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Rhonda Sprague

Professor -
Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
CAC 208
715-346-2812
 
 
 

Focus

  • B.S. Degree: Northern Michigan University, 1991
  • M.A. Degree: Indiana University, 1993
  • Ph.D. Degree: The University of Texas at Austin, 1998
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Advice-Seeking in Parent-Child Relationships
  • Major Area of Concentration: Interpersonal, Family, Nonverbal, and Relational Communication, Conflict Management, Academic Advising

Courses Taught

  • Comm 100 - Introduction to Communication Study
  • Comm 271 - Contemporary Communication Theories
  • Comm 280 - Intro to Interpersonal Communication
  • Comm 389 - Family Communication
  • Comm 389 - Conflict Mangement
  • Comm 389 - The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication  
  • Comm 702 - Graduate Research Methods
  • Comm 740 - Graduate Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
  • Comm 770 - Applied Interpersonal and Organizational Communication

Awards/Service

Professional

  • Member, NACADA Professional Development Committee, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Faculty Advising Commission of NACADA, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Service to Faculty Advising Commission Award Committee (NACADA), 2006

University

  • University Curriculum Committee (Chair) 2007-2008
  • Member, Criterion 2 Task Force for HLC 2008 Accreditation, 2006-2007
  • Chair, Retention Appeal Hearing Committee, Spring 2006
  • UWSP Council of Advisors, Spring 2003-present

University Presentations

  • Presenter, May Roach Hall, "Long-Distance Relationships: Pros and Cons," September 27, 2006

Division

  • Undergraduate Advising Coordinator Spring 2002-present
  • Initiator and Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society 2001-present
  • Professional Development Committee 1999-2001, 2006-2007 (Chair)

Community

  • Thrivent Builds Homes Coordinator, Central Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity, 2007
  • Board of Directors, Central Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity, Summer 2006-present
  • Member, Monteverdi Master Chorale, 2004-present
  • Nominated by Division of Communication for University Service Award, 2004
  • Selected as UWSP's Teaching Fellow for 2004-2005 academic year

Recent Publications

Sprague, R.J. (2004). Pauses, transition relevance and speaker change in multiple-party interactions. Communication Research Reports, 21, 357-365.
 
Sprague, R.J. (2006). [Review of the book Discussion-based online teaching to enhance student learning: Theory, practice, and assessment]. NACADA Journal, 25(2).
 
Sprague, R.J., Knapp, M.L., & Hall, J.A. (2005). Instructor's manual to accompany Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction, (6th Edition). Fort Worth, IN: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Research

  • Academic Advising
  • Interpersonal Rules
  • Hurtful Messages

Positions

  • Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, Division of Communication
  • Chair, Graduate Council
  • Chair, Faculty Advising Commission of the National Academic Advising Association
  • Chair, University Curriculum Committee
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