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Department of Communication Faculty

Department of Communication

Faculty

 Carolyn Baum

Carolyn Baum

Instructor of  Communication Studies

"Paul J. Meyer said “Communication—the human connection—is the key to personal and career success.” I feel that my role as an Instructor of Communication bestows the great privilege of guiding and interacting with students in an academic setting to help them become the best version of their personal and professional selves. "

cbaum@wtamu.edu
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 Andrea Becker

Andrea Becker

Instructor of Communication

William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I am thrilled to be able to light the fires of our future generation and hope to inspire them to be successful in their professional and personal lives.

abecker@wtamu.edu
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 Kim Bruce

Kimberly Bruce

Instructor of Mass Communication

“It is such a thrill to help students learn about the things I love. This is an amazing field with incredible opportunities for great communicators, and I look forward to helping students become today’s mass communicators.” 

kbruce@wtamu.edu
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 Dr. Butler Cain

Dr. Butler Cain

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

“I’ve committed my professional life to the practice and study of journalism, and it has been a rewarding choice. Journalism is a dynamic line of work, and it is one of the buttresses of democracy. WTAMU has a long history of student journalism, and I’m thrilled to carry on the tradition."

bcain@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Cain's Bio

 Dr. Kris Drumheller

Dr. Kris Drumheller

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Interim Department Head, History

"My favorite teaching experience has been having students come back and tell me how the communication skills they have learned or enhanced have made a positive difference in their personal relationships and thus a positive difference in their life."

kdrumheller@wtamu.edu
Dr. Drumheller's Bio

 Noah Franken

Dr. Noah Franken

Assistant Lecturer, Communication Studies

“In communication, the most profound lessons are oftentimes the most simple, and my favorite comes from Lee Thayer, who said, ‘as you communicate, so shall you be’. To help others recognize and take joy in such simple and overlooked truths is what inspires me to teach.”

nfranken@wtamu.edu
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 Dustin Hahn

Dr. Dustin Hahn

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

“I love working with students to help cultivate within them the skills and understanding needed not only to survive but thrive in an ever-changing media environment.”

dhahn@wtamu.edu
Dr. Hahn's Bio

 

 

Trudy Hanson

Dr. Trudy Hanson

Department Head,
Professor of Communication Studies

"Aristotle is credited with saying: 'Teaching is the highest form of understanding.'  I would add to that  teaching courses in speech communication allows me to see the world from my students' perspectives, understanding challenges, hopes and dreams."

thanson@wtamu.edu
Dr. Hanson's Bio

 

 Emily Kinsky

Dr. Emily Kinsky

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication

"Stories socialize us into roles of gender, age, class, vocation and life-style and offer models of conformity or targets for rebellion. They weave the seamless web of the cultural environment that cultivates most of what we think, what we do, and how we conduct our affairs" -- George Gerbner

ekinsky@wtamu.edu
Dr. Kinsky's Bio

Dr. Jessica Mallard

 

Dr. Jessica Mallard

Professor of Communication Studies, Dean

 "The best thing about working at West Texas A&M is the interaction with students.  I love teaching and WTAMU is small enough that I can really form a relationship with my students."

jmallard@wtamu.edu
Dr. Mallard's Bio

Connie McKee

Connie McKee

Instructor of Communication Studies, Director of Forensics

 "Teaching communication is giving students a skill that will help them in life.  We have a discipline that is always changing and must be up-to-date. I enjoy helping students achieve objectives that they never believed they could.  Students in my class can expect to learn a great deal and have a good time in the process."

cmckee@wtamu.edu
Connie Mckee's Bio
  

Enyonam Osei-Hwere  

Dr. Enyonam Osei-Hwere

Associate Professor of Mass Communication

“Effective engagement with students is a key ingredient in what we do as educators. As a faculty member my goal is to challenge, support and guide my students to success on this special journey of a college education. In mass communication effectiveness and success is required not expected. We have an obligation to equip our students with all the tools they need to succeed and that is why I love my job and look forward to being an integral part of the successes of WT. I am most definitely proud to be a BUFF”

eosei-hwere@wtamu.edu  
Dr. Osei-Hwere's Bio 

Randy Ray  

Randy Ray

Instructor of Mass Communication and Director of Broadcast Engineering

"I have the best job in the world! I get to share my passion of the media industry with the next generation. And I get to do it at a great place!"

rray@wtamu.edu
Randy Ray's Bio

Paula Schlegel  

Paula Schlegel

Instructor of Communication

"I love to see the confidence students gain when they realize that they can speak in public and not do something wrong.  Showing them the real life application to all concepts taught is a personal goal."

pschlegel@wtamu.edu
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 Sarah E. Vartabedian

Dr. Sarah Vartabedian

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”-Albert Einstein

svartabedian@wtamu.edu
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 Lori Westermann

Lori Westermann

Instructor of Mass Communication

"Before coming to WTAMU, I spent close to 20 years in the professional industry. In those years my media career took me to China and the United Kingdom . . . I've worked on low-budget advertising campaigns and Emmy Award winning documentaries . . . interviewed celebrities and politicians . . . and a little bit of everything in between. I just can't think of a field that offers such a wide range of fascinating experiences. I'm thrilled to be equipping the next generation of media professionals."

lwestermann@wtamu.edu
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