Communication Studies is not just about making speeches. In NKU's program, you'll study human interaction in all its many forms — from interpersonal to cross-cultural, from effective listening to argumentation, from conflict mediation to family dynamics.
NKU students are gaining professional experience with area businesses such as Duke Energy, Fidelity Investments, The Cincinnati Reds, Hewlett-Packard, Kroger, Procter & Gamble and The Cincinnati Bengals.
Dr. Lambert South is a Full Professor in Communication Studies. She received her PhD in Family Communication from the University of Denver, her MA in Interpersonal Communication from Texas Tech University, and her BA in Communication and Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Lambert South recently completed a JD from Chase College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Kentucky. Her areas of expertise include divorce, stepfamilies, co-parenting, family favoritism, juvenile justice, and conversations surrounding death. Professor Lambert South is widely involved in the NKU community both on- and off-campus. In addition to serving as a board member and mediator for the Northern Kentucky Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, she is the NKU IRB Chair. She is also the director of the Communication Studies and Health Communication programs. Dr. Lambert South is an active force in the communication discipline and has served as the Chair of the Family Communication and Master’s Education divisions for the National Communication Association. She has also served as the Chair of the Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group for the Central States Communication Association. She is active on numerous review boards and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Family Communication, Women and Language, and the Journal of Communication Pedagogy.
Dr. Lambert South's research program examining divorce, favoritism, death, and adolescent treatment has yielded over 75 competitively selected papers at international, national, and regional conferences (including top paper designations) and has led to publications in journals such as the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, the Journal of Family Communication, Death Studies, Communication Research Reports, Behavioral Sciences, and Qualitative Research Reports.