Assistant Professor of Communication, Arts and Media
Rhonda Gallagher is a regular full-time faculty member of ORU, teaching COM 101 (Oral Communication) and COM 203 (Interpersonal Communication), and has in the past taught TVF 317 (Media Analysis). Her career in teaching began with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Missouri State University. She began to truly find her calling in the field of adult education when she worked as a corporate trainer for Staples, Inc. and West TeleServices.
A graduate degree in Adult and Occupational Education seemed the next logical step, so she secured a master's degree in that field from Oklahoma State University. She taught COM 101 as an adjunct for three semesters before she was hired full time in fall 2001. In addition to the role of teacher, she also serves as the ePortfolio Assessment Coordinator for the department of Communication, Arts, and Media.
Her goals for teaching are focused on helping her students learn basic skills in communication which will enable them to function better not only in the work place, but in home and church life, as well. She believes that it is no accident that God has placed us in community and intends to form us in that context. Our communication skills are the tools by which we learn those life lessons.
Mrs. Gallagher is the winner of several awards for communication and instruction, including 2016 Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communicator from Oklahoma Speech, Theatre and Communication Association (OSTCA), 2015 OSTCA Top Paper, 2008-2009 ORU Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2005-2006 ORU ePortfolio Award.