Who We Are

Our Department

Applied communication looks at how communication theory and principles can be used to better the communication that takes place in a variety of contexts. We focus primarily on interpersonal and organizational contexts. Students learn to “apply” theory to everyday situations in order to improve the communication within those situations.

Our curriculum is interactive in nature, with an emphasis on case studies and ethical communication across the curriculum, in order to help students understand how to use positive communication to make a difference in their personal and professional lives.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. April Chatham-CarpenterDr. April Chatham-Carpenter, Department Chair
Professor; Vitae
M.A., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma




Dr. Gerald W. Driskill

Dr. Gerald W. Driskill, Graduate Coordinator
Professor; Vitae
M.A. Abilene Christian University; Ph.D. University of Kansas
Phone: 501-916-6020




Katie HalfordKatie Halford
Instructor: Vitae
M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Phone: 501-916-6025




Dr. Kristen McIntyre

Dr. Kristen McIntyre
Professor: Vitae
M.A. Iowa State University; Ph.D. North Dakota State University, Fargo
Phone: 501-916-6024




Dr. Julien C. Mirivel

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel
Professor: Vitae
M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder
Phone: 501-916-6030




Dr. Bailey M. OliverDr. Bailey M. Oliver
Assistant Professor: Vitae
M.A. University of Alabama; Ph.D. Arizona State University
Phone: 501-916-6027




Dr. Avinash Thombre

Dr. Avinash Thombre
Professor; Vitae
M.A. Bangalore University Health Communication; Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Phone: 501-916-6023




Dr. Carol Thompson

Dr. Carol Thompson
Professor: Vitae
M.A., Ph.D. Southern Illinois University
Phone: 501-916-6021