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Dr. Karen Kangas Dwyer

Assistant Director, School of Communication
OTICA Nebraska Distinguished Teacher Ad Perpetuum
Speech Communication Division Coordinator
Human Resources & Training Graduate Certificate Program Chair

Office: ASH 107J
Phone: 402.554.2253
Fax: 402.554.3836


Office Hours 2014

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
* 9:30-11:30
* *


B.S. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M. A. - University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ph.D. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Awards Recipient
Robert T. Reilly Diamond Professor--School of Communication Endowed Chair for Research,
Leadership & Teaching
National Communication Association (NCA) Basic Course Division Program of Excellence
Award (2010) --top national award for an oral communication general education program
OTICA University of Nebraska State System-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional
Creativity Award (2006)
UNO Excellence in Teaching Award (1998)

Committees & Leadership
Speech Communication Division Coordinator
Basic Course Director--Public Speaking Fundamentals Program Coordinator
Chair & Advisor Human Resources & Training Graduate Certificate Program
University Assessment Committee
University Commencement Speaker Committee
National Communication Association (NCA) Communication Apprehension & Competence
Division Chair (2009-2010)
Basic Communication Course Annual, Editorial Board Member


Research Area
Instructional Communication
Communication Apprehension
Communication Education
Training & Development
Basic Communication Course
Team Building & Facilitation
Speech Center
Classroom Climate

Courses Taught—Undergrad/Graduate
Communication  for Instructional Settings (SPCH 4160 / 8166)
Communication Training and Development (SPCH 4150 / 8156)
Communication, Teamwork & Facilitation (SPCH 4560/8566)
Communication Studies Capstone (SPCH 4940)

Communication Research Methods (COMM 8030)
Topics in Communication Methods (COMM 8030)
Topics in Speech Communication (SPCH 8180)
Public Speaking Fundamentals  (SPCH 1110)


Select Publications

Dwyer, K. (1998).  Communication Apprehension and Learning Style Preference: Correlations and Implications for Teaching.  Communication Education, 47 (2), 101-114.  (R., 100%) 
Dwyer, K. (2000).  “The Multidimensional Model: Teaching Students to Self-Manage High CA by Self-Selecting Treatments.”  Communication Education, 49 (1) 72-81. Featured in the NCA Spectra, 2000.
Dwyer, K. (2005).  Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Learn to Overcome Your Nervousness about Public Speaking. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. (book)
Dwyer, K. (2009).  The Multidimensional Model for Selecting Interventions. Book Chapter in J.A. Daly, J.C. McCroskey, J. Ayres, T. Hopf, D. Sonandre, & T. A. Wongprasert (Eds.), Avoiding Communication: Shyness, Reticence, and Communication Apprehension (pp. 359-374). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Dwyer, K. & Davidson, M. M. (2012).  Is Public Speaking More Feared than Death?Communication Research Reports, 29 (2), 99-107.
Dwyer, K. (2012) iConquer Speech Anxiety Workbook. (226 pp)(book & e-book).
Dwyer, K. (2013) iConquer Speech Anxiety Instructor’s Manual. (181 pp)(book),
Dwyer, K & Davidson, M. M. (2013).  Assessment of E-textbook Usage in a Large Public Speaking Program. Basic Communication Course Annual, 25, 126-160.
Dwyer, K. & Davidson, M. M. (2013).  Electronic Textbooks or Paper Textbooks: What are Students Reading? Or Are They Reading at All?. Communication Currents, 8 (3).
Dwyer, K. Davidson, M. M. (2013).  General Education Oral Communication Assessment & Student Preferences for Learning: E-textbook vs. Paper Textbook. Communication Teacher, 27, 2013, 15 pg.

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journals
Dwyer, K.K. & Davidson, M. M. (in press). Speech Center Support Services, the Basic Course, & Oral Communication Assessment.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 23.
Prisbell, M, Dwyer, K., K., Carlson, R., M., Bingham, S., Cruz, A. (2008). Connected Classroom Climate and Communication in the Basic Course: Associations with Learning. Basic Communication Course Annual, 20.
Howe, M. M., and Dwyer, K.K. (2007). The Influence of Diaphragmatic Breathing to Reduce Situational Anxiety for Basic Course Students. Basic Communication Course Annual, 19,104-137.
Carlson, R., Dwyer, K., Bingham, S., M., Cruz, A., Prisbell, M, & Fus, D. (2006). Connected Classroom Climate and Communication Apprehension: Correlations and Implications for the Basic Course. Basic Communication Course Annual, 18. 1-27.
Dwyer, K., & Carlson, R. E., Dalbey, J. (2003). Impact of High School Preparation on College Oral Communication Apprehension. Basic Communication Course Annual15, 117-113.
Dwyer, K., & Fus, D. (2002). Perceptions of Communication Competence, Self-Efficacy, and Trait Communication Apprehension: Is there an Impact on Basic Course Success? Communication Research Reports 19 (1) 29-37.
Dwyer, K., & Carlson, R. E., Kahre, S. (2002). Communication Apprehension and Basic Course Success: The Lab-supported Public Speaking Course Intervention. Basic Communication Course Annual, 14, 87-112.
*Dwyer, K. (2000). The Multidimensional Model: Teaching Students to Self-Manage High Communication Apprehension by Self-Selecting Treatments. Communication Education, 49 (1) 72-81. *This article was featured in the NCA Spectra, January, 2000.
Dwyer, K. (1998). Communication Apprehension and Learning Style Preference: Correlations and Implications for Teaching. Communication Education 47 (2), 101-114.
Dwyer, K., & Fus, D. (1999). Communication Apprehension, Self-Efficacy, and Grades in the Basic Course: Correlations and Implications. Basic Communication Course Annual, 11, 108-132.
Dwyer, K., & Cruz, A. (1998). Communication Apprehension, Personality, and Grades in the Basic Course: Are there Correlations. Communication Research Reports, 15 (4), 436-444.
Dwyer, K. (1995). Creating and Teaching Special Sections of a Public Speaking Course for Apprehensive Students: A Multiple-Case Study.  Basic Communication Course Annual, 7, 100-124.

Dwyer, K. (2005). Conquering Speech Anxiety. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. A professionally produced CD on public speaking nervousness and anxiety reduction techniques.