Image Communication Studies Professor Fran C. Dickson, Ph.D.

Fran C. Dickson, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication


B.A.                       State University College of New York at Buffalo
M.A.                      West Virginia University
Ph.D.                     Bowling Green State University, Communication

Email                    fran.dickson@eku.edu

Phone                   859-622-1085

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Interpersonal and personal relationships
  • Later-life dating and marriages
  • Family communication
  • Health communication
  • Communication and aging
  • Communication and conflict


Dr. Dickson’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Journal of Family Communication
  • Western Journal of Communication
  • Southern Communication Journal
  • Journal of Social and Personal
  • Journal of Applied Communication ResearchRelationships
  • Qualitative Research Reports
  • Communication Research Reports
  • Psychology Reports
  • Small Group Behavior

She has also co-authored books and book chapters including: 

Dickson, F. C., & Webb, L. M. (Eds.). (2012). Communication for Families in Crisis: Theories, Methods, Strategies. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.


Desrayaud, N, Dickson, F, Webb, L.M. (in press).  The Theory of Bullying Conflict Cultures:  Developing a New Explanation for Workplace Bullies.  In Beck, C. & R. West (Eds).  The Handbook of Communication and Bullying. Routledge Press.

Dickson, F. C. & Hughes, P. C.  (2014).  The socially and sexually active later-life family member.  In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), The Handbook of Life Span Communication (pp. 373-386).  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing.       

Dickson, F. C. & Hughes, P. C.  (2014).  Aging Families and Family Communication.  In L. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Family Communication (pp. 263-276). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hughes, P. C., & Dickson, F. C. (2006). Relational dynamics in interfaith marriages. In L. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The Family Communication Sourcebook (pp. 373-388). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dickson, F. C., Christian, A., & Remmo, C. J. (2004). An exploration of marital and family issues among later-life adults. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), Handbook of Family Communication (pp. 153-174). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • National Communication Association
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Western Communication Association
  • Professor at the University of Denver (1996- 2009)
  • Chair and Professor at Chapman University (2009-2014)
  • Previous Chair of the Family Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • Previous Chair of the Interpersonal Division, Southern States Communication Association

Dr. Jennifer L. Fairchild, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication


B.A.                       Georgetown College, English
M.A.                      University of Kentucky, Communication
Ph.D.                    University of Kentucky, Communication, emphasis in Health &                                             Interpersonal Communication

Email                    jennifer.fairchild@eku.edu   

Phone                   859-622-2876

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Extended dissertation research involving women’s narrative reconstruction post-miscarriage and the social support offered to women post-miscarriage
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health communication
  • Leadership and change
  • Intercultural communication
  • Gender and communication 


Dr. Fairchild’s dissertation work has been presented at meetings of the National Communication Association, Kentucky Communication Association, and the Southern States Communication Association. Her research also has been featured in such journals as: 

  • PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, Illness, Crisis, and Loss,
  • Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Journal of Effective Teaching
  • The Communication Center Journal

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • NCA, member
  • KCA, member
  • SSCA, member


  • 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, presented by the Office of e-Campus Learning at Eastern Kentucky University.

Image Communication Studies Professor Krista Kimmel, MA

Krista Kimmel, MA
Senior Lecturer in Communication


BA                          Murray State University
MA                         Morehead State University
MA                         University of Kentucky

Email                    krista.kimmel@eku.edu

Phone                   859-622-1873

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Instructional Communication
  • First-generation college students
  • Basic Communication


Professor Kimmel’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Journal of Effective Teaching

She has also co-authored books and book chapters including: 

  • Whitehouse, G., & Kimmel, K.M. (2017). “Particularly” good for the women: Differend in the academy. In S. Thompson & P.A. Parry (Eds.), Coping with gender equalities: Critical conversations with women faculty. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Senior Lecturer, Eastern Kentucky University, 2016-Present
  • Lecturer, Eastern Kentucky University, 2009-2016
  • Regional Development Coordinator, American Red Cross, Lexington KY, 2008-2009


  • Exceptional Volunteer, American Red Cross, Richmond, KY  (2017)
  • Outstanding Instructor, First Year Courses, Eastern Kentucky University (2015)

Image Communication Studies Professor Amy Thieme, Ph.D.

Amy Thieme, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication


B.A.        SUNY Brockport, Communication
M.A.      Ohio University, Interpersonal Communication
Ph.D.     Ohio University, Communication; Conflict Management

Additional Education:

Mediator Certificate (40 hour training), 1990

Mediating Special Issues (10 hour training), 1991

Email                     Amy.Thieme@eku.edu

Phone                   859-622-1320

Research/Academic/Training Interests:

  • Communication & Conflict Management
  • Mediation
  • Advocacy & Opposition
  • Persuasion

Publications/Conference Presentations:

Dr. Amy Thieme has published and presented her work in/at:  

  • The Kentucky Journal of Communication, publication
  • Competence in Interpersonal Conflict, book chapter
  • Tennessee/Kentucky Communication Association Conference
  • AEJMC 40th Annual Southeast Colloquium
  • Kentucky Communication Association Annual Conference
  • Association for Conflict Resolution Conference
  • Annual Conference for American Association of University Professors
  • Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens Institute for Education and Research
  • National Communication Association Conference
  • Central States Communication Association Conference
  • Southern States Communication Association Conference


  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Kentucky Communication Association