Ann Bainbridge Frymier, Ed.D.

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Professor of Strategic Communication

Ann FrymierAnn Bainbridge Frymier is a Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Miami University. She received an Ed.D. in communication and curriculum instruction from West Virginia University in 1992, and received a MPH (master of public health) in health education and behavior from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1988. Dr. Frymier has published more than 25 articles in instructional communication with her research appearing in Communication Education, Applied Journal of Communication, and Communication Quarterly among others. Additionally she has several book chapters and is co-author of Persuasion Theory: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice, which is in its 3rd edition. Her research has focused on teacher communication behaviors that facilitate student motivation and learning. Behaviors of particular interest have included nonverbal immediacy, affinity-seeking, learner empowerment, content relevance, and most recently humor. Dr. Frymier has taught a variety of courses during her career including organizational, nonverbal, intercultural, health communication, and instructional communication, but most frequently teaches persuasion and research methods. Dr. Frymier also worked closely with masters students, having directed several theses and non-theses projects, and continues to mentor students as they move on to doctoral programs.

Dr. Frymier has also been active in service to the discipline of communication and to Miami University. She has been an active member of the Eastern Communication Association having served as President in 2003. Additionally she has served several roles in the National Communication Association including Chair of the Instructional Development Division. She is a frequent participant at conferences having presented over a 100 papers, panels, and workshops. Dr. Frymier also serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Communication Studies, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Teacher, and the Journal of Intercultural Communication.