Dr. Tammy Jeffries joins the WKU Department of Communication in the fall of 2014 as a Visiting Minority Scholar. Dr. Jeffries brings with her a passion for teaching, a record of scholarly achievement, and interest in continuing conversations on race in the department, college and university.
Dr. Jeffries visited the department early in the spring semester to interview and teach a class, and on February 20, 2014, presented a lecture to students and faculty on an “Autoethnographical Exploration of Racial ‘I’dentity.”
Dr. Jeffries earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in August, 2013. Her dissertation analyzed interpersonal communication textbooks to uncover the assumptions of diversity education they contain. She discovered they presented diversity as an issue of national distinctions and differences, or intercultural, rather than as related to racial and ethnic relations within the United States, or cross-cultural. Dr. Jeffries plans to teach Interracial Communication, continuing Dr. Carey’s legacy in the department.
Dr. Jeffries comes from Michigan, where she has been teaching for the past year. We are looking forward to having Dr. Jeffries as part of our program faculty.