Communication Faculty and Staff

Ward Bryant, Associate Professor, Department Chair

Ward Bryant Mr. 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, Associate Professor

Kelly Larson Photo Mr. Kelly B. Larson
an Associate Professor and the Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate). He came to MSSU from the U.S. Military Officer Corps serving in the Gulf during two combat tours. 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. 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


Dr. Hyunjung Kim, Assistant Professor

Hyunjung Kim photo Dr. 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 online knowledge sharing behavior in marketing and health communication. She also earned her Master's  in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) from Florida State University. She conducting research in developing the theory and model of e-Mavenism in new media and marketing/health promotion fields.

Dr. Hyunjung Kim
Webster Hall, Room 137

Dr. Natalie Grecu, Assistant Professor

Natalie GrecuDr. Natalie Grecu teaches Intro to Public Relations, Crisis Communication, Ethics in Strategic Communication, and Nonverbal Communication at Missouri Southern. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from Washington State University. Her doctoral thesis is: Engaging Environmental Issues: An Adaptive Communication Model and Approach to Exploring Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Lake Water Quality. She earned her Master's  in Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Purdue University

Dr. Natalie Grecu
Webster Hall Room 363

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 Sullivan photo Ms. Olive Sullivan
, assistant professor of communication and publications manager for The Chart, holds a Bachelor's in English/Communication from Pittsburg State University and a Master's in English/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado - Denver. She has worked for The Morning SunEl Amanecer, The Girard Press and The Carthage Press. She taught in Colorado and New Mexico, and at PSU and Labette Community College. She has published fiction, poetry, and creative essays in anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and England.  

Ms. Olive Sullivan
Webster Hall, Room 332

Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Staff