Ph.D. Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986.
Traveling Scholar, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1983.
M.A. Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
B.A. Speech, University of Connecticut at Storrs, 1976.
9/08- Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athens, OH
8/03 – 6/08 Professor, Department of Communication, Purdue University at West Lafayette, IN
1/ 04 – 5/04 Visiting Professor, Consortium International University, Paderno del Grappa, TV Italy
8/92 – 7/03 Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Purdue University
8/86 – 7/92 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Purdue University
8/84 – 7/86 Lecturer
, Department of Speech Communication, Indiana University at Bloomington.
I am interested in communication, uncertainty and values, and particularly the communicative construction of uncertainty and the profound values often associated with health, illness, and risk. My work emphasizes variation in the meanings of uncertainty, the dynamic relationship between uncertainties/expectations and values, the communicative constitution of ambivalence, and the construction of possibility and impossibility. With students and other colleagues, I have applied these ideas in a number of health contexts (e.g., pre- and perinatal care, illness explanation, breast cancer, advance care planning in the context of dialysis) and in relation to bioterrorism and environmental risks. I have also begun to study connections between my enduring interests in communication, uncertainty and value and areas such as communication ethics, spiritual and religious wisdom traditions, and communication pedagogy and activism.
Since joining the OU Communication Studies program, my teaching has emphasized communication theory, health communication, and the communicative construction of risk, but has recently included environmental communication and communication ethics. In the future I hope to add courses on communication and spirituality, communication activism, and uncertainty in illness.
Selected Awards and Honors
2012 Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
2012, 2011 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
2007, 2005 Scholar-Mentor, Doctoral Honors Seminars Co-Sponsored by NCA, U of AL, U of OK
2007 Distinguished Article Award, Health Communication Division, NCA
2003 Rose B. Johnson Article Award, Southern Communication J, Volume 68 (with Carol B. Mills)
2003 Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, NCA
I have become involved in the community of activists working to slow down or stop high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing, an unconventional method of extracting oil and gas.