News and Events


The Department has four new faculty this year.


Dr. Christine Cooper, Visiting Assistant Professor.  Dr. Cooper received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Communication Studies at the University of Memphis, an MFA Theatre (Directing) at the University of Memphis, and a B.A. in Psychology/Communication at Oral Roberts University.

Dr. John Saunders, Visiting Lecturer.  Dr. Saunders received his Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Penn State University, an M.A. and a B.A. in Communication at the University of Memphis.

Ms. Aaran Mattson, Visiting Lecturer.  Ms. Mattson received her M.A. in Communication at the University of Arkansas, and B.A. in English at the University of Central Arkansas.

Ms. Jana Porter, Visiting Lecturer.  Ms. Porter received her MLA in Communication at Arkansas Tech University, a B.A. in English at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, and a B.A. in Journalism at Arkansas Tech University.


Events for Fall 2014


Communication Week

Many events are scheduled for the week of October 27 through October 31 including Dr. William D. Lindsey, Artist in Residence.  Dr. Lindsey is the author of Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher.  This book focuses on the practice of communicating health information during the time of Wilson R. Bachelor, a 19th century doctor from Franklin County, Arkansas.  Comparisons between historical and contemporary understandings of health literacy will be explored.  Bill Lindsey is a Little Rock native who has a B.A. in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. in English from Tulane University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from University of St. Michael's College of the Toronto School of Theology.

He will be holding a Lecture/Q&A Craft Talk in the Advanced Communication Theory class in Win Thompson Hall Room 115 from 2:40 to 3:55 p.m. on Tuesday the 28th, a lecture/book signing will be later that evening at 7:30 p.m., in the College of Business Auditorium, Room 107.   On Thursday, October 30, he will be holding two Lecture/Q&A sessions during the Social Studies Context and Arkansas History class, Irby Hall 115 from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m., and 10:50 to 12:05 p.m.

The Fourth Annual Olive M. Hilliard Speech Showcase is scheduled on October 30 at 6:00 p.m., in the Win Thompson Hall Grand Foyer.  This Showcase was created in memory of Ms. Hilliard, an Instructor of Basic Oral Communication (now titled Principles of Communication), in the Department.  The Showcase is open to Freshman or Sophomore level students enrolled in the Department's general education class, Principles of Communication.  The student must exemplify Ms. Hilliard's spirit and deliver an outstanding speech as determined by their work during the class.


The forensics team will be traveling on October 3 to the Weevil Wars hosted at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and October 24 to the Golden Eagle Tournament at John Brown University.  On November 7, the team will be traveling to the Shreveport Red River Classic at Louisiana State University.