chris Faculty

Dr. Christopher L. Nix • Associate Professor

Office Location: Anderson Hall, Room 19
Phone: 863-7988

Credentials:
- Ph.D Ohio University
- M.A. Ohio University
- B.S. University of Louisville

Chris has a wide range of teaching experience in communication discipline. Currently, Chris teaches upper level courses in organizational communication, conflict management, group dynamics, gender and relationship communication. In addition to teaching, Chris serves as department chair.

Chris engages in research synthesizing four distinct areas in the communication field: Relationship maintenance, friendship, culture, and conflict. He has begun to construct an extensive record of refereed articles and convention papers–with several articles currently under review for publication in reputable journals.

Chris has used his research experience in the private sector as a communication consultant to several businesses and corporations across the US. Most recently, Chris has worked with middle and high school administrators and counselors to aid in the implementation of peer mediation programs in several Kentucky school districts. Chris enjoys working with “at-risk” juveniles in effectively managing conflict and peer relations.

On a more personal note, Chris is a native of Louisville, KY; has a Yellow Lab named Maggie, enjoys exercise/fitness, and general outdoor activities.

Courses Taught

Related Service

  • Department Chair

susan Faculty

Dr. Susan Dummer • Assistant Professor, Chair

Office Location: Anderson Hall Room 18
Phone: (502) 863-7958

Credentials:
- Ph.D. Texas A&M
– M.A. Texas A&M
– B.S. Sam Houston State University

Susan is the newest member of COMM department and comes to Georgetown with a vast amount of training and experience in the Communication field. Susan has worked with nationally and internationally renowned scholars in the areas of (1) Organizational Communication, (2) Health Communication, and (3) Interpersonal Communication. Her research and expertise focuses on how gender imagines and representations in the media shape identities and relationships. Specifically, Susan’s research explores how young girls incorporate media images into their understanding of self and into rules for relating to others. While her academic and scholarly accomplishments are certainly impressive, Susan have been equally recognized for her excellence in teaching. Susan and her husband, James, have two children, Tyler, 9, and Josie, 2.

Courses Taught

Related Service

  • Chapter Advisor: Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honorary Society

Dr. Jacob Dickerson • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Anderson Hall 22
Phone: 502-863-8163
Email: jacob_dickerson@georgetowncollege.edu
Website: http://www.jadickerson.com/

Dr. Dickerson arrived at Georgetown College in 2012 after receiving his PhD. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. His work is largely interdisciplinary, integrating Critical Media Studies with Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. He utilizes those perspectives in studies of identity, popular culture, and collective memory. His research has examined online identity construction, how media construct collective memory, and the rhetoric of popular science news reporting, among other issues. Dr. Dickerson teaches classes in Media History and Theory, New Media, Criticism, and Rhetoric. He is also the faculty advisor for Georgetown’s student-run radio station, WRVG, giving him the opportunity to work closely with students in a practical media environment.
Follow Dr. Dickerson on Twitter @jacob1480.

alma Faculty

Dr. Alma Hall • Associate Professor

Office Location: Anderson Hall 20 (A)
Phone: (502) 863.8148

Credentials:
- Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
– M.S.W. University of Louisville
– B.A. Hanover College

Alma Hall, Associate Professor, graduated from Hanover College, gained a Masters in Social Work from the University of Louisville and, after careers in social work and business, returned to Vanderbilt to earn the PhD. Her dissertation, Reflections, The Images and Stories of Women Leaders, examined the personal narratives of a group of nationally known women.
Alma continues to research and teach in leadership studies, including undergraduate and graduate courses each spring semester entitled “Leadership for Change”. She recently published a chapter, “For Kentucky: The Shared Vision of Governor Martha Layne Collins,” in a book Navigating Boundaries, The Rhetoric of Women Governors which was edited by Brenda Marshall and Molly Mayhead.

Alma also teaches in the areas of interpersonal communication and group dynamics. She continues to provide communication, team building, and leadership consulting for corporate, non-profit and business development. Her work with a state government agency resulted in the publication of an article in The Advocate entitled “Defender Professionalism and Excellence”. For her work with that agency’s leadership development, Dr. Hall was given the Kentucky Public Advocate’s Award in September 2000.
Alma has two grown daughters and is a new (and very proud) grandmother to Warren (born on December 21st, 2005).

Courses Taught

  • COMM 200 (A): Personal/Interpersonal Communication/li>
  • COMM 200 (B): Personal/Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 200 (C): Personal/Interpersonal Communication

Current Service to the College

(Director) Brown Scholar’s Leadership Recognition Program


Dr. Kenneth M. Sibal • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Anderson Hall, Room 021
Phone: 502-863-8211
Email: Kenneth_Sibal@georgetowncollege.edu

Credentials:
Ph.D Ohio University
M.A. Western Kentucky University
B.A. Georgetown College

Kenny returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2010 to join the Communication and Media Studies department. He teaches introductory courses in the department including Principles of Communication and Foundations 112 in conjunction with several upper-level courses in Crisis Communication, Sports and Media, Small Group Communication, and Organizational Communication.

Kenny comes to Georgetown with a wide range of experience. As a M.A. student, Kenny first began his teaching journey while simultaneously working for Leadership Strategies Group, an organizational consulting firm in Bowling Green, Kentucky under the direction of Dr. Randy Capps. There, he conducted and participated in several consulting projects including conflict management, professional speaking, leadership/delegation, as well as strategic planning.

At Ohio University, Kenny gained a specialization in Relating and Organizing. His dissertation focused on Organizational Communication and explored organizational-level dialectics and the experience/communication of college football injuries. Kenny has several conference presentations and publications in the areas of interpersonal/organizational communication including family communication, image repair, risk communication, and crisis communication.

Courses Taught

COMM 101: Principles of Communication
FDN 112: From Talking to Texting
COMM 312: Small Group Communication
COMM 400: Organizational Communication
COMM 471 (Topics): Sports and Media
COMM 471 (Topics): Crisis Communication