Barbe Named Communications Chair

Dr. Kaylene Barbe, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of communication studies, has been named as chair of OBU's Division of Communications Arts. Barbe will succeed Dr. Roger Hadley, who has filled the role for 24 years, in August 2010.

OBU's Division of Communications Arts includes studies in electronic media production, strategic communication, news and information, theatre and applied communication.

Barbe said as chair of communications, she plans to continue the division on the path toward a converged model for the program initiated by Hadley. In the model, professors are encouraged to develop their individual areas of study while contributing to the communications team overall. Hadley, who serves as Frank W. and Pauline G. Patterson professor of journalism, will continue to teach at OBU.

"Convergence not only develops well-rounded students, but it creates better future employees," Barbe said.

Barbe earned her bachelor's degree from Baylor University, and she earned her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation was titled, "Metaphorically speaking: The metaphor as a frame of political action during the 1988 Democratic and Republican national party conventions."

"Dr. Kaylene Barbe brings to the Communications Arts Division many years of service to OBU as a teacher in the core curriculum, as the constant presence in applied communication and, more recently, as Study Abroad coordinator," said Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. "I am confident she will lead the faculty in the development of dynamic future initiatives for the division."

Barbe has taught all levels of applied communication classes since joining the OBU faculty in 1990. Drawing on her lifelong interest in international travel, she also has directed the international studies program in which she encourages faculty and students to pursue and participate in programs of study overseas. Her research interests are in political language, rhetorical criticism, and communication and conflict.

In her spare time, Barbe participates in various leisure activities including reading, watching movies, ceramics and spending time with her family, including her 16-year old nephew. She has an interest in and love of animals and volunteers extensively at Harvest Farms Therapeutic Riding Center. She is a member of University Baptist Church in Shawnee.