Communication

Communication Faculty and Staff

Mr. 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. Read more.

Mr. Ward Bryant
Webster Hall, Room 362
417-625-9710

 

Mr. 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, taught students with oral comprehension anxiety, coached a national championship LD debate team, coached an individual LD champion, and finished 4th at the NFA National LD championships in 2009. He brings an application of speaking and argument theories from practice to application. Read more.

Mr. Kelly Larson
Webster Hall, Room 358
417-625-3196

 

Ms. 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. Read more.

Ms. Rhonda Clark
Webster Hall, Room 331
417-625-9596

 

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. Read more.

Dr. Hyunjung Kim
Webster Hall, Room 137
417-625-3592

 

Ms. 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!). Read more.

Ms. Kristen Livingston
Webster Hall, Room 134
417-625-9791

 

Ms. 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. Read more.

Ms. Shanna Slaving
Webster Hall, Room 356
417-625-9654

 

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 Pittsburgh State University, and a master's iin 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, before returning to the Four States area.  There , she taught journalism, writing, and literature at Pittsburg State University 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.  In addition to teaching at Southern, she writes an occasional column for The Carthage Press and works as an editorial consultant specializing in poetry. 
Sullivan's other passion is creative writing.  She has published short fiction, poetry, and creative essays in anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Canads, and England.  Readings of her work have been well received at the Writer's Place in Kansas City as well as venues in Lawrence, KS; Kansas City; Wichita; Denver, Co; and at the spiva Art Gallery in Joplin.
When not writing, Sullivan enjoys travel, long rambles in the woods with her dogs, fly fishing, snowshoeing, reading, painting, and scouting flea markets to outfit the 100-year-old house she is restoring with the invaluable help of her mother, a cabinet-maker and former mayor - all of which gives her material to write about. Read More.

Ms. Olive Sullivan
Webster Hall, Room 332
417-625-9823

 

Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Staff

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