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The Department of Communication Studies at UWL provides students with opportunities to increase their understanding of the communication process and develop communication competencies necessary for their personal and professional endeavors.

Our department prepares students for communication intensive careers in business, law, politics, social and human services, media, and higher education. 

Our students, faculty, and staff are committed to quality teaching and learning, scholarly and applied research, creative activities, and service to the university, local community, and beyond.

Position Announcement

The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Department of Communication Studies is seeking an experienced and motivated Associate Lecturer for our basic communication course, Communicating Effectively (CST 110). CST 110 is a general education course that focuses on public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching communication concepts to undergraduate students, a commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and willingness to participate in our collegial and supportive department environment.

The position is for the 2018-2019 academic year, with possibility of annual renewal.

Duties/Responsibilities: Teach four sections per semester of Communicating Effectively (CST 110), as well as engage in service and/or academic research. Possibilities for teaching other courses in the department will depend on department need and candidate expertise.

Minimum Required Qualifications: 

  1. Master's Degree in Communication Studies 
  2. At least two semesters as instructor of record of communication-related classes. 

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required.  For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit

Student spotlight

Students Win WBA Student Awards for Excellence!

Several Broadcast and Digital Media emphasis students attended the February 24 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Seminar held at the Marriott West in Madison. Included in the seminar was the recognition of outstanding achievement by radio and TV students enrolled in a postsecondary school in Wisconsin. The following students received Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Awards for Excellence: Colin Malliet and Brigham Weyrauch (2nd place) for Untamed Universe 2 (an original radio drama that was a sequel to Untamed Universe 1 that took 1st place last year) in the Audio Storytelling-Sound (Radio); and Hannah Boettcher and Charles Shreve (2nd place) for Long Form Production Non-News (TV). This original drama, The Strange Life of Dr. Dwight, centered on the morphing of Hannah’s pet lizard and was their final production for CST 376 Remote Video Operations class.

Pictured are Ali Schatzman, Kyle Popovich, Colin Malliet, Brigham Weyrauch, and Anne Drewes

CST faculty scholarship showcase


Dr. Ronda Leahy recently published a co-authored article with former student, Ariana Filiatrault, in the International Journal of ePortfolio.  The article examines employers' perceptions of the effectiveness of eportfolios when evaluating potential job candidates.

Department spotlight

Dr. Uttara Manohar participated in a panel titled, "What Ta-Nehisi Coates Says to Me," during the 2018 UW-L Social Justice Week.  Dr. Manohar talked about Coates’ book Between the World and Me from an intercultural perspective and how it presents an opportunity to understand the everyday experiences of racial discrimination.