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Phone: (920) 424-4427
Email: commstudies@uwosh.edu
Location: Arts & Communications
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2019/2020 Communication Studies Department Directory
NameLocationEmail
Brazee, ChristyOshkoshbrazeec@uwosh.edu
Brunette, TylerOshkosh
Fox Cities
brunetteb@uwosh.edu
Considine, Jennifer (Chair)Oshkoshconsidij@uwosh.edu
Dirth, MeghanOshkoshdirthm@uwosh.edu
Ernst, TimothyOshkoshernstt@uwosh.edu
Fischer, ElliottOshkoshfischere@uwosh.edu
Heider, CarmenOshkoshheider@uwosh.edu
Hinrichs, RobertOshkosh
Fox Cities
hinrichs@uwosh.edu
Kvam, DanielleOshkoshkvamd@uwosh.edu
Lovell, PaulaFox Citieslovellp@uwosh.edu
McMullen, JeffFox Cities
Palmeri, AnthonyOshkoshpalmeri@uwosh.edu
Rabideau, SusanFox Citiesrabideaus@uwosh.edu
Rolain-Jacobs, Stephanie (Director of Public Speaking)Oshkoshrolainja@uwosh.edu
Schneider, DamonFond du Lacschneiderd@uwosh.edu
Snyder, LorenFox Citiessnyderl@uwosh.edu
Vogel, AnnOshkoshvogel@uwosh.edu
Volkening, LisaOshkoshvolkenil@uwosh.edu
Weber, ChrisOshkoshweberc@uwosh.edu
Westphal, AngelaOshkoshwestphaa@uwosh.edu
Wilkum, KristiFond du Lacwilkumk@uwosh.edu

Faculty


Dr. Jennifer Considine
Associate Professor and Department Chairperson

considij@uwosh.edu

ACS 125 / (920) 424-4422

 

Dr. Jennifer Considine Profile

Education

Texas A&M University, Ph.D., 2006

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, M.A., 2002

Marquette University, B.A., 1998

 

Communication Field Emphasis

Organizational Communication

 

Courses

Introduction to Organizational Communication, Communication in Nonprofit Organizations, Business and Professional Communication, Interviewing, Organizational Rhetoric, and Persuasion

 

More About Jennifer (in her own words)…

My research interests span the areas of organizational, group, and health communication. Of specific interest to me is the relationship between spirituality and work including the legal, ethical, and interactional dilemmas posed by the expression of religious and spiritual beliefs in the workplace. In addition, I have conducted research in the areas of: emotional labor, group argument and decision making processes, collaborative learning, and organizational culture.

I grew up in Baraboo, WI and then traveled around for several years before returning to Wisconsin in 2007. I currently live in Oshkosh with my husband Karl and my three young children, Isaac, Isiah, and Abby.

 

Favorite Quote

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  –  Margaret Mead


Dr. Carmen Heider
Professor

heider@uwosh.edu

ACS 409

Dr. Carmen Heider Profile

Education

Penn State University, Ph.D., 2000

Texas A&M University, M.A., 1993

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, B.A., 1987

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetoric

Women’s Studies

Courses

Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetoric of the U.S. Women’s Movement, African American Civil Rights Rhetoric, Gender and Discourse, Advance Public Speaking, Honors Ethics Seminar, Introduction to African American Studies, Inside-Out Prison Exchange, Program at Taycheedah Correctional Institution, Tanzania Study Abroad, and Greece Study Abroad

 

More About Dr. Heider:

Stemming from my background in rhetoric and my interest in social movements and activism, I have analyzed archival texts from woman suffrage movement and I have interviewed incarcerated women to learn more about their life experiences.

I also love to explore new places and hike – some of my favorite travel destinations are Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park.  I enjoy rooting for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (volleyball and football) and the Packers, but I am most passionate about traveling, learning, and working for social justice.

 Favorite Quotes:

 “You get to know things better when they go by slow.”  Frank Orrall

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  Author unknown


Dr. Danielle Kvam
Assistant Professor

kvamd@uwosh.edu

ACS 412

Dr. Danielle Kvam Profile

Education

B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN-2007

M.A. New Mexico State University-2010

Ph.D. University of New Mexico-2014

 

More About Dani (in her own words)…

I study cultural communication using the ethnography of communication approach.  My research is focused on ways that cultural communication practices can be leveraged to help immigrants make lives in the United States.

I grew up in a small town in Minnesota.  I spend my free time with my partner, my son, and my cat.  I like to be outside as much as possible, running, biking, swimming, and skiing.

 

 


Dr. Tony Palmeri
Professor

palmeri@uwosh.edu

ACS 406

Dr. Tony Palmeri Profile

Education

Wayne State University, Ph.D., 1987

Central Michigan University, M.A., 1984

St. John’s University, B.A., 1983

 

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

The First Amendment and Freedom of Speech

 

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Communication in Contemporary Society, Foundations of Speech Communication, The Rhetoric of Rock Music, Freedom of Speech in the United States, History of American Public Address, and Senior Seminar in Speech Communication

 

More About Dr. Palmeri…

Dr. Palmeri began his teaching career at UW Oshkosh in 1989. From 1997-2003 he served as Chair of the Department of Communication. He’s also served as president of the Faculty Senate, president of The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (UW Oshkosh chapter), and president of the Wisconsin Communication Association. The WCA named him “Educator of the Year” in 2004. In 2006 he was chosen to receive the UW Oshkosh Barbara G. Sniffen Faculty Governance Service Award.

Dr. Palmeri urges his students to take their citizenship responsibilities seriously. In part to practice what he preaches, for almost 10 years he produced and co-hosted (with former Oshkosh Mayor James Mather) a public affairs television program called “Commentary” for Titan-Television. He also co-hosted “Eye on Oshkosh” (with local journalist Cheryl Hentz) for Oshkosh Community Access Television. For campus radio station WRST-FM Palmeri produced and hosted “Radio Commentary.” He’s also appeared many times on Joy Cardin’s “Week in Review” program for Wisconsin Public Radio. Since 2002 he has written a monthly column (“Media Rants” ) for the Fox Valley SCENE.

Active in Oshkosh politics, Dr. Palmeri in 2007 was elected to the Oshkosh Common Council and reelected in 2009. His council colleagues elected him Deputy Mayor in 2009. He also serves on the City of Oshkosh Sustainability Board.

Dr. Palmeri maintains a blog at http://talktotony.blogspot.com/

Favorite Quotes

Wisdom without eloquence has been of little help to states, but eloquence without wisdom has often been a great obstacle and never an advantage.  –  Cicero

Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere we believe the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.  –  1894  UW Board of Regents

Lecturers

Christy Brazee
Senior II Lecturer

brazeec@uwosh.edu

ACS 402

Dr. Christy Brazee Profile

Education

Purdue University, PhD., 2002

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, M.A., 1996

University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A.J., 1993

Communication Field Emphases

Organizational Communication

Courses

Introduction to Communication Studies, Introduction to Organizational Communication, Organizational Communication Studies, Managerial Communications, Applied Managerial Communication Studies, Communication Training & Development in Organizations, Applied Projects in Organizational Communication, and Communication Career Capstone

 

More About Dr. Brazee:

My passion involves creating learning experiences that connect course content with its real-world application.  This is largely accompanied through action learning projects, which engage students in collaboration with local clients to analyze and address real-world organizational challenges through students’ concurrent learning and application of course content.  Not only does this deepen how students know the material and build their communication skills, it also encourages lifelong learning and creates opportunities for them to develop their professional competence and confidence.

Where did this passion come from? While at Purdue University, I worked extensively in the Department of Aviation Technology where I helped develop and direct the Applied Research in the Aviation Program. Working in interdisciplinary student/faculty teams, we analyzed organizational challenges in aviation organizations to develop strategies that led to more effective, efficient, safe, and adaptable operations.  My research interest continue to focus on using organizational communication to address work process, employee safety, and human factors problems.

Outside of work, I spend a lot of time at my kiddo’s sporting events, playing with (chasing after) our dogs and cats, and working on my latest crafting creations.  I live in Neenah with my husband, Mark, and two children, Sam & Tess.

 Favorite Quotes:

In the end, the learners will inherit the earth and the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.

–  Eric Hoffer, longshoreman and social philosopher

If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to gather wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, rather teach them to yearn for the endless immensity of the sea.

     – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer, poet, aritocrat, journalist, & pionerring aviator.

Meghan Dirth
Lecturer

dirthm@uwosh.edu

ACS 129

Meghan Dirth Profile

Education

Western Illinois University, M.A., 2010

Western Illinois University, B.A., 2008

Courses

Introduction to Public Speaking, Business and Professional Speaking

 

More About Meghan:

I was born and raised in Peoria, IL and moved to Wisconsin in 2010 when my husband, Tony, secured a position at UWO in Student Recreation.  We currently live in Oshkosh with our son John and daughter Ruby.  During my graduate studies, I discovered my passion for teaching. I am so happy to be teaching at UWO and to be able to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with my students.  My interests include hanging with my awesome family, scrapbooking (when I have time!), rooting for my favorite teams (Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and Iowa Hawkeyes), reading, and trying to make my time on this Earth as fulfilling as possible.

 Favorite Quotes:

“I have come to understand that life is composed of a series of coincidences. How we react to these—how we exercise what some refer to as free will—is everything; the choices we make within the boundaries of the twists of fate determine who we are.” John M. Perkins

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”  William E. Gladstone

“The greatest danger confronting us is not any particular kind of thought, but absence of thought.” Henry Steele Commanger

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right.” Thomas Paine


Timothy Ernst
Lecturer

ernstt@uwosh.edu

ACS 127

Timothy Ernst Profile

Education

University of Pacific, M.A. Communication, 2011

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, BA Political Science, 2007

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetoric, Argumentation/Debate

Courses

Communication 111

Elliott Fischer
Lecturer

fischere@uwosh.edu

ACS 138

Elliott Fischer Profile

Coming soon.


Dr. Robert Hinrichs

hinrichs@uwosh.edu

ACS 410

Dr. Robert Hinrichs Profile

Education

University of Minnesota, PhD.

Arizona State University, M.A.

Saint Cloud State University, B.A.

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetorical Studies,

Environmental Communication

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Small Group Communication, Advanced Public Speaking, Business and Professional Speaking, Communication Research Methods, Environmental Communication

 

More About Bob:

As an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist, Bob enjoys fishing, gardening, camping and—true to his native roots, he is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan.

 Favorite Quote:

I sit in happy meditation on my rock, pondering, while my line dries again, upon the ways of trout and men. How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain hook.

– From “June” in A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

WeiWei Jiang
Lecturer

jiangw@uwosh.edu

ACS 136

WeiWei Jiang Profile

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

 

Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs
Senior II Lecturer & Public Speaking Director

rolainja@uwosh.edu

ACS 120

Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs Profile

Education

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, M.A., Emphasis in Organizational Communication

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, B.A., Journalism; Minor: Political Science

Communication Field Emphases

Interpersonal Communication

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication (online), Effective Listening, Oral Interpretation of Literature

 

More About Stephanie:

My husband, Jamie, and I reside in Appleton with our two daughters and yellow lab. In my free time, I enjoy reading and downhill skiing. I also enjoy watching my daughters play soccer.

 Favorite Quotes:

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.  –  Jimi Hendrix

Ann Vogel
Senior II Lecturer

vogel@uwosh.edu

ACS 103

Ann Vogel Profile

Education

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, B.A. & M.A.

Communication Field Emphases

Intercultural Communication

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Intercultural Communication

 

Dr. Lisa Volkening
Lecturer

volkenil@uwosh.edu

ACS 133

Dr. Lisa Volkening Profile

Education

University of Georgia, Department of Speech Communication, Ph.D., 2010
University of Georgia, Department of Speech Communication, M.A., 2006
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, B.A., 2003

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetorical Criticism
Environmental Communication

Courses

Introduction to Public Speaking, Environmental Communication, and Special Topics in Rhetoric (Visual Communication)

More About Lisa:

My area of expertise is the rhetoric of environmental change, and I am particularly interested in the role of consumption and new media in shaping the way we interact with the natural world.  I enjoy bringing my passion for environmental communication into the classroom when I teach public speaking courses that focus on the theme of sustainability.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being outdoors, baking, and spending time with my husband and two young daughters.

Angela Westphal
Senior II Lecturer

westphaa@uwosh.edu

ACS 132

Angela Westphal Profile

Education

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, M.A. & Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, B.A.

Communication Field Emphases

Business Communication

Health Communication

Courses

Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Business and Professional Speaking

 

More About Angela:

I live in the Fox Valley and enjoy Wisconsin by camping and hiking in our state parks. My daughter (Sophia), son (Henry), and husband (David) love spending time outdoors and encourage me to find new activities there. I am not athletic but give a strong effort. Before teaching I worked as a Program Coordinator at a non profit organization called Friends of Celiac Disease Research. Now, I am a strong supporter of local businesses and the positive changes happening in Oshkosh.

 Favorite Quotes:

If I hide myself wherever I go, am I ever really there?  –  Barenaked Ladies