0 Douglas Gaerte

Douglas Gaerte

Douglas Gaerte

Professor of Communication

Teaching Philosophy

Communication is central to everything we do in life. My greatest joy as a professor is watching my students improve in their ability to communicate effectively in a broad range of situations. Whether it’s engaging new people in conversation, building stronger friendships, establishing healthy family dynamics, presenting professionally in a business context, leading an effective group discussion, or teaching a class, I want my communication students to have the knowledge and confidence they need to achieve their goals for a given situation. In every class I teach, and in numerous outside-of-the-classroom experiences, I try to model good communication myself while striving to create as many opportunities as possible for my students to practice their communication skills in a range of contexts.   We learn by doing, and the success of our majors after graduation is a testament to the work that we do in our department.


  • Ph.D. in Communication | Indiana University  (1995)
  • M.A. in Communication | Indiana University  (1987)
  • B.S in Speech Communication and Psychology | Grace College (IN)  (1983)

Courses Taught

  • Presentational Speaking
  • Communication Theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Techniques of Oral Performance
  • Advanced Presentational Speaking
  • American Public Address
  • Science Honors
  • Senior Capstone: Seminar in Public Communication
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