Communication Faculty and Staff

Ward Bryant, Associate Professor, Department Chair

Ward BryantMr. Ward Bryant is Department Chair. He teaches Mass Communication courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree and a Master of Science degree in Radio, Film, and Television, both from the University of Kansas. He has been involved with many kinds of productions for television over a several year span. He taught at Missouri State University before coming to Missouri Southern in 1992. 

Mr. Ward Bryant
Webster Hall, Room 362


Kelly Larson

Kelly LarsonKelly B. Larson an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication and the Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate). He came to the department by way of the U.S. Military Officer Corps serving in the Gulf during two combat tours. An avid high school and collegiate debater, he has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration from North Dakota State University. He has a Master's Degree from NDSU in Communication/Governmental Information. Currently, he is a Ph.D. (ABD) candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kelly has taught customs and courtesies to Saudi Arabian national guard troops, and  taught students with oral comprehension anxiety.  

Mr. Kelly Larson
Webster Hall, Room 358


Rhonda Clark, Assistant Professor

rhonda clark Ms. Rhonda Clark returned to the department as a full-time faculty member for the 2008-09 academic year. From 2001-04, she worked as publications manager for Missouri Southern State University's student newspaper, The Chart, and the former student magazine, Crossroads: The Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Missouri Southern and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting. She has worked as a reporter and copy editor for newspapers in southwest Missouri and community newspapers in Oklahoma. From 2004-08, she worked as a copy editor on the sports desk at the Tulsa World and later as an assistant editor for the World's community sections.

Ms. Rhonda Clark
Webster Hall, Room 331


Dr. Hyunjung Kim, Assistant Professor

Picture of Dr. KimDr. Hyunjung Kim teaches Media Convergence (New Media) and Research Methods at Missouri Southern. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from SUNY at Buffalo, and her doctoral thesis is in the area of the application of online knowledge sharing behavior in marketing and health communication. She also earned her Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) from Florida State University. She is currently conducting the research to develop the theory and model of e-Mavenism in new media and marketing/health promotion fields.

Dr. Hyunjung Kim
Webster Hall, Room 137


Kristen Livingston, Assistant Professor

Kristen LivingstonKristen Livingston teaches Mass Communication courses at Missouri Southern. She earned her Masters in Communication with concentrations in Gender Communication and Documentary Film from Pittsburg State University in 2008. Her Bachelors is also from Pittsburg with the emphasis in Broadcasting. She served as an Adjunct faculty member at Labette Community College in the Spring of 2009. When not exercising her "skills" in academia, she loves to run, sing, play with her Vizsla Mojo and watch baseball religiously. (Go Mets!)

Ms. Kristen Livingston
Webster Hall, Room 134


Shanna Slavings, Assistant Professor

Shanna SlavingsMs. Shanna Slavings teaches Speech Communication courses. She earned both her Master's in Communication (May 2010) and Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Management (August 2008) from Missouri State University in Springfield and an Associate of Arts in General Studies (June 2005) from Missouri State University in West Plains, Mo.

Ms. Shanna Slavings
Webster Hall, Room 356


Olive Sullivan, Assistant Professor

Olive SullivanMs. Olive Sullivan joined the department in August 2011 as assistant professor of communication and publications manager for The Chart.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English/Communication, Journalism Minor, from Pittsburg State University, and a master's in English/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado - Denver.  Sullivan taught writing and literature classes and advised student publications at the Community College of Aurora, Colorado, and New Mexico State University - Carlsbad. She  taught journalism, writing, and literature at PSU and Labette Community College.  She served as producer of the morning news show for KOAM-TV before joining the staff of The Morning Sun newspaper. 

While at the Sun, she created and co-edited a Spanish-language sister publication, El Amanecer.  She also served a lead writer for The Girard Press, and has written for Joplin Tri-State Business Journal, Southeast Kansas Business Journal, andThe Carthage Press. 

She has published short fiction, poetry, and creative essays in anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and England.  Sullivan enjoys travel, long rambles in the woods with her dogs, fly fishing, snowshoeing, reading, painting, and flea-marketing. 

Ms. Olive Sullivan
Webster Hall, Room 332


Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Staff