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Phone: (920) 424-4427
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2020/2021 Communication Studies Department Directory
Brunette, TylerOshkosh
Fox Cities
Considine, Jennifer (Chair)
Hinrichs, RobertOshkosh
Fox Cities
Lovell, PaulaFox
McMullen, JeffFox Cities
Rolain-Jacobs, Stephanie (Director of Public Speaking)
Schneider, DamonFond du
Snyder, LorenFox
Wilkum, KristiFond du


Dr. Jennifer Considine
Professor and Department Chairperson 

ACS 125 / (920) 424-4422


Dr. Jennifer Considine Profile


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

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

Marquette University, B.A., 1998


Communication Field Emphasis

Organizational Communication



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. Ryan Allred

Assistant Professor

AC S404

Dr. Ryan Allred Profile


University of Connecticut, Ph.D.

Colorado State University, M.A.

Utah State University, B.S.



Interpersonal Communication

Introduction to Public Speaking

Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (Comm & Tech)


More About Dr. Allred…

My research focuses on communication inhibitors and pro-social emotions as they relate to creting and maintaining relationships. Specifically, I explore the intersection between interpersonal communication and technology by examining the influence of cell phone usage on face-to-face communication (i.e., phubbing). I am interested in understanding how cell phones may inhibit or change communicative processes and in helping indivdiuals navigate the complexities of an ever-expanding digital era.  Additionally, my research examines the effects of pro-social emotions (e.g., gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, etc.) and expressive writing in relation to overcoming such inhibitions.

Raised in the mountains of Idaho, I like to spend my leisure time outdoors. Camping, hiking, kayaking, soccer, and tennis are among my favorite activities, but I also enjoy making connections in the community through religious, political, and athletic events.


Dr. Carmen Heider

ACS 409

Dr. Carmen Heider Profile


Penn State University, Ph.D., 2000

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

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

Communication Field Emphases


Women’s Studies


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
Associate Professor 

ACS 412

Dr. Danielle Kvam Profile


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

ACS 406

Dr. Tony Palmeri Profile


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



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

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

Dr. Kristi Wilkum

Associate Professor 


Fond du Lac Campus


Dr. Kristi Wilkum Profile


Purdue University, Ph.D.

UW Milwaukee, M.A.

St. Cloud State University, B.A.



Interpersonal Communication,

Introduction to Public Speaking

Introduction to Business and Professional Communication

Mass Communication

Intercultural Communication

Pop Culture and Communication


More About Dr. Wilkum…

Dr. Wilkum teaches and does research on the Fond du Lac campus.

She has two active lines of research.  The first is focused on understanding how people help each other in times of need.  Specifically, she is interested in how people navigate giving and receiving support in complex situations.  Some of this work has focused on the support provided to women who have experienced a miscarriage, and more recently on estranged family members.  Her second line of research is related to teaching and learning. She has evaluated the integration of technology in the high school and college classrooms, and (with a research team) developed and evaluated a taxonomy integrate high impact practices into college curriculum.

She has a very active lifestyle.  She loves to be outdoors and spend her free time making maple syrup, gardening, hiking, boating, fishing, snowshoeing, and just generally being in nature.  She is a certified yoga instructor, who just began a year of daily meditation.  She is also learning about total body workouts and dabbling in running.  She lives in Fond du Lac with her husband and two children.  They are active in their community and enjoy traveling and exploring new places.




Dr. Christy Brazee
Senior II Lecturer 

ACS 402

Dr. Christy Brazee Profile


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


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.

Dr. Tyler Brunette

ACS 136

Dr. Tyler Brunette Profile


University of Pittsburgh, PhD

Colorado State University, M.A.

Ripon College, B.A.


Introduction to Public Speaking

Meghan Dirth
Senior Lecturer 

ACS 129

Meghan Dirth Profile


Western Illinois University, M.A., 2010

Western Illinois University, B.A., 2008


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

ACS 127

Timothy Ernst Profile


University of Pacific, M.A. Communication, 2011

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, BA Political Science, 2007

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetoric, Argumentation/Debate


Communication 111

Elliott Fischer
Senior Lecturer 

ACS 138

Elliott Fischer Profile

Coming soon.

Dr. Robert Hinrichs

Senior II Lecturer 

ACS 410

Dr. Robert Hinrichs Profile


University of Minnesota, PhD.

Arizona State University, M.A.

Saint Cloud State University, B.A.

Communication Field Emphases

Rhetorical Studies,

Environmental Communication


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

Paula Lovell
Senior II Lecturer 

Fox Cities Campus

Paula Lovell Profile


Introduction to Public Speaking


Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs
Senior II Lecturer & Public Speaking Director 

ACS 120

Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs Profile


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


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 

ACS 103

Ann Vogel Profile


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

Communication Field Emphases

Intercultural Communication


Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Intercultural Communication


Dr. Lisa Volkening
Senior Lecturer 

ACS 133

Dr. Lisa Volkening Profile


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


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 

ACS 132

Angela Westphal Profile


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

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, B.A.

Communication Field Emphases

Business Communication

Health Communication


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