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Dr. Kaylene Barbe
Dr. Kaylene Barbe

Dr. Kaylene Barbe

Frank W. Patterson Professor of Communications
Professor of Communication Studies


Dr. Kaylene Barbe has been teaching all levels of Communication Studies classes since joining the OBU faculty in 1990. Her research interests are in political language, rhetorical criticism, and conflict management. In her spare time, Dr. Barbe likes to read, watch movies, do home improvement projects, travel and spend time with friends and family. She is a member of University Baptist Church where she volunteers for Family Promise. 


  • B.A., Baylor University
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Dissertation: "Metaphorically speaking: The metaphor as a frame of political action during the 1988 Democratic and Republican national party conventions." 

Courses Taught

  • CMAR 1092 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • COMS 3453 Communication and Conflict
  • COMS 3703 Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 4303 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMS 4353 Political Communication


  • Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)

Selected Publications

Ellis, V. S., Barbe, K., & Fullbright, K. G. (2016). Building currency: Crafting new channels for
undergraduate communication programs. Administrative Issues Journal, 6(1), 38. doi: 10.5929/2016.6.1.6

Ellis, V., Barbe, K., McNellis, A., & East, B. (April 2018). Prime real estate: Branding university
syllabi. Presented at the 2018 annual meeting of the Central States Communication
Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Barbe, K. & Ellis, V. (April 2015). Judge a book by its cover: The use of metaphor in
communication textbook titles. Presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Southern
States Communication Association in Tampa, Florida.

Barbe, K. (November 2013). Unleashing political realities: Dan Nimmo's influence in expanding the scope of political communication. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Washington, D.C.