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Gretchen K Underwood, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Communication

Gretchen Underwood, Assistant Professor of Communication (Ph.D., Purdue University) has always had a passion for exploring the ways that specialized information is communicated to a variety of audiences (i.e. scientists, politicians, lay individuals, at-risk communities, etc.). Specifically, her research focuses on the use of frames to define the policies and the mission of the U.S. space program. Dr. Underwood's other research interests include rhetorical theory, discourse and public policy, applications of Burke, and organizational communication. She teaches Mass Communication Process, Interviewing and Information Gathering, Persuasion, Rhetoric and Public Policy, Argument, Research Methods in Communication, Communication in a Technical Organization, Capstone, and Public Speaking. Before returning to academia, Dr. Underwood worked as a public relations professional for several years, and she brings a combination of theory and practice to the classroom. She serves as a faculty co-advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, and enjoys partnering with the Millstein Library's A-Team and the Academic Village for quality campus events.