Networked cultures

Contact information:

Emaildpfister2@unl.edu
Work Phone:402-472-0646
Mobile Phone:412-979-2645
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/dpfister

Damien Pfister (Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2009) is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies specializing in Rhetoric & Public Culture. He studies the impact of digital media on public deliberation and culture. His current research projects include the evolution of the blogosphere and new technological innovations like Google Glass.

Pfister has had his research published in Argumentation & Advocacy, Social Epistemology, and Communication Studies. His current research projects include the evolution of the blogosphere and the Obama Administration's use of digital media.


Bill Seiler, Ph.D., Professor

Instructional Communication

Expertise:
Technology and instruction
Interviewing (employment, information gathering)
Personalized systems of instruction
Communication Apprehension—speech anxiety, fear of speaking in public
Difficult communication situations

Contact information:

Emailbseiler@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-2197
Home Phone: 402-488-1593
Mobile Phone:402-440-6841
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/wseiler

Bill Seiler (Ph.D. Purdue University) is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies specializing in Instructional Communication. He has been on the faculty since 1972 and was department chair for 21 years. He has an adjunct appointment in the UNL Teachers College as professor of Curriculum and Instruction. His expertise is in the areas of classroom communication, business and organizational communication, psycho-linguistics, statistics, and interviewing.

Seiler has authored three textbooks including Communication in Business and Professional Organizations, Communication for the Contemporary Classroom, and his third book, Communication: Making Connections, is now in its 9th edition, Communication: Making Connections is one of the best selling books in the communication discipline. Seiler won UNL’s 2003 Floyd Oldt Boss of the Year Award and was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame in 2013.


Jordan Soliz, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Interpersonal & Family Communication

Expertise:
Interracial/interethnic families
Interfaith families
Communication and aging
Intergenerational communication
Interracial/interethnic relationships

Contact information:

Email: jsoliz2@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-8326
Home Phone: 402-309-9449
Mobile Phone:402-309-9449
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/jsoliz

Dr. Jordan Soliz (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor with a specialization in Interpersonal & Family Communication. His research focuses on how individuals in personal and family relationships manage differences based on their social identities such as age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. He is also currently working on research investigating how our attitudes toward others and civic/community engagement is developed or fostered in the family.

Dr. Soliz has authored numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters in this area and has received awards for his scholarship. He is past Chair of the Communication and Aging Division of the National Communication Association and was Chair of the Interpersonal and Small Group Division of the Central States Communication Association.


Carly S. Woods, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Rhetoric & Public Culture

Expertise:
Gender and sexuality
Communication and identity
Political communication
Argumentation and debate
History of communication

Contact information:

Email: cwoods3@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-0650
Home Phone: 412-867-7249
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/cwoods

Carly Woods (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) Is an Assistant Professor Communication Studies, specializing in Rhetoric & Public Culture, with a joint appointment in Women’s & Gender Studies. She studies representations of gender, race, class, and sexuality and how historically marginalized speakers and groups negotiate those differences in political culture. Her current research projects explore the history of women in debate and public controversies at the intersections of gender, biomedicine, and identity.

Her work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.


Charles Braithwaite, Ph.D., Center for Great Plains Studies, Communication Studies Department

International and Intercultural Communication

Expertise:
International communication
Interpersonal communication
Nonverbal communication (body language, gestures, silence)
American Indians; Pakistan; Turkey; Russia; Costa Rica
Interviewing

Contact information:

Email: cbraithwaite2@unl.edu
Work Phone: 402-472-6178
Mobile Phone: 402-450-2457
Mobile Phone:402-309-9449
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/cbraithwaite

Dr. Chuck Braithwaite (Ph.D. University of Washington) is a research professor in the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL. He is the editor of the Great Plains Quarterly and is a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department. Dr. Braithwaite specializes in cultural and intercultural communication, and teaches courses on interviewing, nonverbal communication, and communication in international organizations.

Dr. Braithwaite is Director of the Global Classroom Project, which links UNL classes via internet video conferencing to classrooms in Turkey, Russia an Costa Rica. His international experience includes serving as a North Vietnamese interpreter, and studying international business communication along the U.S./Mexican border. He has a special interest in Native American higher education, and has conducted research with the Navajo, Omaha, Santee, and HoChunk. He was named as a Master Teacher by the Western States Communication Association.


Aaron Duncan, Ph.D. Director of Speech & Debate

Speech & Debate, Rhetoric & Public Culture

Expertise:
Public speaking
Speech and debate
Political Communication and elections
Popular culture and television
Gambling

Contact information:

Email: aduncan3@unl.edu
Work Phone:402-472-6920
Mobile Phone: 402-450-7830
Mobile Phone:402-309-9449
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/aduncan

Aaron Duncan (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is the Director of the UNL Speech & Debate program which placed 7th in the nation in 2013 out of over 100 college and universities at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NEIT). He has coaches multiple national champions and dozens of state champions while at UNL.

Aaron’s research specializes in political communication and cultural studies. His research focus is political communication, gambling, media interpretations of political events, and popular culture. He has published articles related to the growth of gambling in America, the changing nature of the American dream, the role of popular television shows in shaping public discourse, and the importance of video games in popular culture.


Dr. Karen King Lee, Professor of Practice

Rhetoric & Public Culture

Expertise:
Rhetoric and religion
Argumentation and debate
Social change and advocacy
Poverty

Contact information:

Email: klee7@unl.edu
Work Phone:402-472-0676
Website(s): http://comm.unl.edu/faculty/klee

Karen King Lee (Ph.D. University Iowa) is a Professor of Practice in Communication Studies. She has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree from Baylor University. She teaches courses in debate, argumentation and public speaking and has published research on the pedagogy of debate as well as work looking at the uses of argumentation in the construction of religious and social discourse.