ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA
Rhonda Gallagher is a regular full-time faculty member of ORU, teaching COM 101 (Oral Communication) and has in the past taught COM 203 (Interpersonal Communication), and TVF 317 (Media Analysis).
Her career in teaching began in the area of corporate training for both Staples, Inc. and West Teleservices, which is where she began to truly find her calling in the field. Teaching college is a hybrid of regular teaching and adult education, and her education in both fields equips her to serve her students well.
Mrs. Gallagher’s teaching style is highly interactive, combining discussion, lecture, and in-class activities geared to addressing multiple learning styles. She is highly approachable and accessible to students through face-face office hours and email interactions.
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 workplace, but in home and church life as well. She believes that it is no accident that God has placed us in a 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 a published author and 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, 2013 ORU Writing Across the Curriculum Excellence Award, 2008-2009 ORU Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2005-2006 ORU ePortfolio Award, 2002 ORU Mentoring in the Classroom Award, Honorable Mention.
Mrs. Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Missouri State University and a master’s degree in Adult and Occupational Education from Oklahoma State University. In addition, she has supplemented her education with several classes in Communication from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.