Phil Tompkins’ Distinguished Lecture Series

Past Lectures

Paaige Turner – September 20, 2017Paaige Turner Profile Pic

Paaige Turner, Executive Director of the National Communication Association

Paaige Turner is Executive Director of the National Communication Association, a membership organization whose mission is to advance Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Turner began her tenure at NCA in April 2017 following 20 years of scholarship in organizational communication, and most recently as Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Communications at Webster University.


Courtney Scherr – April 11, 2017Courtney Scherr Profile Pic

Courtney Scherr, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University

Courtney Scherr (Ph.D., Applied Health Communication, Purdue University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty member in the Center for Communication and Health at Northwestern University. Her research agenda focuses on the theory-guided design and evaluation of messages containing scientific information about risk to patients. The goal of her work is to increase patient understanding, engage patients in informed decision-making, and increase adherence to medical recommendations. Her current projects examine the communication of hereditary cancer risk and patient outcomes from genetic testing.


Phillip K. Tompkins – October 14, 2015Phillip Tompkins Profile Pic

Phillip (Phil) Tompkins, Professor, researcher, literary critic, and author in the field of Communication.

Phillip K. Tompkins is well known in the field of communication and beyond because of his long and exciting career as a professor, researcher, literary critic, and author. After achieving his Ph.D. in organizational communication from Purdue University in 1962, Tompkins was a consultant to NASA working under the legendary Wernher von Braun during the development of the Saturn V (the “moon rocket”). Throughout his career as a professor, he maintained productive research programs at Wayne State University, Kent State University, the University of Albany, Purdue University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has continued this record since his retirement in 1998.

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