Faculty & Staff
Students in communication have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in relational communication, global and intercultural communication, rhetoric and public communication, and computer-mediated communication. They are distinguished by their publications in the top communication and interdisciplinary journals. They have written books, journal articles, and papers that have been nominated for and granted distinguished scholarship awards in the top professional communication associations.
Paul Wesley Alday
Position: Director of Forensics & Debate / Lecturer
COURSES TAUGHT: Argumentation, Intercollegiate Forensic Activities, Introduction to Communication, Problems in Communication Studies, Honors Introduction to Communication, The Theatre Experience& Creative Drama.
(M.A., Eastern Michigan University)
Position: Director of COMM 1020 Introduction to Public Speaking / Lecturer
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Feminist Media Studies, Gender and Communication, Communication Pedagogy.
COURSES TAUGHT: Introduction to Public Speaking, Gender and Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Ethics.
(Ph.D., Wayne State University)
Position: Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
AREAS OF RESEARCH: New Social Movements, Power, Resistance.
COURSES TAUGHT: Communication Criticism, Communication Ethics, Communication/Race/Power, Political Communication, Rhetoric of Social Movements.
(Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia)
Lynda Dee Dixon
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Health Communication (family caregivers for people with Alzheimer's disease; patient/physician issues related to diabetes), Intercultural Communication (Native Americans, particularly Cherokees).
COURSES TAUGHT: Health Communication, Native American Communication, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Ethnography, Business and Professional Speaking
(Ph.D., University of Oklahoma)
Sandra L. Faulkner
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Cultural & Ethnic Identities and Sexual talk in Close Relationships, Gender and Communication.
COURSES TAUGHT: Interpersonal Communication, Sexual Communication, Communication Research Methods, Intercultural Communication.
(Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Information Communication Technologies, Critical/Cultural Studies, Feminist and Postcolonial Theories and Communication, Intercultural/International/Global Communication, Media Studies.
COURSES TAUGHT: International Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Technoscience and Cyberculture, Qualitative Research Methods.
(Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh)
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Intercultural Communication, Rhetorical Criticism;
COURSES TAUGHT: Communication and Culture, Intercultural Rhetoric, Leadership in Communication, Rhetoric and Technology, Interpretive Methods In Communication.
(Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Position: Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor for BGSU Chapter of AWC
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Nonviolent/Peace Communication, International/Intercultural Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Political Rhetoric, Social Movement Rhetoric, Media Criticism and Propaganda.
COURSES TAUGHT: Communication and Conflict, Communication and Gender, Communication and Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetoric of Globalization, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies.
(Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
Lisa K. Hanasono
Position: Associate Professor
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication, Prejudice and Stigma, Using Communication to Prevent and Respond to Discrimination, Social Support, and Faculty Leadership
COURSES TAUGHT: Persuasion, Communication Theory, Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Speaking, Interviewing, Relational Communication, Health Communication, Race and Communication
(Ph.D., Purdue University)
Lara Martin Lengel
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Transnational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Impact of Communication Technology, Internationalizing Education, Environmental Communication.
COURSES TAUGHT: Technology for Transnational Communication, Humanistic Research Methods, International Communication, Intercultural Communication, Gender and Communication, Internationalizing Education through Media and Technology.
(Ph.D., Ohio University)
Position: Professor & Director of the School of Media and Communication
AREAS OF RESEARCH: Interpersonal Communication, Relational Maintenance.
COURSES TAUGHT: Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication.
(Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)