Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Communication Studies
Riverview 117
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

Phone: 320-308-2216
Fax: 320-308-2250

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Paula S. Tompkins


Office number: Riverview 211B
Phone number:    (320) 308-4982


Degrees held and granting institutions
B.A. 1978 (English), University of Kansas
M.A. 1980 (Speech Communication and Human Relations)
Ph.D. 1987 (Speech-Communication) University of Minnesota—Twin Cities

Primary and/or current research interests
I am intrigued by the challenges of living out a central proposition of contemporary communication theory--that communication constructs the worlds in which we live--especially in regard to communication ethics. If we do not communicate ethically, ethics will not be part of the worlds in which we live. My teaching and writing explores some of the dynamics of mindfully practicing these two ideas. I have a particular interest in practices that help communicators overcome their personal ethical nearsightedness. My book Practicing Communication Ethics: Development, Discernment and Decision Making explores these ideas, among others.

International Connections
I have participated in the SCSU British Studies program as a faculty member and an academic director, most recently in 2011. I have traveled in Europe and the Republic of Korea.

I am fond of reading science fiction and puttering around with plants.

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