William Seiler
Professor, Instructional Communication Communication Studies

Ph.D., University of Purdue, 1972

DR. WILLIAM SEILER, PROFESSOR, studies instructional communication from a variety of perspectives. His current interests centers around delivery systems in the introductory communication course and how pedagogy can influence classroom learning and interactions. He is the first in the discipline to incorporate the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) into an introductory performance course. He has been the Director of the introductory communication course since 1972 and served as department chair from 1990 to 2011. In 2015, he was awarded the Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association. 


Seiler, W., Beall, M., & Mazer, J. (2017). Communication: Making connections, 10th ed., Allyn & Bacon.

Seiler, W. & Garden, R. (2016). Serious illness conversations with doctors: Patients using information obtained from sources other than their doctor. Health Communication

Seiler, W. & Stephenson Abetz, J. (2014). Undergraduate Instructor Assistants (UIAs): Friend or foe. Journal of the Association of Communication Administrators

Seiler, W. (2015). Connecting with the first year students. In Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook (Eds), Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

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