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Phone: (920) 424-4427
Location: Arts & Communication
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Communication Studies Department Directory
Considine, Jennifer (Chair)
McMullen, JeffFox
Rolain-Jacobs, Stephanie (Director of Public Speaking)
Snyder, LorenFox
Sunseri, Mary
Wilkum, KristiFond du Lac/
Rabideau, SusanFox


Dr. Jennifer Considine
Professor and Department Chairperson 

AC S125 / (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

AC S409

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 

AC S412

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

AC S406

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

AC S409

Oshkosh/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. Tyler Brunette

AC S136

Dr. Tyler Brunette Profile


University of Pittsburgh, PhD

Colorado State University, M.A.

Ripon College, B.A.


Introduction to Public Speaking and Argumentation Analysis

Elliott Fischer
Senior Lecturer 

AC S138

Elliott Fischer Profile


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A., 2005

Winona State University, B.A., 1998


Introduction to Public Speaking, Business and Professional Speaking

Dr. Robert Hinrichs
Senior II Lecturer 

AC S410

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 

AC S104

Paula Lovell Profile


University of Northern Iowa, August 1996 – M.A. in Communication Studies

University of Northern Iowa, December 1990 – B.A. in Communication/Public Relations

North Iowa Area Community College, December 1988 – A.A. in Liberal Arts


Introduction to Public Speaking, Interpersonal Speech


Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs
Senior II Lecturer & Public Speaking Director 

AC S120

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

Mary Anne Sunseri

AC S132

Mary Anne Sunseri Profile


San Jose State University,  M.A. Communication Studies

Santa Clara University, B.A. Communication Studies

Santa Clara University, B.S. Psychology


Introduction to Public Speaking


Ann Vogel
Senior II Lecturer 

AC S103

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 

AC S133

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, Argumentation Analysis and 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.