Patty Hawk, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Patty Hawk, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Communication Studies
Office location

Room 330, Suite F, Smith-Curtis

Office hours

Email me for an appointment.

I believe in the value of creating an invitational classroom. Students and the instructor shape the learning environment and have a responsibility to "listen so others may speak and speak so others may listen" (Littlejohn).


Ph.D.: Communication Studies, University of Nebraska
MA: Administrative Arts, Doane College
BA: Business Administration, Chadron State College

Courses taught

Organizational Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communicating Through Dialogue
Communication Theory
Communication in a Contemporary Society
Public Speaking
Liberal Arts Seminar

Research and academic interests


Organizational Communication

Social Movements

Service interests

Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee 2019-2021
Member of the faculty/staff band "Release Time"
Help design and facilitate the annual Envision Vocational Dialogue Project
Collaborated with students and colleagues to design and facilitate dialogues intended to invite the NWU community into dialogues about critical issues.
Present workshops on public speaking
Present workshops on incorporating dialogue into the college classroom

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

2012 Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award
2012 Named a "Notable Woman" by the NWU Women's Commission
2010 NWU Advocate for Diversity
2006-2007 – Exemplary Teacher by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church
Member of the National Communication Association
Member of Call To Action