Dr. Katherine L. Adams

Dr. Adams is the Chair of the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism.

California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA  93740-8027

Office: McKee Fisk 238
Phone: 559.278.4546 | Fax: 559.278.4113
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Position: Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Utah; M.A. & B.S. University of Wyoming

Interests: Interpersonal Communication, Pragmatic Approach to Relational Communication, Naturalistic Inquiry of Communicative Phenomena, Communication Theory

Dr. Adams' academic interests include interpersonal communication, pragmatic approaches to relational communication, naturalistic inquiry of communicative phenomena, and communication theory.  Her primary teaching interests are in interpersonal communication and communication theory and has taught courses in small group communication, gender and communication, research methods, persuasion, and argumentation.  She was an original member of the faculty for the CSU Smittcamp Honors college, designing an honors course in invitational rhetoric.

Dr. Adams is past chair of the Department of Communication and currently is chair of Media, Communications and Journalism.  She is the recipient of their 2015 Paul Sheehan Outstanding Service Award.  She has been an active member of WSCA since 1983 and serves as one of their Past Presidents.  She has published in Western Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and exchanges:The On-Line Journal on Teaching and Learning in the CSU.  She co-authors Aubrey Fisher's (deceased) Interpersonal Communication: A Pragmatic Approach textbook.   She also co-authors two small group textbooks: Communicating in Groups: Applications and Skills and Effective Group Discussion: Theory and Practice with Gloria GalanesShe recently co-authored, with Fraleigh and Tuman, Let’s Communicate: An Illustrated Guide to Human Communication